APCA Accreditation

Master Trainers Accreditation Process

Members wishing to be accredited as a Master Trainer of Police Work Dogs must conform to the following:

1. Applicant must be a regular Member in good standing with the APCA.

2. Good Standing is defined as dues paid/current and annual/current resume update filed.

3. Applicant must be a qualified Trainer for the discipline, which he/she is applying for.

4. Applicant must be an active APCA Trainer with the APCA for a minimum of three (3) years.

5. Active is defined as attending one (1) APCA sanctioned workshop yearly, or certifying APCA canine teams annually.

6. Dogs trained must be trained to APCA testing standards.

7. The applicant must be a law enforcement officer with arrest powers who is either a K9 trainer or handler for his/her department for at least (2) years; amended (09/26/2016)

  • Or is a retired law enforcement officer and was the departments’ K9 trainer or handler for at least (2) years, (09/26/2016)
  • Or was a law enforcement K9 officer for and is employed as the law enforcement agency’s K9 trainer for at least (2) years. (09/26/2016)

8. The Master Trainer standards must meet all local or area requirements and conform to the standards set forth by the APCA

9. Applicant must be capable and experienced in training for any phase for which he/she is applying.

10. The applicant must have a written letter of recommendation from at least two (2) APCA Master Trainers that hold accreditation in the disciplines he/she seeks to obtain.

11. The applicant must send or email two (2) copies of his/her complete application package at least ninety-days (90), before the next meeting of the Accreditation Committee.

  • One (1) copy to the APCA Accreditation Committee Chairperson and one (1) copy to the Secretary.

12. The Chairperson and Secretary are to review these packages to see that all APCA requirements have been met.

    • If the package is not complete, the applicant will not be considered at the next accreditation committee meeting.

The application package will include:

    1. A current resume stating dates of his/her current employment, position, and job description.
    2. Must include an account of his/her practical experience with working police dogs
    3. Their length of time as a handler and trainer
    4. A list of dogs trained
    5. Copies of applicable certificates
    6. A signed waiver so employment can be verified.
    7. A letter of recommendation from at two (2) Master Trainers.
    8. All applicable test sheets.
    9. A letter stating their reason for applying for the accreditation.
    10. A copy of their curriculum they offer or assist within the training of police work dogs.
    11. List of all K-9 teams trained by him/her.
    12. List of all K-9 teams for which they have assisted in training, whichever is applicable.
    13. Two (2) current photos of applicant. The member shall submit 1 photo with each resume.

13. Incomplete packages and packages not received postmarked or emailed by the deadline, will not be considered at the next meeting of the Accreditation Committee.

The Accreditation Committee Chairperson will return all incomplete packages with an explanation as to why they could not be considered. They will then have to be resubmitted at a later date, after they have been completed.

14. Applicants will undergo a written and oral evaluation before the Accreditation Committee.

15. An accredited APCA Master Trainer will have the responsibility of testing and certifying police work dogs for this association.

16. Upon initial accreditation as a Master Trainer, the applicant will serve a two (2) year probationary period.

  1. The Accreditation Committee has the authority to order a Master Trainer to appear before the accreditation committee board in response to any formal or informal complaint(s).
  2. The Accreditation Committee also has the authority to temporarily suspend the Master Trainer’s privileges and rights until the Master Trainer appears before the Accreditation Committee or until a formal grievance is filed.
  3. Said accreditation may be Removed or Revoked at any time by this Association for “Just Cause” after a full investigation and hearing is held by the American Police Canine Association Accreditation Committee.

17. Accreditation will be valid as long as the member remains in good standing and remains active.

18. Good Standing is defined as dues paid/current and annual resume update filed.

19. Active is defined as attending one (1) APCA sanctioned workshop yearly, or certifying APCA canine teams annually.

20. Normally, the Master Trainer will not have to appear before the Accreditation Committee in person to renew his/her status.

