Specific Certification standards are available by email email@example.com for the following: patrol, narcotic, tracking, tactical, SAR I II III IV, HRD + Water, Bloodhound I, II, III, Explosives Detection, Accelerant Detection, Service Assistance, and Services for the Blind.
The following is a simplified list of handler / trainer certification and recertification applications.
An initial certification is achieved in one of two ways.
1. If a handler has graduated from an ASCT Basic Handling Class (including written exams and physical fitness qualification) – he or she will have to pass the practical certification exam with the K9. Once passed, a certification is issued for one year.
2. If a handler has not attended the ASCT Basic Handling Class, he or she can certify by attending an advanced operations class where a signature of the instructor will be required.
Trainers and Instructors must show that they meet all of the specific position requirements listed on the CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS page.
All handlers are required to follow these standards:
Records must be accurate and up to date. Records must show that the K9 is being trained adequately. Required training is issued before initial certification and is found in the basic handling manuals and by-laws.
Practical Exam: Handlers are required to pass a K9 practical exam each year to assure standards.
Handlers, Trainers and Instructors, who attend an Advanced Operations School during the year, will complete the practical exam in a more educational environment and will receive credit for the degree qualification.
Files are audited anually by the attorney auditor to assure accuracy.