ELCAS Funded Courses

Wagtail UK Ltd are proud to be an Approved Learning Provider of the MOD's Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) Scheme helping to promote life-long learning for members of the Armed Forces (ELC Provider No: 6931).

Enhanced Learning Credits are designed to provide service personnel (both serving and former) who have accumulated at least 4 eligible years of service from 1st April 2000, with 80% of approved training costs, for courses leading to a recognised qualification on the National Qualifications Framework at level 3 or above.

Achieving Approved Learning Provider status with the ELC is something we’re extremely proud of and strengthens our commitment to supporting the Armed Forces community.
Collin Singer, Managing Director Wagtail UK Ltd

If you’re interested in training as a detection dog handler and see this as a future career path, then why not use your ELC credits for a course with Wagtail, the leading international specialist in detection dog and dog handler training.

Courses we offer through the ELC Scheme are:

  • Level 3 Certificate in Professional Working Dog Handling - Drug Detection Dogs* £3,515.50
  • Level 3 Certificate in Professional Working Dog Handling - Explosive Detection* £3,995.00
  • Level 3 Wagtail Award for a Proactive Drug Detection Dog Handler** £1,400.00 (Click here for further details)
  • Level 4 Wagtail Award in Explosive Detection Dog Handlers Course** £3,995.00 (Click here for further details)

These courses are listed under the Enhanced Learning Credits Administration Services (ELCAS) portal, which can be found here: http://www.enhancedlearningcre...  

  • Click on the above link the ELCAS website
  • Click on 'Serving Personnel' or 'Service Leaver'
  • Select ‘Search for a Learning Provider/Course’
  • Search for 'Wagtail' in the 'Provider Name' box, and the courses will be shown in the approved list.

Check if you are eligible for funding

You can check if you are eligible for ELC funding by visiting the ELC website here.  Have a look at Service Personnel Claiming ELC or Service Leaver Claiming ELC respectively as these pages will tell you about eligibility and how to make your claim.


If you are eligible for ELC funding for your course you will need to fill out an application form which can be found on the ECLAS portal here: http://www.enhancedlearningcre...

More info on our Courses

Courses take place at Wagtail UK's Training School in North Wales.  Self-catering accommodation is available at nearby Wagtail House in Prestatyn.  Our Frequently Asked Questions page should help answer some of your questions, but please contact us if there's anything else you need to know.

Taster Days

If you are uncertain about undertaking a full-time course we also offer Detection Dog Taster Days.  Taster Days will give you an insight into professional search dog handling before committing to a full-time handler course.  Taster Days cost £130.  For more information visit our Taster Day page.

The Future

Although there is no guarantee of work after the course, we view each learner as a potential future employee. This attitude ensures all our learners have the theoretical knowledge and skills competence to enter the job market with legitimate credentials to impress any potential employer.

For further information please call Wagtail UK on 01745 561166 or email info@wagtailuk.com

* These courses are delivered through Open College Network and Ofqual registered taking place at Wagtail Training Centre.

** These courses are Wagtail courses endorsed by Highfield Awarding Body of Compliance taking place at Wagtail Training Centre.