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Unit of competency details

CSCDOG005 - Train detector dogs (Release 1)

Summary

Usage recommendation:
Current
Mapping:
MappingNotesDate
Supersedes and is equivalent to CSCDH405A - Train detector dogsThis unit was released in CSC Correctional Services Training Package release 1.0 and meets the requirements of the Standards for Training Packages 02/Aug/2015

Release Status:
Current
Releases:
ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 03/Aug/2015


Training packages that include this unit

Classifications

SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 050105 Animal Husbandry  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 050105 Animal Husbandry  02/Nov/2015 
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Unit Of competency

Modification History

Release

Comments

1

This unit was released in CSC Correctional Services Training Package release 1.0 and meet the Standards for Training Packages.

This unit supersedes and is equivalent to CSCDH405A Train detector dogs.

Application

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to train dogs, maintain dog proficiency and deploy dogs in an operational environment. It outlines the skills required to record and report on the proficiency of detector dogs.

This unit applies to those working with and training detector dogs. The unit may be customised, particularly regarding the context in which dogs work.

The skills and knowledge described in this unit must be applied within the legislative, regulatory and policy environment in which they are carried out. Organisational policies and procedures must be consulted and adhered to, particularly those related to dog training methods and preservation of crime scenes and evidence.

A person undertaking this unit would usually work autonomously using support from mostly familiar resources but may also work in small teams. The role requires complex task organisation and application of moderate analytical skills.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

Competency Field

Dog handling

Elements and Performance Criteria

ELEMENTS

PERFORMANCE CRITERIA

Elements describe the essential outcomes

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the range of conditions section.

1. Identify the role of the detector dog 

1.1 Identify the role of the detector dog in the organisation.

2. Train and maintain skills proficiency in detector dogs 

2.1 Identify factors that affect the training and proficiency maintenance of detector dogs.

2.2 Use approved training methods.

2.3 Determine positive indicators of a target odour through repetitive exposure and positive reinforcement.

2.4 Monitor and interpret the outcomes of training and operational deployment, applying appropriate remedial exercises that maintain the validity of the detection.

2.5 Assess the training of the dog regularly against the guidelines of the organisation.

3. Conduct an operational deployment of a detector dog 

3.1 Deploy the detector dog to detect target odours in a range of areas and situations determined by organisational need.

3.2 Deploy the detector dog according to organisational guidelines and workplace health and safety policies.

3.3 Identify external factors that limit the capabilities of the detector dog to function efficiently.

3.4 Interpret the behaviour and responses of the detector dog and take action as determined by the organisation.

3.5 Interact with the detector dog to maintain an effective level of working behaviour.

3.6 Follow organisational guidelines on the preservation of evidence and maintenance of the integrity of a crime scene/detection situation.

Foundation Skills

The foundation skills demands of this unit have been mapped for alignment with the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF). The following tables outline the performance levels indicated for successful attainment of the unit.

ACSF levels indicative of performance:

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Further information on ACSF and the foundation skills underpinning this unit can be found in the Foundation Skills Guide on the GSA website.

Unit Mapping Information

Supersedes and is equivalent to CSCDH405A Train detector dogs.

Links

Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.education.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=114e25cd-3a2c-4490-baae-47d68dcd2fde

Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.education.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=114e25cd-3a2c-4490-baae-47d68dcd2fde

Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.education.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=114e25cd-3a2c-4490-baae-47d68dcd2fde

Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.education.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=114e25cd-3a2c-4490-baae-47d68dcd2fde

 

Assessment requirements

Modification History

Release

Comments

1

These Assessment Requirements were released in CSC Correctional Services Training Package release 1.0 and meet the Standards for Training Packages.

Please refer to the advice in the CSC Assessment Guide.

Performance Evidence

Evidence required to demonstrate competence must satisfy all of the requirements of the elements and performance criteria. If not otherwise specified the candidate must demonstrate evidence of performance of the following on at least one occasion.

  • working independently and in teams to train and develop the capabilities of detector dogs
  • assessing dogs to determine readiness to extend the range of odours they are capable of detecting
  • collecting, analysing and organising information to produce records and reports required by the organisation, work unit standards and animal welfare authorities
  • using humane methods of training dogs
  • working effectively with detector dogs in environments determined by the organisation

Knowledge Evidence

Evidence required to demonstrate competence must satisfy all of the requirements of the elements and performance criteria. If not otherwise specified the depth of knowledge demonstrated must be appropriate to the job context of the candidate.

  • role of detection dogs within the organisation
  • animal health and welfare requirements and regulations affecting working dogs
  • conditioning principles and appropriate methods of rewarding specific detector dogs for exhibiting required behaviour
  • humane and positive training methods that reinforce natural behaviour and maintain the working skills and enthusiasm of detector dogs
  • items and their associated odours that a detector dog could be required to detect in its working role within the organisation
  • methods of assessing when dogs are ready to extend the range of odours they are able to detect
  • positive and negative indicators shown by detector dogs when detecting (or not detecting) specific odours
  • records and reports required by legislative authorities, the organisation, work unit and animal welfare authorities

Assessment Conditions

Evidence for assessment must be gathered over time in a range of contexts to ensure the person can achieve the unit outcome and apply the competency in different situations or environments.

Valid assessment of this unit requires a workplace environment or one that closely resembles normal work practice and replicates the range of conditions likely to be encountered while training detector dogs, including coping with difficulties, irregularities and changes to routine. This unit contains knowledge which may be assessed off the job, for example, in a structured learning process.

Assessors must satisfy the NVR/AQTF mandatory competency requirements for assessors.

Links

Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.education.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=114e25cd-3a2c-4490-baae-47d68dcd2fde

Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.education.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=114e25cd-3a2c-4490-baae-47d68dcd2fde

Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.education.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=114e25cd-3a2c-4490-baae-47d68dcd2fde

Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.education.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=114e25cd-3a2c-4490-baae-47d68dcd2fde