(225 ILCS 447/35-43)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2024)
Requirement of a canine trainer authorization card; qualifications.
(a) No person may perform duties that include the training of canine handlers and canines to
protect persons or property or to conduct investigations without having been issued a valid canine trainer authorization card by the
(b) No employer shall employ any person to perform the duties for which employee registration
is required under this Act and allow that person to train canine handlers and canines unless that person has been issued a canine
trainer authorization card.
(c) The Department shall issue a canine trainer authorization card to a person who (i) has passed an
approved canine trainer training course, (ii) is currently employed by an agency licensed under this
Act, and (iii) has met all of the applicable requirements of this Act. Application for the canine trainer authorization
card shall be made by the employer to the Department on forms provided by the Department.
The Department shall forward the card to the employer who shall be responsible for its issuance
to the employee.
(d) The Department may, in addition to any other disciplinary action permitted by this Act, refuse
to issue, suspend, or revoke a canine trainer authorization card if the applicant or holder has been
convicted of any felony or misdemeanor involving cruelty to animals or for a violation of this
Act or rules promulgated under this Act.
(e) Qualifications for canine trainers shall be set by the Department by rule. Any person who has been engaged in the provision of canine trainer services prior to January 1, 2005, shall be granted a canine trainer authorization card upon the submission of a completed application, the payment of applicable fees, and the demonstration satisfactory to the Department of the provision of such services.
(Source: P.A. 95-613, eff. 9-11-07