This course is regulated and the qualification is officially recognised by the Governments’ Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation.
Qualification – Approval Number: 603/4536/6
This Qualification meets the requirements of Defra and the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018
Whether you’re building your dog care knowledge or meeting the ‘Higher Standard’ qualification criteria under the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018, this course ticks the box.
When you have completed the course and passed the assessment, you will receive a Level 3 Award in Canine Care, Behaviour and Welfare certificate from Open Course Network West Midlands.
*From 1st October 2018, it became a Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) requirement for those wishing to run a licensed establishment that the licence holder or a designated manager and any staff employed to care for the animals must have competence to identify the normal behaviour of the species for which they are caring and to recognise signs of, and take appropriate measures to mitigate or prevent, pain, suffering, injury, disease or abnormal behaviour.
Guidance includes suitable and sufficient training of people responsible for the care of the animals must be demonstrated to have been carried out in the following areas:
- Dog welfare, including recognising poor welfare and understanding the 5 welfare needs;
- Dog handling;
- Dog behaviour;
- Cleanliness and hygiene;
- Feeding and food preparation;
- Disease control
- Recognition and first aid treatment of sick animals.
Training must be a minimum of an OFQUAL regulated level 2 qualification in a relevant subject, or clear evidence of knowledge and experience.
To meet the “Higher Standard”, a person responsible for the care of the dogs requires a relevant OFQUAL regulated Level 3 qualification and must be present during the working day.