Canine Foundations Training Academy  •  •  •

NEW! STARTING JULY 2020 – Canine Foundations is proud to announce the launch of Canine Foundations 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 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.
  • Two letters 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

 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 classroom commitment for the first two weeks, then reduces classroom time to one weekend (Sunday only in-class) per month for the reminder of the program.

  • Total 10 months to complete
  • 2 Weeks of in-class learning, Monday to Friday
  • 10 Weekend webinars
  • 8 In-class Weekend Practicals
  • 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 in-class practical and homework completion.  Handler and dog pairs who sign up for the student in-class practical will receive free, personal one-on-one training by a student in a group environment, under the guidance of a CCPDT Certified Dog Trainer.

Start Date: July 20, 2020

End Date: May 9, 2021

Cost: $5,699.00

To Register: Registration open date to be announced.  For more information contact:

Georgian College at 705-728-1968 ext. 1024


Canine Foundations at 705-835-3177