Field Handler Guidelines 2017-01-18T17:31:09+00:00

Working Certificate & Working Certificate Excellent Tests Guidelines for Handlers

This guide provides handlers with information about the Flat-Coated Retriever Society of America’s (FCRSA) Working Certificate and Working Certificate Excellent tests. You’ll find advice for preparing yourself and your dog for the tests, a step-by-step walk-through of each test, answers to questions frequently asked by handlers, and a brief glossary of terms. Our hope is that this guide will help prepare you and your dog for success.

Please view guidelines in pdf format.


Flat-Coats are slow maturing dogs but even in the "mature" Flat-Coat there usually remains a spark of joy & mischief!


The Flat-Coat is a thinking dog.


One of the leading authorities on the breed, Dr. Nancy Laughton of Great Britain, refers to the Flat-Coat as a canine Peter Pan.

Flat-Coated Retriever Society of America

The Flat-Coated Retriever Society of America is committed to protecting and advancing the interests of the breed through health, education, research, responsible breeding and rescue.

About the Flat-Coated Retriever

A determined hunting dog with a small head and mouth can retrieve a large bird, but will not be able to hold it as gently and securely and retrieve repetitively with as much stamina and longevity as the dog with the long head, long muzzle and large, strong jaws.