The Forensic Tests for Alcohol Branch provides training to federal, state, county and municipal law enforcement agencies who have the responsibility of administering chemical analyses to drivers charged with implied consent offenses. Officers are trained and issued permits as Chemical Analysts to operate the Intox EC/IR II breath alcohol testing instrument.

How to Register for Training

Intox EC/IR II Training Regions (PDF) - Updated 06/14/24

Law Enforcement Training

  • Intox EC/IR II Operator Basic
  • Intox EC/IR II Operator Recertification
  • Alcohol Screening Test Device (ASTD)
  • Intro to Drugged Driving
  • Drug Recognition Expert (DRE)
  • Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE)
  • Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) and SFST Refresher

Instructor Certification Training

  • Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) Instructor and Refresher
  • Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Instructor and Refresher


Initial Steps to Register for a Course

The Forensic Tests for Alcohol (FTA) Branch, the state agency responsible for providing breath alcohol testing courses in North Carolina, has partnered with the NC Justice Academy on a shared web-based registration and certification database designed for efficiency of student use, for every law enforcement officer in the state.

Prospective students must log in to their account at the NC Justice Academy Training Portal and complete the following steps:

  1. Type in the acronym FTA for a list of available courses offered by the Forensic Tests for Alcohol Branch.
  2. Click on the course of your choice.
  3. If you are intending to register, complete your Attestation of Good Character form (updated 7/23/20) and upload it when prompted.
  4. Follow the prompts indicated on your screen.

For questions on specific FTA courses, email

Note: Effective July 2019 and in partnership with the Department of Justice and the NC Justice Academy, the Forensic Tests for Alcohol Branch will implement its automated student enrollment and certification system for Intox EC/IR II courses. Offered to law enforcement officers, registration is located on the North Carolina Justice Academy Training Portal. The new system, powered by the Acadis Readiness Suite software program, offers self-service features, a complete audit trail, and legally-defensible training records.