K9 Handler Certification


SEK9 K9 Handler CertificationWhen lives are on the line, law enforcement agencies need professional K9 Units they can trust to get the job done. Our Scent Discriminate Handler Certification program sets a new gold standard in qualification measurement and has been evaluated by industry experts to surpass SWGDOG requirements. Candidates will be evaluated on their completion and performance using our comprehensive system of trials and assessment standards with GPS mapping documentation of trails.

Price: $1500.00  3-Day Course (On-site Lodging included) Training is located at our K9 Training Headquarters in Bolivar, TN. The property is located on 1200 beautiful acres loaded with trailing opportunities for a unique training experience with comfortable accommodations for handlers in our fully equipped lodge and plenty of kennel space.

Do you have a large group that needs Handler Certification? We can come to you. Give us a call at 850-272-6950 or contact info@scentevidencek9.com.

Requirements, Qualification Criteria and Assessments

K9 Handler CertificationCertification candidates must present a minimum of six months of Scent-Discriminate K9 training records for review. Required items include:

  • Name of handler and canine
  • Names of individuals assisting with training / Trail Layers
  • Date of training
  • Location and environmental conditions of training
  • Training design (non-blind, single-blind or double-blind)
  • Description of targets
  • Location of targets
  • Set time / Age of trail
  • Length of trail
  • Search results
  • Deficiencies and corrective measures implemented during the training regimen

K9 Handler CertificationCertification Qualifying Criteria:

  • Scent Discriminate Assessment - 5 Trials
  • Location Check Assessment - 8 Trials
  • Comprehensive Trailing Assessment
  • Scent Collection and Dismissals Assessment
  • Written Assessment


Paul Coley - Founder & CEO, Scent Evidence K9

Paul is a former FBI Forensic Canine Operations Specialist and has dedicated his entire 30-year career to public service in the fields of education, law enforcement, criminal justice, investigations, forensics, and emergency management.

As a member of the FBI Evidence Response Team, he has deployed human scent evidence and scent detection K9 Trailing teams in cases across the United States. Paul has also served as an instructor for National Academy Classes at FBI Academy and presented his scent discrimination techniques during the 2017 International Scent Summit in Austria.

Trey Cash - SEK9 Training manager

Trey is a Behavioral Sciences Graduate and an M77 Certified Master K9 Trainer. Trey oversees the daily operations of our new 1200-acre Training Headquarters in Bolivar, TN


Upcoming Classes

SEK9 Training Headquarters - Bolivar, TN

  • December 3 - 5, 2019

Do you have a large group that needs Handler Certification? We can come to you. Give us a call at 850-272-6950 or contact info@scentevidencek9.com.

Have Questions? Talk to our Training Team at info@scentevidencek9.com or Call 850-272-6950.