Guide Dog & Service Dog Team Certification

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

  • Receive a trained dog from an accredited school
  • Pass a public safety test

Guide and service dog teams with valid identification cards issued by training schools accredited by ADI or IGDF, regardless of Province or country of issue, are considered to be certified under the GDSDA. These teams no longer need to make a formal application for a GDSDA certificate to receive the protections available under the GDSDA.

Guide and service dog teams holding valid identification cards from accredited training schools may still choose to apply for the GDSDA certificate.

Teams Trained by an Accredited School

New Application – Documentation

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:

2-Year Renewal Application – Documentation

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

 Self-trained teams and teams trained by non-accredited schools: New Application – Documentation

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:

2-Year Renewal Application – Documentation

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