Australian Search Dog Federation

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

Canine Handler - Trailing

Course Overview

The purpose of the Canine Handler Trailing assessment is to evaluate the Handler/K-9 team’s ability to correctly follow a trail and locate the missing person. The objective is to simulate a real world incident with the typical human contamination found at a search scene.

Core Courses

  • Operate Communications Equipment
  • Undertake Landsearch Operations
  • Map Reading & Navigation
  • Working with Hazards
  • Rescue Fundamentals
  • Wilderness First Aid
  • Lost Persons Behaviour
  • Bloodborne Pathogens Course
  • Advanced First Aid
  • Canine Health & Welfare
  • Canine First Aid
  • Media Awareness
  • Personal Care & Hygiene
Modes of Delivery
  • Face to Face
  • Online
  • Blended (combination of all modes listed)
  • RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning)

The Assessment in this qualification involves a variety of tasks during and after the formal training component. This includes workbook activities, practical tasks, presentations, reflections and project work.

Once the above Qualification have been achieved the handler is therefore permitted to undertake the Canine Assessment process.

Volume of Learning

The amount of training allocated to this certification is based on prior experience of each participant. Learners who have a lot of relevant experience may have the ability to complete the qualification in a shorter time frame. However, those new too SARR will often take a longer time frame to complete and will be supported by our dedicated mentors throughout their journey.

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