TRAILING TRAINER REQUIREMENTS
Georgia K9 NTC Trailing/ K9 Trainer Levels
We are constantly striving to provide the absolute best trailing training available. Part of that process is to build our trainer base by including exceptionally gifted handlers into our cadre. This is not an easy process and is by invitation only.
Our GAK9 Trailing Training Program is administered by a governing body of officers in Current Trainer positions. Trainers are responsible for:
- Training program development
- New handler training
- New trainer internships and apprenticeships
Trainer positions are granted by GAK9 Board of Trainers invitation only. The board is made up of appointed trainers in the geographical area of interest governed by a Training Coordinator. Invitation comes from a board majority vote. GAK9 Chief Executive Officer casts decision the final vote in the case of a board split decision.
The trailing trainer position is also considered a GAK9 Trailing Officer position giving the trainer voting rights for the standards and policies of our GAK9 Trailing K9 Program in a given geographical area if appointed to repress that country by the board. In order for a Trailing K9 Trainer to be considered for this position, the trainer must have passed a trailing examination with an appointed GAK9 Official. All new trainers are on probation for 6 months. A trainer position may be revoked at any time and for any reason during the probation period. There is no appeal process for any revocation.
STRUCTURE OF RANKING SYSTEM FOR TRAINER POSITION
Is the first ranking in the GAK9 Trailing ranking system and is conducted during entry-level training. It signifies the basic understanding of the mental, physical, and character disciplines. It is the minimum requirement for all GAK9 Students and requires a minimum of 20 hours of training in the areas of scent article use and basic handling under the supervision of a GAK9 qualified Trainer.
Is the second rank in the GAK9 trainers’ system. The requirement for this rank is the recommendation of a GAK9 Trailing Trainer after a minimum of 40 hours of trailing training under the supervision of a GAK9 qualified trainer
Is the third rank in the GAK9 Trainers System. The requirement for this rank is the recommendation of a GAK9 Trailing trainer after 80 hours of supervised training by said Trainer and a Level 1 Certification in any area of expertise: Field, Rural, Suburban, or Urban.
TRAILING HANDLER | INSTRUCTOR QUALIFIED
All the requirements of Trailing Handler must be achieved prior to this appointment to include: An additional 40 hours of trailing training instruction as an assistant under the supervision of GAK9 Trailing Trainer and one year of trailing experience. This position is by GAK9 Board of Trainers vote only after submission by a GAK9 trainer responsible for the student. The board votes by majority rule and in the case of a split decision the CEO casts the decision deciding the vote. A Trailing Handler Instructor is not qualified to teach military or police classes.
PROFESSIONAL LEVEL TRAINING POSITIONS
POLICE K9 TRAINER
All the requirements of Trailing Handler/ Instructor Qualified must be achieved prior to this appointment to include: This position is by GAK9 CEO appointment only and made after at least 80 hours of police K9 instruction training. A Police K9 Trainer may train and test all levels except at the military level.
MILITARY K9 TRAINER
All the requirements of Trailing Handler/ Instructor Qualified must be achieved prior to this appointment to include: This position is by GAK9 CEO appointment only and made after at least 80 hours of military K9 Instruction. A military trainer can train and test all levels.