Explosives Detection Certification

This DLE Explosives Detection Certification is a two (2) part certification designed to determine the proficiency and reliability of the dog team in the detection of explosives. The first part of the certification is the Odor Recognition Test. This test is designed to evaluate the canines’ ability to recognize the target odor and respond to the target odor and must be passed prior to moving onto the second part of the certification; the Practical Test. The Practical test will test the handler’s ability to recognize the canine’s response or non-responses in the search areas. The general rules for testing explosive detection dogs will be as follows:

1. The term “explosive aid” will mean any explosive substance used for certification testing.

2. All canine teams must be tested on all basic explosive odors, which are:

  • Powders- Black powder, smokeless, and / or pyrodex

  • Commercial Dynamite (NG or EGDN)

  • RDX (C4, A5, Semtex)

  • TNT (Flake, Military block)

  • PETN (Det Cord, Primer Cord, Sheet Explosive)

  • Ammonium Nitrate (Water Gel, Slurry, Emulsion, Prill).

3. Due to the availability of actual black powder, double base smokeless powder, single based smokeless powder, and photo flash/fireworks/pyrotechnic powders, may be part of the certification and whenever possible, every effort shall be made to train on actual explosives and chemicals used in the making of explosives.

4. However, due to the increase of training aids which are not actual explosives, such as ScentLogix™, DLE will allow certification on non-explosive training aids.

5. The training aids shall be stored in accordance with local, state, and federal regulations.