PACT Canine Training Instructor Course


Please read out Terms and Conditions before booking



Please see Course structure for course details.

This Complete Course package includes the following:

  • Foundation
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Pre-assessment
  • Assessment

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.

Course Fee


What’s included?

  • Fee includes workshop attendance, refreshments and light snacks.
  • Fee does not include lunch. Please bring your own lunch.

Please note

  • Deferral of modules is now prohibited. This means that once booked on a particular course start date, you must attend the corresponding Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced modules (see Course Dates).
  • Deferrals now incur a cost of £200 (Please see Terms and Conditions).
  • Pre-assessments and Assessments however, can be taken at any time.
  • Please note that above packages do not include the yearly Membership fee which becomes payable upon successful completion of the course and assessment.

Cancellation policy

  • All cancellations for the PACT course will incur a £35 administration fee.
  • There will be strictly no refunds from 60 days prior to course commencement (however, transfer to a later course will be offered as an alternative).

Payment via instalments

  • All instalments must be paid 60 days prior to course commencement.
  • The first instalment (deposit) is non-refundable (however, transfer to a later course will be offered as an alternative).


  • Deferral of course modules is not allowed unless an acceptable reason is provided and an arrangement has been made prior to booking. (This does not apply to pre-assessment and assessment – see below)
  • The deferral period must not exceed one year. If deferral exceeds one year, the course will have be to retaken.
  • Deferral will incur a cost of £200. Any further deferral will also be charged, i.e. if the Intermediate module is deferred, the student will be expected to remain on the chosen later Intermediate and its corresponding Advanced module.
  • Pre-assessments and assessments can be taken at any time. However confirmation must be made four weeks prior and cancellation/reschedule during this period will incur a fee of £60.

Course re-takes

  • Assignment re-submission will incur a cost of £35. Assignments may only be re-submitted once.
  • Theory assessment re-sit will incur a cost of £120.
  • Practical assessment re-take will incur a cost of £120.
  • Pre-assessment reschedule after the four-week deadline will incur a cost of £60.
  • Assessment reschedule after the four-week deadline will incur a cost of £60.


  • In the event of a course having to be rescheduled, the same Terms and Conditions will apply, and a new deadline for refunds 60 days prior to the rescheduled date will become effective upon acceptance of the new date. Alternatively, a refund will be given should a student be unable to attend a rescheduled course.
  • PACT or any venue at which a course is held will not be held responsible for dogs being kept in vehicles in car parks, or harm incurred to any dog(s), as a result of being left unattended in vehicles at any of our courses.
  • We reserve the right to amend or update any part of the course content and structure at any stage.
  •  Tutors/assessors may vary or change throughout one course or from one course to another, or assessments

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).