SAA Approved Training Courses
AK9I has been approved by the Virginia State Approving Agency to provide professional canine-focused education and training services under Chapter 33 of the Post-9/11 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 and recommend potential attendees inquire about this stipend.
We have designed a unique 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 Post-9/11 GI Bill. Thus, a local LEA or other first-responder agency wanting 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: VA25062546
|Certificate||Clock Hours||Course Length|
|Detector Dog Handler||200 hours||5 weeks duration|
|Detector Dog Trainer||200 hours||5 weeks duration|
|Patrol Dog Handler||200 hours||5 weeks duration|
|Patrol Dog Trainer||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|
NOTE: Approval by the Virginia State Approving Agency to offer training and education under Chapter 33 of the Post-9/11 GI Bill is not an endorsement of the courses. It is approval under public law to provide education and training.