  1. However, if for any reason the Accreditation Committee wishes to have the Master Trainer appear in person to discuss his/her renewal the Accreditation Committee Chairperson will have the authority to require the Master Trainer to appear before the committee in order to renew his/her status.
    1. If the Master Trainer fails to appear, his/her status will not be renewed, and can be grounds to suspend or revoke his/her accreditation.

21. An APCA Master Trainer applying for a new Master Trainer accreditation in a phase(s) that he/she does not already have with the APCA must only do the following:

  • Submit an email or letter of written request.
  • Submit or email a resume, including information of all trained/certified dogs in the discipline applying for.
  • Submit or email a facsimile of the letter of recommendation from an APCA Master Trainer that holds accreditation(s) in the area he/she seeks to obtain.
  • The applicant must submit his/her completed application package at least ninety-days (90) before the next meeting of the Accreditation Committee.
  • Appear before the APCA Accreditation Committee for an oral/written interview process.

22. It shall be the responsibility of the Master Trainer to maintain all records, either manually or electronically of all testing and other assistance rendered.

23. It shall be the responsibility of the Master Trainer to forward a copy of all certification(s) test sheets for teams that he/she has tested, to the APCA President, Secretary and Handler in a timely manner, timely is defined as within 30 days from the completion of testing.

24. The Association copies are to be maintained by the APCA Secretary in the files of APCA.

25. The following information is also to be e-mailed to the President for his issuance of certificate to the certifying Master Trainer for his/her signature.

  • Team Certifying
  • Date of Certification
  • Discipline of Certifying Team
  • Four Digit Certification Number on Test Sheet

26. Once signed, the certifying Master Trainer will forward the four-digit certificate to the certified APCA Team, in a timely manner, timely is defined as within 30 days from the date received from the President.

27. A current resume update will be submitted in writing or electronically to the APCA Secretary and the APCA Accreditation Chairman, no later than January 31st of each year for Master Trainer renewal status. Failure to do so may result in suspension of his/her accreditation. It is the responsibility of the Master Trainer to confirm that the APCA Secretary as required received their updated resume.

28. Non-compliance to this rule will result in the following:

  • First Offense: Suspension of all Master Trainer privileges, until a current resume is filed, beginning immediately.
  • Second Offense: Suspension of all Master Trainer privileges, until a current resume is filed and continuing for an additional period of 30 days, beginning immediately.
  • Third Offense: Immediate change to “Inactive Status”. Inactive Status is defined as not being permitted to test and certify K9 teams to APCA rules and from representing themselves as an APCA Master Trainer at any workshops or seminars. To go back to “Active” status, the member must submit in writing their current resume as required, repay all past dues and reappear before the Accreditation Committee for review.

29. A Master Trainer may only certify Canine Teams in specialties that the Master Trainer is accredited in.

30. The Accreditation Committee has the authority to order a Master Trainer to appear before the accreditation committee in response to any formal or informal complaint(s). (09/26/2016)

31. The Accreditation Committee also has the authority to temporarily suspend the Master Trainer’s privileges and rights until the Master Trainer appears before the Accreditation Committee or until a formal grievance is filed. (09/26/2016)

32. Said accreditation may be Removed or Revoked at any time by this Association for “Just Cause” after a full investigation and hearing is held by the American Police Canine Association Grievance and or Accreditation Committee. (09/26/2016)

33. Classification of Master Trainers:

  • Police Utility Work Dogs
  • Police Narcotics Detection Dogs
  • Police Tracking/Trailing Dogs
  • Police Explosive Detection Dogs
  • Cadaver Detector Dogs
  • Accelerant Detection Dogs

