The KCAI 'gold badge' is the mark of quality in dog training,
canine behaviour and other canine related services.
The KCAI Scheme offers its members the opportunity to gain a
nationally recognised and externally verified teaching
qualification approved by the leading name in vocational
qualification, City & Guilds.
Accredited members must be able to show a wealth of practical
experience training, handling and living with dogs, as well as
demonstrate teaching skills and academic knowledge, along with a
dedication to their profession. They must abide by the Scheme Code
of Conduct and demonstrate that their knowledge and experience
satisfies the high criteria set by the Scheme.
If you are a dog owner looking for advice there is finally a way
for you to be able to select a trainer or behaviour specialist who
can give you the specific help you need - whether you have a
companion dog or a working or competition dog - and you can be
assured of our members' commitment to provide you with a good
service and high standards.
Find the KCAI experts in your area by downloading our list of
If you are working with dogs or providing a service within
the canine industry, protect your reputation and professional
crediblity with the UK's only national and externally verified
qualification recognised by City & Guilds. Download our
Information Pack & Application Form and discover the benefits
of the KCAI Scheme and how it can help you.
"Kennel Club Instructors are Great
- to have a united membership body, that is committed to help
others appreciate dogs in society.
- to educate its members and, through them, the dog-owning
- to set the standard of instructing and services for
- to promote responsible dog ownership
- provide educational guidance for members
- to offer a personal and credible qualification
- to maintain a national register of qualified Instructors
- encourage continuing professional development and high
standards of instructing
- help unite all aspects of training and behaviour
- provide a communication network for Instructors
NB. For the purposes of this scheme the term 'Instructor' shall
apply to all those who instruct, teach, advise or counsel in any
area of dog training and canine behaviour, or intend to in the
All Members are:
- bound by the Kennel Club Code of Practice for Instructors
- actively promoting dogs and responsible ownership
- committed to work in the best interests of canine welfare.
Members are acknowledged for their:
- practical instructing experience
- knowledge and range of training skills
- knowledge of care, welfare and safety
- understanding of dog / human psychology and behaviour
- expertise within individual canine activities.