Explosives Search Dog Handler


This course is designed to provide the learner with the basic skills, knowledge and understanding required to ensure the provision of a professional level of service as an Explosives Detection Dog Handler. Upon completion of the course candidates that successfully complete the end point practical and written examinations will be awarded the NASDU/HABC Level 4 Accreditation as an Explosives Search Dog Handler

For Whom Suitable:

This programme meets the requirements of those learners who have experience as Security Officers and wish to become Explosives Search Dog Handlers within the Security Industry It would also be suitable for members of HM Armed Forces, Police or Prison Service who wish to take on the Explosives Search Dog Handler role

Course Duration:

Training can be delivered over a number of weeks or as a continuous course and would be of sufficient duration to ensure competency, having a minimum of 150 guided learning hours (GLH’s). GLH’s are recorded hours of direct training given to an individual learner and not the duration of a course. It is recommended that prospective students undertake a one day pre course training and selection process designed to measure current level of competency prior to committing to a course.

Programme Structure:

The programme is delivered as a combination of practical and theoretical tuition utilising a variety of venues and resources in order to simulate operational search conditions. 


Prior Learning:

All learners should hold an appropriate S.I.A. licence (unless exempt) and should be trained and competent in a General Security Officer role


Course Content:

Roles & Responsibilities of an Explosives Search Dog Handler 

 Underpinning Knowledge


 Control of and Explosives Search Dog on and off leash 


 Emergency Stop & Recall

Operational Control 

 Pre Deployment Assessments and Briefings

 Scent and Search Awareness

 Safe Systematic Search

 Locating Explosives – Building Search

 Locating Explosives – Vehicle Search

 Locating Explosives – Open Search

 Indication – Building Search

 Indication – Vehicle Search

 Indication – Open Search

 Action on a Find

 Dog Scent Identification Examination

Health Wellbeing & Safety  

 Health & Safety Risk Assessments

 Grooming & Inspection


 Canine First Aid


 Operational Management

 Progression of Training