The Kennel Club Accredited Instructor scheme (KCAI) is continuing to expand its offering and set standards in education, by announcing a new partnership with sports coaching experts Agility1st as one of the scheme’s latest Preferred Education Providers (PEP).
Agility1st will be joining the Centre of Applied Pet Ethology (COAPE), Trevor Cooper’s ‘Dog Law UK’ and the International Animal Behaviour and Training Centre (IABTC) who all achieved PEP status last year.
Agility1st is a programme created to develop agility instructors and coaches at all levels of the sport, from recreational agility instructors to professional agility trainers and coaches. The programme is led by agility experts Steve Croxford and Mark Laker and was launched at Crufts 2013.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “The KCAI scheme is proud to announce Agility1st as a Preferred Educational Provider for the scheme.
“Preferred Educational Providers were developed after we received a considerable amount of feedback from those seeking education in dog training, that identifying courses and seminars of genuine quality is difficult, due to the proliferation of courses and the prevalence of jargon in the world of education. The KCAI scheme introduced PEP status in 2013 to address these issues and to highlight organisations to its members which satisfied rigorous quality criteria and assessment.”
For further details on KCAI PEP, please visitwww.thekennelclub.org.uk/training/kcai/kcai-preferred-educational-providers-(peps)/.
All the KCAI Preferred Educational Providers will be represented at the KCAI Career Zone in partnership with Purina PRO PLAN at Crufts from 6th – 9th March.
The annual conference included an afternoon session where four more candidates had their practical assessments; Karen Colls, Sue Bartley, David Morrison and Karen White. Steve Croxford and Mark Laker were the assessors overseen by Angela White who had been asked to provide an objective view of the assessment process. Angela was not involved in the course development and acted as an independent reviewer with a great deal of practical experience in training trainers.
Steve said; “Once again the standard of preparation of the candidates was high and the two sessions run by each of the instructors were well planned and executed. It was great to see sessions being run by confident, competent instructors giving excellent feedback to their classes.”
All of the candidates were successful and were awarded certificates after a review of their practical assessment and module submissions.
(Photo: Karen Colls receiving her Instructor Certificate)
The first annual conference for Agility1st members took place on Sunday 17th November with over 20 people in attendance.
The day started with an excellent practical session run by our guest Angela White who is a well known dog trainer, speaker and behavioural expert. She is also a board member with the Kennel Club Accredited Instructors scheme.
The afternoon sessions included practical assessments for our instructors Karen White, Sue Bartley, Karen Colls and David Morrisson (more on this in another news item).
Our pilot scheme members were all presented with their Instructor Certificates at the close of the day. Recipients of awards of Instructor certificates were; Yvonne Croxford, Dee Dakin, Karen Laker, Fifo Martin, Ruth MacGill and Trevor Shelswell.
Special thanks goes Nottingham Trent University for hosting the day and Dr Jackie Boyd for helping with this and to Dee Dakin who organised the day for us and for keeping Mark and Steve out of trouble!
Put a note in your diary to look out for details of our November 2014 conference.
On 26th October 2013 Sally Grove was the first of our Agility1st instructors to finish the accreditation process by having her practical assessment with Steve Croxford.
Steve said “It was clear straight away that Sally had put a great deal of effort into preparing for the two instructing sessions during which she was assessed. She has had a lot of practical instructing experience as an agility instructor and as an agility dog trainer and she demonstrated all these skills on the day. I am very happy to have Sally on board as an accredited trainer, even more so that she achieved a Pass with Distinction when her module assessments were taken into account.”
Sally has now signed up for the next stage of the programme – Instructor XL