Stages to KCAI accreditation

Set out below are the five stages for achieving Kennel Club Accredited Instructor status:

Stage one 

Successful completion of the online assessments.  The nine online assessments act as a test of knowledge and understanding in key canine-related topics, which enable members to gauge whether they are ready to apply for the practical and oral assessment (at Stage four). To view the online assessment criteria please click here.

On joining the scheme, members will receive login details for the Kennel Club Academy (, where they can purchase the online assessments.

Stage two

Application for accreditation. Following successful completion of all the online assessments, members will be eligible to apply for the practical and oral assessment. The accreditation application form, together with further information on the accreditation process, can be found in the KCAI Members Zone (KCAI Scheme members secure area) on the Kennel Club website, located here. To view the descriptions of KCAI Scheme mandatory and accreditation modules please click here.

In order to be eligible to apply for accreditation, you must have been a dog training instructor for at least the past five years in the discipline for which you are applying for accreditation.


Stage three

KCAI checks the application. On receipt of the application for accreditation, the KCAI team will check that it is in order before passing it to a KCAI Assessor who will conduct a pre-assessment review to help ensure that the member will be fully prepared for the practical and oral assessment.  On satisfactory completion of the review, the KCAI team will contact the member and Assessor to arrange a mutually convenient date, time and location for the assessment to be conducted.

Stage four 

Practical and oral assessment. On completion of the practical and oral assessment, the Assessor will provide feedback to the member on the outcome and report to the KCAI Board with a recommendation for its consideration.

Stage five  

Accreditation decision. The member’s application and the Assessor’s report and recommendation will be considered by the KCAI Board and the member will be notified of the outcome.

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KCAI Scheme KCAI Accreditation
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