Qualified Dog Handler

Becoming a Qualified Dog Handler

Any Security Service Provider or Organisation who wishes to provide or use Qualified Dog Handlers must comply with the minimum standards as set out by PSIRA (Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority) in terms of the Government Gazette No. 19067,

Board Notice 120, and Government Gazette 19740 Board Notice 15.
The minimum standards determine that:

  • A security officer working with a dog must be trained at an accredited dog training and dog supplier centre.
  • A Security Service Provider who provides dogs and trained dog handlers must be accredited as a Security Dog Supplier.
  • Clients who make use of dogs and/or handlers must ensure that their Security Service Providers comply with the relevant legislation.
  • All security officers working with dogs must be trained at a PSIRA accredited dog training centre.
  • All dogs used must have the necessary identification, and must have been trained at an accredited dog training centre.
  • The first course comprises DH1 and DH2, and Dog Handlers have to undergo training at a PSIRA accredited Dog Training Centre.

PLEASE NOTE: Using Dog Handlers who are not PSIRA qualified is a criminal offence.


Braveheart Bio-Dog Academy is a PSIRA accredited training service provider, and can train any individual to the level required for the issuing of a PSIRA certificate stating his level of competence with regard to dog training/handling. The Academy can also make arrangements for PSIRA registration. Board and lodging for students are available on the premises, if required.

NB: Training is proficiency based – time is used efficiently and effectively, with acknowledgement of RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning). This ensures that a specific outcome is achieved.


Braveheaart Bio-Dog Academy is one of only a few private Dog Centres in South Africa that are accredited to present training for DH1 and DH2. You can contact us on (012) 734 4733, or e-mail us at mail@braveheart.co.za