Conservation Detection Dog Handler Course

Course Detail

The Conservation Detection Dog Handlers Course (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.

Students completing this program will receive accreditation to handle a detection dog in both Australia and New Zealand.

Quick Facts

Units of Competency

This course is delivered in a practical one-on-one environment by former canine law enforcement dog trainers and supported by the following nationally recognised units of competency:

  • PSPBDR303 Deploy detector dog
  • ACMSPE304 Provide basic care of domestic dog
  • ACMGAS306A Assist with conditioning of animals
  • CSCDOG007 Train dogs in agility work

Topics covered

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

CDDHC Novice and Advanced Courses

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.

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