Fall 2024 Waiting List registration is open

Start Date

September 9, 2024

End Date

June 20, 2025

Cost

$5,028.00

The Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) is the leading independent testing and certification resource for dog training and behaviour professionals.  They set the global standard for the development of rigorous exams to demonstrate mastery of humane, science-based dog training practices, and are the leading international regulatory body for the industry.  Canine Foundations Training Academy provides students with the knowledge and practical experience required to qualify for the CCPDT Knowledge Assessed exam, pass their rigorous standards for knowledge and skills in science-based dog training, and achieve CPDT-KA certification.  The course outline is specifically developed to cater to the demanding schedule of professionals, providing them with the ability to achieve their educational goals while maintaining their current full-time job.

Graduates will find a range of opportunities as a certified member of the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, including employment with group, competitive and private obedience training companies, the service dog industry, board and train facilities, animal shelters/rescue organizations, veterinary clinics, daycare facilities and breeding programs, or, launching their own training company.

The Shelley Ingrassia Scholarship is in memory of a dear friend and fellow dog lover, who lost her valiant battle with cancer.  Shelley was a member of the Moose Deer Point First Nations with a deep desire to see businesses flourish within her community and provide sustainable employment opportunities for all members.  Canine Foundations is proud to honour the memory of this beautiful soul through the Shelley Ingrassia Scholarship.

This scholarship follows Shelley’s heart by empowering Indigenous women to pursue their educational goals in the field of dog training.  A successful candidate will receive free enrolment to the Canine Foundations’ Training Academy through Georgian College.

Criteria:

  • Applicants must be Canadian and a member of a First Nation, Métis or Inuit community.
  • This Scholarship is intended for an Indigenous woman, gender-diverse, or Two-Spirit person.
  • Open to individuals the age of 16 and up.
  • Priority given to students committed to improving economic growth and independence of Indigenous

Application Process:

  • Email the completed application form to Canine Foundations at: cfta@caninefoundations.com.
  • Write a 300–500-word essay outlining what inspired you to become a dog trainer and how your community will benefit from the knowledge and skills you gain through attending the Academy. Community benefits would include canine public safety and awareness, cultural inclusion of dogs towards traditional activities, community economic improvement, youth life skills development, and enhance human to canine relationships within the community.
  • Provide High school diploma or GED equivalent transcripts or a letter from an academic supporter (photocopies are acceptable).
  • Include a photocopy of your First Nation Status card, Métis Nation Citizenship card or Inuit Enrolment Card.
  • Letter of support from your Community Council, Band Office, or Indigenous Representative Organization.

Important Deadlines:

  • Application and supporting documents due June 30, 2024
  • Decision is communicated to applicants by July 14, 2024
  • Virtual Orientation Class is on September 2, 2024, from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
  • First day of Canine Foundations’ Training Academy is September 9, 2024

How a Scholarship Recipient is Selected:

A panel made up representatives from Canine Foundations and Georgian College will read and evaluate all submissions to select the winner.

About Canine Foundations’ Training Academy through Georgian College:

Canine Foundations is proud to launch this 10-month program in partnership with Georgian College.  This course will provide students with a broad range of knowledge in canine ethology, husbandry, learning theory, training technique, equipment, and client instruction/communication skills, to prepare them for the CCPDT Knowledge Assessed exam.  Throughout the course, students will gain hours of practical experience required to qualify for the CCPDT- KA Exam, through a virtual platform, under the guidance of a CCPDT Certified Dog Trainer.

The objective of this course is to encourage standardization within the Canadian Dog Training Industry by supporting professionals in achieving a higher level of accreditation, demonstrating their knowledge base and separating themselves from their competition.  For more information on this program please visit our website at https://www.caninefoundations.com/training-academy/ or call our office at 705-835-3177 to book a phone meeting with the Head Consultant, Julie Speyer.

