PETbc 101: Advanced Canine Behaviour and Psychology Diploma (Module 1)
The PETbc Diploma in Advanced Canine Behaviour & Psychology is a recognised award for the professional or semi-professional practitioner working as a canine behaviourist and dog training instructor.
The Applicant is required to be experienced and conversant with the many different aspects of running a successful canine business and be currently engaged in such a capacity.
This Diploma comprises 2 separate Modules at an overall cost of £695. Candidates must pass both Modules to complete the Diploma.
Enrolment for MODULE 1 at a cost of £145, is done using this webpage.
Once you have passed Module 1, a link to enrol for MODULE 2 at a cost of £550, will be sent to you.
Overview of Tasks covered in this Diploma:
- Behaviour Practitioner Skills: Case Study: Management of a behaviour consultation, which will include: preparation details, environmental management, safety strategies, how to keep the session fluidly moving forward; balancing discussions and hands-on work and effectively communicating with the dog owner. Effective communication will include; writing a comprehensive pre-session questionnaire and a post-session comprehensive report detailing your strategies for changing the unwanted behaviour.
- Training Instructor Skills: Designing a dog-related instructional class, incorporating management strategies for dealing with challenging dogs and challenging owners.
- Business Skills: Designing a business plan, which should incorporate appropriate liability insurance proposals, budgets, fees, marketing and administration.
- Examination: Multiple-choice examination on canine-related legislation.
Diploma Structure & Assessment:
The Diploma has two modules that the Candidate must pass;
- Module 1 - consists of the Professional Practice Portfolio. This section requires candidates to submit their Professional Practice Portfolio for assessment. Candidates must pass Module 1 before being accepted on to Module 2.
- Module 2 – consists of set course work (home study) which will require candidates to submit a written workbook for assessment. In addition, candidates will be required to complete a multiple-choice examination on canine-related legislation. Module 2 must be completed within six months of passing Module 1.
The applicant must have already successfully completed (as a minimum) the below criteria:
- 3 Advanced courses (Note; At least 1 advanced course must cover advanced canine aggression that includes a practical workshop).
- 3 Intermediate courses
- 2 workshops (these can be stand-alone workshops or as part of a course).
Have, as a minimum 2 years of vocational experience working full time in the field. Courses must be in relevant topics to the diploma and from the PETbc Course Providers. Applicants can by negotiation, bring in other skills and qualifications for credit consideration but only at the discretion of the PETbc board.
Module 1: Professional Practice Portfolio (PPP) Overview:
Working as a canine professional requires not only theoretical knowledge but also the practical skills and ability to work in the real world with a client and their dog. The Professional Practice Portfolio is a module that brings together and assesses candidates' comprehensive vocational and academic study through learning and work, combined. Candidates must demonstrate to the tutor that they have gained knowledge and practical experience by written evidence that will reflect on their experience, academic studies and professional expertise that led to their current career path.
Assessment of the Professional Practice Portfolio:
- Candidates’ academic studies will be audited to ensure that they have successfully completed the courses. References will be required for assessing vocational experience.
- Professional practice experience will be assessed against entry criteria and skill requirements set out for the candidate's current and appropriate PETbc job description and applicable National Occupation Standard. This includes hours studied academically, practically and vocationally.
- Accomplishments, qualifications and vocational/practical experience outside of the entry criteria, will provide additional support for your portfolio assessment.