DWI Court Training Program PictureThe National Center for DWI Courts is the key organization to organize and host training programs for courts that want to become a DWI Court. With the funding and partnership of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), two training programs were developed and implemented to assist courts to become a DWI Court, a 3½ day course and a 1 day course. Which training program a court attends, will depend on the current status of the court.

The 3½ day training program is designed for teams that are not currently operating a Drug or DWI Court. They are held at the DWI Academy Court locations, where the teams attending the training programs are able to observe role model DWI Courts in action. The one-day training program is designed for operational Drug Court teams that would like to expand their target population to include impaired drivers. Those training programs are held around the country.

These training programs are team oriented only with team members representing the following professions all present:

  • Judge
  • Prosecutor
  • Defense Counsel
  • Treatment representative
  • DWI/Drug Court coordinator/ Planning coordinator
  • Expert in research or evaluation
  • Probation/Supervision
  • Law Enforcement

When a jurisdiction is applying for the training, they must coordinate with their State Highway Safety Office (SHSO) by applying for the training through them if they want their travel funded by the SHSO. The Highway Safety Office will determine the teams that will be provided with training (noting that they have received the application and their approval) and then forward this information to the Enforcement and Justice Services Division of NHTSA via facsimile or e-mail.

NEW!!  Applications for 2013 Training Initiative Available

The NCDC and NHTSA are now taking applications for the DWI Court Training Initiative for Calendar Year 2013. This is a national training initiative designed to assist communities develop DWI Court programs and is conducted in cooperation with the National Center for DWI Courts (NCDC) a division of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals. Under this initiative, communities will be selected to participate in a facilitated planning process that will begin in March 2013 and conclude in June 2013. 

Click here for the 2013 Training Application as a Word document.

Click here for the 2013 Training Application as an Adobe document.

Click here for a listing of State Highway Safety Offices.

While these training programs would not happen without support from NHTSA, it is important to also recognize the support of the individual State Highway Safety Offices (SHSO). It is the SHSO that covers the travel costs for the team, such as airfare, lodging, and meals. In offering training through NCDC, NHTSA and the SHSO's are demonstrating a commitment to working with local communities to prevent and control impaired driving, substance abuse and crime. With a well trained team, that commitment will be continued.


For more information, please contact the National Center for DWI Courts.