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The Kennel Club Accreditation Scheme for Instructors in Dog Training and Canine Behaviour. The Problems. An unregulated industry - anyone can set themselves up as a dog training/advising ‘expert’ and give training and behavioural advice Result = Poor practice

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The Problems

  • An unregulated industry - anyone can set themselves up as a dog training/advising ‘expert’ and give training and behavioural advice
  • Result = Poor practice
  • People choose their ‘canine professional’ for reasons other than quality
  • Bad advice and bad service can and does do lasting and serious damage to dogs
  • How do dog owners tell thecharlatans from the dedicated and competent professionals who have genuinely extensive and in depth knowledge and experience?
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The Solution: KCAI

  • Quality – The UK’s quality benchmark for instruction, care and teaching in the canine world – ‘the Gold Standard’.
  • National - The Kennel Club is the first and only City & Guilds approved centre for issuing national awards in dog training, canine behaviour & care in the UK.
  • Unique – All aspects of your experience – both academic and ‘real life’ - count towards accreditation.
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Key Features

  • KCAI the UK’s first and only national ‘teaching qualification’ for those who work in canine care
  • We have now set the knowledge and experience benchmark for a national qualification in a huge range of topics
  • Code of Practice = Automatic sign up to Companion Animal Welfare Council Code of Practice
  • Independently verified - you don’t have to take our word for it…
  • The KCAI Umbrella. Members do not start ‘from scratch’ – all other qualifications and courses fit into the KCAI standard.
  • Incredibly good value – the KC’s commitment to raising standards. Joining fee for individuals from just £72.00 including VAT
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The Process

What the member knows is converted into points in 3 areas:

A. Applied Knowledge of Theories: What You Know

B. Background Experience: What You Do

C. Coaching Skills: How You Teach (Communication Skills)

The member chooses the subject they wish to be accredited in such as Rescue & Rehoming or Companion Dog Training

Portfolio = Evidence of A, B & C

Enough points = Assessment

Awards = KCAI Gold Badge and City & Guilds

CPD

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KCAI Single Breed Rescue

  • What is it?
  • The KCAI Single Breed Rescue qualification has been developed to credit active involvement within organisations involved with the rescue and re-homing of dogs of a single breed.
  • This qualification rewards and recognises your personal achievement working in a single breed rescue organisation, and your knowledge of activity and of the responsibilities of those involved.
  • It looks at crediting the skills you may have acquired in caring for, assessing, training and re-homing an extensive range of dogs within your breed, and at assessing, matching and instructing new owners.
benefits of membership
Benefits of Membership
  • Protect your reputation with the badge of quality
  • Access to advice, support and education to improve and/or expand the services you offer
  • Free or discounted entry to many educational seminars and other events
  • The KCAI Annual Member Event
  • Regional educational events
  • Newsletter
  • Promotion of your organisation
a growing movement
A Growing Movement

Over 1900 members

The Scheme has grown 800% in 3 years (starting membership of c200)

Over 80 already accredited

Market leader – biggest organisation of dog trainers and allied professions in UK

Now has reasonable brand recognition amongst KC dog trainers

contacts
Contacts:

Senior Manager Business Development

Laura Colborn

Laura.colborn@thekennelclub.org.uk

Scheme development and management (approx. 2 days per week)

KCAI Team Leader

Aby Wojcik

Aby.wojcik@thekennelclub.org.uk

Events, communication, marketing, website, newsletters, enewsletters, general team management

KCAI Specialist

Clare Hitchcox

clare.hitchcox@thekennelclub.org.uk

Administration and assessments

KCAI Specialist (part time)

Rhea Harries

Rhea.harries@thekennelclub.org.uk

Administration & assessments