Assistance Dog Trainer Diploma Level 3

Assistance Dog Trainer Diploma Level 3

Key Information


Course Level




Practical Dates

Ofqual 603/5219/X


Up to 2 Years  


Online &  Practical 

15th & 16th May 2021  

Ofqual regulated qualification

This qualification meets the Defra Higher Standard Animal Activity Licensing (AAL) requirements

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Course Fees


Instalment Option


£160 x 10 monthly instalments

Unit 1

Communication and canine body language

This unit explores the body language of both dogs and humans involved in training. Learn about the stress in canines and how to spot the signs of stress.

Unit 2

Care of canines

This unit studies the care and  welfare of dogs, including health, handling, nutrition and the care of dogs in kennels. Learn about care routines, appropriate canine handling methods, canine enrichment, excercise and nutrition. Learn how to reduce and manage stress for dogs in kennels and foster homes.

Unit 3

First aid

This unit explores the objectives and rules of first aid and what should be included in a canine first aid kit. Learn methods of improvising items such as muzzles, stretchers and splints and how to carry or restrain injured animals. This unit also includes information about how to carry out health checks on dogs.

Unit 4

Behaviour and influences

Learn about the causes of the most common canine behaviour problems and how to  solve them. Students will explore recent research and development in dog behaviour and expected behaviours for breeds. 

Unit 5

Dogs and the Law 

Learn about the laws surrounding dogs and disability. This unit includes information about disability and accessibility laws as well as custodianship as opposed to ownership in legal terms.

Unit 6


Learn about different types of disabilities relevant to working as an Assistance Dog Trainer. Learn how disability affects training and how to train for the individual. This unit also contains information about the human-animal bond.

Unit 7

Dog Training

This unit studies how dogs learn and how to motivate dogs to learn. Learn about adaptability, including multiple handlers and environmental changes.  Learn about marker training, recall, natural dog behaviours, play styles, positive reinforcement and enrichment techniques.

Unit 8

Managing Volunteers 

Learn how to manage volunteers as an integral part of the Assistance Dog Training process. 

Learn how to train volunteers when fostering dogs.  Gain an understanding of the client matching process. 

Unit 9

Puppy Development and Behaviour

Learn about the behaviour of puppies, including how to manage behaviour and training from a young age.

Learn how to rectify behaviour issues and how to habituate puppies to prevent problems.

Unit 10

Assessment of the Needs of the Dog

Learn how to assess dogs’ support needs and how to interpret formal reports concerning clients and dogs.

minimum student age: 16 years 

Practical Training

This qualification includes 2 compulsory practical training days (held over one weekend).

Assistance Dog Trainer Qualification

This Assistance Dog Trainer qualification explores how to train dogs to help people with sight or hearing difficulties, physical disabilities, and those prone to seizures, to lead independent lives.

This qualification is designed for those wanting to work as an Assistance Dog Trainer with dogs in roles such as Guide Dogs, Hearing Dogs, Disability Dogs, Cancer Detection dogs, Diabetes Hypo-alert dogs, Seizure alert dogs, etc.


Assistance Dog Trainer Qualification


This unique qualification includes:


* Origins of this sector and how it has evolved.


* The everyday work of the assistance dog.


* The selection, development and training of assistance dogs.


* The profile and personal attributes required, including how to select the assistance dog organisation best suited to the individual.