Please see Course structure for course details.
This Complete Course package includes the following:
Please note that yearly PACT Membership is not included. It is paid separately upon successful completion of the course and the final assessment.
Witney Rugby Football Club, Hailey Road, Hailey, Witney, Oxfordshire, OX29 9UH
The course venue is dog-friendly. Students are welcome to bring their dog(s) to the courses as long as they are people and dog-friendly or can be safely and reasonably managed.
Click here for Accommodation List (including low-priced rooms in local houses)
The Witney Rugby Football Club allows campervans and/or camping at the cost of £5 per night. This includes use of the clubhouse toilets and showers. Food and drinks can be purchased from the clubhouse bar.
Is this course right for me?
The course has been devised at Level 4 and is suitable for everyone. There are no pre-requisites. The course is aimed at anyone wishing to become a canine instructor.
What will I gain from this course?
- Solid practical training skills (training dogs and coaching people to train their dogs)
- Become familiar with dog training equipment and training methods
- Know how to carry out a training consultation
- Be proficient with all aspects of running 1-2-1 sessions and group classes
- Know how to deal with common training issues
- Understand the function of breeds and needs of different types of dogs
- Understand how dogs learn
- Understand the main behaviours of dogs
- Understand how dogs communicate
- Know about science-based canine nutrition
- Know about canine husbandry and first aid
- Know the relevant animal law and welfare requirements
- Understand the relevant health and safety requirements and how to carry out a risk assessment
- Become proficient at running a dog training business
Upon successful course completion, assessment and membership requirements being met, gain PACT-KSA (Knowledge and Skills Assessed) status and right to display logo, and eligibility to apply for the ABTC ATI (Registered Animal Training Instructor) status and ATI logo.
What qualification/accreditation does the course lead to?
- PACT Course Certificate after course completion
- PACT Certificate of Assessment (PACT-KSA) after assessment (required for membership)
- ABTC Animal Training Instructor (ATI) status and registration
Why choose this course?
The PACT course has been designed around the ABTC (Animal Behaviour and Training Council) criteria. The academic content is fully referenced to evidence-based peer-reviewed research, and is up-to-date and accurate. The syllabus is comprehensive and contains no pseudoscience, bad science, or bias. When you sign up for this course- you will not be getting hastily patched together lectures, with poor content, garnered from other courses, workshops and seminars that we’ve repackaged as our own.
What do I need for the course?
- Access to dog(s), and later, people and dogs to train.
How much work will I need to do?
- Four assignments
- Train dog(s) and coach people to train dogs to build training hours throughout the year
- Study and revise for theory assessment
Allow at least 2-3 hours per week for coursework, and 1.5-2 additional hours when building your training experience.
Will I get a copy of the lecture slides?
In order to protect our Intellectual Property, we are ceasing the sharing of full lectures slides. Course booklets are provided.
What happens if I need to drop out of the course after the cut-off date for refunds?
You will be offered a place on the next course which is convenient for you (there are 2 courses per year).