The following tests must be passed at 100% proficiency.

Canines must pass all tests.

If the dog fails, re-testing cannot be done for at least two months.

The Test Area is selected by the evaluator and must mirror a typical area where the dog will be deployed. It must replicate the same environment that the team will be working in.

This certification is only for the canine. This allows the department to verify that the canine has been trained to certification level.

Team certification (dog and handler) is done two months later when the dog and handler have been working in the field or if the team is trained together.


1. The dog must be able to be handled by the assessor.

2. The assessor will walk the dog on lead and touch the dog on all parts of the dog’s body. If any aggression or nervousness is shown, the dog is failed.

3. The dog must not show any aggression to other dogs.


The target odour must be typical of what the dog would find when it is working for the nominated target scent.

The team requiring accreditation must provide the target odour for which they are being assessed. The Council is not responsible for obtaining any target odour.

All target odours will be handled with surgical gloves and any soiled or contaminated gloves must be removed and disposed of and replaced with fresh surgical gloves when changing odours.

The odour must be provided to the assessor inside sealed zip lock bags with plastic sealed containers and stored separately to the detector dog and equipment. Different species training odours must be stored separately.

Prior to assessment the target odour will be placed in the field by the assessor using surgical gloves and then surrounding area then cross contaminated with clean gloves, hands and feet to extinguish response to hander/trainer odour.


Each exercise must be completed 3 times in a row.

All exercises must be completed by a whistle and then by voice commands.

1. The dog must come when called off lead from a distance of 25 metres from a free running position.

2. The dog must stop and sit from 25 metres. If the dog travels more than 1 metre, the dog fails the exercise.

3. The dog must remain in a position (sit, stand or drop) for 3 minutes with the handler out of sight. Time starts when the handler cannot be seen by the dog.

4. While off lead:

a) The assessor will throw a fur dummy in front of the dog. The dummy must land no further than 2 metres from the dog.

b) The dog must stop on sighting the dummy, for 5 seconds then called back to the handler.

c) The handler may give a stop command during the exercise when the dog sights the dummy

d) If the dog moves more than 1 metre towards the dummy at any time, the dog fails.

5. The scent which the dog has been trained to find will be placed in a 25 metre square area. The area must mirror the environment where the dog will be worked.

The scent will be left to set for 30 minutes.

a) The dog must find the scent and indicate clearly in the manner the dog has been trained.

b) The indication which the dog has been trained must be explained to the assessor and only this indication will be accepted.

c) The exercise must be completed within 7 minutes.

d) Time starts when the handlers sends the dog.

*Assessments for the written test can be done on the same day as the practical test.