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Instructor Certification Support and Requirements

Certified Instructors are supported in the development, training, instruction, and administration of all areas of K9 for both law enforcement and public areas of training. Certified instructors have a strong level of experience in a broad range of training exposure.  Instructors are dedicated to increasing education and knowledge, as it pertains to canine behavior, training, and instruction.  Most important, certified instructors are highly supported due to their very high level of accountability, attention to safety and liability awareness, operating procedure, organizational policy, and operator imporovement.  Instructors attend classes annually, without fail. The dedication to learning and quantifying the pulse of canine behavior, is principal to an ASCT instructor.
There are three levels of Instructor certification: Instructor, Master Instructor and Senior Master Instructor. The title is based solely upon the level of formal education and experience: formed by both law enforcement, canine behavioral education, advanced canine schools, collegiate education level, research potential and research accomplishment. As with all of the organizational certifications, instructors have to meet strict levels of accountability that spans from mentorship and animal welfare to culpability and problem solving.


1. Candidate must have met certification requirements for master trainer.

2. Display expertise in training methods, problem solving, behavioral theory, and planning for all areas of canine performance fields.

3. Pass written trainer qualification exam with a 100% score.

4. Provide a minumum of 5 recommendations from law enforcement handlers or administrators.

5. Have successfully accomplished the following collegiate level canidology (zoology) courses and prerequisites:  advanced canine behavioral problem solving, advanced canine neuroscience, chemistry of scent behavior, technical narcotic, police canine problem solving II, urban tracking methodology, cognition.

6. Demonstrate a complete knowledge of certification and recertification protocol.

7. Meet between 7 and 10 required accountability points, appropriate to level.

8. Have unanimous signatures of approval from all members of the certification board. 



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