Master Trainers

Master Trainers’ Name Contact Number Area of Experience
Scott R. Adam (260) 413-2645 Patrol | Narcotics
Robert C. Anderson (561) 722-3881 Patrol | Narcotics | Explosives
Michael L. Arthur (765)-343-2314 Tracking
Douglas A. Ayres (219)-324-5112 Tracking
Robert L. Fleming (219) 365-8897 Patrol | Narcotics
Alvin E. Gill (419) 568-9400 Patrol | Narcotics | Explosives | Cadaver
Augustine S. Gresser (219) 940-3471 Patrol | Narcotics
Michael D. Johnson (812) 278-1423 Patrol | Narcotics | Accelerants
Charles R. Kirchner (864) 592-3112 Patrol | Narcotics | Explosives | Accelerants
Denny A. Kunkel (812) 596-0274 Patrol | Narcotics
Robert A. Lewis (219) 363-1971 Patrol | Narcotics
Kevin J. Osuch (704) 847-4069 Tracking
Roger J. Reardon (401) 640-1990 Patrol | Narcotics | Explosives
Richard P. Ryan (708) 989-2550 Patrol | Narcotics

Trainers Accreditation Process

Members wishing to be accredited as a Trainer of Police Work Dogs must conform to the following:

1. Applicant must be a regular Member in good standing with the APCA.

2. Good Standing is defined as dues paid/current.

3. The applicant must be a law enforcement Officer with arrest powers who is either a K-9 trainer or handler for his/her department for at least two (2) years or equivalent. Amended (09/26/2016)

  • Or is a retired law enforcement officer and was the departments’ K-9 trainer or handler for at least two (2) years or equivalent (09/26/2016)
  • Or was a law enforcement K-9 officer for and is still employed as the law enforcement agency’s K-9 trainer for at least two (2) years or equivalent. (09/26/2016)

4. The applicant must have a written letter or an electronic facsimile of recommendation from at least two (2) APCA Master Trainers that hold accreditation in the disciplines he/she seeks to obtain.

5. Applicant must have assisted at least two (2) accredited APCA Master Trainers with a total of four (4) separate Canine Certification tests where all phases that the applicant is applying for, have been tested.

6. Dogs trained must be trained to APCA testing standards.

7. The applicant must send two (2) copies of his/her complete application package, either mailed or emailed, at least ninety-days (90) before the next meeting of the Accreditation Committee.

  • One (1) copy to the APCA Accreditation Committee Chairperson and one (1) copy to the Secretary.
  • The Chairperson and Secretary are to review these packages to see that all APCA requirements have been met.
  • If the package is not complete, the applicant will not be considered at the next accreditation committee meeting.

8. The application package will include:

  • A current resume stating dates of his/her current employment, position, and job description.
    • Must include an account of his/her practical experience with working police dogs
    • Their length of time as a handler and trainer.
    • A list of dogs handled.
    • A list of dogs trained.
    • Copies of applicable certificates.
  • A signed waiver so employment can be verified.
  • A letter of recommendation from at two (2) Master Trainers (ref #3).
  • All applicable test sheets.
  • A letter stating their reason for applying for the accreditation.
  • A copy of their curriculum they offer or assisted in the training of police work dogs.
    • List of all K-9 teams trained by him/her
    • List of all K-9 teams for which they have assisted in training, whichever is applicable
    • Two (2) current photos of applicant. The member shall submit one photo with each application packet.

9. Incomplete packages and packages not received postmarked or emailed by the deadline, will not be considered at the next meeting of the Accreditation Committee.

10. The Accreditation Committee Chairperson will return all incomplete packages with an explanation as to why they could not be considered. They will then have to be resubmitted at a later date, after they have been completed.

  • Applicants will undergo a written and oral evaluation before the Accreditation Committee.
  • Upon initial accreditation as a Trainer, the applicant will serve a two (2) year probationary period.
  • The Accreditation Committee has the authority to order a Trainer to appear before the Accreditation Committee in response to any formal or informal complaint(s).
  • The Accreditation Committee also has the authority to temporarily suspend the Trainer’s privileges and rights until the Trainer appears before the Accreditation Committee or until a formal grievance is filed.

11. Said accreditation may be Removed or Revoked at any time by this Association for “Just Cause” after a full investigation and hearing is held by the American Police Canine Association Accreditation Committee.

12. Accreditation will be valid as long as the member remains in good standing and remains active.

13. Good Standing is defined as dues paid/current.

14. Active is defined as attending one (1) APCA sanctioned workshop yearly, or actively assisting an APCA Master Trainer with training and certifications.

