Owner-trained  service dogs must pass the Service Dog Qualification Assessment (PDF, 212 KB) to qualify for public access rights This includes service dogs that are:

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

A dog and their handler can become a qualified service dog team and get rights to access public spaces if they pass the Qualification Assessment. Prior to the assessment, owner-managed dogs can access additional training to help them meet requirements.

Types of upgrade training available

There are several options for training from Alberta’s approved service dog organizations that align with the Alberta Training Standard. Costs of upgrade training may be subsidized.

Training is optional, but is encouraged if a service dog owner is applying to have their dog qualified.

Advanced training

Some service dog organizations offer 6-month graduate programs for advanced training:

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

Public access training

Alberta’s approved service dog organizations that offer training may also offer various programs to assist with upgrade training:

  • interested persons should contact these organizations directly for details
  • enrolment may be limited and costs vary

Pre-assessment preparation

These approved trainers may also offer trials for service dog teams who want to practice the assessment exercises:

  • these trials will not affect the actual assessment
  • service dog teams doing a trial assessment must still pass the Qualification Assessment to be considered qualified in Alberta
  • enrolment may be limited and costs vary

Find training

For information on training programs, contact the Service Dog Assessment Team.


Connect with the Service Dog Assessment Team:

Phone: 780-427-9136 (Edmonton)
Toll free in Alberta: dial 310-0000, then the phone number
Email: [email protected]

Service Dog Assessment Team
Community and Social Services
3rd Floor, Standard Life Centre
10405 Jasper Avenue NW
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 4R7

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