Guide Dog & Service Dog Certification Testing

The guide and service dog test assesses whether a dog is calm, stable and reliable in situations commonly encountered by dog and handler teams. It also evaluates if:

  • The handler has control over the dog
  • The dog is safe to be in public
  • The dog demonstrates the high standard of training required of guide and service dogs

Tests are on-leash. An occasional tight leash is acceptable. However, a dog is not ready for an assessment if it displays behaviour requiring major restraint or a continuously tight leash to perform a task (unless the tight leash is required for mobility issues).

The tester will follow the team, but will communicate with it only when required as a part of an assessed task. The team must pass all 40 tasks in the Assessment (PDF) to be certified.

Preparing

To prepare for the test, please review the B.C. Guide Dog and Service Dog Assessment (PDF).

Applying

See Dog & Handler Certification and Dog-in-Training, Trainer & Retired Dog Certification for information on applying.

Locations

Tests are currently available in the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, the Cariboo and the Interior.

The tests are conducted by testers selected by the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC). The JIBC is working to add testers to more locations around the province. Information about new locations will be added to this website as it is available.

Cost

Tests are $200.

Security Programs will pay the cost of sending a tester to an applicant if the applicant meets all of these requirements:

  • Lives outside the Lower Mainland
  • Receives income or disability assistance
  • Cannot travel

However, applicants are responsible for the cost of the test itself.

Security Programs covers travel costs for an assessment once every two years. The applicant is responsible for covering assessments resulting from failed tests.