Following a thorough investigation into dog training and
behavioural services in the UK, the Kennel Club launched the KCAI
scheme as a pilot in March 2001. The aim was to work with a large
number of pro-active people, from a variety of backgrounds, to help
with its development. The Kennel Club wished to ensure that the
Scheme would meet the needs of the dog owning public, and also
benefit the membership and offer a worthwhile accreditation.
City & Guilds NPTC, the biggest awarding body in the UK for
vocational awards has formally endorsed the KCAI Scheme, and
awarded Centre Approval for the Kennel Club, offering the national
qualification the 'Kennel Club National Quality Award for
Instructors in Dog Training and Canine Behaviour'. This means that
for the first time in the UK, instructors involved in teaching dog
training and advising on canine behaviour will have the opportunity
to gain a nationally recognised, credible and externally verified
qualification. Dog owners and dog training enthusiasts will also
benefit by having the reassurance of a national standard to ensure
that they are provided with the best quality advice and service.
This is awarded upon gaining the Kennel Club Accreditation.
The KCAI scheme is primarily a membership scheme, aiming to unite
all those who work teaching others in any aspect of dog training
and canine behaviour. It is designed also to promote further
education; it is not a course, but it does set a syllabus for
members to work through and compile a supporting portfolio.
The Scheme works by the allocation of points to reflect current
levels of knowledge and experience, allowing members to self-assess
and produce a professional profile. For more experienced members,
Accreditation is available through written, oral and practical
assessment, provided that all of the criteria set by the scheme are
satisfied. All members are also required to show continuing
professional development (CPD), updating information with their
Upon registering you will receive a full Educational Guidance Pack
which will be the basis of your portfolio. You are also required to
complete an Assessment of Prior Learning form, which is a way of
determining your membership status and also a way of 'getting to
grips' with the points scoring system. Along with reference notes
for guidance these will get you through the first stage. You will
also receive a Code of Practice poster, membership card and a list
of our mentors who can offer help and advice along the way.
Please fill in the registration form carefully and clearly and
return it with a cheque for the appropriate fee. Please note that
in registering, you commit to the scheme and all that it entails,
therefore you will need to read and understand the requirements of
the Scheme's Code of Practice for Instructors before signing.
Thank you for your interest in the scheme. We would be delighted
if you would join and work with us in raising standards, making a
difference for dogs.
Chairman of the Accreditation Board