This Level 3 Vocational qualification is designed to contribute towards an individual’s skills, knowledge and understanding to enable them effectively to deploy an explosives detection dog in the operational environment. The course is mapped to the Security Search National Occupational Standards, as defined by Skills for Security, and conforms to the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) minimum operational standards.

Who Should Attend/Entry Requirements

Personnel having a responsibility to search vehicles, buildings and/or areas for the presence of explosives substances, who wish to achieve a formal training qualification.

Course Structure

A four week course, during which students will cover all aspects of the learning outcomes, through coaching, training and by self-directed distance learning, enabling them to demonstrate:

  • Safe system of search
  • Control of the dog on and off leash at all times
  • Working in a team as a support role
  • Safe handling of drugs training aids
  • Safe and practical application of procedures following a find. Management and awareness of occupational stress.
  • How to safely deploy the dog to search and indicate the presence of drugs for which it has been trained to detect, in vehicles, buildings and areas.
  • How to deploy the dog in a manner whereby it will ignore all reasonable distractions caused by noise, movement and non-target odour sources that do not physically interfere with it.


Students will be required to complete theory and practical assignments covering all areas of the learning outcomes. Successful students will be awarded a nationally accredited Explosives Detection Dog Handler qualification.

Program Price

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