KCAI Announces Two New Preferred Educational Providers

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 for Life.

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 accreditation.

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 students.

"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

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