NASDU Level 3 Pyrotechnic Detection Dog Handlers Course (Level 3)
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The HABC Level 3 Certificate for a Pyrotechnic
Detection 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 Pyrotechnic Detection Dog Team.
This qualification has been developed by NASDU to
meet the National Occupational Standards (NOS’s) for
a Security Detection Dog Handler and the training
principals contained within BS 8517-2:2016, (in that) it
is an assessment of the learners (handlers) ability to
read the indications given by a dog and to meet the
required performance criteria.
For Whom Suitable
This programme meets the requirements of those
learners who have experience as General Purpose
Security Dog Handlers or as a Detection Dog
Handler and wish to become Pyrotechnic Detection
Dog Handlers. It would also be suitable for members
of HM Armed Forces, Police, Prison Service or
Customs Officers who wish to take on a Pyrotechnic
Detection Dog Handler role in the private security
Training would be delivered of sufficient duration to
ensure competency, having a minimum of 100 guided
learning hours (GLH’s).
GLH’s are recorded hours of direct training, structured
learning and assessment given to an individual learner
by their tutor and not the duration of a course.
The programme is flexible with a mixture of theory
and practical tuition and is made up of 5 units all of
which are compulsory (see content).
All learners should hold an appropriate S.I.A. licence
The learner should be competent in the handling of a
dog. The dog should possess the suitable drives
required for its role and have had basic control training
and not previously schooled in explosive detection.
Learners or Teams who have been previously
certificated and have proven detection dog handling
experience either in the private sector or 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). A minimum of 40 GLH’s shall be
required for additional scent recognition, final
assessment and examination.
It is strongly recommended that learners and their dog
are assessed prior to commencement of training by a
NASDU Approved Instructor/Trainer for which additional
GLH’s may be identified.
Course assessment shall be of the team and carried
out by an Approved NASDU Instructor/Trainer;
internal moderation shall be carried out by NASDU.
External moderation shall be carried out by HABC.
The mode of assessment shall be by ongoing
practical assessment, by question and answer
sessions by a written examination and final practical
Final assessment/examination regarding the
indication of target scents shall be carried out by a
suitably qualified examiner (i.e. ACPO) that does not
have an interest in the learner passing the
Certificate(s) shall be for the handler and also as a
Team i.e. handler and dog
The successful learner can proceed onto a variety of
dog detection work including Drug Detection,
Explosive Detection or into Dog Training.
Unit 1 – (10 GLH)
Roles and Responsibilities of a Pyrotechnic
Detection Dog Handler
Unit 2 – (10 GLH)
Unit 3 – (60 GLH)
Scanning for Pyrotechnics
Indication of Pyrotechnics
Unit 4 – (10 GLH)
Health & Safety
Health & Safety Assessment
Load & Unload
Emergency First Aid
Unit 5 – (10 GLH)
Storage, Use and Transportation
Progression of Training