The Kennel Club Accredited Instructor (KCAI) scheme continues to
expand its offering in education by announcing two new Preferred
Educational Providers (PEPs): Canine Studies College and Trained
The Canine Studies College, based in Polegate, East Sussex, and
Trained for Life in Marlborough, Wiltshire (soon to relocate
to South Lanarkshire) have been granted PEP status. Both offer
canine behaviour, training and handling courses, combining
practical application and theory. Both providers educate their
students on the principles of kindness and fairness and good
welfare of dogs, in line with the KCAI ethos.
The KCAI scheme is the first and only scheme for dog training
instructors in the UK to be approved by City & Guilds
NPTC. The KCAI scheme works closely with its PEPs which offer
courses that are of a suitable quality and relevance for KCAI
members. The main aim of the KCAI scheme is to improve the
wellbeing of dogs by ensuring that dog training instructors and
canine behaviourists provide services to dog owners of a
consistently high quality and standard.
Canine Studies College CEO, Dean Hart said: "At Canine Studies
College, we want to improve the canine training and behaviour
industry as a whole. Receiving PEP status from KCAI not only
demonstrates that we are getting it right, but the recognition will
also help make it easier for people to find the right course for
them, and feel confident in their decision."
Trained For Life founder, Lez Graham said: "We are passionate
about providing courses that deliver high quality teaching using
positive training styles, which will inspire trainers to go on to
commit to the values of the KCAI scheme and improve the lives of
dogs and their owners."
The KCAI team works closely with its PEPs to help guide its
members to make meaningful decisions in finding suitable courses of
quality and relevance in order to achieve their desired learning
outcomes, and which help them work towards gaining KCAI
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: "The KCAI scheme is
unique in its recognition of an individual instructor's experience
in dogs as well as their knowledge. We are being asked increasingly
often to advise whether or not a course supports the scheme.
"PEPs were introduced in 2013 to help aid KCAI members to find
courses and seminars of genuine quality and relevance. The KCAI PEP
status gives clear guidance to scheme members and we believe it
will be a reliable indicator of quality to prospective
"We are pleased to announce our partnership with two new
Preferred Educational Providers; the Canine Studies College and
Trained for Life."
For further details on KCAI PEPs, please visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/kcaipep.