Instructor Courses FAQ’s

We hope the information below is useful in helping you choose the right option

What does the course cover?

The course is designed to give you the fundamental skills and knowledge needed to become a Dog Training Instructor. Please note that this is not the same as a Dog Trainer or a Behaviourist.

Dog Training Instructors teach people to train their own dogs in basic skills, so although the course includes dog training, it also focuses on how to teach people and manage classes.

The course does not equip you to deal with behavioural or health issues that dogs may have, although it will help you identify them and know where to refer them on to.

Are all three courses the same?

We run three courses so that we can better match the content and delivery to the experience and knowledge of the attendees.

  • Foundation – for anyone who would like to become a Dog Training Instructor. You do not need to have any prior experience of instructing.
  • Advanced – for instructors who have been instructing for at least a year.
  • Part Two – for people who have successfully completed the Foundation course in the past five years.
What do I get for my money?

Two, full three day weekends, a certificate of attendance and further certificate of completion if successful. Plus ongoing support via a private Facebook group.

Please note it does not give you membership of the Association.  Full membership is attained by assessment which requires substantial practical experience. For details please see

However, if you successfully complete the Foundation course and the Part 2 course you may become a Student Member, so that you can keep in touch while you gain the necessary experience.

It is also worth noting that dog training is an unregulated profession, as such there are no universally recognised qualifications for anyone. Currently, there is a lot of work going on to change this, but as yet the industry remains unregulated.

Do I have to attend both weekends?

Yes, you will need to attend both weekends to get a full understanding of the subject.

What are the dates of the weekend?

If you choose to enrol in one of our courses, your first residential weekend will be on:  

Thursday (mid-day) 27th August until Sunday 30th August 2020.

Your second residential weekend will be: Thursday (mid-day) 29th October until Sunday 1st November 2020.

Can I do one weekend of the first Foundation course and the other from the second Foundation course?

Sorry, this is not possible.

Can I take the first Foundation course and the Part Two in the same year?

No, sorry you can’t. You need to have completed the Foundation course by the time the Part Two starts, which isn’t possible in the same year.

What times will we be working?

The course will start after registration (5.00 – 6.00pm) and dinner (7.00pm) on the Thursday evening of the first weekend at 8.00pm. Friday, Saturday and Sunday classes will be from 9.00am – 5.00pm each day.

Foundation will start at 1.00pm on the Thursday of the second weekend; Advanced and Part Two will start Thursday evening with Friday, Saturday and Sunday classes from 9.00am – 5.00pm.

Both weekends will include some evening sessions.

Is the course residential?

Yes. We are holding the course at Moulton College, Northamptonshire

The cost of a room in the Halls of Residence (all en suite), dinner on the Thursday evening, breakfast, lunch and dinner on Friday and Saturday and breakfast and lunch on Sunday are included in the cost of the course. Breakfast and dinner are served cafeteria style, lunch is rolls/wraps, fruit and cakes served as a buffet. Vegetarian options are available.

If you have any dietary restrictions, please let us know so that we can notify the College catering staff.

Is the course theory or practical?

The course is mainly theory but will include a practical session (about an hour and a half – two hours) on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There is a lot to understand about dogs, people and planning that needs to be covered in theory sessions.

Do I need to bring a dog with me?

No. Although there are practical sessions where we do use students’ and tutors dogs to add a touch of realism, it is not necessary for all students to have a dog with them.

Can I bring my dog with me?

Yes, as long as: (a) your dog is happy in a new environment and to stay in your vehicle during the day when you are in class. (b) you have facilities in your vehicle to keep the dog cool if the weather is hot and keep him warm if the weather is cold and (c) he/she is comfortable around people/other dogs.  If you can anwer ‘yes’ to all of the above, then you are welcome to bring him/her.

You will be able to take your dog into your room at night, but please make sure he/she has his/her own bed.

You will be responsible for your dog whilst you are at the college and will need to bring dog food and treats as they are not included in the cost. Your dog must be kept on a lead while on the College grounds. We have scheduled generous breaks (half an hour mid-morning and mid-afternoon, and one hour lunch break) to allow you time to exercise your dog regularly through the day and still have time for a cup of tea and a chat with your colleagues.

