NASDU Level 2 Award for a Security Dog Handler
Pathway: General Purpose Security Dog
The nationally recognised Level 2 Award for a General-Purpose Security Dog Handler 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 qualification has been developed by NASDU to meet the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Security Dog Handling and the training requirements contained within BS 8517-1:2016.
For whom suitable
This programme meets the requirements of those learners who have experience as a Security Officer and wish to become General Purpose Security Dog Handlers. It would also be suitable for members of HM Armed Forces, Police or Prison Service who wish to take on a General Purpose Security Dog Handler role.
The minimum age for vocational training as a Security Dog Handler is 18 years old.
The NASDU Level 2 Award for a General Purpose Security Dog Handler is accredited by Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (HABC) who are a regulated awarding organisation with OFQUAL, SQA and recognised by the SIA
Level 2 - Award
Training would be delivered over a minimum of 60 guided learning hours (GLH’s). Recognition of formal prior learning is permissible and may be awarded by the Instructor/Trainer.
GLH’s are recorded hours of direct training given to an individual learner and not the duration of a course.
Learners with an untrained dog should expect additional hours of training and harness time with the dog.
The programme is flexible with a mixture of theory and practical tuition and is made up of 4 Units (3 Core Units plus 1 Pathway Unit) all of which are compulsory (see Content).
All learners should hold an appropriate S.I.A. licence (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).
All learners should have a minimum standard of Level 1 in literacy. The English language i.e. speaking, listening, reading and writing skills should be confirmed by the Instructor/Trainer prior to commencement of training.
Learners who have proven GP dog handling experience as a Police or Prison Officer or a Member of HM Armed Forces within the last 5 years may apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL) of up to 35 GLH’s.
The dog should be of an acceptable breed and above 12 months old, possess the suitable drives for its role and have had basic obedience training.
A minimum of 15 GLH’s shall be required for final assessment and examination and to confirm understanding of the private security industry dog sector.
Course assessment shall be carried out by an Approved NASDU Instructor/Trainer, the mode of assessment shall be by practical on-going assessment by question and answer sessions and by written examination(s).
End Point Assessment (EPA) regarding the efficient safety and control of a GP dog during an operational patrol (scenario) including pick up and indication, handler protection, bite and release, shall be observed by an independent sector competent person who does not have an interest in the learner achieving or who has not been involved with the learners training.
The successful learner can proceed onto the Level 3 Certificate for a GP Dog Handler. Qualified handlers can also progress to Mobile Patrol Officers/Supervisors, Detection Dog Handlers or into Security Dog Training This nationally recognised Award can also provide the underpinning knowledge to assist learners to progress to NVQ’s and higher qualifications
Accredited certificate from HABC shall be for the Handler (lifetime achievement) l NASDU certificate shall be as a Team i.e. Handler & Dog (12-month expiry)
Unit 01 - Roles and Responsibilities of a Security Dog Handler
- nderpinning Knowledge
Unit 02 - Control of a Security Dog
- Basic Control
- Emergency Stop
- Speak on Command
- Steadiness to Noise
Unit 03 - Controlling a General Purpose Security Dog
- Patrol – Internal/External
- Handler Protection
- Weapon Attack/Arrest
- Search - Property/Persons
- Entry Control
Unit 04 - Health, Well-being and Safety of a Security Dog
- Inspection and Grooming
- H & S Assessment
The course is £585 Inclusive. A 20% deposit will secure a place on the course. The remainder is to be paid in full 7 days prior to course starting. Should the individual cancel, regardless of circumstance the 20% deposit is non-refundable.