 Course Timeline

  • Start Date – September 9, 2024
  • Mid-Term Written Exam Date – January 5, 2025
  • Final Practical Exam Date – May 31, 2025
  • Final Written Exam Date – June 1, 2025

 Textbooks 

  • The Science and Technology of Dog Training – James O’Heare
  • The Ethical Dog Trainer a Practical Guide for Canine Professionals – Jim Barry 

Canine Foundations’ Training Academy Evaluation Method 

5% - CLASS PARTICIPATION
10% - HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS
10% - CLENT PERFORMANCE EVALUATIONS
10% - CLASS PRACTICALS
10% - QUIZZES
10% - MID-TERM EXAM
10% - ISU
15% - FINAL PRACTICAL EXAM
20% - FINAL WRITTEN EXAM 

Course Description

The Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) is the leading independent testing and certification resource for dog training and behaviour professionals.  They set the global standard for the development of rigorous exams to demonstrate mastery of humane, science-based dog training practices, and are the leading international regulatory body for the industry.  Canine Foundations Training Academy provides students with the knowledge and practical experience required to qualify for the CCPDT Knowledge Assessed exam, pass their rigorous standards for knowledge and skills in science-based dog training, and achieve CPDT-KA certification.  The course outline is specifically developed to cater to the demanding schedule of professionals, providing them with the ability to achieve their educational goals while maintaining their current full-time job.

Learning Objectives

This course will provide students with a broad range of knowledge in canine ethology, husbandry, learning theory, training technique, equipment, and client instruction/communication skills, to prepare them for the CCPDT Knowledge Assessed exam.  Throughout the course, students will gain hours of practical experience required to qualify for the CCPDT- KA Exam, in both a group and private virtual training settings, under the guidance of a CCPDT Certified Dog Trainer.  The objective of this course is to encourage standardization within the Canadian Dog Training industry by supporting professionals in achieving a higher level of accreditation, demonstrating their knowledge base and separating themselves from their competition.

Career Opportunities

Graduates will find a range of opportunities as a certified member of the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, including employment with group, competitive and private obedience training companies, the service dog industry, board and train facilities, animal shelters/rescue organizations, veterinary clinics, daycare facilities and breeding programs, or, launching their own training company.

Program Overview

This program is 100% virtual!  As such, classroom links for each independent class are emailed to each student’s Georgian College email address 24 hours prior to the start of class.  With 5% of your final mark based on participation, Canine Foundations strongly encourages every student to test their microphone, turn on their camera, and join the classroom conversation.  To promote a more engaging learning atmosphere for everyone, all students are encouraged to raise their virtual hand to ask questions during the lectures.  As a result, the WebEx online chat option will not be monitored by the Instructor.

The class time for this course has been broken down into manageable intervals to accommodate the employment needs of participating professionals.  This course requires a two (2) week classroom commitment for the first two weeks, then reduces classroom time to roughly one weekend (including both Saturday and Sunday) per month for the remainder of the program.

  • Total 10 months to complete
  • 2-Weeks of virtual classroom time, Monday to Friday from 0900-1700, both weeks
  • 8-Saturday webinars with live Instructor question and answer time from 0900-1700
  • 8-Sunday virtual practical sessions live with and Instructor from 0900-1700
  • 3-Days of Exams, one written midterm, one final practical exam, and one written final exam
  • 8-Quizzes
  • 1-ISU – Approximately 20 hours to complete
  • 33-Homework Hours (approximately 1 hour per week)
  • 6-hours per week practical homework to gain 225 CCPDT Practical Hours of Experience required, through volunteering virtual training services to local rescue organizations, family and friends (225 hours in 38 weeks = 6 hours per week)

Required Equipment for Virtual Training Sessions through WebEx

CCPDT Experience Hours are accumulated throughout the program by the student providing virtual training session.  As a result, we highly recommend that both the host and the client have a laptop and webcam to provide maximum efficiency of the session.  Many clients find it easier to sign into a virtual training session on two devices, one, by their laptop with webcam positioned to provide the host with the best view of the room, and two, with their home TV so they can easily see the host.

