The Intoxicated Driver Program—Approved Training at the University of Wisconsin-Madison trains the professionals who conduct Intoxicated Driver Program (IDP) assessments in counties and tribes across Wisconsin.

Note: The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is currently reviewing administrative rule Chapter DHS 62 (covering policies and processes for assessment of Wisconsin’s intoxicated driver clients). The IDP-AT training is on hold until the review is finalized.


Is this program right for you?

In the state of Wisconsin, those convicted of operating while under the influence of an intoxicant (an OWI) are required to go through an assessment to evaluate their alcohol and/or other drug use. The Intoxicated Driver Program—Approved Training (IDP-AT) from the Division of Continuing Studies trains assessors, supervisors, and coordinators of the Wisconsin Intoxicated Driver Program (IDP).


The Intoxicated Driver Program—Approved Training, offered twice per year, includes 15 hours of self-study review and assessments, a 3-day in-person training, and a final exam. Participants are required to have one of the following requirements: a Wisconsin certification as substance abuse counselor; certification as a social worker, marriage and family therapist, or professional counselor with a substance abuse specialty authorization; or proof of completion of 36 hours of relevant continuing education.


Once earned, the certification does not need to be renewed, though 6 hours of continuing education units (CEUs) are required each year to maintain the IDP-AT.


If you are (or intend to be) an assessor, supervisor, or coordinator of the IDP, the Intoxicated Driver Program—Approved Training can help you meet your career goals.


What you Learn

  • Learn key elements of Wisconsin’s Intoxicated Driver Program
  • Discuss implications of Wisconsin’s Administrative Rules on Local Intoxicated Driver Programs
  • Recognize the Wisconsin Assessment of the Impaired Driver (WAID) criteria and scoring rubric
  • Practice completing the WAID tool and Driver Safety Plan for mock clients
  • Demonstrate the ability to accurately use the WAID tool and DOT forms to prepare a Driver Safety Plan

Where & How you learn


  • At home and face-to-face


  • 15 hours of self-study including a written exam and 2 mock assessments
  • 3-day face-to-face course in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Pass the final written exam

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All applicants must:


Note: Intoxicated Driver Program staff who do not provide assessments can take the 1-day training and complete Part 1 of the self-study but do not earn the IDP-AT certificate.


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