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3.2. Canine team certifications are valid for one year, at which time certification is required again. 3.3. Certification does not relieve the canine team from the obligation to perform and document regular maintenance training and conduct periodic assessments to maintain high levels of operational proficiency.


3.4. Handler is responsible for describing to the evaluator the specific kind of passive or active alert that is expected from the canine.


3.5. Pseudo-scents and extracts are prohibited for certification purposes.


4. Testing Guidelines 4.1. Certification tests should be designed to accurately evaluate the ability of a canine team to perform as trained.


4.2. Testing must take place under field conditions where bed bugs may be found. 4.3. Tests should consist of a minimum of four (4) areas designed to restrict odors from moving between areas.


4.4.


Each area described in 4.3 should contain at least one distractor or hide. 4.4.1.


Evaluator must place hides in the testing rooms at least thirty (30) minutes before testing begins.


4.4.2. Distractors should represent of the typical odors encountered (under field conditions) by canine teams in the region(s) the team operates.


4.4.3. When dead bedbugs are used as a distractor, the bugs must have been dead for at least forty-eight (48) hours.


4.5. Time Limit 4.5.1. 4.5.2.


Time limit for completion of test (all rooms) is twenty (20) minutes of total search time. Time spent between rooms is not counted toward total time.


4.6. Evaluation 4.6.1. Certification tests will result in a grade of pass or fail. 4.6.1.1. Handler will interpret the canine’s response by identifying the specific location of the hide.


4.6.1.2. There are multiple combinations of outcomes that may result from the certification test. These are described in Section 4.6.2


4.6.2. Odor


Live Bed Bug or Viable Eggs


Live Bed Bug or Viable Eggs


Live Bed Bug or Viable Eggs


Live Bed Bug or Viable Eggs


Other Odor Other Odor Other Odor Other Odor Canine Response Alert Alert No Alert No Alert Alert Alert No Alert No Alert Handler Response


Interprets Live Bed Bugs or Viable Eggs


Does Not Confirm Presence of Live Bed Bugs or Viable Eggs


Interprets Live Bed Bugs or Viable Eggs


Does Not Confirm Presence of Live Bed Bugs or Viable Eggs


Interprets Odor as Other Odor


Incorrectly Identifies Live Bed Bugs or Viable Eggs


Incorrectly Identifies Live Bed Bugs or Viable Eggs


Interprets Odor as Other Odor Test Result PASS FAIL FAIL FAIL PASS FAIL FAIL PASS XV


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