Modified Instructor Titles (IGDF)

The International Guide Dog Federation (IGDF) is the industry-elected body responsible for the development, monitoring and evaluation of the standards applied within all IGDF-member organizations, and to which all Enquiring and Applicant organizations aspire, in order to ensure equity of high-quality service to guide dog users and handlers around the world. There are currently 98-member schools and that number continues to grow.


Guiding Eyes for the Blind has been a member of the IGDF since 2000. In keeping with the terms commonly used by the IGDF and across the industry, Guiding Eyes is adopting the following:


Apprentice Instructor will now be known as “Guide Dog Mobility Instructor – Trainee (GDMI-Trainee)

Qualified Instructor will now be known as “Guide Dog Mobility Instructor” (GDMI)

Field Representative will now be known as “Regional Guide Dog Mobility Instructor (RGDMI)


For more information on the IGDF, visit their website at: