Becoming a Trainer

Scentwork for trainers and dog clubs

Scentwork is now a well-established dog sport which continues to grow in popularity with trials run across the country at various venues throughout the year.

The scentwork courses will provide you with the skills to be able to bring Scentwork to the pet dog community whether it be as a hobby or as a competitive sport.

By covering a variety of training methods and growing your skills as a Scentwork trainer, the course will ensure that you develop a broad base of knowledge so that your students will be prepared for Scentwork for fun or take to a higher level and compete.

How do I start?

First you would need to take a ‘Scentwork Trainers Pt1’ course. For more information about the course click here.


The scentwork trainers courses are delivered by only the highest calibre of trainer ensuring that you are investing in only the best scentwork education.

Neil Losada , Sheffield, Yorkshire

Naomi Sullivan, Heathfield, East Sussex

Lesley Clements, Northern Ireland / RoI

Applications are welcome from existing dog trainers or clubs who wish to add scentwork to their programme of activities as well as qualified trainers who have formal dog training qualifications, for example –

  • Qualified trainers who have formal dog training qualifications with the following providers or organisations, KCAI, IMDT, APDT, BIPDT, ABTC, pet professional guild.
  • Qualified at Level 4 and above in SWUK trials.
  • Previous Scent Detection Trainer for pet dogs (man trailing/tracking/SAR ).
  • Previous trainer for other scentwork associations (UKCSD/Talking Dogs/UK Sniffer Dogs).
  • Accredited Scent Detection Trainer (ACPO/NPCC/NASDU/DATR).
  • Previous operational handling experience (Police/Prisons/Armed Forces/Fire Investigation/SAR/Security).
  • Those who are existing dog trainers or clubs who which to include scentwork as an additional training activity.

If you do not have any of the above but do have considerable knowledge and experience in dog & people training, please do not hesitate to apply and explain your background and experience in the relevant section on the application form.

After the course

You will be provided with detailed lesson plans with which you can quick start your own structured Scentwork training course. The ‘step-by-step’, easy to follow guide, booklet shows detailed course plans, week by week guiding you through the 6 and 12 week modules.

After the course you will be added to a small trainers facebook group where you can submit videos for feed back and is a safe place to ask any questions that you might have.

As you progress your scentwork training journey there will be the option of attending  Train the Trainers Parts 2 and 3 to further your scentwork learning.