Becoming A Hearing Team Takes Practice
The goal of every hearing dog team is to pass the Sound Alert Certification Test and the Public Access Test. Therefore, preparing to pass both tests is the focus of the Team Training. Passing the tests solidifies the establishment of a certified Hearing Dog Team and marks the beginning of their life-changing journey together.
Certification & Reporting Requirements
The initial certification awards legal access to all public areas guaranteed by Federal law. However, it is provisional. The client must meet weekly (virtually) with their IHDI trainer, submit weekly reports, and present ongoing videos of their team's work training and progress. Our staff monitors the reports and videos to ensure a smooth transition, bonding, and ongoing sound alert and behavior training. If there are any issues, an IHDI trainer will address them with the client and will provide assistance and guidance.
Full certification status is granted to the hearing dog team if the team is deemed independent at the end of that one-year provisional period.
Recertification and Reporting Requirements
Hearing Dog Teams are required to be recertified every 12 months to ensure the team is working at the required proficiency. In addition, the team must complete and submit an annual application (provides insight into any changes in living situation, health issues for either the client or dog, behavioral concerns), video (dog demonstrating alerts and commands), and vet assessment for review to verify that the team maintains best practices in their public and sound work. Recertification is performed virtually.
Each client is able to access important resources, including videos a training handbook, via an online classroom and client portal, which also serve as repositories for required client documentation.