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All candidates are required to complete the module CIDBT 4110 Understanding Canine Care & Behaviour before continuing on the BA(Hons) Degree, Foundation Degree, HE Certificate or University Certificates in canine-related programmes.

Exceptions are where you have a minimum of six months experience in related dog behaviour, training or other qualifications. Some of these are listed below as a guide.

Previous academic work (qualifications):

A degree in Animal behaviour, Zoology, Biology, Ethology

Previous qualifications, experience.

People who have experience working with dogs hands-on in the disciplines below will certainly have a great advantage when it comes to joining our courses and quicken their fundamental canine behaviour knowledge and which may allow them to miss out the CIDBT 4110 Understanding Canine Care & Behaviour module. Owning dogs as pets is not accepted as prior knowledge.

Foundation Occupations

• Kennel hand - canine husbandry work or dog carer

• Groomer

• Veterinary nurse

• Veterinarian

• Rescue centre staff

• Canine hydrotherapist

Foundation Occupations in dog training disciplines / knowledge

• Dog Trainer (hobbyist)

• Dog Trainer (Club/school)

• Dog Trainer professional (full time)

• Dog Trainer (Police, Guide Dogs, Assistance Dogs)

• Dog Trainer (trials, obedience competitions KC)

What is defined as experience vocational/ academic?

Most canine pet courses providers in Britain are not accredited or the accreditation bodies offer levels that are too low to be used in UK University systems. However, there are exceptions and we do allow a number of courses to be used to forgo our foundation modules. There are a variety of college animal courses specifically on dogs which we accept as prior knowledge.

An example of courses we do accept:

GoDT Guild of Dog Training courses

BIPDT dog training instructor courses

NASDU security dog training instructor courses

ACC dog OCN courses

Police Home office handling /dog instructors course

HMC dog training courses (handling) dog instructors course

HMP dog training courses (handling) dog instructors course

Guide dog training courses (handling) dog instructors course

MOD Police dog training courses (handling). dog instructors course

Army dog training courses (handling). dog instructors course

Veterinary nurse courses, qualifications

Canine rescue centre courses

KC Kennel Club accreditation scheme courses

KC Working Trials qualifications

KC Field Trials qualifications

KC Obedience qualifications

KC Agility qualifications

Pet Dog Training Instructors (PDTI)

Pet Education, Training & Behaviour Council

The PETbc is Britain's most senior and recognised council for defining framework for canine job descriptions and qualifications for companion animal psychologists, behaviourists, trainers and advisor’s.

The following framework has been devised in response to a request from the Companion Animal Welfare Council for job descriptions for companion animal psychologists, behaviourists, trainers and advisors and has devised and agreed by the member organisations of the Pet Education, Training and Behaviour Council (PETbc)

It provides the foundation for developing recognised job descriptions for all those involved in the canine sector. See others here and what constitutes minimum standards at

To be fair to all, we assess each application on a case by case personal assessment. There is no general rule. Your personal vocational experience is also accepted as prior knowledge with the relative supporting evidence.

Previous accreditation and qualifications

If a student applies to forgo the Foundation entry level (Introduction to canine care and behaviour - foundation module 4110) we need to satisfy Kennel Club that you have that foundation knowledge via experience and or qualifications. We have to ascertain that the subjects/study type - you were required to cover in your current and or past course provider content is in tandem with the course content of the CIDBT University accredited Foundation Module 4110 and at that same level. In other words is what you studied equivalent to the (Introduction to canine care and behaviour - foundation module 4110). This ascertained by a resume sent to us by the applicant via email with supporting evidence, dates, organisation studied with and awards. Personal experience and practice should also be included; and on that criteria alone you may still be able to forgo the Module 4110.

Past qualifications in dog behaviour or similar

Its best to forward the relevant modules content list to us (that you received from the course provider you have used) by email to the CIDBT registrar so we can assess the content therein. If the content is similar and acceptable, we can then answer your question in regard to you forgoing our CIDBT 4110 Understanding Canine Care & Behaviour.


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