Conservation Detection Dog Handler Course

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Award:             Statement of Attainment – Conservation Detection Dog Handling
All Units of Competency delivered on this course are Nationally Accredited under the Australian Vocational Education & Training (VET) Framework –  approved by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) and is transferable to NEW ZEALAND.

Novice Course
                         Module 1 (2 weeks)
                         Module 2 (2weeks)


                         Advanced Course
                         Module 1 (2 weeks)


Dates:              Expressions of Interest now open – Complete “Enquiry” below.


Location:          Dog Force Australia K9 Training Centre, Falls Creek NSW
                          NEW ZEALAND Courses by arrangement.
Cost:                 $5995.00 AUD (Novice Course)
                          $2995.00 AUD (Advanced Course)

Dog Force Australia is the only Registered Training Organisation (RTO No. 41371) in Australia and New Zealandapproved to deliver the STATEMENT OF ATTAINMENT – CONSERVATION DETECTION DOG HANDLING. Students completing this program will receive accreditation to handle a detection dog in both Australia and New Zealand.

The Conservation Detection Dog Handlers Program (Novice & Advanced) is designed specifically for those wishing to enter the field of Conservation and Biosecurity Detection Dog Handling. The course is the first of it’s kind offered in Australia and New Zealand where all learning is supported by Nationally Accredited Units of Competency under the Australian Vocational Education& Training (VET) Framework.

The CDDHC Novice Course is delivered in two Modules each of 2 weeks duration and is aimed at the novice handler with limited to no previous experience in detection dog handling.

The CDDHC Advanced Course is delivered over 2 weeks full time and is designed for those students who are already working in the Conservation Detection Dog field. Demonstrated previous practical experience as a Conservation and/or Biosecurity Detection Dog Handler will be recognised as prior learning.

Both the Novice and Advanced Course programs will aim to provide the student with skills and knowledge through the delivery of nationally accredited units of competency that have been contextualised for the deployment of dogs in the conservation and biosecurity fields.

Participants will receive training in high level detection dog handling skills in both conservation and or biosecurity applications including;

  • Instruction in all facets of handling a
    detection dog in the operational context .
  • full exposure and assessment to ensure the participant is comfortable in a range of operational environments likely to be encountered by a conservation detection dog.
  • how to handle a conservation detection dog to search for specific odours;

The course is delivered by practical “one on one” instruction by expert detection dog trainers and supported by the following nationally recognised units of competency;

PSPBDR303     Deploy detector dog

ACMSPE304     Provide basic care of dog

ACMGAS306A   Assist with conditioning of animals

CSCDOG007     Train dogs in agility work


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