KCAI Announces Two New Preferred Educational Providers


The Kennel Club Accredited Instructor scheme (KCAI) is continuing to expand its offering and set standards in education, by announcing new partnerships with sports coaching experts Agility1st and with The Dog Business Academy® as the scheme's latest Preferred Education Providers (PEP).

Agility1st and the Dog Business Academy® will be joining the Centre of Applied Pet Ethology (COAPE), Trevor Cooper's 'Dog Law UK' and the International Animal Behaviour and Training Centre (IABTC) who all achieved PEP status last year.

Agility1st is a programme created to develop agility instructors and coaches at all levels of the sport, from recreational agility instructors to professional agility trainers and coaches. The programme is led by agility experts Steve Croxford and Mark Laker and was launched at Crufts 2013. 

The Dog Business Academy®, run by highly respected business coach Kim Lyddon, offers seminars, webinars and workshops which are designed to develop business, marketing and communication skills.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: "The KCAI scheme is proud to announce Agility1st and the Dog Business Academy® as Preferred Educational Providers for the scheme. 

"Preferred Educational Providers were developed after we received a considerable amount of feedback from those seeking education in dog training, that identifying courses and seminars of genuine quality is difficult, due to the proliferation of courses and the prevalence of jargon in the world of education.  The KCAI scheme introduced PEP status in 2013 to address these issues and to highlight organisations to its members which satisfied rigorous quality criteria and assessment."

More information on the KCAI scheme modules covered by Agility1st and the Dog Business Academy® will be announced shortly.  For further details on KCAI PEP, please visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/training/kcai/kcai-preferred-educational-providers-(peps)/.

All the KCAI Preferred Educational Providers will be represented at the KCAI Career Zone in partnership with Purina PRO PLAN at Crufts from 6th- 9th March.  All the Preferred Educational Partners will be pleased to discuss how their expertise and knowledge can benefit all those who work with dogs.

About KCAI

  • The Kennel Club Accreditation Scheme for Instructors in Dog Training and Canine Behaviour (also known as the Kennel Club Accredited Instructors or KCAI) is the UK's independently recognised stamp of quality for those delivering the highest standards of care and advice to dog owners.
  • Those on the KCAI gain qualification by demonstrating a combination of qualifications and knowledge, and their applied knowledge, or hands on experience.


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