PACT Canine Instructor Course (Online)

PACT’s established 1 year Canine Instructor Course will be delivered via our Online Classroom platform and two long weekend practicals from March 2020

WHERE (lectures): ONLINE

WHERE (practicals and assessment): Birmingham, West Midlands

WHEN:  Wednesdays – 7:00-10:00pm

COURSE START DATE: Wednesday 11 March 2020

Places are limited

SEE COURSE FEE (BELOW) FOR PAYMENT OPTIONS

£525.00£1,550.00

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PACT’s established 1 year Canine Instructor Course will be delivered via our Online Classroom platform and two long weekend practicals from March 2020.

Successful course completion (inc. assessment) and subsequent PACT membership entitles our trainers to display the PACT-KSA acronym and logo, as well as the right to appear on the ABTC Register as a REGISTERED ANIMAL TRAINING INSTRUCTOR and display the ATI logo.

Course structure

  • Watch 16 online live lectures delivered weekly over 12 weeks
  • Q&A session with your tutor(s) after each lecture
  • Access to 4 lectures to watch in your own time
  • Weekly post-lecture self-assessments to do in your own time
  • Additional free webinars to help with your studying
  • Dog training tutorials for weekly at-home practice homework (with discussion group)
  • Two long weekend practicals to attend in person (inc. an assessment preparation session)
  • Four short assignments throughout the year
  • Theory and practical assessment to attend in person

Free careers advice

  • A complimentary careers advice session with your tutor if required.
  • Non-biased advice (guided by the ABTC criteria).

 What you will 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

PLEASE SEE THE Q&A TAB (ABOVE) FOR ANSWERS TO MOST COURSE QUESTIONS

 

ONLINE LECTURES AND Q&A SESSIONS

Between 7-10 pm on the following Wednesdays:

Wednesday 11 March 2020

Wednesday 18 March 2020

Wednesday 29 March 2020

Wednesday 1 April 2020

Wednesday 8 April 2020

Break (no lecture on 15 April)

Wednesday 22 April 2020

Wednesday 29 April 2020

Wednesday 6 May 2020

Wednesday 13 May 2020

Wednesday 20 May 2020

PRACTICALS (BIRMINGHAM)

Friday 17, Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 April 2020

Friday 26, Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 June 2020 (inc. assessment preparation on day 3)

ASSESSMENT (BIRMINGHAM)

An assessment takes 2 days. Choose from the following dates upon booking (on a first come, first served basis):

Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 February 2021

Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 February 2021

 

Course Fee: £1550

Two payments option: £1575

Payment options:

  • Pay for the whole course upfront at £1550
  • Pay a deposit of £525 now and pay the remaining balance of £1050 (Total £1575) by 31 January 2020. The deposit is non-refundable.

Fee includes:

  • All course materials (including course booklets)
  • All course lectures delivered via our online classroom
  • All Q&A sessions and discussions via our online classroom
  • Both course practicals to attend in person (inc. an assessment preparation session)
  • Ongoing support from your tutors
  • Additional free short webinars to support your learning

Fee does not include assessment nor membership. Click here for assessment feePACT Membership is currently £60 per year, plus £12 for yearly ABTC registration.

PLEASE NOTE: In order to protect our Intellectual Property, you will be required to sign a Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Agreement before the course start date, stating that the course material (nor any part of) cannot be shared with any third party.

 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 completion and assessment, 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.

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?

  • You will need a PC or MAC and a good broadband connection.
  • A quiet space somewhere.
  • Your course booklet, notebook and a pen.
  • Access to dog(s), and later, people and dogs to train.

How much work will I need to do?

  • Post-lecture self-assessments exercises
  • One or more short weekly dog training practice exercise(s)
  • Four short assignments to be submitted throughout the year
  • 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 have to do homework and assignments?

If requiring a course certificate and assessment, yes.

The option to sit the lectures only at a reduced rate is available, but this will exclude practicals and no course certificate would be issued. This option is available regardless of whether the course is full or not. Email us via the contact form if you require this option.

Can I choose to sign up for some lectures only?

The whole course has to be undertaken as a whole.

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 and downloadable handouts will be provided and students are encouraged to take extensive notes.

Will there be breaks during a lecture?

Yes, there will be breaks.

What happens if I miss a lecture?

Lectures are broadcast once and are not repeated. Although we can be flexible on an individual basis if an arrangement is made before the course starts, or if there is a genuine reason why a student has missed a lecture.

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).

MARCH 2020 COURSE

  • Course applicants are entitled to a full refund until 60 days before the course start date.
  • Course applicants are entitled to a 50% refund between 60 days and 40 days before the course start date.
  • For the two payments plan, the deposit is strictly non-refundable. In the event of cancellation, the payment plan balance will be refunded in full until 31 January 2020.
  • Course cancellation will incur a £35 admin fee
  • Strictly no refunds will be issued from 40 days before course start date.
  • If applicant is unable to attend all, or some of the lectures after the deadline for refunds, a deferral to the next course will be offered as an alternative.
  • In case of illness or if unable to finish course for another reason, no refund will be given but a deferral to the next course will be offered as an alternative.
  • The student understands and agrees to comply with PACT’s confidentiality and non-disclosure policy – that no course material, nor part of the course material will be shared with a third party. The student agrees to sign a Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Agreement before the course starts.