Drug and Alcohol (Part 219) Training Seminar and Short Line DER Roundtable

Online registration is closed. Questions, please contact Sabrina Waiss.

Join railroad industry colleagues for this comprehensive three-day event, starting with a two-day training seminar led by FRA and ASLRRA subject matter experts and covering 49 CFR Part 219 Drug and Alcohol Training. Presented by FRA Drug and Alcohol Program Specialists, Sam Noe and Melissa Van Dermeir, the training seminar will offer an in-depth review of Part 219, covering all sections of the rule and requirements for railroads and contractors. Attendees will engage in interactive discussion of rule requirements and practices and all questions will be answered by subject matter experts.

Day three of the event will be a Short Line DER Roundtable featuring presentations and discussions specifically designed for short line railroad Designated Employee Representatives (DERs). Additional details coming soon.



Sam Noe, Drug and Alcohol Program Specialist, Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)
Melissa Van Dermeir, Drug and Alcohol Program Specialist, FRA
JR Gelnar, Vice President Safety & Compliance, ASLRRA


Members - $495; Non-Members - $900

Three full days, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at the Embassy Suites by Hilton New Orleans with lunch and refreshment breaks provided in the meeting area. Additional details will be sent via email to registered attendees prior to the meeting. A draft agenda for the two-day training seminar may be found here.

Space is limited — please register early!

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations made 30 or more days before training will receive a full refund; no refunds will be given if cancellation is made within the 30-day window.


A block of rooms has been set aside and training will be held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton New Orleans, 315 Julia Street, New Orleans, LA.

Reserve Your Room

Please use this link to book a room at the negotiated rate of $209/night plus taxes and fees, which includes daily cooked-to-order breakfast and evening cocktail reception. Overnight self-parking is available to attendees at a discounted rate of $36 per night.

Room block expires Friday, April 5, please reserve early to guarantee group rate. One night’s room deposit may be required when making reservations. Hotel charges an Early Departure Charge of $50, please be aware of this when finalizing your travel plans.


New Orleans is served by the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) and passengers may access ground transportation via taxi, ride share apps, and rental cars on site. The Embassy Suites by Hilton New Orleans hotel is 14 miles from the airport.

Questions, please contact Sabrina Waiss.

SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE TO EMPLOYEES OF SMALL RAILROADS to attend the training seminar. Qualified candidates must be employed by an ASLRRA member railroad earning less than $10 Million in annual revenue (click here for complete criteria). The online scholarship application form is quick and easy, and scholarship recipients will be reimbursed up to $1,200 for registration, travel and lodging expenses. Apply today!