Area Search Test

The Area Search Test is a comprehensive evaluation of the Team’s ability to locate a hidden human being in an outdoor area.

The Master Trainer will inform the handler that the test has been failed, if the Master Trainer determines that the dog is not working or that the hidden human being was not located. All testing and times will be at the discretion of the Master Trainer.


The suspect will be hidden for a minimum of ten (10) minutes prior to the test. The suspect will be hidden in a place that is not visible to the K9 Team. For protection, the suspect will have a sleeve.


The handler will provide equipment that is normally used on the job. The test can be preformed on of off lead. The Master Trainer will confer and accompany the handler. The Master Trainer will have the authority not to pass the team, if the handler cannot control his/her K9 in the search area.

Any urinating/defecating in training or testing area and/or around a “hide” is immediate grounds for failure!

The Area Search certification will remain in effect for one year as long as a good standing member with NAPCH and the Team remains intact.