KERT is a member unit of the Northern States Search Dog Network (NSSDN).  NSSDN members agree to cooperate, train together, and to adhere to rigorous standards, ethics and third party testing.  In addition KERT members attend and instruct at seminars throughout the country.

KERT search personnel meet all NIMS requirements and receive certification as NASAR SAR Tech II's.  All K-9's are third-party evaluated; most hold certification from national organizations.  KERT K-9's have all passed the AKC Canine Good Citizen test and must meet stringent obedience and agility standards in addition to specific search certification standards.