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Qualifications to Become a Certified USPCA Canine Trainer

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Certified Trainer - Level I (Patrol)
Certified Trainer - Level II (Detector)
Certified Trainer - Level III
Certified Regional Trainer (Patrol)

Certified Detector Dog Trainer



Certified Trainer - Level I (Patrol)


1. Applicant must be a regular member of the USPCA in good standing.

2. Applicant must have been a full time handler or trainer for a minimum of five years.

3. Applicant must have graduated from a police canine course (include a copy of graduation certificate from said course).

4. The training course the applicant offers for the training of working police dogs, must consist of a minimum of ten full consecutive weeks, or equivalent, of training with handler and dog. A copy of the training course, or syllabus, must accompany application.

5. Dogs trained must be trained to the following standards: on and off lead obedience; agility; scent work (building search, tracking, and area search); and criminal apprehension. The standards must conform to the minimum USPCA police dog standards.

6. Applicant must be assigned as a trainer for a law enforcement agency.

7. The trainer's standards must meet with all local or area requirements and conform to standards set down by the USPCA.

8. Applicant must have trained a minimum of five teams (handler and dog). All five must have K-9 Survey Forms signed and notarized. A minimum of two of these five must have achieved Police Dog I Certification in a sanctioned Regional Trial, verifiable by national records. The applicant may not be included as the handler in any of these teams.

9. To become certified, the applicant must submit an application to the nearest USPCA Region or District. The application will be approved or disapproved by the Region Executive Board, signed by the Region President or Vice President and two other members of the Executive Board, and then be reviewed and signed by a Nationally Certified Judge. The application will then be sent to the National Secretary for distribution to the National Trainers Certification Committee. If the application is not approved by the committee, the applicant must be notified within thirty days.

10. All applications must be received by the National Secretary 90 days prior to the next scheduled National Executive Board meeting for applications to be considered at that meeting.

11. Any certification may be removed or revoked at any time by the Association for just cause after a full investigation and hearing by the National Executive Board.

12. All certifications will be reviewed by the National Trainers Certification Committee every five years.

13. Applicants must complete an Application for Trainers Certification, K-9 Survey Form, and a Trainers/Training Ground Survey Form.     ( Back to Top )


Certified Trainer - Level II (Detector)


1. Applicant must be a regular member of the USPCA in good standing.

2. Applicant must have been a full time handler or trainer for a minimum of ten years.

3. Applicant must have graduated from a police canine course (include a copy of graduation certificate from said course).

4. The training course the applicant offers for the training of working police dogs, must consist of a minimum of ten full consecutive weeks, or equivalent, of training with handler and dog. A copy of the training course, or syllabus, must accompany application.

5. Applicant must have met the requirements of a Trainer - Level I and must have held that certification for a minimum of one year.

6. Applicant must have trained a minimum of five teams (handler and dog). All five must have K-9 Survey Forms signed and notarized. One of these teams must have achieved a Detector Dog Certification, and one must have achieved a Police Dog II/Tracking Certification, in a sanctioned Regional Trial verifiable by national records. The applicant may not be included as the handler in any of these teams.

7. Applicant must be assigned as a trainer for a law enforcement agency.

8. The trainer's standards must meet with all local or area requirements and conform to standards set down by the USPCA.

9. To become certified, the applicant must submit an application to the nearest USPCA Region or District. The application will be approved or disapproved by the Region Executive Board, signed by the Region President or Vice President and two other members of the Executive Board, and then be reviewed and signed by a Nationally Certified Judge. The application will then be sent to the National Secretary for distribution to the National Trainers Certification Committee. If the application is not approved by the committee, the applicant must be notified within thirty days.

10. All applications must be received by the National Secretary 90 days prior to the next scheduled National Executive Board meeting for applications to be considered at that meeting.

11. Any certification may be removed or revoked at any time by the Association for just cause after a full investigation and hearing by the National Executive Board.

12. All certifications will be reviewed by the National Trainers Certification Committee every five years.

13. Applicants must complete an Application for Trainers Certification, K-9 Survey Form, and a Trainers/Training Ground Survey Form.     ( Back to Top )


Certified Trainer - Level III


1. Applicant must be a regular member of the USPCA in good standing.

2. Applicant must have been a full time handler or trainer for a minimum of fifteen years.

3. Applicant must have met the requirements of a Trainer - Level I & II and must have held Level II Certification for a minimum of one year.