The HOST is responsible for having a higher bandwidth, especially if you use the file / video sharing and floating view option during your sessions.  The requirements for minimum bandwidth changes based on whether you will require your clients to use the share screen options.

Below are the recommendations for the minimum bandwidth for both hosts and client to be able to run a multi person meeting efficiently:

  • Multi Person (appx 7 people) Bandwidth Requirements for Laptops
  • Sending (HOST): 620-685 kilobytes
  • Receiving (PARTICIPANTS): 1.7 megabytes
  • Multi Person (appx 25 people) Bandwidth Requirements for Laptops
  • Sending (HOST): 620-685 kilobytes
  • Receiving (PARTICIPANTS): 4.3 megabytes

For details on the bandwidth allocation for using a phone or tablet, please visit the below link:

https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/collateral/conferencing/webex-meetings/white_paper_c11-691351.html#_Toc523258529

This program is 100% virtual!  As such, classroom links for each independent class are emailed to each student’s Georgian College email address 24 hours prior to the start of class.  

The class time for this course has been broken down into manageable intervals to accommodate the employment needs of participating professionals.  This course requires a two (2) week classroom commitment for the first two weeks, then reduces classroom time to roughly one weekend (including both Saturday and Sunday) per month for the remainder of the program.    

  • Total 10 months to complete
  • 2-Weeks of virtual classroom time, Monday to Friday from 0900-1700, both weeks
  • 8-Saturday webinars with live Instructor question and answer time from 0900-1700
  • 8-Sunday virtual practical sessions live with and Instructor from 0900-1700
  • 3-Days of Exams, one written midterm, one final practical exam, and one written final exam
  • 8-Quizzes
  • 1-ISU – Approximately 20 hours to complete
  • 33-Homework Hours (approximately 1 hour per week)
  • 6-hours per week practical homework to gain 225 CCPDT Practical Hours of Experience required, through volunteering virtual training services to local rescue organizations, family and friends (225 hours in 38 weeks = 6 hours per week)
  • High school diploma or GED equivalent.
  • 75 Hours of experience in canine related areas such as; volunteering at an Animal Shelter, assisting or shadowing another Trainer, designing training plans or working in a veterinary clinic, grooming salon, doggy daycare or dog walking company.  Please note that this is a recommendation, not a requirement, we will be accepting students who may not have their full 75 hours of field-related experience.  These hours can be made up during the course of the program and / or after the program has been completed.
  • One letter of reference from one of the following sources; Animal Rescue or Shelter Volunteer Coordinator or Shelter Manager, Obedience Trainer, Veterinarian, Employer from an animal industry related job, or, Instructor of an animal related course from a College or University.  Please note that this is a recommendation, not a requirement, we will be accepting students who may not have a letter of reference.  This letter can achieved during the course of the program and / or after the program has completed.
  • 200 Word Application Essay on what inspired you to become a dog trainer.

Students will gain 225 practical hours of experience in training human handlers on how to implement humane dog training techniques during live virtual practical classes and through completion of the Referral Placement Virtual Training program.

Students are welcome to use a Referral Placement Location with which they have an existing relationship.  In the event that you do not have a pre-existing Referral Placement Location, Canine Foundations will automatically provide you with one.  Canine Foundations has pre-arranged an assortment of canine rescues / animal shelters, veterinary clinics, doggy daycares, and Canadian Kennel Club breeders to assume the role of Referral Placement Location for students who require it.

CAPPDT
Certification Council for Dog Trainers
Association of Professional Dog Trainers
International Assocation of Animal Behavior Consultants

Start Date

September 9, 2024

End Date

June 20, 2025

Cost

$5,028.00

To Register Contact: Rob Reid at Georgian College by phone 705.728.1968, ext. 1024, or via email Rob.Reid@GeorgianCollege.ca