Ofqual Animal Care Qualifications


Animal Licensing Inspector Award Level 3


The Ofqual regulated Animal Licensing Inspector Level 3 Award.  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.


Kennel and Cattery Management Diploma Level 3

 

The Ofqual regulated Level 3 Diploma in Kennel and Cattery Management studies the care & welfare of dogs and cats, feline & canine behaviour, animal welfare legislation and the management of kennels and catteries. This Ofqual regulated qualification meets the Animal Activities Licensing (AAL) Higher Standard requirements.


Animal Welfare Officer Diploma Level  3

 

The Ofqual regulated Level 3 Animal Welfare Officer Diploma meets the Defra Animal Activity Licensing requirements for Local Authority Animal Welfare Inspectors who work for Councils inspecting and licensing Animal Activity businesses. The qualification is also suitable for careers as an Animal Welfare Officer, RSPCA Inspector or Animal Welfare Inspector - involving a practical approach to the prevention of animal cruelty and licensing of animal related premises. This Ofqual regulated qualification meets the new Animal Activity Licensing (AAL) Regulations Higher Standard requirements.


Veterinary Nursing Assistant Diploma Level 2

 

The Level 2 Diploma for Veterinary Nursing Assistants is an Ofqual regulated qualification that is held in high regard in veterinary practices. The qualification provides an alternative route to GCSE’s and enhances opportunities to progress to the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing. Practical placements can be included as part of this qualification; students can choose from 1 - 2 weeks in Cheltenham Animal Shelter (Gloucestershire), or 1 - 2 months in Lanta Animal Shelter (Thailand).


Assistance Dog Trainer Diploma Level 3

 

The Ofqual regulated Level 3 Diploma in Assistance Dog Training is the qualification for working in the field of Assistance Dog Training. The qualification studies the process of training dogs to help people with sight or hearing difficulties, physical disabilities, and those prone to seizures, to lead independent lives. This qualification is suitable for working independently as an Assistance Dog Trainer and for careers with a variety of assistance dog organisations in the UK and abroad. This Ofqual regulated qualification meets the Animal Activities Licensing (AAL) Higher Standard requirements.


Animal Assisted Intervention Diploma Level 3

 

The Ofqual regulated qualification for working in the field of Animal Assisted Intervention. Animal Assisted Intervention services can help children, adolescents, adults and older people with mental health needs, physical or learning disabilities, to achieve increased health, wellbeing and quality of life. This Ofqual regulated qualification meets the Animal Activities Licensing (AAL) Higher Standard requirements.

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Zookeeping Diploma Level 3


The Ofqual regulated Level 3 Diploma in Zookeeping has been developed in consultation with zoos to meet employment criteria. This comprehensive qualification studies wildlife conservation, zoo design, zoo animal management, disease prevention, training, enrichment and more. The qualification is suitable for pursuing a career working with wildlife in zoos, safari parks, wildlife collections and other wildlife organisations. Includes 1 week Practical training at Blackpool Zoo, home to over 1,350 animals from all over the world including lions, tigers, elephants, gorillas, zebras, flamingos, penguins, ostriches, owls, tortoises and more.


Canine Care and Behaviour Award Level 2


The Ofqual regulated Level 2 Award in Canine Care and Behaviour consists of 2 units. The qualification studies canine health & welfare and the principles of canine behaviour and training. This Ofqual regulated qualification meets the Animal Activities Licensing (AAL) Basic Standard requirements.


Canine Care, Behaviour and Welfare Award Level 3

 

The Ofqual regulated Level 3 Award in Canine Care, Behaviour and Welfare consists of 2 units. The qualification studies the care of dogs in kennels and dog day care/boarding facilities and the foundations of canine behaviour. This Ofqual regulated qualification meets the Animal Activities Licensing (AAL) Higher Standard requirements.


Canine Care, Behaviour and Welfare Diploma Level 3


The Ofqual regulated Level 3 Diploma in Canine Care, Behaviour and Welfare consists of 7 units. The qualification studies the care of canines in kennels & dog day care/dog boarding, canine welfare, first aid, training, behaviour, handling, transportation, legislation and grooming.  This Ofqual regulated qualification meets the Animal Activities Licensing (AAL) Higher Standard requirements.


