Australian Search Dog Federation

Regulating canine teams in Australia under one National Registration and Accreditation scheme.

ASDF Assessors

ASDF Assessors are critical in maintaining the standards set by the ASDF Committee to ensure that all members are assessed equally and without bias. As an ASDF certified assessor you will be responsible for the compliance of all rules, regulations and standards applicable for the the assessments being undertaken.

ASDF offer pathways for both new and experienced assessors to develop their skills and to ensure the integrity of the processes that ASDF members and stakeholders demand and trust.

If you require an Assessor or would like to become an Assessor please email

Becoming an Assessor with ASDF

As an accredited ASDF Assessor, you are obligated to ensure that all ASDF procedures and polices are strictly adhered to as well as ensuring that the assessments are held to the highest of standards.

ASDF Assessor

To apply to become an ASDF Assessor, you must fulfil the following requirements:

  • Successful completion and assessment of the following AQTF units of competency (or equivalent)
    • TAEASS401B Plan and organise assessment
    • TAEASS402B Assess competence
    • TAEASS203B Participate in Assessment validation


    • TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

You must also:

  • Be a paid financial member
  • Complete and maintained competencies in all ASDF courses you assess
  • Subject to annual skills maintenance
  • Shadow assess at least two operational assessments under the leadership of a Lead Assessor

Practical Skills Assessor

To apply to become an ASDF Practical Skills Assessor, you must fulfil the following requirements:

  • All of the above 
  • One years minimum experience in chosen topic/s.

This is an ideal way to begin your Assessor Pathway as it allows you to start with assessing any of the listed courses once your assessor application has been approved.

Canine Team Assessor

To apply to become an ASDF Canine Team Assessor, you must fulfil the following requirements:

  • All of the above 
  • Three years minimum experience as Canine Search Specialist

Lead Assessor

All ASDF Assements are overseen by an Experienced and Qualified Lead Assessor for the tasks beind assessed. As a Lead Assessor you are responsible for ensuring complete impartiality and maintaining ASDF Standards at all times. You will be responsible for the entire assessment process and reporting of results to participants and the Membership Committee.

Our Lead Assessors have documented Assessment history’s as well as a commitment to uphold ASDF Standards to the highest ability.

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