Proactive Drugs Detection 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 a Drug Detection Dog Handler. It is an assessment of the handlers ability to read the indications given by a dog and to meet the required performance criteria Learners whose final assessments are with a dog that successfully indicates the presence of a defined number of controlled drugs may apply for certification as a Pro Active Drug Detection Team.

For Whom Suitable:

This programme is suitable for S.I.A. Licensed Operatives with experience as General Purpose Dog Handlers or Security Officers who wish to become Drug Detection Dog Handlers.  It would also be suitable for members of HM Armed Forces, Police or Prison Service who wish to take on a Pro Active Drug Detection Dog Handler role.

Course Duration: 

A minimum of 150 Guided Learning Hours. 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.

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


Assessment will be carried out by an Approved NASDU Instructor/Trainer. The assessment will consist of practical exercises, by question and answer sessions and by a written examination.
Unit 01 (20 GLH) Roles and Responsibilities of a Pro Active Drug Detection Dog Handler
o Handler Qualities             o  Dog Selection          o  Current Legislation
o Types of Drugs (ABC)     o Systematic Search    o   Protocols   o Use and Transport of       Training Aids                    o Progression of Training  o Customer Care
Unit 02 (70 GLH) Control a Pro Active Drug Detection Dog under Operational Conditions
o Control    o  Preparation prior to Deployment   o Locate and indicate Building Search
o Locate and Indicate Vehicle Search                 o Locate and Indicate Open Terrain
o Equipment   o Progression of Training             o Emergency Procedures
Unit 03 (10 GLH) Maintain the Health, Well Being and Safety of a Pro Active Drug Detection Dog and Handler 
o Health & Well Being  o  Health and Safety Requirements.