VA-Approved Training Courses

AK9I has been approved by the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) 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 and bond with, train and certify with, and will 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 is paid directly to AK9I by the VA; there are no out-of- pocket costs for a student while in attendance at any of our approved courses, other than living expenses. (We note that attendees 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 and active military members 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 Pre-Requirements
Detector Dog Handler 200 hours 5 weeks duration  
Detector Dog Trainer 200 hours 5 weeks duration Detector Dog Handler training and experience
Patrol Dog Handler 200 hours 5 weeks duration  
Patrol Dog Trainer 200 hours 5 weeks duration Patrol Handler training and experience
Patrol/Detector Dog Handler (Dual-Purpose canine) 320 hours 8 weeks duration  
Patrol/Detector Dog Trainer (Dual-Purpose canine) 520 hours 13 weeks duration Dual-Purpose Handler training and experience

To obtain a copy of our student catalog or for further details, please contact Paul Roushia, Program Administrator, at: or

NOTE: Approval by the Department of Veterans Affairs 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.