Course structure

  • Foundation (Level 1)
  • Intermediate (Level 2)
  • Advanced (Level 3)
  • Pre-Assessment
  • Theory and Practical Assessment
  • Completion of four assignments

Additional requirements for membership

  • Submission of log of training hours (1.5-2 hours per week)
  • Submission of two short (simple) training cases
  • Submission of two long (more complex) training cases

*It takes about one year from the Foundation through to the final Assessment*

Foundation (3 Days)

The Foundation course will start the student off on learning theory, as well as several sections on various aspects of training, in-depth information about dogs, canine husbandry and first aid (presented by a Registered Veterinary Nurse), animal welfare and law, class organisation and more, with practical sessions throughout. Two assignment will need to be completed before the Intermediate Course.

Intermediate (3 Days)

The Intermediate Course will include advanced learning theory and more in-depth information about canine behaviour, advice on how to run a successful dog training business and more, as well as several practical sessions each day. It will be a chance to review practical skills acquired in the previous three months and troubleshoot with the tutors. Two assignments will need to be completed before the Intermediate Course.

Advanced (3 Days)

The Advanced Course will include advanced theory and training, troubleshooting in training, how to deal with common issues, developing communication skills with clients, a special section on training working dogs and more, and plenty of practical sessions and briefings for the pre-assessment and final assessment.

All levels must be completed.

Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced courses will combine continuous assessment marks with those of the theory and practical assessments with both contributing towards the final mark.


Students will not be allowed to defer to later modules, this means that you must attend the corresponding Foundation. Intermediate and Advanced (see Course Dates). Pre-assessments and Assessments however, can be taken at any time.

Pre-Assessment (2 days)

The two-day Pre-Assessment will enable students to prepare themselves for the final assessment. Students will practise everything they have learned in the course modules, get extensive feedback from the teachers, iron out any existing issues and run through a mock practical examination.

The Pre-Assessment was put in place to maximise the chance of success by preventing applicants being put through an examination before they are ready, thus avoiding potential disappointment, and loss of motivation and self-confidence.

Theory and Practical Assessment (2 days)

The theory exam will consist of a multiple choice and short answers paper designed to test all aspects of training learning theory as well as topics covered in the three course modules.

Please note, the number of students on each course is limited. It is advised to book early to avoid disappointment.

Students are welcome to bring their dog(s) to all of the following courses, as well as the pre-assessment and assessment, as long as they are people and dog-friendly or can be safely and reasonably managed.