Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Certificate?
Each course awards a Certificate sent to your home address on completion of the course. For workshop only courses, a certificate of attendance is awarded.

What is a Higher Certificate?
A specific set of courses that when completed, you are awarded a Higher Certificate in addition to the certificates for each course complete.  The nominatives ‘CIDBT Cert’ may be used upon successful completion. See the range of Higher Certificates here.

I have owned dogs for many years how do I know which course level to start with?
Learning to train dogs of different breeds and types and the ability to instruct others to train dogs is a set of building blocks, the basic foundations are critical, so it is advised that you look to initially complete a level 4 course in your chosen field. If you are in any doubt please use our Contact Us form to seek assistance

Can I enroll onto the level 5 courses without doing any of the level 4?
If you have in excess of twelve months or more full-time quantifiable, related experience working within dog behaviour, dog training or other qualifications, you may forego some of the Level 4 courses. If in doubt, please use our Contact Us form for clarification.

Can I bring a dog to the course?
On some of our courses bringing a dog is mandatory and on some workshops, dogs are not required. If you are unsure, please contact your module tutor.

I want to know more about the Workshops
Please see the workshop page here for full details of our workshops, if you have any other questions, please use our Contact Us form.

When can I enrol?
We do not have set intake dates. You can enroll via the website at any time. All of our courses run for six months from the date of enrolment.

What’s included in the courses?
Your course workbook and welcome pack, designated tutor contact and support, assessment costs, CIDBT certificates, workshop information, workshop stationary if applicable (printed workbooks, notepads, pens, refreshments and lunches are all supplied).

What’s not included?
Mandatory Books and DVD’s may be required for some courses and are not included. For workshops travel and accommodation are not included, however, we can provide discounted rates at selected hotels to reduce your overnight costs.

What happens after I enrol?
Please view this link for further information.

What help and support do I get?
Once your enrolment with us has been processed and accepted your tutor will contact you and send, by email, your workbook and welcome pack. You are then able to contact your tutor via email or telephone for assistance. Thereafter, your tutor will help guide you through the tasks in order to complete the course.

What is Home Study?
You are able to study at your own pace within your own schedule guided by professionals. This enables you to complete courses around your own current work and family commitments.

Our flexible study methods bring learning to life, combining top quality course materials and video media. You’re never on your own, thanks to plenty of on-going tutor support with real people you can talk to.

Who approves the courses?
We are a Kennel Club Preferred Educational Provider. For this we have been assessed by the Kennel Club along with independent assessors for both our Home Study and workshops.

What equipment do I need in order to receive and submit coursework?
Once enrolled, all communication will be via email. Therefore, you will need regular access to a computer along with email and the Internet. You may also need facilities to play a DVD or download a video. You will need a basic familiarity on the use of sending and receiving emails and attaching documents as well as a knowledge of how to conduct Internet searches.

The Pet Education, Training & Behaviour Council (PETbc) accredits our courses and many CIDBT courses can be used to gain PETbc Diplomas.