GI Bill Training Courses

AK9I has been approved by the Virginia State Approving Agency (SAA) to provide professional canine-focused education and training services under the GI Bill (See Note, below). All accepted students will select, bond, train, certify and depart with their selected canine upon successful course completion. The cost of tuition, books, and training materials for our canine Handler and canine Trainer courses may be paid directly to AK9I by the VA.

> Note that veterans may be eligible for a monthly housing allowance (MHA) payment from the VA. We recommend that all potential attendees inquire about this stipend.

AK9I has designed a unique training program with focus on two primary target applicant groups. The first group is US military veterans, active military members and civilians pursuing a canine career in law enforcement or commercial security services. The second group is law enforcement agencies (LEA), particularly those with budget constrictions. An LEA officer wanting to go into K-9 and eligible via his/her military service could attend training under the GI Bill. Thus, a local LEA or other first responder agency looking to add to an existing K-9 unit, or wanting to create one, can reduce the cost to do so by as much as $20,000.00.





Dept. of Veterans Affairs
Facility Code:

Certificate Clock Hours Course Length
Detector Dog Handler 200 hours 5 weeks duration  
Patrol/Detector Dog Handler (Dual-Purpose canine) 320 hours 8 weeks duration  
Patrol/Detector Dog Trainer (Dual-Purpose canine) 520 hours 13 weeks duration

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NOTE: Approval by the Virginia State Approving Agency to offer training and education under the GI Bill is not an endorsement of the courses. It is approval under public law to provide education and training.