KCAI

Kennel Club Accreditation Scheme for Instructors in Dog Training and Canine Behaviour (KCAI)
The KCAI Scheme provides its members the opportunity to gain a nationally recognised, vocational accreditation award, based on standards set by the Kennel Club. It is the only scheme in the UK for dog training instructors that is externally verified by City and Guilds, the UK’s leading awarding organisation in the land-based sector – encompassing animal care.
List of Accredited Instructors
list of those who have been successful in gaining Kennel Club Accreditation through the Kennel Club Accreditation Scheme for Instructors in Dog Training and Canine Behaviour
Regional Mentor Details and upcoming sessions
Our KCAI regional mentors have been employed by the Kennel Club with the purpose of helping you on your way to Accreditation.
Welcome to the KCAI Members Zone
Welcome to the KCAI Member Zone - exclusive to members of the Kennel Club Accreditation Scheme for Instructors in Dog Training and Canine Behaviour.
KCAI Regional Meetings and Mentoring Sessions
Due to the ever-increasing content in the KCAI Standard, here's what your Regional Mentors have to say for this quarter. Remember to contact your Regional Mentor with any queries or advice on your paperwork.
The KCAI Standard archive
The KCAI Standard archive
Newsletter archive
Here you can find an archive of all previous KCAI publications; from the old fashioned 'KCAI newsletter' which we have copies from 2007 - 2009, as well as the KCAI Standard which has been in circulation since January 2011.
KCAI Book Review Archive
Please see below a list of useful book reviews - the books have been carefully selected by the editor of the KCAI Standard, are ideal for assisting members who are looking at ways to develop their knowledge and are proven to be useful when working through the KCAI modules
Reaching the Animal Mind
Reaching the Animal Mind is a very special book as it combines science and practical explanations in a clear and very easy to read format.
The Canine Aggression Workbook
This book was originally written at the time of the cross-over between punishment-based reaction to aggression and today's more analytical approach and so was ground-breaking in its content and of its time.
Excel-lerated Learning
When studying for any specialism there is usually 'required reading' to be done so it was no surprise that this book was recommended as one that should be top of the list when it comes to trying to understand how dogs learn and the best way to teach them; it also promised to explain the 'jargon' used in psychology circles.
In Defence of Dogs
John Bradshaw states that, though this book is his own interpretation of over 30 years of working in the field of dog behaviour, he owes a lot to the observations, informed collaboration and research work of many other behaviour and training professionals, graduate students as well as volunteers.
Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behaviour
This is a fascinating book written by an exceptional woman, Dr Temple Grandin. Temple did not speak until she was three and a half years old, and doctors had recommended to her parents she should be institutionalised.
Performance Dog Nutrition: Optimize Performance with Nutrition,
Having worked in human nutrition research for almost 20 years, I am very critical of the quality of dog nutrition books for the general reader.
Winter Dance
Gary Paulsen writes in an easy and very individualistic manner. He is well known in America for writing books for young people but this book tells of his passion for running dogs.
Boost Your Dog Training Knowledge At KCAI Seminars
The Kennel Club Accredited Instructors (KCAI) scheme is holding a series of educational events across the UK in partnership with Purina PRO PLAN, each featuring seminars from KCAI Preferred Educational Providers.
Trainers Become First Kennel Club Accredited Instructors For Assistance Dogs
Helen Harper and Jay Elcock have become the first people in the UK to achieve a prestigious Kennel Club teaching qualification for their work in training assistance dogs
KCAI Scheme Develops New Accreditation Module In Companion Dog Sport
The Kennel Club Accredited Instructor scheme (KCAI) continues to raise and set standards of dog training and advice in the UK with the recent introduction of the latest accreditation module in Companion Dog (CD) Sport.
KCAI Welcomes New Accredited Trainers In Companion Dog Training
Christine Bowyer and Richard Edge are the latest trainers to become accredited by the Kennel Club Accredited Instructors scheme (KCAI).
