Apprenticeship Program

Kelli and I instituted an apprenticeship program for our K9 trainer position when we opened Georgia K9 and this program was primarily hands on.  Once the apprentice demonstrated to Kelli and I that they were proficient with their assigned training program, we gave them the title of trainer. As we have grown, so too has our responsibilities and our status in the K9 training community.  We are one of the primary K9 trainers on the Eastern Seaboard and recognized coast to coast.  Not only are we training our staff, but we are instituting a training program for qualified applicants from other areas.

In light of this, we are instituting a new trainer program that will ultimately include Online testing for the following areas:

  • K9 Obedience
  • K9 Behavior
  • Trailing
  • Air Scent
  • Human Remains Detection
  • Narcotics Detection
  • Explosives Detection

 

Part of the future process to become a trainer at GAK9 in one of the disciplines is not only passing hands on tests, but also written exams.  Currently, we are working on the trailing exam with the rest to follow.  The written tests are not meant to overshadow the hands-on part of our program as we feel that this is truly the best way to train, but simply enhance  it.  Our goal is for our training to be viewed as a legitimate source of continuing K9 education. Currently, our law enforcement training is accredited by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training.

The new Certified Trainer Levels are the following:

  • K9 Apprentice
  • K9 Trainer Journeyman
  • K9 Trainer Specialist
  • K9 Master Trainer

 

K9 Apprentice

This position begins as a kennel tech. Once the apprentice exhibits the character and skills necessary to begin training with dogs, he or she will be allowed to work with a K9 Master Trainer and/ or K9 Trainer Specialist in the techniques of K9 Obedience.  There is no set time frame for this program and it is strictly based on the approval of K9 trainer staff.  K9 Trainer staff is composed of K9 Master Trainers and K9 Trainers Specialists. A K9 Apprentice will also be allowed to work with a K9 Trainer Journeyman, K9 Trainer Specialist, or Master Trainer in order to assist in K9 training for any discipline above as directed by a master trainer.   An apprentice is not allowed to conduct any training unsupervised.  An apprentice can be a part time or full time position based on an hourly rate of pay.

K9 Trainer Journeyman

This is the first level of K9 training graduation.  A journeyman has exhibited the skills and traits for more responsibility.  A Journeyman has earned the right to train Specialist or Master Trainer selected K9′s for the prescribed training method without supervision. A journeyman is a part time or full time position based on an hourly rate of pay.

K9 Trainer Specialist

A specialist has been promoted to K9 training staff and is responsible for the general obedience training and maintenance of all K9′s. A specialist may train and supervise in disciplines that they have been certified in. A specialist is also responsible for overseeing the efforts of apprentices and journeyman. A Specialist is considered a full time, salaried employee and may be offered the following benefits:

Sick Leave
Vacation
Health Insurance Contribution

K9 Master Trainer

A Master Trainer is responsible for all staff & employees, and day to day operations of the kennel facility. They are directly responsible for the training and supervision of all employees at a Georgia K9 Facility. A Master Trainer is considered a full time, salaried employee and may be offered the following benefits:

Sick Leave
Vacation
Health Insurance Contribution