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National Association of Canine Scent Work, LLC®
Instructor Certification Program Submission Guidelines

Prospective instructors are required to submit materials during the course of the certification process. Instructors have two years from Day 1 of their segment 1 course date to complete the certification requirements. The 8-day course may be completed before all other materials have been submitted.

NOTE: Instructors that are likely to complete the requirements before the last day of the course should submit all materials at least 8 weeks before day 8 of the course. (However, the order in which materials are received will directly affect which materials receive priority review. There is no guarantee that review and approval will be completed before the posted date, as instructors may be also required to submit additional video or information.)

(see complete descriptions and specifications below)

1. Résumé or Bio
2. ANWI Status Update
3. Videos of Classes
4. Instructor Evaluations from your students (online evaluations are preferred. )
5. Training/Hours Log (can include pre-course activity; details must be included)
6. ORT

Prospective instructors should use the guidelines below for submission of required materials. Preferred method of submissions is electronic/online.

All submissions should be made within your instructor portal in the online Instructor Education website.


Questions about course requirements and submissions should be addressed to:

Emails with general questions regarding the instructor course should go to:

For those of you who are unable to submit the requirements electronically, all physical mail correspondence should go to:

NACSW17216 Saticoy Street Suite 350 Van Nuys, CA 91406

DATE DUE: Must be received electronically before 1st day of instructor course.

In your online Instructor Portal, please enter in the Biography section a résumé or bio that describes your background information, including any non-dog-related background. You may also upload a file to the Files section and type the name of your document in the Biography text area. Your bio should include the following types of information:

  • Professional or affiliated canine experience
    • Dog training and/or instruction (class instruction preferred)
    • Behavior modification experience
    • Shelter dog or private rescue organization experience
    • Veterinary experience (behavior specialty preferred, but not required)
  • Non-canine animal experience
    • Animal Training
    • Research
  • Non-animal related teaching, training or instruction experience
  • Non-animal related work experience (e.g. accounting, management, etc.)
  • Educational background
    • High School specialty if related field
    • College or university
    • Professional certifications
    • Workshops/Seminars/Continuing Education
    • Any other pertinent information

For those submitting a Word document or PDF via email to, please submit the email with the following subject line:

Name, Résumé, Course Location and Date

(Example: Mary Smith, Résumé, Pasadena May 2019)

You will be eligible for the ANWI title after you have completed the following:

  • Days 1- 4 of the 8-day instructor course
  • Midterm exam
  • You have started teaching or have taught an Intro to K9 Nose Work© class or led a practice group

Once you have completed the above requirements, your status will be updated in the Instructor Education website. If you notice that your status has not been updated to ANWI status, please email to request an update. Please also update your business information in your Instructor Portal and check the option to be included in Instructor Searches if you would like to be included.

Please send emails regarding your ANWI status to with the following subject line:

Name, ANWI Status Update (Example: Mary Smith, ANWI Status Update)

Via Instructor Portal:
Please enter the URLs of your (YouTube, Vimeo, GoogleDrive) video or videos into the Video section of the Requirements Submissions tab. You may upload your links directly to your record in the portal. You'll have the option to add one link per piece or there is a complication field as an alternative.

Via Email:
You can also email your video links to

Please submit the email with the following subject line: Name, Video (Example: Mary Smith, Video)

Please submit the email with the following subject line:
Name, Video (Example: Mary Smith, Video)

Via Mail: (We want this to be a last option. Mailing submissions via regular mail can delay processing an additional 30-90 days.)
Please put your video file(s) on a flash/USB drive and mail to the Saticoy address. Accepted videos file formats or .mp4.

DVDs and CDs will not be accepted. Please be sure to label the flash drive with your First and Last Name.


Instructors should submit sample video of their classes, practice group, and/or shelter dog sessions using either YouTube unlisted link (NOT PRIVATE), Vimeo link or GoogleDrive link (be sure to set video so anyone with link can view. You can change it after review).

General submission information: You may create one large, edited video of all 4 classes, or you may submit separate shorter videos of each of the 4 classes. If you submit a compilation of all required video requirements, please label/title each section so we can easily navigate the video and/or find segments for follow up as needed. The total time of all video(s) should not exceed 35 minutes COMBINED or SUBMITTED INDIVIDUALLY ALL TOGETHER NOT MORE THAN 35 minutes.

Videos do not need to be submitted in any particular order if you are breaking them into individual segments. Some instructors may teach vehicles and exteriors with primary reward or may be instructing a combination class. However, the skills of each element should be demonstrated clearly. We recommend you record all dogs on your first lesson of each level or element, so any follow up recordings of those classes are more likely to ensure you have followed up with dogs from the first class. Submissions should aim to include at least two types of dogs per class. (Example: One run of the Maltese and one run of the German Shepherd on day one of Intro to Nose Work.) The video should be comprised of a couple of runs, ideally video should also include narration by the prospective instructor (coaching a team or instructing a group).

What are we looking for to be submitted?