Yorkshire Gundog Trainer Celebrated At Crufts
Philippa Williams from Buttercrambe, North Yorkshire was presented at Crufts with her Kennel Club Accredited Instructors (KCAI) certificate for being the first person in the UK to achieve a prestigious teaching qualification for her work with both Working Gundogs and Field Trials.
Leicestershire Agility Trainer Celebrated At Crufts
Steve Croxford from Hinkley, Leicestershire was recognised at Crufts for his expertise in agility and was presented with his certificate for the Kennel Club Accredited Instructors (KCAI) Specialist qualification at the world’s largest dog show.
KCAI Education Weekend Open To All Canine Professionals For First Time
For the first time, the Kennel Club Accredited Instructors Scheme’s (KCAI) annual education event ‘Try Out, Take In and Teach’ will be open to all canine professionals and those considering a career with dogs.
Free Nutritional Advice Sessions Taking Place At The KCAI Education Weekend
As part of the Kennel Club Accredited Instructor Scheme, PRO PLAN is offering nutrition seminars free of charge for those who would like to attend the third annual KCAI education weekend ‘Try Out, Take In and Teach’ at the Kennel Club Building, Stoneleigh Park on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th May 2014.
KCAI Scheme Updates Code Of Practice To Support Kennel Club’s Campaign Against Electric Shock Collars
The Kennel Club Accredited Instructor Scheme (KCAI) has officially changed the wording of its Code of Practice to include a ban on using electric shock collars or other aversive methods to ensure the safety of dogs across the UK.
Government skills Council To Create The First Ever National Occupational Standard For Canine Sector
The Kennel Club has joined with the UK’s Sector Skills Council, in a bid to protect the wellbeing of millions of dogs across the UK, through the development of standards that are specifically designed to ensure consistency and professionalism amongst those working in the canine sector.
Prestigious Award To Recognise Outstanding KCAI Talent
Nominations for members of the Kennel Club Accredited Instructors (KCAI) scheme who have truly made a difference for dogs are being sought by the Kennel Club for its new KCAI Awards ceremony, to be held in partnership with Purina PRO PLAN at the country’s most prestigious dog event, Crufts next March.
Hampshire Dog Trainer Gets Kennel Club Accreditation
Carole West from Liphook in Hampshire is the latest trainer to become accredited by the Kennel Club Accredited Instructors scheme (KCAI), the first and only scheme for dog instructors in the UK to be approved by City & Guilds NPTC.
Essex Dog Trainer Gets Kennel Club Accreditation
Michael McCann from Ingatestone, Essex is the latest dog trainer to become accredited by the Kennel Club Accredited Instructors scheme (KCAI), the first and only scheme for dog instructors in the UK to be approved by City & Guilds NPTC.
Additional Accredited Trainers For Obedience Needed For Judges’ Training Programme
The Kennel Club is calling for anyone interested in becoming an Obedience Accredited Trainer for the judges’ training programme to get in touch.
Staffordshire Dog Trainer Gets Kennel Club Accreditation
Gemma Collins from Lichfield, Staffordshire is the latest dog trainer to become accredited under the Kennel Club Accredited Instructors scheme (KCAI), the first and only scheme for dog instructors in the UK to be approved by City & Guilds NPTC.
Fife Dog Trainers Get Kennel Club Accreditation
Sam Perkins and William Anderson from Leven in Fife are the latest dog trainers to become accredited under the Kennel Club Accredited Instructors scheme (KCAI); the first and only scheme for dog instructors in the UK to be approved by City & Guilds NPTC.
Kennel Club Offers New ‘Clicker And Target Training’ Qualification
The Kennel Club Accredited Instructor Scheme (KCAI) continues to raise and set standards of training and advice in the UK with the introduction of the latest Accreditation route in ‘Clicker and Target Training’.
