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Instructor Courses FAQ’S

Who can attend the course?

  • The Foundation course is suitable for anyone who would like to become a Dog Training Instructor.  You do not need to have any prior experience of instructing.
  • The Advanced course is for instructors who have been instructing for at least a year.
  • Part Two is for people who have successfully completed the Foundation course in the past five years.

Does either course give me membership of the Association Pet Dog Trainers?

No.  Application for membership is via Association Pet Dog Trainers assessment only. For details please see

Do I have to attend both weekends?

Yes, you will need to attend both weekends to get a full understanding of the subject.

Is the first weekend Foundation and the second weekend Advanced/Part Two?

No, each course comprises two weekends. The Foundation, Part Two and Advanced courses are run on the same weekends but Foundation students are taught in one classroom, Advanced and Part Two in another.   Some of the evening sessions are shared.

What are the dates of the weekend?

We are running one Foundation course and the Advanced course on: Thursday evening on 19th April, to Sunday 22nd April, and Thursday (mid-day for Foundation, evening for Advanced) 30th August to Sunday 2nd September 2018.

This year we are offering two Foundation courses – the second one and the Part Two (only available to people who have passed their Foundation course in the last five years) course will be from Thursday 31st May to Sunday 3rd June and Thursday 25th October (mid-day for Foundation, evening for Part Two) to Sunday 28th October 2018.

Can I do one weekend of the first Foundation course and the other from the second Foundation course?

Sorry, this will not be possible.

Can I take the first Foundation course and the Part Two in the same year?

Sorry, no you can’t. You won’t have completed the Foundation course by the time the Part Two starts.

What times will we be working?

The course will start after registration (5.00 – 6.00pm) and dinner (7.00pm) on the Thursday evening  of the first weekend at 8.00pm.  Friday, Saturday and Sunday classes will be from 9.00am – 5.00pm each day.  Foundation will start at 1.00pm on the Thursday of the second weekend;  Advanced and Part Two will start Thursday evening with Friday, Saturday and Sunday classes from 9.00am – 5.00pm.  Both weekends will include some evening sessions.

Is the course residential?

Yes. We are holding the course at Moulton College, Northamptonshire (Click here for address and map) and the cost of a room in the Halls of Residence (all en suite), dinner on the Thursday evening, breakfast, lunch and dinner on Friday and Saturday and breakfast and lunch on Sunday are included in the cost of the course.  Breakfast and dinner are served cafeteria style, lunch is rolls served as a buffet.  Vegetarian options are available.  If you have any dietary restrictions, please let us know so that we can notify the College catering staff.

Is the course theory or practical?

The course is mainly theory but will include a practical session (about an hour and a half – two hours) on each Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  There is a lot to understand about dogs, people and planning that needs to be covered in theory sessions.

Do I need to bring a dog with me?

No.  Although there are practical sessions where we do use Student’s and Tutors dogs to add a touch of realism, it is not necessary for all Students to have a dog with them.

Can I bring my dog with me?

Yes, as long as (a) your dog is happy in a new environment and to stay in your vehicle during the day when you are in class; (b) you have facilities in your vehicle to keep the dog cool if the weather is hot and keep him warm if the weather is cold; and (c) he is not aggressive towards people/other dogs you are welcome to bring him.

You will be able to take your dog into your room at night, but please make sure he has his own bed.

You will be responsible for your dog whilst you are at the college and will need to bring dog food and treats as they are not included in the cost.  Your dog must be kept on a lead while on the College grounds.  We have scheduled generous breaks (half an hour mid-morning and mid-afternoon, and one hour lunch break) to allow you time to exercise your dog regularly through the day and still have time for a chat with your colleagues.

What do I get if I pass the course?

You will be awarded a Certificate in Dog Training Instruction.  If you pass the Advanced/Part Two you will be awarded the Certificate in Dog Training Instruction, Advanced.

Do I need to read any books?

Yes, you will receive a reading list when we confirm your place on the course. Reading the books is an important part of the course and will help you get a fuller understanding of the subject.

You may already have some of the books or may want to buy them, but your initial deposit will include the cost of membership of the Association Pet Dog Trainers Students’ library until the end of November 2018 (for the April/August courses) or end of February 2018 (for the May and October courses), where they will be available to borrow.  (All the books are in the library, but obviously the same book will not be available to everyone at the same time!)

Will there be homework?

Yes, you will have homework following each weekend which must be returned to the tutors by a set date.  

Why do you set homework?  I would much prefer just to listen to people talking!

Sorry, but we feel that homework is very important.  It is a good way to check that you have understood the subject based on information received on the course and reading/research on the subject.  Although some of our students don’t like the idea of homework, they all agree (having completed it) that it is very useful and helps them to understand the subject better.  Honest J

Is there an exam at the end of the course?

No, there isn’t.  During the course the Tutors will assess how you are doing. If we feel – or you feel – that you are struggling with a subject we will discuss this with you and give you the help and support you might need to master the topic.  Your homework will be marked and you are required to reach a minimum standard for each of your essays in order to pass the course.

How much is the course?

The Foundation and Advanced courses cost £1375 per student.  The Part Two costs £1000 per student. We require a £250 deposit to secure your place. This deposit is not refundable.

The balance of the course fee must be paid by 1 March 2018 (for the April/August courses) or 1 April 2018 (for the June/October courses).  No fees can be refunded after the due date.

Membership of the Association Pet Dog Trainers Students’ lending library will start once we confirm your place on the course.

Do you offer a discount to Association Pet Dog Trainers members or their Assistants?

Yes. If you are a member of Association Pet Dog Trainers you will receive £250 discount off the Advanced course.  If you are Assisting a member (for at least three months) you will be entitled to a discount of £250 off the Foundation or Advanced course fee.  There are no discounts available for the Part Two as we have already taken the discount off for everybody.

I passed the Association Pet Dog Trainers Foundation course in the past five years and want to take the Advanced course.  Should I apply for the Advanced or the Part Two?

Please apply for the Part Two.  A few sessions in the Advanced course are duplicates of the Foundation course.  If you have already passed the Foundation course in the past five years there is no point you sitting through those sessions again. Therefore, we substitute the duplicated sessions from the Advanced with different sessions for ‘Part Two’.  The certificate you get if you pass the Part Two course is exactly the same as the Advanced.

Can I pay for the course in instalments?

Once you have paid your deposit, if you would prefer to pay the balance in three stages that will be fine, but all fees must be paid by 1 March 2018 for the for the first Foundation course, or the Advanced or 1 April 2017 for the second Foundation course or the Part Two .  Please remember that no money can be refunded after the due dates.

I do not have a UK Bank account - how can I pay?

You can pay by bank transfer in £ sterling (please contact us - details are on the application form - for payment details) or you can send a sterling bankers draft. Sorry, we cannot accept payment in Euros or other currency. 

How will I know I have been accepted?

When we receive your deposit, and completed/signed application form, we will e-mail you a confirmation of your place. If all places have been taken we will contact you to see if you would like to go on a waiting list. 

What support do I get during and after the course?

Each year we set up a Facebook group for all the students and tutors from that year.  This group is used to share information with the students and have discussions.  Once you have completed your course you will be invited into the ‘We have attended an APDT Dog Training Instructor’s course’ group which is open to students and tutors from the past few years. This means you will be able to discuss topics with people who may be just starting out or already working in the field.

Tutors are also available via e-mail if you need any assistance.

How much does this ongoing support cost?

Support during and after the course is offered at no extra cost.

I have another question. What should I do?

If your query has not been answered, please e-mail