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The NASDU Level  2 General Purpose Security Dog Handlers Course

aims to provide the learner with the basic skills, knowledge and understanding required to ensure the provision of a professional level of service as a general-purpose security dog handler.
This Award has been developed by NASDU to meet the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Security Dog Handling and the training requirements contained in BS 8517-1:2009. requirements contained within BS8517-1:2009

For Whom Suitable

This program meets the requirements of those learners who have experience as security officers who wish to become general-purpose security dog handlers. It would also be suitable for  members of HM Armed Forces, police or prison
officers who wish to take on a general-purpose security dog handler role within the private sector.
This course is always open to novice dog handlers who wish to start a new career in private security dog work.

Course Duration

Minimum 60 guided learning hours (GLH)split into 6 days of learning, therefore attendee might finish the course as fast as 1 week or may adapt the course days to his requirements ex. one day a week for 6 weeks or 2 days a week for 3 weeks etc.

*must be installed with the trainer prior to the course

Prior Learning

All learners should hold an appropriate S.I.A. license (unless exempt) and should be trained and competent in a general security officer role (Unit 1 –Working in the Private Security Industry and Unit 2– Working as a Security Officer). If you have not been trained in either Security Guarding or Close Protection you will be given a self-study pack and asked to sit a multi-choice exam during your course period. If you have applied for your license you may attend the course as long as you’ve completed a recognized course and have proof of this. Although we will not be able to apply for your NASDU / EDI certificate until you have a license number, learners who have proven GP dog handling
experience as police, prison officer or a member of HM Armed Forces within the last 5 years may apply for accreditation of prior learning (APL) of up to 35 GLH’s. A minimum of 15 GLH’s shall be required for
final assessment and examination to confirm understanding of the private security industry dog sector.


The assessment shall and will be carried out by an Approved NASDU Trainer/Instructor; internal moderation shall be carried out by NASDU. There are 15 practical assessments and a multi-choice exam to complete. You will be continually assessed throughout with many topics intended to improve the mental and physical ability of
dog handlers while learning to deal with conflict situations, violence and terrorism in realistic scenario-based training.


No refunds for the training booked and started or not started but cancelled after 14 days cool of period.

If you hold an SIA License, no refunds are given on a Security Dog Handling Course .You waive your cooling off rights if you are booking a course that starts in less than 14 days.

A trainee will be charged extra for any non-show to the arranged training days, that has not been cancelled with 24h notice at an appropriate rate.

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