East Sussex Dog Trainer Nominated For Prestigious Award
51 year-old Linda Dewey from Portslade, East Sussex, has been nominated for the prestigious Kennel Club Accredited Instructors (KCAI) Trainer of The Year Award in partnership with PRO PLAN at Crufts 2015.
Wiltshire Dog Trainer Nominated For Prestigious Award
59 year-old Allyson Tohme from Calne, Wiltshire has been nominated for the prestigious Kennel Club Accredited Instructors (KCAI) Trainer of the Year Award, in partnership with PRO PLAN at Crufts 2015.
Surrey Dog Trainer Nominated For Prestigious Award
Carolyn Menteith from Woking in Surrey has been nominated for a prestigious Kennel Club Accredited Instructors (KCAI) Trainer of the Year Award in partnership with PRO PLAN at Crufts 2015.
Essex Dog Trainer Nominated For Prestigious Award
35 year-old Joe Nutkins from Ardleigh, Essex, has been nominated for a prestigious Kennel Club Accredited Instructors (KCAI) Trainer of The Year Award in partnership with PRO PLAN at Crufts 2015.
KCAI Offering Discounted Crufts Tickets To Dog Trainers
KCAI is offering 50% off Crufts tickets to dog training instructors. Read more.
Kennel Club Launches Online Learning Website For Breeders, Judges And KCAI Scheme Members At Crufts
The Kennel Club Academy, the Kennel Club's new online learning resource, has launched providing accessible education in the world of dogs. Read more.
KCAI Trainer Of The Year Winner Announced At Crufts 2016
Jane Ardern from Manchester has won the prestigious KCAI Trainer of the Year award at a special prize giving ceremony at Crufts 2016 on Saturday. Read more.
Free online health education films for breeders
The Kennel Club have launched a revolutionary new online learning resource, the Kennel Club Academy. Read more.
Leading Canine Professionals To Speak At KCAI Annual Event In Warwickshire
The Kennel Club Accredited Instructors (KCAI) scheme’s Annual Event 2016 takes place on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September and will be open to all canine professionals and those considering a career with dogs. Read more.
Kennel Club Boosts Academy Content With New Breed Films
The Kennel Club is boosting its KC Academy content with three new breed films, the first of many to be added to the leading online resource for those looking to improve their knowledge of the canine world. Read more.
Nominations Open For KCAI Trainer Of The Year 2016
The search is on for 2016's KCAI Scheme Trainer of the Year! Click to read more and how to nominate your KCAI Trainer.
KCAI Scheme terms and conditions
Here you will find the KCAI Scheme Code of Practice, the scheme Regulations, the Kennel Club Code of Ethics and relevant National Occupational Standards.
KCAI Events and Promotions
There are a range of events and activities you can get involved with including attending mentoring sessions, annual educational seminars and visiting our KCAI Scheme stand activity at Crufts. Read more.
KCAI Annual Event
The KCAI Scheme Annual Event is an opportunity for KCAI members, and other canine professionals to attend interesting and informative seminars, through theory-based sessions and practical workshops catering for a wide range of canine-related professions and interests.
Martha Brindley KCAI (CD GCDS)
The Kennel Club speaks to Martha Brindley about dog training and the KCAI Scheme.
Patricia Godfrey
The Kennel Club speaks to Patricia Godfrey about dog training and the KCAI Scheme.
Louise Ince KCAI (HTMA)
The Kennel Club speaks to Louise Ince about dog training and the KCAI Scheme.
Sarah Lindsey KCAI (CD Advanced)
The Kennel Club speaks to Sarah Lindsey about dog training and the KCAI Scheme.
Caroline Penistone KCAI (CD)
The Kennel Club speaks to Caroline Penistone about dog training and the KCAI Scheme.
Finalists Announced for KCAI Trainer of the Year Award
The Kennel Club has announced the five finalists for the KCAI Trainer of the Year award and the public vote is now open to choose the winning trainer. Learn more.
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