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 https://www.apdt.co.uk/dog-trainers/membership.

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?

All of our courses will run on the following dates.

15 April (evening), 16, 17 and 18 April 2021

15 July (afternoon and evening), all day 16, 17 and 18 July 2021

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 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.

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.

 

Both weekends will include some optional evening sessions.

Is the course 'in person' or 'on line'
Is the course ‘in person’ or ‘on line’
Both weekends will be delivered ‘on line’ via Zoom.
 
We have trialed this format in 2020 and it was 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.
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.

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.

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: https://apdt.co.uk/book-an-assessment/

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 2021, 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?

The Foundation and Advanced courses cost £975 per student. The Part Two costs £800 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 15th March 2021. 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 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 by 15th March 2021.

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

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.