Get upgrade training for your service dog

Upgrade an owner-managed dog's training to meet service dog training standards before getting a qualification assessment.


Owner-managed dogs must pass the Service Dog Qualification Assessment (PDF, 212 KB) for their rights to be protected under the Service Dogs Act and Service Dogs Qualification Regulations (PDF, 273 KB). An owner-managed dog is any dog that is:

  • owner-trained
  • privately trained
  • acquired from a school not recognized by the Government of Alberta

A dog and their handler can become qualified service dog team and get rights to access public spaces if they pass the Qualification Assessment (PDF, 278 KB). A service dog team consists of a person with a disability and a service dog. If the person with a disability is a minor, the service dog will have an adult handler.

Prior to the assessment, owner-managed dogs can access upgrade training to help them meet the Qualification Assessment (PDF, 273 KB) requirements.

Types of upgrade training available

There are several options for training available from organizations on the Qualified List confirmed to operate in accordance with the Alberta Training Standard (PDF, 155 KB). Costs of upgrade training by organizations identified as trainers on the Qualified List may be subsidized.

Training is optional, but is encouraged if a service dog owner is applying for a Qualification Assessment (PDF, PDF, 278 KB) .

Advanced training

Service dog producers on the Qualified List may offer 6 month graduate programs for advanced training.

  • Service dog teams graduating from these programs are pre-qualified under the Service Dogs Act.
  • Enrollment in these programs may be limited and costs vary.

Public access training

Service dog organizations identified as trainers on the Qualified List may offer various programs to assist with upgrade training.

  • Interested persons should contact these organizations directly for details on what programs may be offered.
  • Enrollment may be limited and costs vary.
  • Service dog teams who choose these programs must pass the Qualification Assessment (PDF, 0.2 MB) for protection of rights under the Service Dogs Act.

Pre-assessment preparation

Service dog organizations identified as trainers on the Qualified List may offer assessment trials for service dog teams who want to practice the assessment exercises. These trials will not affect the actual assessment.

Find training

For information on training programs available, contact us below.


Service Dog Assessment Team
780-427-9136 (Edmonton)
310-0000, then 780-427-9136 (toll-free)

Mailing address:
Service Dog Assessment Team
Community and Social Services
3rd Floor Standard Life Centre
10405 Jasper Ave NW
Edmonton AB  T5J 4R7