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FALL 2022 WAITING LIST REGISTRATION IS OPEN – Canine Foundations is proud to announce the launch of Canine Foundations Virtual Training Academy, 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, in both 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.

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.

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.

Admission Requirements

  • 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 due to the challenges the pandemic presents, 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 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 due to the challenges the pandemic presents, 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.

 Program Overview

The classroom 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 virtual live classroom commitment for the first two weeks, then reduces classroom time to one weekend of webinars and virtual practical training classes per month, for the reminder of the program.

  • Total 10 months to complete
  • 2 Weeks of Virtual Classroom Learning with a live Instructor, Monday to Friday
  • 10 Weekend webinars
  • 8 Virtual Practical Training Classes
  • 225 CCPDT Practical Hours of Experience gained
  • 13 Homework Assignments (approximately 1 hour per week)
  • 1 Independent Study Unit (approximately 20 hours to complete)

 Student Practical Hours of Experience

Students will gain the practical hours of experience in training human handlers on how implement humane dog training techniques during virtual training practical classes and homework completion

Start Date: September 13, 2021

End Date: May 15, 2022

Cost: $4,799.00

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