ANSWERS TO FREQUENT QUESTIONS
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Can I buy a K9 from ASCT?
ASCT is a certification organization. We are not a dog training company, though we can refer those needing canines to a number of our certified members who do train dogs for a variety of services.
Where is ASCT located?
We do not have a facility. Being a legal support and educational entity, ASCT is operated by the certification board who are individually located in New York, Virginia, Florida, and Sweden.
How do I sign up for trainer development or instructor classes?
Contact the certification board. If you are a member, your file will be immediately accessed. If you are not a member, you will be asked to provide your C.V. and other information and then complete a phone interview. If accepted, you will be guided to the variety of options for your situation.
Does ASCT import dogs for sale?
No. We are a certification organization offering legal supported certifications, education, and research. However, we do have members we recommend for such services.
Does ASCT still offer educational college support?
The ASCT/London Hanover University agreement is still in force for 2019. All members are supported for significant tuition. Click the LHU button, email email@example.com, or call the USA extension.
Do I have to be member to attend a conference?
No. Anyone is welcome to register for conferences unless the conference is full or sponsored by a single agency for their own benefit.
I want an ASCT instructor to provide me a dog and training. How does that work?
While ASCT itself does not train dogs we do refer certified trainers and instructors who do. You can get the referrals through the certification board: afterwards, you can communicate directly with a trainer/instructor and contract through them. Training schools typically range from 6 to 16 weeks, depending upon the specific training. ASCT does NOT receive any payment for referrals. We simply refer based upon location, time, and qualification.
I want to certify. How long should I plan for certification testing?
If you feel yourself and canine are ready to pass, you can simply schedule a 2-day examination. If you feel you need more practice and some educational building, a week is often chosen.
What are the steps to certify?
Certifying is very straight forward. The first step is contact the board or any ASCT trainer/Instructor. Next, you will be scheduled for a K9 examination for whatever qualifications you seek and you will also be able to take the handler exam.
Can I certify with ASCT without going through a basic class?
Absolutely. However, the K9 must meet standards and the handler must be able to pass the written exam.
Can I get a copy of the certification standards?
Absolutely. Contact the board and ask for them.
What is the ASCT policy on animal welfare?
All animals are to be respected, well cared for and trained with the animal's safety as the first measure. All animals are to have secure and comfortable shelter, healthy food, constant, clean water access, and provided with both respect, love, and devotion of time. ASCT will not tolerate any harsh training methods nor abuse, neglect. All working dogs will have measures providing heat and cool in low or high temperature weather conditions.
Does ASCT provide case law and advice?
Yes. Members have access to case law opinions and assistance in both liability protocol, operating procedures, sciences, research, and support for operations. Contact the board for information.
What is taught in advanced courses?
During the conferences, teams qualify for recertification, obtain multiple checks by other trainers (for legal attributes), receive the latest research information, and participate in many classroom and field exercises covering variable topics.
Will ASCT back my certification in court?
The ASCT certification is represented in all of the nations and jurisdictions we serve in full and without exception.
My current certification has annual gatherings and we mostly socialize. Does ASCT do this too?
For those interested, socialization occurs after class. Most handlers (and dogs) are pretty tired after a day of advanced training. The courses are structured to represent collegiate knowledge, animal behavior practicals, and K9 development work. The days are relatively busy.
What type of service does ASCT certify?
We certify nearly all areas of canine service: narcotics, explosives, accelerant, patrol, tactical, tracking/training, wilderness, SAR, bloodhound, ecological monitoring, anti-poaching service assistance, PTSD service, therapy, and public therapy support, are just some of what we certify. Our most recent certification was for multi national, clandestine units, working for international human trafficking interdiction.
Can I speak to the certification director or auditor?
Both of our certification directors and the legal auditor are agents hired by ASCT per hour of service. All members are represented by these legal supports. Any member is financially supported to email the certification directors at any time and for any need. However, if a member wishes to speak to one of them by phone, or in person, the member will be responsible for the fee and rate. If you wish to speak to one of them, email the certification board and request consultation details.
Can I speak to the ASCT president?
Certainly. Dr. Chris Aycock is the ASCT president and Chief Executive Officer. He makes himself available to those who are motivated to learn about and partner with canines and learning. His personal phone number is (540)729-6431. He is often traveling and if you want to contact him, a text or voice message is often the best route to communication.
What does ASCT certify out of the United States?
We certify the same types of work outside the U.S: detection, patrol, tracking, explosives, etc. We also certify invasive species detection, anti-poaching units, human trafficking interdiction, and even paleontology detection.
What are the accountability Points?
ASCT places a very high measure of character upon the specific traits and functions - called accountability points. Specifically, the more accountability points an individual can regularly display, the higher the trust, ability, and moral character is charted. These are majorly considered in certification levels.
Here are the points:
1. Animal Welfare
2. Liability Conscious
5. Communication with ASCT
7. K9 Knowledge
8. K9 Training Ability
9. Emotional Stability
10. Problem Solving
11. Non Slanderous
What breeds will you not certify?
There is no breed that we exclude. If any canine has the temperament, drive, and development for a specific service, we will certify them.
I am a member. How can I submit an article for publishing and have my picture included on the page?
We accept all articles that are submitted, providing it is an original work and/or has correct cited materials. Photos are accepted from any certified member who would like to be on the page.
Can I host ASCT advanced class?
Advanced course hosting can be requested by contacting us. Conferences often rotate between locations on an annual basis. ASCT does have plans to increase the number of locations for these conferences. However, qualified instruction is a must and instructor availability is the basis of the yearly schedules.