NASDU Level 2 Award for a Security Dog Handler

Who is the course suitable for?

Developed by NASDU to meet the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Security Dog Handling, as well as the training requirements contained within BS 8517-1:2016, this course is suitable for learners who wish to take on a General Purpose Security Dog Handler role at a professional level.

What is the aim of this course?

To provide the learner with the basic skills, knowledge and understanding of being a General Purpose Security Dog Handler.

Course Duration

Training would be a minimum of 60 guided learning hours delivered over an 8-week period. Learners with a totally untrained dog should expect additional hours of training with their dog at an extra cost on a 1-2-1 basis.

What are the entry requirements?

You must be at least 18 years old to enrol on this course, have a minimum standard of level 1 in English – reading, writing, listening and speaking and hold an appropriate S.I.A licence  (unless exempt).

Your dog must be at least 12 months old, of suitable breed and drive with basic obedience skills.

What does this programme involve?

Learning and understanding the roles and responsibilities of a Security Dog Handler

Controlling a General Purpose Security Dog appropriately

Patrolling  – Internal/External

Handler Protection – Weapon Attack/Arrest

How to carry out a search correctly

Health, Well-being and Safety of a Security Dog

Transporting your Security Dog

Health & Safety Assessment…

How is the programme taught and assessed?

The course is carried out by Sean who is 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). Indoor learning will be held in a classroom and outside training will be in a secure training field. The final assessment will include the efficient safety and control of a GP dog during an operational patrol (scenario) including pick up and indication, handler protection, bite and release and will be observed by an independent sector competent person.

What certification can be achieved?

A nationally recognised Level 2 Award for a General Purpose Security Dog Handler

Endorsed certificate from HABC for the Handler (lifetime achievement)

A NASDU certificate as a Team i.e. Handler & Dog (12 month expiry)


The course costs £600 which must be paid before the course starts. There is an additional NASDU certification fee of £85.

Course Dates

Thursday 3rd January 2019

Thursday 28th February 2019

Thursday 25th April 2019

Thursday 20th June 2019

How Do I Enrol? 

You will need to download the following two pdf files (these will open in a new window. Upon completion of the course booking form you will need to ensure this is received by us before the course commences.







NASDU Course Terms and Conditions
Course Terms Conditions - NASDU.pdf
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NASDU Course Booking Form
Course Booking Form - NASDU.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [117.6 KB]
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