Guide Dog & Service Dog Team Certification

There are two ways for dog and handler teams to be certified:

  1. Receive a trained dog from an accredited school
  2. Pass a public safety test

Teams Trained by an Accredited School

If you are the handler of a dog trained by a school accredited by Assistance Dogs International (ADI) or the International Guide Dog Federation (IGDF) submit the following documents to Security Programs:

Security Programs will process your application within 3 to 4 weeks of receiving your complete application package.

Teams Applying for Testing

If you are the handler of a dog that was not trained by a school accredited by ADI or IGDF please submit the following documents to Security Programs:

If your documents are complete, Security Programs will direct you to the Justice Institute of British Columbia for testing.

New Certificates

New guide dog and service dog certificates include security features. Certificates issued under the Guide Dog and Guide Service Act in the old style are valid until they expire.

The comparison below shows the difference:

Front Old Style

Showing the front of a sample of the Guide Dog and Service Dog Certificate Card used before April 12, 2016.

Back Old Style

Showing the back of a sample of the Guide Dog and Service Dog Certificate Card used before April 12, 2016.

Front New Style

Showing the front of a sample Guide Dog and Service Dog Certificate Card used beginning April 12, 2016.

Back New Style

Showing the back of a sample Guide Dog and Service Dog Certificate Card used beginning April 12, 2016.

 

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