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NASDU Level 2 Award for a Security Dog Handler

Tel: 0330 094 0104 Email:

NASDU Level 2 Award for a Security Dog Handler

Pathway: General Purpose Security Dog

Security dog handler Training


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. 

Awarding body 

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

Course Duration 

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. 

Programme Structure 

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).   

Prior learning 

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
  • Selection

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
  • Transportation
  • H & S Assessment

Course fees 

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.  

Futher information 

Further information can be obtained by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling 0330 094 0104

NASDU Approved Instructor Trainer 

"Been on a training day there today. Hosted by Andy and Jason, excellent day tailored to my dogs requirements. I fully recommend attending a training day, very good value for money." - Dave Padfield

Contact Us

CASEC UK Limited, Clay Lane Farm House, Clay Lane, Booker, Marlow, Bucks Sl7 3DT
Tel: 0330 094 0104 Email:

Registered Office

CASEC UK Limited, Elizabeth House, 13-19 London Road, Newbury, Berkshire RG14 1JL
Registered in England and Wales  - Company number 11550175


Our Services

  • Basic courses for handler and dog
  • Remedial training,
  • Monthly CT
  • Task specific training
  • Air cargo screening
  • Explosive Odour Tracking
  • Baggage screening andbulk EDD CT
  • Scent recognition.
  • Annual certification compliant with BS:8517-1 and 2
  • NASDU requirements are also available monthly