Team Certification2019-01-07T14:37:42+00:00

Team Certification

The Cargo Screening K9® Alliance prides itself on our commitment to standards of excellence. There are multiple certification standards that are well known throughout the canine industry, each with varying levels of rigor.  The Alliance Partners see K9 team certification as a priority and confirmation that our teams are operating at the highest level.

Canine Certification

The Alliance collectively has over 100 years of canine training and certification experience in multiple disciplines. Together, its members have successfully delivered canines at every industry-recognized certification.

Our staff has past participation in developing and implementing comprehensive evaluation policies and procedures for government and private industry. We have developed standard operating procedures and complex programs to support a wide array of requirements with the goal of ensuring optimum operational performance and continued proficiency.


Our team has a wealth of experience supporting major government canine programs.  This includes analysis of war-time working dog requirements within the Department of Defense, advising the Transportation Security Administration for development of the Passenger Screening Canine, as well as invaluable experience establishing research and development test protocols for new projects.

Quality Assurance

CSK9 has in-depth knowledge of quality assurance and quality control measures utilized throughout the canine industry. Our willingness to gain an understanding of a variety of operational requirements and security programs for the regulated entities allows us to consistently improve upon our operations, negate shortfalls, and provide a complementary cargo screening alternative to the air cargo industry.

CSK9 incorporates industry best practices into the quality assurance and quality control program. Our staff has participated in the international Scientific Working Group on Dog and Orthogonal Detector Guidelines (SWGDOG) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology Organization of Scientific Area Committee for Canines.

The CSK9 quality assurance and quality control ensure peak performance of cargo screening canine teams through the implementation of industry best practices and QA & QC measures designed for effective and efficient screening of cargo.

Explosive Odors

It’s our policy to train each canine systematically on the prescribed list of explosives families. This ensures our canines are demonstrating the ability to detect a wide array of explosive odors, including home-made-explosives, and their implications on the emergence of new threats and devices.

  • Nitroalkines
  • Peroxides
  • Nitrates
  • Nitrate Esters
  • Acid Salts
  • Nitroaromatics

Our canines provide are able to detect explosive odors at a lowered olfactory threshold, which allows for the timely, effective and efficient inspection of cargo. Because of their unique ability to sense explosive particles in the air,  our teams accurately and expeditiously detect an explosive threat without disturbing packaging, de-palletizing, or stopping the continuous movement of freight.

Proficiency Training

Consistent with our SOPs, each team is required to conduct a minimum of four hours of in-service proficiency maintenance training per week, consisting of four mutually reinforcing layers.

First layer: Each handler is required to pass daily health and fitness checks prior to arriving at the work site.

Second layer: Consists of formal monthly In-Service Training (IST) sessions that are managed and supervised by the Lead Handler. This training maintains team proficiency in accordance with the certification standard and further develops the canines’ detection abilities and handler’s knowledge base. Each handler is required to record at least four hours of IST proficiency training each week.

Third layer: We perform weekly reviews of the daily and formal training records, and an explosive training aid usage report. This record review is essential to ensure all aspects of training have been addressed and the teams maintain their operational readiness. The Lead Handler and Project Managers will review all canine training records for accuracy before they are entered into a permanent file.

Fourth layer: Quarterly validations on “hard odor” ensure the teams are working according to the standards prescribed in the SOW. These quarterly validations are documented in the canine teams’ training records as well as a separate validation form and maintained as a part of the canine’s permanent training records.


Contact CSK9 to learn more about how we can provide CCSF-K9 cargo screening services at your facility. Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns and we will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.


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