Seminar & Certification Information



The National Police Bloodhound Association (NPBA) teaches basic standards that have been tried and proven from many years of trails by law enforcement officers from all over the country that were found to be sound in the utilization of the man-trailing bloodhound.

Never has any officer member of the National Police Bloodhound Association been proven wrong when challenged in his or her use of the bloodhound in law enforcement by the courts by following the standards that have been set by the National Police Bloodhound Association.

Seminar Information

The National Police Bloodhound Association offers members, a training manual that describes its standards. Twice each year, the National Police Bloodhound Association hosts two – 40 hour man-trailing training & certification seminars. The curriculum that is followed adheres strictly to the National Police Bloodhound Association’s training manual standards.

Training is available to all members with single disciplined (man-trailing only) – pure bred Bloodhounds, but certification is OFFERED only if the member with his hound meets the set criteria of the association.

The Association is clear in order to become a member, a candidate must be sponsored by a law enforcement agency and possesses powers of arrest. Membership is not available to civilian search and rescue organizations or individuals.

Anyone attending one of the two National Police Bloodhound Association’s 40 Hour Training & Certification Course Seminars which is an approved Licensure and Certification Course of the Maryland Higher Education Commission provided by the Continuing Education Workforce Development Department of Garrett College located in Western Maryland’s Garrett County – McHenry, Maryland will be issued 4 Contact Hours (Continuing Education Units). The offered certification will be awarded after complete attendance; meeting the minimum bloodhound age; satisfactory review of supplied physical evidence of the required minimum of six months of training records with the hound; and satisfying the requirements of the 32 hours of field evaluation by one of the National Police Bloodhound Association’s fully qualified and competent instructors who are selected on the basis of their ability by the highly qualified and experienced training administration staff.

Certification Information

Certification requirements mandate that a full bred bloodhound be at least 10 months old at the time of the seminar, be utilized in a single discipline (man-trailing only) and that the handler can evidence a minimum of 6 months of training records with that bloodhound. Certification is only good for one-year and each year upon re-certifying, each handler must bring his previous years training records that contain a minimum of 16 hours/month of training for instructor review.

Pure bred Bloodhound puppies are encouraged to attend the training seminars at any age, even beginning at 10 to 12 weeks, but will not be offered certification until they attend a seminar after reaching the age of 10 months old with the required training records.

Membership Information

Membership  includes the National Police Bloodhound Association’s quarterly newsletter “NOSE NEWS”, that will keep you updated on various topics that affect you as a handler of a Man-Trailing Bloodhound and features recent “Search Reports” submitted by the membership, a valuable resource tool that shares the many deployment uses of the Man-Trailing Bloodhound. Visit our website – and like us on Facebook – National Police Bloodhound Association.

For Membership Information contact Roger Titus, the Vice President of Membership and Training Administrator: Email: or (973) 875-3808. If you use a Man-Trailing Bloodhound in Law Enforcement or, are thinking about getting a Hound for your department, the National Police Bloodhound Association is the oldest law enforcement Bloodhound association in the country, and the most experienced when it comes to the utilization of the man-trailing Bloodhound. Check us out today….The National Police Bloodhound Association – Setting the Standards Since 1962!