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National Association of Canine Scent Work

Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI)

The National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW™) is dedicated to making high quality instructors available to students of the activity and sport of K9 Nose Work through its Certified Nose Work Instructor Program.

CNWI™: Certified Nose Work Instructors are graduates of the instructor certification program (see sidebar for details), and can be identified by use of the acronym, CNWI, following their name. Instructors listed on this website are current in their certification and continuing education requirements unless otherwise noted.

CNWI operate as independent instructors and are not employed through the NACSW. Each instructor determines how to structure classes to best meet the needs of his or her students, and may offer additional classes or teach the concepts of K9 Nose Work in ways not described in the class descriptions section of this website. To find details on classes offered near you, find an instructor in your area and visit the instructor’s website.   

ANWI™: Associate Nose Work Instructors (ANWI) are enrolled in the NACSW instructor certification program and have demonstrated their commitment to teaching K9 Nose Work as developed by the founders of the activity and sport. If you are unable to find a CNWI in your area, then enrolling in classes with an ANWI will ensure that you receive teaching in the activity and sport of K9 Nose Work that meets the standard of excellence set by the NACSW. 

Any person using the CNWI or ANWI designation without permission is not recognized or supported by the NACSW. If you are uncertain of the authenticity of a K9 Nose Work instructor’s credentials, please contact the NACSW.

Learn more about the instructor certification program here.




Want to become a certified K9 Nose Work Instructor?

Only the most passionate, talented, and knowledgeable people become Certified Nose Work Instructors (CNWI). The certification program teaches candidates the philosophy, concepts, and training methodology for the activity and sport of K9 Nose Work.


Graduates of the certification program will have dedicated 1-2 years on average to the study of K9 Nose Work, attending courses and lectures, and logging over 75 hours of training and teaching. All Certified Nose Work Instructors have demonstrated the skills necessary to train a dog and handle it in competition, as well as the ability to teach other dogs and handlers the activity and sport of K9 Nose Work from beginning level to advanced. 


Put your passion, talent, and knowledge to use as a CNWI teaching official K9 Nose Work classes! For information on how you can get started in the instructor certification program, contact us.


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