Certified K-9 Handler Instructor Course

Certified K-9 Handler Instructor Course


The Certified K-9 Handler Instructor Course curriculum was created and the Certified K-9 Handler Instructor Course Program and manuals were created. The goal is not to tell the handler how to train, or tell departments or private professionals where to train or where to get there department k-9’s, because this can very across the state. The goal of this Certified K-9 Handler Instructor Course is to bridge the gap between the academic training and the real street deployment, and add consistency the training of one of the most important parts of the K-9 team, the handler. This type of K-9FTO Training along with the manuals curriculum will help the industry.

Once a trainee-handler has completed this course they should not have any questions in their mind about when, why, and how they are to utilize their department’s K-9 on the street. In turn this will assist in lowering liability and heighten officer safety.

After the completion of this 40 hour online course, the Certified K-9 Handler Instructor will have demonstrated the understanding of K-9 related case law, and the ability to impart that knowledge and its real-world application in police/service work to the handler-trainee.

The K-9FTO/Handler Instructor will serve as a comprehensive resource to the handler-trainee for all things K-9, from basic grooming and kenneling, to the most advanced tactics and methods expected from a K-9 team in the field.

The K-9FTO Course curriculum training manual will be utilized as the K-9FTO / Handler Instructor mentors, and guides the new K-9 handler through their field training. We recommend 80-hours of field training, it is intended to bridge the gap between the handler’s initial K-9 handler training, and the beginning of their time as an operational, effective K-9 Team on the street.

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The Candidate-Trainee completes the required course registration form, providing all necessary qualifications, and documentation to meet the K-9FTO criteria.  The candidate-trainee then electronically submits the course registration form along with the course payment.  K-9STAC / K-9FTO reviews the registration to verify the candidate-trainee’s qualifications, experience and references.

Once K-9STAC/K-9FTO completes the registration process, usually within 2-5 business days they will email the candidate-trainee back a course access username & password.

The candidate then starts their course. The course will begin with an introduction page, then a purpose page and then will follow the Certified K-9 Handler Instructor Course Table of Contents.  The course is designed so that each chapter must be opened, reviewed and tested before being able to move onto the next course chapter.  All candidate-trainees must complete and receive a passing score of at least 75% or better to be able to move onto the next course chapter.  Failure to do so on the first attempt at the chapters quiz, the candidate will be advised that they should review the chapter material again, and then the quiz can be taken again.  If the second attempt is failed at the chapter quiz, with less the 75% correct answers, the candidate-trainee will be advised to contact Certified K-9 Handler Instructor Course liaison, before moving forward.  Candidate-Trainees may be dropped from this course if they cannot pass the written quizzes.

After completing the entire K-9FTO Course, and obtaining passing scores on all chapter quizzes, the candidate-trainee is now a K-9FTO Certified K-9 Handler Instructor.

The newly K-9FTO Certified K-9 Handler Instructor will receive a Certificate of the Course Completion, along with an official K-9FTO Certified K-9 Handler Instructor logo patch.

The newly certified K-9 Handler Instructor will also have full access to download the K-9FTO Course Curriculum Training Manual.

The K-9FTO Course Curriculum Training Manual can then be utilized as they mentor, and guide their new K-9 handlers through 80-hours of field training scenarios.  This 80-hours of Field Training Block Scenarios of training is intended to bridge the gap between the handler’s initial K-9 handler training, and the beginning of their time as an operational, effective K-9 team on the street.

Once the Certified Instructor performs their duties as an Instructor of a newly assigned K-9 Handler, they will send that K-9 Handler’s information into K-9FTO and that K-9 Handler will receive a certificate of completion of the K-9FTO 80 hour course, along with the opportunity to have access to the K-9FTO legal updates and newsletter systems.


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There is no formal agreement with enrollment. The tuition is not refundable. The tuition will only be refundable if the student trainee does not meet the for mentioned program criteria. There will be then a deposit, and credit refund, cost of $250.00 deducted, with the remaining tuition reimbursed back to the student in a reasonable amount of time. Once you submit this form, you will be directed to submit payment via PayPal. Once payment is received, your application will be sent to Admissions.

We provide Tuition Financial Assistance



After the instructor candidate meets the initial qualifications standards, they are eligible to purchase the K-9FTO Certified K-9 Handler Instructor Course.  The instructor candidate must be able to provide documentation of their training and qualifications and must provide references to substantiate their experience. The instructor candidate also must have successfully completed a working K-9 Handler and/or a Trainer School, and must be an active K-9 handler (sport or law enforcement training), with a minimum of (1000) one-thousand documented hours or equivalent 3 years experience, in K-9 related law enforcement training, and/or sport, and/or other K-9 competition levels.  The instructor candidate also must be able to demonstrate a strong understanding of working dogs, personnel and the cohesion of the two.

Please complete the enrollment agreement to enroll in the K-9FTO K-9 Handler Instructor .  Paying the enrollment tuition will reserve your place in the program, as your references and other criteria are being confirmed.

If you have questions about your enrollment deposit or next steps, please contact  Admissions at (925)997-3122 or email dorn@k9stac.com.



The K-9FTO Certified K-9 Handler Instructor criteria may be met by any person who has demonstrated through education, training and operational experience, the skills and desire necessary to mentor, guide and instruct new K-9 handlers in all aspects of K-9 handling. The Instructor may be expected to coordinate, and facilitate additional maintenance training for K-9 handler pursuant to their agency policies.


  • Continued update training of a minimum of 8 hours mandatory annually through K-9FTO Online or Seminar Trainings.
  • Attend law enforcement and private seminars, conferences and courses to continue training and knowledge in all pertinent disciplines to ensure that the most up-to-dates techniques and methodologies are being used, minimum of 24 hours mandatory annually.
  • Participate and/or attend canine competitions and certifications.
  • Certification in Human and Pet (K-9) First Aid & CPR is highly recommended.


  • The ability to provide instruction, training and supervision of trainees in the classroom, as well as in the practical phase of the K-9 Handlers training.
  • The ability and the moral fortitude to lead by example and mentor the trainees to effectively maintain equipment, proper care and maintenance of the canine’s health, including home kenneling.
  • The ability to track the trainee’s progression of training and identify any weaknesses or shortcomings, and then make the necessary corrections and remedial training if necessary to bring the trainee’s sub-par performance in the identified category to an acceptable level.


The Certified K-9 Handler Instructor needs to understand and appreciate the gravity of the training, instruction and mentorship they are expected provide to the inexperienced trainee.  Additionally, the Certified Instructors should possess a ‘big-picture’ understanding of the fine line between active law enforcement K-9 teams and the potential for civil liability.

The Certified K-9 Handler Instructor should arrive at work each day and train with exuberance, patience and an understanding that effective K-9 handling takes a significant amount of time to master, and the instructor should teach in a courteous, professional and encouraging manner.

All Certified K-9 Handler Instructors are expected to continue to represent themselves, their company and the K-9FTO Program with pride, integrity and within the ethical guidelines set forth in The Law Enforcement Code of Ethics.


The initial course fee is $1499.00 and the continued membership costs are $30.00 annually which gives the client continued 24/7 access to the website, which includes the most current K-9 related legal updates, articles and trainings.

All Certified K-9 Handler Instructors will receive Certificate of Completion, the
K-9FTO Course Manual and the K-9FTO K-9 Handler Instructor Insignia Patch.

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