Canine Training and Behaviour Management Diploma Level 4 

 

The Ofqual regulated Level 4 Diploma in Canine Training and Behaviour Management studies canine anatomy and physiology, training and behaviour, the role of exercise and nutrition, and how to run dog training classes. This Ofqual regulated qualification meets the Animal Activities Licensing (AAL) Higher Standard requirements.


 

Canine Behaviour Practitioner Diploma Level 5

 

The Ofqual regulated Level 5  Canine Behaviour Practitioner Diploma. 

This qualification has been designed to provide learners with in-depth knowledge and understanding of canine welfare, behaviour and training. It provides the underpinning knowledge and practical skills to develop a career as a Canine Behaviour Practitioner.


Applied Canine Behaviour Management Diploma Level 6

 

The Ofqual regulated Level 6 Diploma in Applied Canine Behaviour Management is a highly sought after qualification for working as a Canine Behaviourist. This qualification consists of 3 parts and is split into 30 theory units. This comprehensive qualification includes 10 intensive practical training and assessment days. This qualification meets the Animal Activities Licensing (AAL) Higher Standard requirements. This qualification is equivalent to a degree with honours - for example, Bachelor of the Arts (BA) Hons, bachelor of science (BSc) Hons.


Level 2 Award in Feline Care and Behaviour

 

The Ofqual regulated Level 2 Award in Feline Care and Behaviour  consists of 2 units. The qualification studies feline health, behaviour & welfare and feline first aid.  This Ofqual regulated qualification meets the Animal Activities Licensing (AAL) Basic Standard requirements. 


 

Level 3 Award in Feline Care, Behaviour and Welfare

 

The Ofqual regulated Level 3 Award in Feline Care, Behaviour consists of 2 units. The qualification studies the care of cats in catteries and feline behaviour & psychology. This Ofqual regulated qualification meets the Animal Activities Licensing (AAL) Higher Standard requirements.


Level 3 Diploma in Feline Care, Behaviour and Welfare

 

The Ofqual regulated Level 3 Diploma in Feline Care, Behaviour and Welfare is a comprehensive qualification consisting of 8 units. The qualification studies the care of cats in catteries, nutrition, handling & transportation, anatomy & physiology, felines & the law as well as feline behaviour &  psychology. This Ofqual regulated qualification meets the Animal Activities Licensing (AAL) Higher Standard requirements.


Level 3 Diploma in Small Animal Hydrotherapy

 

This is the Ofqual regulated qualification for working as an Animal Hydrotherapist. The Level 3 Diploma in Small Animal Hydrotherapy enables students to gain employment or set up a animal hydrotherapy business - or to progress to further study in the animal hydrotherapy / physiotherapy sector. Students will gain 44 Credits at Level 3. Approved by the Canine Hydrotherapy Association (CHA).


Small Animal Hydrotherapy Diploma Level 4

 

This Ofqual regulated qualification is the progression route for qualified Small Animal Hydrotherapists. This is a comprehensive theory and practical qualification consisting of 660 GLH and providing entry onto Levels 5 and 6 Veterinary Physiotherapy qualifications. 


Initial Aquatic Treadmill Therapy for Small Animals Level 3


The Ofqual regulated Level 3 Award in Aquatic Treadmill Therapy for Small Animals consists of an intensive 1:1 practical training day. Learn how to conduct a hydrotherapy treadmill therapy session involving pre-treatment, during treatment and post treatment treadmill procedures.

 


Advanced Aquatic Treadmill Therapy for Small Animals Level 3


The Ofqual regulated Level 3 Award in Advanced Aquatic Treadmill Therapy for Small Animals consists of theory and 1:1 practical training. Learn how to conduct an advanced hydrotherapy treadmill therapy session involving appropriate use of equipment to improve the hydrotherapy programme for the patient.

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Ofqual Animal Care Qualifications


The Animal Welfare (licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018


On 1 October 2018 new regulations came into force, which provide for the licensing of persons whose work involves boarding for cats or dogs, selling animals as pets, hiring out horses, breeding dogs or keeping or training animals for exhibition.


As part of the licensing requirements, staff must have clear evidence of knowledge & experience or a minimum of an Ofqual regulated Level 2 qualification in a relevant subject. To meet the Higher Standard, a member of staff with a relevant Ofqual regulated Level 3 qualification must be present during the working day.  


All of the Ofqual regulated qualifications run by Animal Courses Direct meet the new regulations.