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The HABC 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 8517-1:2009.

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.

Awarding Body

HABC – An awarding organisation approved by the Regulatory Authority OFQUAL and recognised by the SIA


Level 2 - Award

Course Duration

Training would be delivered over a number of weeks and would be of sufficient duration to ensure competency, having a minimum of 50 guided learning hours (GLH’s).

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 with the dog.

Programme Structure

The programme is flexible with a mixture of theory and practical tuition and is made up of 4 Units 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).

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 accreditation of prior learning (APL) of up to 35 GLH’s.  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.


Assessment shall be carried out by an Approved NASDU Trainer/Instructor; internal moderation shall be carried out by NASDU with external moderation carried out by HABC.

The mode of assessment shall be by practical ongoing assessment, by question and answer sessions and by a written examination.



HABC certification shall be for the Handler as an academic qualification.

NASDU certification shall be for the Dog and Handler (Team) as a practical occupational assessment.


The successful learner can proceed onto NASDU/HABC Level 3 Certificates, qualified handlers can also progress to Mobile Patrol Officers/Supervisors, Detection Dog Handlers and ultimately 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


Unit 01       Roles and Responsibilities of a General Purpose Security Dog Handler

    • Handler Qualities
    • Legislation
    • Control Incidents
    • Customer Services


Unit 02       Control of a General Purpose Security Dog

    • Basic Control
    • Distance Control
    • Emergency Control


Unit 03       Controlling a General Purpose Security Dog under Operational Conditions

    • Patrol – Internal/External
    • Control – Access/Egress
    • Search – Property/Persons
    • Handler Protection
    • Weapon Attack


Unit 04       Maintaining the Health, Well Being and Safety of a General Purpose Security Dog

    • Inspection and Grooming
    • Transportation
    • H & S Requirements


Course Fees, Location & Dates

Please contact NASDU Head Office for list of Approved NASDU Trainers


Achieving this qualification does not automatically entitle an Individual to NASDU Membership; application forms for Membership can be obtained from your Trainer/Instructor or Head Office.

Applying for Individual Membership during training attracts a discount


The National Association of Security Dog Users
Unit 11, Boundary Business Centre, Boundary Way, Woking, Surrey GU21 5DH
01483 224320     [fax] 01483 224 735    [email]

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