What do I get if I pass the course?

You will be awarded a Certificate in Dog Training Instruction. If you pass the Advanced/Part Two you will be awarded the Certificate in Dog Training Instruction, Advanced.

Please note; none of our dog training instructor courses give you membership of our Association. This needs to be applied for via our assessment process outlined here:

Do I need to read any books?

Yes, you will receive a reading list when we confirm your place on the course. Reading these books is an important part of the course and will help you get a fuller understanding of the subject.

You may already have some of the books or may want to buy them, but your initial deposit will include the cost of membership of the APDT Students’ library until the end of November 2020 (for the April/August courses) or end of February 2021 (for the May and October courses), where they will be available to borrow. All the books are in the library, but obviously the same book cannot be available to everyone at the same time!

Will there be homework?

Yes, you will have homework following each weekend which must be returned to the tutors by a set date. The homework mainly requires essays – 1000 – 2000 words each. There are homework assignments after each weekend.

Why do you set homework? I would much prefer just to listen to people talking!

We feel that homework is very important. It is a good way to check that you have understood the subject based on information received on the course and reading/research on the subject. Although some of our students don’t like the idea of homework, they all agree (having completed it) that it is very useful and helps them to understand the subject better. Honest. 

Is there an exam at the end of the course?

No, there isn’t. During the course the Tutors will assess how you are doing. If we feel – or you feel – that you are struggling with a subject, we will discuss this with you and give you the help and support you might need to master the topic.

Your homework will be marked and you are required to reach a minimum standard for each of your essays in order to pass the course.

I passed the Association's Foundation course in the past five years and want to take the Advanced course. Should I apply for the Advanced or the Part Two?

Please apply for the Part Two. A few sessions in the Advanced course are duplicates of the Foundation course. If you have already passed the Foundation course in the past five years there is no point you sitting through those sessions again. Therefore, we substitute the duplicated sessions from the Advanced with different sessions for the Part Two course. The certificate you get if you pass the Part Two course is exactly the same as the Advanced.

How much is the course?

The Foundation and Advanced courses cost £1395 per student. The Part Two costs £1000 per student. We require a £250 deposit to secure your place. This deposit is non refundable.

The balance of the course fee must be paid by 3rd March 2020 (for the April/August courses) or 22nd April (for the May/October courses). No fees can be refunded after the due date.

Membership of the Association Students’ lending library will start once we confirm your place on the course.

Do you offer a discount to Association members or their Assistants?

Yes. If you are a member of the Association you will receive £250 discount off the Advanced course. If you have been assisting a member (for at least three months) you will be entitled to a discount of £250 off the Foundation or Advanced course fee.

There are no discounts available for the Part Two as we have already discounted the cost for everybody.

Do you take credit card payment?

Yes, you can pay by debit or credit card via the Paypal payment link on the course page. 

Can I pay for the course in instalments?

Once you have paid your £250 deposit, if you would prefer to pay the balance in stages that will be fine, but all fees must be paid by 27th July 2020.

Please remember that no money can be refunded after the due dates.

I do not have a UK Bank account - how can I pay?

You can pay by bank transfer in £ sterling (please contact us – – for payment details) or you can send a sterling bankers draft.

Sorry, we cannot accept payment in Euros or other currency.

How will I know I have been accepted?

When we receive your deposit and online application form we will e-mail you a confirmation of your place. If all places have been reserved, please let us know if you would like to go on a waiting list. 

How do I sign up?

Please visit the relevant course page in the main navigation bar.

APDT Courses


Our Foundation Course is for people who have little or no experience of dog training instructing.


Our Part Two course is for people who have successfully completed the Foundation course.


Our advanced course is for instructors with at least one year’s experience of teaching classes.


FAQ's and Information to help you make an informed decision about which course is right for you.

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Our Foundation Course is for people who have little or no experience of dog training instructing.


Our Part Two course is for people who have successfully completed the Foundation course.


Our advanced course is for instructors with at least one year’s experience of teaching classes.


FAQ's and Information to help you make an informed decision about which course is right for you.