Videos of:

Intro to Nose Work

Intro to Odor

Intro to Vehicles

Intro to Exteriors

  • Introduction to K9 Nose Work®
    • Class logistics and set up for dogs: search area set up, crate/car crate area away from search area (dogs should not be crated nor working in the line of sight or vicinity of non-searching dog), where will handlers be stationed to watch, entry/exit plan for teams coming and going from searches. The class logistics and set up for dogs is only necessary for Intro to K9 Nose Work. It is not required for Intro to Odor, Intro to Vehicles or Intro to Exteriors.
    • Instructor specific: Intro/first session lecture approximately 5 minutes (for example: History of K9NW/NACSW & nose work sports in general, rules of the class, what they can expect from a K9NW class specifically, etc.)
    • 2 dogs from the first session/first runs plus those same dogs from week 5 or 6. These should be under 1 minute per dog, per run, so approximately 4 minutes total.
    • Dogs appear to be working independently
  • K9 Nose Work® Intro to Odor Class
    • Instructor specific: Intro to odor/first session lecture approximately 5 minutes (for example: Odors used for NACSW [or other odors from the country where your classes are taught if odors are different than NACSW], what they can expect from a K9NW Odor class specifically, how, and why we intro odors using the process we do etc.)
    • 2 dogs from first session/first runs plus those same dogs from week 5 or 6. These should be under 1 minute per dog, per run, so approximately 4 minutes total.
    • Dogs appear to be working independently
  • Intro to Vehicles (Introducing Vehicles)
    • Show your initial set up of the session to be instructed
    • Submit a brief explanation you give to students of the process for starting Vehicle searches (under 5 minutes)
    • Video should show 2 dogs being introduced to searching Vehicles. First lesson only (under 2 minutes).
  • Intro to Exteriors (Introducing Exteriors)
    • Show your initial set up of the session to be instructed
    • Submit a brief explanation you give to students of the process for starting Exterior searches (under 5 minutes)
    • Video should show 2 dogs being introduced to searching Exteriors. First lesson only (under 2 minutes)
  • Other things to consider in your video submissions:
    • Verbal instructions are given in a coherent manner
    • That hide placement supports the learning goal for that lesson
    • That the setup of the training space meets minimal requirements for safety and learning and can be seen on video [dogs should not be crated nor working in the line of sight or vicinity of non-searching dog]
    • Coaching of dog and/or handler through a difficult situation

We do not need to see your best dogs in class. We are more interested in seeing how you instruct and coach different types of dogs with different styles and/or challenges. After reviewing your initial submissions, we may request additional footage, more class examples, or a video review of your teaching/instructional location.

NOTE: If you are co-instructing and both instructors are in the CNWI program at the same time, you may submit the same video clips of dogs, but each instructor must submit video where they individually appear to lead or coach the different levels. We want to have a feel for the teaching style of each instructor.

Online evaluations are preferred.  We need a minimum of 4 evaluations from each of the following classes (total 8):

  • Introduction to K9 Nose Work® (minimum of 4)
  • Introduction to Odor, Vehicle and/or Exterior

Example A:  4 Intro to K9NW (from 4 different students), 2 Intro to Odor, 1 Vehicle, 1 Exterior
Example B:  8 Intro to K9NW (from 8 different students)

If you have 4 or more evaluations from Intro to K9NW students, the remaining evaluations may be from the same students if they continued on with you in Intro to Odor, Vehicles, or Exteriors.

Via Webform (preferred method):
Share the following link with your students and have them submit the online evaluation form. You will be notified when we receive an evaluation for you:

Instructor Evaluation (English)

Instructor Evaluation (Japanese)

Via Mail:
If your student does not have online access he/she may fill out a paper evaluation form. Please note that the correct instructor evaluation is a 2-page form. Please do not use the 1-page class evaluation form for this purpose. Students should fill out the instructor evaluation and place it in a sealed envelope to be returned to you, the instructor. Envelopes should have the signature of the student across the seal of the envelope. Please collect paper evaluations from your students and mail them all to NACSW at the same time. Please DO NOT have students mail them individually. Blank evaluation form is available for download on the NACSW Instructor Training Program Google group. You will get an invite to that group after your first course segment is completed.

What to log:
Approximately 75 hours total (adjustments can be requested for those working with shelters or other situations). Please keep track of all hours, and the education department will assess on a case-by-case basis. Hours should include:

~ 30 hours as lead or co-instructor teaching hours (Must have teaching hours in all of the elements: Intro to NW, Odor, Vehicles, and Exteriors)

~ 15 hours of any of the following: leading practice group, privates, assisting

~ 30 hours of observation – workshops, camp, auditing classes

You may enter your data electronically in the Excel spreadsheet (link below), or manually on a hard copy of the same form (PDF link below). Hard copy forms should be scanned to PDF form. Upload your training log file to the Files section of your Instructor Portal, or copy and paste the training log text into the Training Log section of the Requirements Submissions tab.

Download the hours log file below:
Excel Document  |  PDF

To submit via email, send your hours log to with the subject line:

Name, Hours Log (Example: Mary Smith, Hours Log)

Prior to certification, program participants must pass an ORT with a dog they’ve personally trained and handled. Upon passing the ORT, update the ORT section of your Instructor Portal Requirements Submissions tab. Alternately, submit your ORT information to with the following subject line:
Name, ORT (Example: Mary Smith, ORT)

Please list the ORT date, host/location, results, and dog’s NACSW registration number.

ORT Alternatives

For those who are not located in the USA, please read the information below for ORT alternative options:

ORT Alternatives PDF  / ORT Alternative Submission Fee

NOTE: Approved professional detection certifications may be valid in lieu of passing an ORT (date, location, & type of certification should be noted). Please contact Jill Marie O’Brien at if you have a professional detection certification.

Please contact Jill Marie O’Brien at with any questions regarding the education program. All electronic submissions should be entered directly into your Instructor Portal, or via email to

All hard copy submissions should be mailed to:

NACSW, 17216 Saticoy Street, Suite 350, Van Nuys, CA 91406

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