Will this course guarantee me a job as a Doping Control Officer?
Not necessarily. You will still have to apply directly to an anti-doping organisation to work as a DCO for that organisation.
The ITA will help connect you with potential recruiting organisations on completion of the course. It will be your responsibility to apply for DCO positions directly to that organisation.
We would recommend speaking to potential anti-doping organisations who you may be interested in working for to see if they are currently recruiting for DCO positions.
Who appoints Doping Control Officers?
The appointment of DCO positions is usually done by: National Anti-Doping Agencies, Major Event Organisers, Private Sample Collection Agencies, International Testing Agency, and other sporting federations or organisations.
A list of National Anti-Doping Agencies and Major Event Organisers can be found on the WADA website.
The application to apply to become an ITA DCO can be found here.
What fees do DCOs get when they are working?
Different organisations have different fee structures for the DCOs that undertake the testing for them. The rates of pay will depend on the organisation you work for and the country you work in.
DCOs are often contracted on a part-time or freelance basis, but some organisations employ DCOs on a full-time basis. Some organisations pay an hourly or daily rate for the work undertaken. DCOs would usually be reimbursed for travel and hotel expenses incurred when conducting testing missions.
When working as a DCO at a sporting event, the organising committee of that event often sets the terms of employment with the DCO. For example, at previous Olympic Games, DCOs have been paid a daily per-diem and have had accommodation provided.
Will I be a WADA accredited DCO after completing the course?
DCO accreditation is linked to the organisation that you work for. When you work for an organisation, you would need to comply with their accreditation requirements. DCOs may be subject to an annual accreditation process and performance evaluation specific to their organisation. Further information on the accreditation process for DCOs when they work in an anti-doping organisation can be found in the WADA Guidelines for Sample Collection Personnel.
I am not a healthcare professional or have a background in anti-doping. Can I still do the course?
Yes, you can. But having some experience working in the sport setting will really help in your future application to work for anti-doping organisations as a DCO.
Volunteering as a Chaperone at a sporting event is a great way to get good experience working in an anti-doping team at an event.
Can I attend the DCO Foundation Training Program virtually?
No. The ITA DCO Foundation Training Program is only delivered face-to-face at an onsite venue. This is because the training is very practical, and you will need to learn how to use sample collection equipment.
What is the difference between the IDCO Training Program and the DCO Foundation Training Program?
The ITA Foundation Training Program is the beginner entry-level course for people who have not worked as a DCO before, or who seek a formal structured foundation-level training. It teaches the technical skills of being a DCO from first principles.
The ITA IDCO Training Program is an advanced-level course for experienced DCOs who have been working as a DCO at an anti-doping organisation for a minimum of 2 years and who are currently actively working as a DCO. Applicants for this course must have completed a foundation-level training either through the ITA DCO Foundation Training Program or a similar training with their anti-doping organisation. The IDCO Training Program is delivered by the ITA in collaboration with anti-doping organisations. More information about this advanced-level course can be found here.
How can I attend the advanced-level IDCO Training Program?
The ITA IDCO Training Program is only currently delivered in collaboration with anti-doping organisations. If your organisation is interested in hosting an advance-level training for their experienced DCOs, please ask your organisation to contact the ITA to discuss. Further information can be found here.