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The Enhanced Learning Credits Courses (ELCAS)

Animal Courses Direct is an Approved Course Provider for the MOD through the ELCAS scheme.​

Our provider ID number is 8609. Please visit the ELCAS official website to see all our available Ofqual regulated animal qualifications.

ELCAS Courses

Animal Courses Direct is an Approved ELCAS Course Provider.

Animal Courses Direct is proud to be an Approved Learning Provider of the MOD’s Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) Scheme helping to promote life-long learning for members of the Armed Forces (ELC Provider No: 8609).

The Ministry of Defence Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme (ELC) is an initiative to encourage lifelong learning for members of the Armed Forces.

The scheme provides financial support (by means of an up-front payment) for higher level Ofqual regulated qualifications (Level 3 and above).

The Enhanced Learning Credits Process

1. Contact us on 0208 4329772 or by email should you require further information about the courses we are approved to offer.

2. Fill in ELCAS form www.enhancedlearningcredits.com

3. Hand form to commanding officer or learning staff for approval.

4. If you need the MOD form 1746 completed, please scan and email to finance@animalcoursesdirect.co.uk and we will complete and return.

5. ELCAS will then check your eligibility for funding.

6. Email your Claim Authorisation Note (CAN) to us.

7. You can then make your 20% personal contribution enabling you to begin your course.

Please click here to get in touch with our team for assistance with any questions you may have about the courses, or for assistance with your ELCAS application.

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ELCAS QUALIFICATIONS LEVEL 2-6

Our qualifications are regulated and officially recognised by the governments’ Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation

Animal Courses Direct is an Approved Course Provider for the MOD through the ELCAS scheme.

Our provider ID number is 8609.

Service Leavers can also use their Individual Resettlement Training Costs (IRTC) funding and Resettlement Grant (RG) funding for all our training courses.

Animal Licensing Inspector

Level 3 Award for Animal Licensing Inspectors

This Ofqual regulated qualification meets the Animal Activities Licensing (AAL) Higher Standard requirements. It also meets the Defra Animal Activity Licensing requirements for Local Authority Animal Welfare Inspectors who work for Councils inspecting and licensing Animal Activity businesses.

Animal Assisted Intervention Qualification

Level 3 Diploma in Animal Assisted Intervention

Animal Assisted Intervention (AAI) is a type of therapy that involves animals as a form of treatment. The goal of AAI is to improve a patient’s social, emotional, or cognitive functioning.

Dog Behaviour & Training Qualifications

Level 3 Award in Canine Care, Behaviour and Welfare

This Ofqual regulated qualification meets the Animal Activities Licensing (AAL) Higher Standard requirements.

Level 3 Diploma in Assistance Dog Training

This Ofqual regulated qualification is the qualification required for working in the field of Assistance Dog Training.

Level 3 Diploma in Canine Care, Behaviour and Welfare

This Ofqual regulated qualification meets the Higher Standard Defra Animal Activity Licensing Regulation requirements for Dog Kennels, Dog Day Care and Dog Boarding Businesses.

Level 4 Diploma in Canine Welfare, Training and Behaviour

This Ofqual regulated qualification is a progression from the Level 3 Diploma in Canine Care, Behaviour and Welfare Qualification. The course is relevant for those wishing to expand their knowledge of canine anatomy and physiology, training and behaviour, the role of exercise and nutrition and how to run dog training classes.

Level 5 Diploma Canine Behaviour Practitioner

This qualification has been designed to provide learners with in-depth knowledge and understanding of canine welfare, behaviour and training.

Level 6 Diploma in Applied Canine Behaviour Management

This qualification is equivalent to a degree with honours – for example, Bachelor of the Arts (BA) Hons, Bachelor of Science (BSc) Hons.

Kennel and Cattery Management Qualification

Level 3 Diploma in Kennel and Cattery Management

This Ofqual regulated qualification meets the Higher Standard Defra Animal Activity Licensing Regulation requirements for Dog Kennels, Dog Day Care and Dog Boarding Businesses.

Small Animal Hydrotherapy Qualifications

Level 3 Diploma in Small Animal Hydrotherapy​​​

Level 4 Diploma in Small Animal Hydrotherapy

The Small Animal Hydrotherapy qualifications are Ofqual regulated qualifications. They are designed for learners preparing for a career working as an Animal Hydrotherapist, including those wanting to set up their own Animal Hydrotherapy Business.

Animal Hydrotherapists use hydrotherapy techniques to assist animals with rehabilitation to recover from injury, as an element of pain management or as a type of exercise for animals with mobility issues. There is a shortage of qualified animal hydrotherapists.

Completion of the Level 3 Diploma in Small Animal Hydrotherapy will enable you to seek employment as an Animal Hydrotherapist. Or you could set up your own Animal Hydrotherapy business and work for yourself. Animal Courses Direct is committed to assisting you all the way, whether it’s finding a job or setting up your own animal hydrotherapy business.

Cattery Qualifications

Level 3 Award in Feline Care, Behaviour and Welfare

This Ofqual regulated qualification meets the Higher Standard Animal Activity Licensing Regulation requirements for running a cattery business. It is a 2 unit Award course.

Level 3 Diploma in Feline Care, Behaviour and Welfare

This Ofqual regulated qualification meets the Higher Standard Defra Animal Activity Licensing Regulation requirements for Cattery Businesses. This qualification consists of 8 units.

Animal Welfare Officer Qualification

Level 3 Diploma Animal Welfare Officer

This Ofqual regulated qualification is for working as an Animal Welfare Inspector and for those wanting to work as an Animal Welfare Officer. This course is the accepted qualification for Local Authority Animal Welfare Inspectors who inspect and license Animal Activity businesses.

Zookeeper Qualification

Level 3 Diploma in Zookeeping

The Ofqual regulated zookeeping qualification includes theory and practical training. It is a recognised qualification for anyone looking to pursue a career working with wildlife in zoos, safari parks, wildlife collections etc.

Recent reviews from ELCAS students attending our courses

“A good all round company, Lisa was great to work with”

“Yes, I would use them again the course was exactly what I wanted with good content”

“I found the course to be very useful and a great learning experience. I have since enrolled on a further course with same provider”

“I am hoping to put in a claim to do another course with them and would highly recommend them to another colleage. Great course and supportive tutors”

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