Trainers who want to certify guide, hearing and assistance dogs must be approved under the legislation. Trainers employed at approved training institutions can be approved by that institution.
The institutions that are currently approved under the Act are:
Trainers currently approved under the Act are:
Approved trainers, employee trainers and puppy carers must carry an identification card to comply with the regulation. They must also ensure the certified dog is wearing the appropriate badge on a coat or harness.
A person is suitable for approval if they are able to:
To apply for approval as an individual trainer or training institution, please complete the following forms and return to the Guide, Hearing and Assistance Dogs Initiative:
A trained dog must pass a public access test to be certified. An approved trainer or training institution can only certify a dog for a person with a disability if the dog:
Once a dog has passed the public access test and meets the other eligibility requirements set out under the Act, the approved trainer or training organisation can certify the dog.
For more information about the obligations of an approved trainer, call 13 QGOV (13 74 68).
A significant component of certifying a guide, hearing or assistance dog under the Guide, Hearing and Assistance Dogs Act 2009 (the Act) is the successful completion of a Public Access Test (PAT) form Public Access Test (PAT) form .
The PAT establishes a minimum standard for guide, hearing and assistance dogs certified under this legislation.
The PAT aims to ensure that the objectives of the Act are fulfilled and is designed to assess if a guide, hearing or assistance dog is:
The PAT can only be conducted by an approved trainer or an employee trainer of an approved training institution approved under the Act.
In order for a prospective handler to be issued with a Handler Identity Card, their dog must pass a PAT within seven (7) days of the dog being certified.