Minimum skills

Minimum age 18 years.

Minimum academic qualification: upper secondary school diploma (EQF4 level / High school graduate)

Be certified as IWDA Dog handlers

Have trained at least 2 dogs of different handler that pass IWDA evaluation as operational


Candidates from IWDA Training Centers

Candidates from IWDA Training Centers do not have to apply for an Examination Session because their training course already provides for the final exam. The exam sessions for candidates from IWDA Training Centers are organized and managed directly by the Centers responsible. After passing the exam, the eligible candidates will have to fill in and submit the Registration Form to the IWDA Register.


Candidates from non-IWDA Training Centers

Candidates who do not come from IWDA Training Centers must produce the following documentation:

Certificates of technical-professional training carried out with the indication of responsible teachers

Detailed program of theoretical-practical training carried out

Has completed the training courses of at least 260 hours for handlers and 480 hours for instructors and to include copy of training logs

Subjects interested in supporting the IWDA recognition exam must send a written request to




2-    SKILLS

Introduction and Ethology

  • A career as Tracking/Trailing Dogs Trainer
  • Evolution of the Canine
  • Canine Taxonomy (Canine classification)
  • Canine Ethology (Canine natural behavior)
  • Breeding and breeds
  • Reading and Understanding Canine Language
  • Stress signals
  • Selecting and testing puppies, young dogs and adults


  • Applied Dog Behavior
  • Theory of learning
  • Clicker Training
  • Shaping, Luring, Capturing
  • Drives in dogs
  • Consequences of behavior: reinforcement and punishment
  • Behavior Problems
  • Effective Behavior Analysis
  • Dominance, Aggression and fears

Tracking/Trailing Training

  • Drive development
  • How to grow puppies and work with them
  • Understanding and assessing the different drives
  • How to start a training: food drive, play drive, hunt drive, prey drive
  • Record keeping
  • Think, Plan, Do, Analize
  • Training Equipment: lines, collars, harnesses, scent articles collection


  • Training management and planning
  • How to use protocols
  • How to create protocols
  • Training records
  • Think Plan Do Analyze


Training Tracking/Trailing Dogs

  • Match (how to train scent discrimination in tracking K9)
  • Motivation
  • Persistance
  • Emotional alert vs. trained alert (how a tracking K9 show the start of a track)


Training a Tracking Dog

Training a Trailing Dog

Learn to be a trainer

  • Creating Effective Lesson Plans
  • Classroom management
  • How to built up exercises
  • Dogs assessment
  • Handler assessment

Certificates and assessment

  • Supervise and manage K9 units
  • Certifications “Scenario based”
  • How to evaluate a team


3 –  EXAM

  • Theoretical test: written test multiple choice 50 questions


  • Ability to set up training plan: candidate should be able to prepare a training plan for a randomly drawn K9 Unit.


  • Pratical on the field: the candidate should show how he teaches at least 2 pratical exercises choosen by the evaluator.



  • How to become Evaluator: a certified IWDA Instructor could become evaluator after at least 2 year of teaching with IWDA and 3 months of internship with IWDA evaluator.



Until the 31.12.2018 professionals with proven experience could apply to join immediately the IWDA register of professionals.  People interested should contact their local coordinator and submit their bio with working experience, training logs and certificates. The request, if approved by local coordinator should be approved by Board of Directors.


Mantrailing Evaluation Standard – Professionals   n.01 28 september 2018