Affiliate Trainer (Overseas Scheme)


Overseas Trainer Application is not restrictive and is open to any European or International Dog Trainer and offers the opportunity for experienced and qualified overseas service Instructors/Trainers in core disciplines such as GP, DDD, and EDD to gain NASDU accreditation as an acknowledgement of their existing experience and training skills.

The Affiliate Overseas Trainers Scheme includes NASDU Individual Membership.

For whom suitable

  • The scheme is designed for experienced Service Instructors/Trainers not based in the UK who are working overseas in establishments such as the Police or the Military and are unable to fully meet the UK criteria (including IQA) for a NASDU Approved Instructor/Trainer.
  • The scheme is also designed for those overseas Service Instructors/Trainers who have left such establishments and have kept their teaching skills and knowledge current but are still unable to meet the full criteria for a UK NASDU Approved Instructor/Trainer status.
  • Communication between an Overseas Trainer and NASDU must be in English, and Trainers should have a minimum of Level 1 literacy in the English language, i.e., speaking, listening, reading and written skills.

Awarding Body

The scheme of Affiliate Overseas Trainer will be certificated by NASDU.


The scheme is achieved following presentation and moderation of a portfolio of evidence and will run for a 12-month period following approval.

There is no time limit as to how long an individual can remain as an Affiliate Overseas Trainer.


Assessment and internal moderation of the Affiliate Overseas Trainers portfolio will be by NASDU Assessor(s)

Programme Structure

The programme is by presentation of a portfolio of evidence (see Prior Learning).

Prior Learning – Portfolio

  • Must hold or have held an overseas nationally recognised instructor qualification i.e., Police or Military in the discipline in which they wish to provide training in (i.e., GP, DD, EDD)
  • Must have sufficient documented experience in the field of dog training and handler instruction within the last 5 years to ensure competency
  • Must have sufficient documented experience in service/security dog handling within the last 5 years to ensure competency in the handling of a dog
  • Must demonstrate sector competence, in that they have the necessary experience, knowledge and understanding of the sector in which they are providing training
  • Must demonstrate that they are keeping their own knowledge and skills up to date (CPD)
  • The above must be evidenced in the applicant’s CV which must include a chronological employment history together with a chronological list of training and development which must be supported with copy certificates


NASDU shall ‘E’ certificate as an “Affiliate Overseas Trainer/Individual Member” following successful moderation of their portfolio.  The qualification shall also state “in acknowledgement of (country) qualifications achieved”.

Certification shall be for the individual named Trainer and not for their or their employers Company (see Fact Sheet “NASDU Affiliate Overseas Company Membership Scheme”).

Overseas Trainers wishing assistance with their application should contact NASDU Head Office, your details may then be passed to an independent UK NASDU Approved Instructor/Trainer to act as a consultant on your behalf.


Affiliate Overseas Trainers can progress into other disciplines of dog training or into security management and consultancy.

Overseas Trainers moving back to the UK may wish to consider NASDU Approved Instructor/Trainer (see Fact Sheet “How to Become a NASDU Approved Instructor/Trainer”).


Initial Application Verification Fee                                   £35.00

Individual Membership                                                       £25.00


                                                                                                  £60.00   (UK £)



Annual Fee          

Overseas Affiliate Trainer Membership Fee                   £35.00   (UK £)

Bank Payment Details

Account Name: NASDU
Account No: 49749358
Sort Code: 60-02-20
IBAN: GB49NWBK60022049749358                              BIC: NWBKGB2L

Terms of Application

NASDU as a Membership Association reserves the right to decline an application without formal explanation.

Administration Office (Certification & Membership Enquiries)

Tel: 01483 224 320 (Option 1)

Head Office (Centre Approval Enquiries)

Tel: 01483 224 320 (Option 2)