British Columbia Dog and Handler Team Certification


There are two ways for dog and handler teams to be certified in British Columbia through an accredited school

  1. Assistance Dogs International (ADI)
  2. International Guide Dog Federation (IGDF)

Teams Not Trained by Accredited School

Teams that were not trained by a school accredited by ADI or IGDF must submit the following documents to Security Programs in order to take the test offered by the Justice Institute of BC:

  • Written confirmation from a B.C. veterinarian that the dog has been spayed or neutered
  • A passport size and quality photograph of the applicant
  • Security Programs will review your documents and, if they are complete, direct you to JIBC for testing.

Dog-in-Training Certification

  • Dogs being trained by ADI or IGDF accredited schools are eligible for dog-in-training certification.
  • Certification allows dogs to train in public places provided they are accompanied by a certified dog trainer.

Dog Trainer


Employees or volunteers training dogs for ADI or IGDF accredited schools can apply for certification allowing them to train the dogs in public places. Please submit the following to Security Programs:

The registrar will not issue or renew a dog trainer certificate unless the individual who will be identified in the certificate trains dogs on behalf of an accredited training school for the purpose of the dogs becoming guide dogs or service dogs.

Retired Dog Certification

Certified guide dogs and service dogs that have retired and remain with their handlers can receive retirement certification. Certification allows them to continue living with their handlers regardless of strata bylaws or rental conditions prohibiting pets.

Please submit the following to Security Programs:

By Sam Amy Nelson

Sam Amy Nelson (she/her) is an advocate for people with disabilities and mental health.