15. Normally, the Trainer will not have to appear before the Accreditation Committee in person to renew his/her status.

  • However, if for any reason the Accreditation Committee wishes to have the Trainer appear in person to discuss his/her renewal the Accreditation Committee Chairperson will have the authority to require the Trainer to appear before the committee in order to renew his/her status.
  • If the Trainer fails to appear, his/her status will not be renewed, and can be grounds to suspend or revoke his/her accreditation.

16. A Trainer applying for a Trainer Accreditation with the APCA must only do the following:

  • Submit an email/letter of written request.
  • Submit or email a resume, including information of all trained/certified dogs in the discipline applying for.
  • Submit a letter of recommendation or an emailed facsimile of the letter, from an APCA Master Trainer that holds accreditation(s) in the area he/she seeks to obtain.
  • The applicant must submit or email, his/her completed application package at least ninety-days (90) before the next meeting of the Accreditation Committee.
  • Appear before the APCA Accreditation Committee for an oral/written interview process.

17. A current resume update will be submitted in writing or emailed to the APCA Secretary and the APCA Accreditation Chairman no later than January 31st of each year for Trainer renewal status.

  • Failure to do so may result in suspension of his/her accreditation.
  • It is the responsibility of the Trainer to confirm that the APCA Secretary and the APCA Accreditation Chairman as required received their updated resume.
  • Non-compliance to this rule will result in the following:
    • First Offense: Suspension of all Trainer privileges until a current resume is filed, beginning immediately.
    • Second Offense: Suspension of all Trainer privileges, until a current resume is filed and continuing for an additional period of 30 days, beginning immediately.
    • Third Offense: Immediate change to “Inactive Status”. Inactive Status is defined as not being permitted to test and certify K9 teams to APCA rules and from representing themselves as an APCA Trainer at any workshops or seminars. To go back to “Active” status, the member must submit in writing their current resume as required, repay all past dues and reappear before the Accreditation Committee for review.

18. A Trainer may only assist a Master Trainer in certification of canine teams. It is the responsibility of the trainer to obtain copies of the test sheets that their name is on and reflects their assistance.

19. The Accreditation Committee has the authority to order a Trainer to appear before the Accreditation Committee in response to any formal or informal complaint(s). (09/26/2016)

20. The Accreditation Committee also has the authority to temporarily suspend the Trainer’s privileges and rights until the Trainer appears before the Accreditation Committee or until a formal grievance is filed. (09/26/2016)

21. Said accreditation may be Removed or Revoked at any time by this Association for “Just Cause” after a full investigation and hearing is held by the American Police Canine Association Grievance and/or Accreditation Committee. (09/26/2016)

22. Classification of Trainers:

  • Police Utility Work Dogs
  • Police Narcotics Detection Dogs
  • Police Tracking/Trailing Dogs
  • Police Explosive Detection Dogs
  • Cadaver Detector Dogs
  • Accelerant Detection Dogs

Trainers

Trainers’ Name Contact Number Area of Experience
Douglas A. Ayres (219)-324-5112 Patrol | Narcotics
Joshua C. Burke (812)-881-1986 Narcotics
William P. Downey (980)-833-9630 Patrol | Narcotics
Robert L. Fleming (219)-365-8897 Explosives
Chris L. Graham (704)-865-1975 Patrol | Narcotics
Jason D. Greene (219)-712-1391 Patrol | Explosives
Matthew R. Harris (704)-689-1356 Patrol | Narcotics
Harvey L. Holt (812)-798-6858 Patrol | Narcotics | Explosives
Melissa C. Newman (859)-619-9950 Cadaver | Tracking
Sean F. Pasley (401)-316-6010 Explosives
Lennie B. Rivera (704)-791-6730 Patrol | Narcotics
Robbie L. Waldrop III (704)-674-1587 Patrol | Narcotics
Gary L. Wilson (765)-545-0313 Narcotics