4. Applicant must be a Nationally Certified Judge.

5. To become certified, the applicant must submit an application to the nearest USPCA Region or District. The application will be approved or disapproved by the Region Executive Board, signed by the Region President or Vice President and two other members of the Executive Board, and then be reviewed and signed by a Nationally Certified Judge. The application will then be sent to the National Secretary for distribution to the National Trainers Certification Committee. If the application is not approved by the committee, the applicant must be notified within thirty days.

6. All applications must be received by the National Secretary 90 days prior to the next scheduled National Executive Board meeting for applications to be considered at that meeting.

7. Any certification may be removed or revoked at any time by the Association for just cause after a full investigation and hearing by the National Executive Board.

8. All certifications will be reviewed by the National Trainers Certification Committee every five years.

9. Applicants must complete an Application for Trainers Certification, K-9 Survey Form, and a Trainers/Training Ground Survey Form.     ( Back to Top )


Certified Regional Trainer - (Patrol)


1. Applicant must be a regular member of the USPCA in good standing.

2. Applicant must have been a full time handler or trainer for a minimum of five years.

3. Applicant must have graduated from a police canine course (include a copy of graduation certificate from said course).

4. The training course the applicant offers for the training of working police dogs, must consist of a minimum of ten full consecutive weeks, or equivalent, of training with handler and dog. A copy of the training course, or syllabus, must accompany application.

5. Dogs trained must be trained to the following standards: on and off lead obedience; agility; scent work (building search, tracking, and area search); and criminal apprehension. The standards must conform to the minimum USPCA police dog standards.

6. Applicant must be assigned as a trainer for a law enforcement agency.

7. The trainer's standards must meet with all local or area requirements and conform to standards set down by the USPCA.

8. The applicant must have trained, or be training during in-service, a minimum of three teams (handler and dog). All three must have K-9 Survey Forms signed and notarized. A minimum of one of these three teams must have achieved Police Dog I Certification in a sanctioned Regional Trial, verifiable by national records. The applicant may be included as this team.

9. To become certified, the applicant must submit an application to the nearest USPCA Region or District. The application will be approved or disapproved by the Region Executive Board, signed by the Region President or Vice President and two other members of the Executive Board, and then be reviewed and signed by a Nationally Certified Judge. The application will then be sent to the National Secretary for distribution to the National Trainers Certification Committee. If the application is not approved by the committee, the applicant must be notified within thirty days.

10. All applications must be received by the National Secretary 90 days prior to the next scheduled National Executive Board meeting for applications to be considered at that meeting.

11. Any certification may be removed or revoked at any time by the Association for just cause after a full investigation and hearing by the National Executive Board.

12. All certifications will be reviewed by the National Trainers Certification Committee every five years.

13. Applicants must complete an Application for Trainers Certification, K-9 Survey Form, and a Trainers/Training Ground Survey Form.     ( Back to Top )


Certified Detector Dog Trainer


1. Applicant must be a regular member of the USPCA in good standing.

2. Applicant must have been a full time handler or trainer for a minimum of five years.

3. Applicant must have graduated from a police canine course (include a copy of graduation certificate from said course).

4. The training course the applicant offers for the training of working police dogs, must consist of a minimum of ten full consecutive weeks, or equivalent, of training with handler and dog. A copy of the training course, or syllabus, must accompany application.

5. The trainer's standards must meet with all local or area requirements and conform to standards set down by the USPCA.

6. Applicant must have trained a minimum of five teams (handler and dog). All five must have K-9 Survey Forms signed and notarized. A minimum of two of these five must have achieved Detector Dog Certification in a sanctioned Regional Trial, verifiable by national records. The applicant may not be included as the handler in any of these teams.

7. To become certified, the applicant must submit an application to the nearest USPCA Region or District. The application will be approved or disapproved by the Region Executive Board, signed by the Region President or Vice President and two other members of the Executive Board, and then be reviewed and signed by a Nationally Certified Judge. The application will then be sent to the National Secretary for distribution to the National Trainers Certification Committee. If the application is not approved by the committee, the applicant must be notified within thirty days.

8. All applications must be received by the National Secretary 90 days prior to the next scheduled National Executive Board meeting for applications to be considered at that meeting.

9. Any certification may be removed or revoked at any time by the Association for just cause after a full investigation and hearing by the National Executive Board.

10. All certifications will be reviewed by the National Trainers Certification Committee every five years.

11. Applicants must complete an Application for Trainers Certification, K-9 Survey Form, and a Trainers/Training Ground Survey Form.      ( Back to Top )


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