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Instructor Courses FAQ’s

Please find a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for the APDT Instructors’ courses

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

In addition, the Residential course includes accommodation in halls of residence at Moulton College.  All rooms are single occupancy and en-suite.  It also includes dinner on Thursday evening, breakfast, lunch and dinner on Friday and Saturday, and breakfast and lunch on Sunday.  Tea, coffee and biscuits are also included.

Please note it does not give you membership of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers.  Full membership of APDT is attained by assessment which requires substantial practical experience. For details please see https://apdt.co.uk/how-to-become-a-member/    

However, if you successfully complete the Part Two course (which you can take if you pass the Foundation course) you may become a Student Member, so that you can keep in touch while you gain the necessary experience to apply for APDT Membership.

 It is also worth noting that dog training instructing 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.

Can I do one weekend of the Foundation Online course and the other from the Foundation Residential course?

Sorry, this is not possible.

What are the dates of the weekend?

Residential Courses:

Foundation

Weekend one: Thursday, 23 June (evening), all day 24, 25 and 26 June 2022

Weekend two: Thursday, 8 September (afternoon and evening), all day 9, 10 and 11 September 2022

Part Two

Weekend one: Thursday, 23 June (evening), all day 24, 25 and 26 June 2022

Weekend two: Thursday, 8 September (early evening), all day 9, 10 and 11 September 2022

Online Courses:

Foundation

Weekend one: Thursday, 24 March (evening), 25, 26, 27 March 2022

Weekend two: Thursday 14 July (afternoon and evening), 15, 16, 17 July 2022

Part Two

Weekend one: Thursday, 24 March (evening), 25, 26, 27 March 2022

Weekend two: Thursday 14 July (early evening), 15, 16, 17 July 2022

Advanced

Weekend one: Thursday, 24 March (evening), 25, 26, 27 March 2022

Weekend two: Thursday 14 July (evening), 15, 16, 17 July 2022

Can I take the 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 on the Thursday evening of the first weekend at 7.00pm. Friday, Saturday and Sunday classes will be from 9.00am – 5.00pm each day.

Registration for the Residential courses is 5.00pm – 6.00pm on weekend one

Foundation will start at 1.00pm on the Thursday of the second weekend; Advanced and Part Two will start Thursday evening (7.00pm) with Friday, Saturday and Sunday classes from 9.00am – 5.00pm.

Registration for the Residential Foundation course is 12.00 – 12.30 on the second weekend.  Registration for Residential Part Two course is early evening on the second weekend.

 

Both weekends will include some optional evening sessions.

Is the course theory or practical?

The course is mainly theory, but will include practical sessions.  There is a lot to understand about dogs, people and planning that needs to be covered in theory sessions.

Is the course 'in person' or 'on line'
Is the course ‘in person’ or ‘on line’
In 2022 we are offering Residential and Online courses for Foundation and Part Two.  The Advanced course will be Online, only.
 
We have delivered Online courses in 2020 and 2021 and the format has been very successful.  Some of our students had not taken part in on-line learning before and were surprised how accessible it was.
If you have not used zoom, please let us know and we will arrange a practice session before the course starts.
Do I need to have a dog?

You do not need to have a dog. We will have practical sessions over the weekend, so if you have a dog they will have the opportunity to enjoy some training.

If you are attending the Residential course you may have the opportunity to work with dogs belonging to other students or tutors.

Can I bring my dog to the Residential Course?

As long as your dog is comfortable working around other dogs and people, and is happy to go to new places and stay on their own in your vehicle while you are in classroom sessions, then you are welcome to bring them.

Your dog will be able to join you in your room at night.  They will have a practical session each day.

 If you do want to bring your dog you must make sure that you can keep your vehicle at a comfortable temperature.  We never know what the weather will do, so you will need to bring warm weather protection – such as reflective covers and cool mats – as well as a bed and anything else they might need if it is chilly.

 During the day the classroom sessions take place on the main campus at Moulton.  The car park is behind a security barrier and is regularly patrolled by tutors to keep an eye on the dogs.

 There is a thirty minute break morning and afternoon, and an hour at lunch time to give you time to see to your dog as well as grab a cup of tea or something to eat.

 Your dog is not allowed in the refectory or the bar (where we have evening sessions).  During this time they can stay in your room if they are comfortable doing so.

 You are responsible for your dog at all times during the course, including clearing up after they toilet, and disposing of the waste appropriately. They must be kept on lead whilst on the College campus, unless you are instructed to remove the lead by a tutor.

 

What do I get if I pass the course?

You will be given a certificate showing the level of course you have passed (Foundation or Advanced)

 Please note: none of our dog training instructor courses give you membership of APDT. Nor do you need to attend a course to apply for membership assessment.

If you would like to find out about applying for membership of APDT, please go to https://apdt.co.uk/how-to-become-a-member/     

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 will need to read all these books by the deadline for the final homework at the end of the course.

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 2022, where they will be available to borrow (for three weeks). You just need to pay the postage to return the books to APDT.

 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 APDT'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?

Online course:

  • Foundation and Advanced – £975*
  • Part Two – £800

Residential course:

  • Foundation – £1475*
  • Part Two – £1300

Each course requires a deposit of £250 to secure your place. This is non-refundable.

The balance needs to be paid six weeks before the start of the course (ie 11 February 2022 for the online course, 13 May 2022 for the residential course).

*APDT Members, and Assistants of Members, are entitled to a discount of £150 off the cost of the Foundation and Advanced courses.

There is no discount offered on Part Two as a discount has already been applied.

Membership of the Association Students’ lending library will start once we confirm your place on the course until the end of 2022.

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

Yes. If you are a member of the APDT you will receive £150 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 £150 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 six weeks before your course starts (ie due date is 11 February 2022 for the Online courses and 12 May 2022 for the Residential courses

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. 

NB When you pay your deposit be sure to click ‘return to merchant’. This will take you to the course application form.  Without this we will not be able to process your application.

What happens if Covid restrictions are re-introduced and APDT cannot offer the Residential courses?

Much as we hope that we have seen the last of the restrictions on mixing with people we don’t know what the future might bring. IF the Government, the College or other authorities say that we can’t host the residential course you will have three options:

1 – We will invite you to take the course (same dates) delivered on-line. You will be refunded the difference in price.

2 – You will be invited to move your payment to a course (either one or two weekends, depending on when the change occurs) in 2023

3 – We will refund outstanding course fee.  ie If the course has not started you will receive a full rebate; if you have completed one weekend and we are unable to host the second weekend, you will be refunded half of your fee.

 

How do I apply for a place on one of the courses?

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

It says that the course I want is full. Do you have a waiting list?

If the course you want is full and you would like to join the waiting list in case a place becomes available, please email When mailing, please let us know which course you are interested in.

 

I have another question, who do I ask?

Please contact the education team via e mail,   if your question is not answered above.

APDT Courses

FOUNDATION COURSE

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

PART TWO COURSE

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

ADVANCED COURSE

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

COURSES FAQ's

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

Check out the full range of APDT courses

FOUNDATION COURSE

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

PART TWO COURSE

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

ADVANCED COURSE

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

COURSES FAQ's

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