Do you love teaching people to have a better relationship with their dog? Would you love to learn how to influence an animal’s behaviour? How would you like to take your training to the next level? Our new ACM40321 Certificate IV in Animal Behaviour and Training is the gold star standard with input from internationally recognised experts in animal training. Successful completion of this course provides you with the new nationally recognised animal training qualification as well as membership to the internationally renowned Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (IMDT).
This is a 12-month blended course and is the perfect mix of online and practical training in a supportive learning environment. As a graduate, you will be prepared for employment as an animal trainer.
Laura Ryder IMDTB KPACTP CPDT-KA FFCP
Laura has worked as the Head Dog Trainer and Behaviour Consultant for a busy veterinary clinic for over 25 years. She is a Fear Free Certified Professional and Member of the Fear Free Speakers Bureau. She holds her Cert IV Dog Behaviour Training and Cert IV Training & Assessment is a full member of IMDT, APDT and PPG.
She has presented both locally and overseas to the AVA, VNCA, IMDT, APDT (USA) and PPG on a wide range of dog behaviour and training topics.
Fiona Cowie IMDT
Fiona also has over 20 years’ experience in the industry, including 14 years as a detection dog handler with two government departments. She has also run a successful dog training business and is passionate about supporting new dog trainers entering the industry.
Fiona holds a Level 3 Certificate in Principles of Dog Training and Behaviour and a Cert IV Training & Assessment. She is also a full member of IMDT and PPG.
Both Fiona and Laura are passionate about professional development and have completed numerous industry recognised courses.
Guest Video Presentations
The course also includes guest video presentations by leading international experts:
Blended learning, including online learning, online support and 2 x compulsory 4 day practical workshops.
In addition to home-based online eLearning to complete and submit your assessments and with the support from our tutors, you will be required to participate in two four day practical workshops (as noted below). You will also be required to participate in regular online Zoom sessions.
Compulsory Practical Workshops for the upcoming course dates are as follows:-
Requirements for Practical Workshops (suitable training dog required)
Each participant will need to have a dog that is comfortable around other dogs and humans, crate trained and capable of lots of training. If you do not have access to a suitable dog, or are travelling from elsewhere in Australia to attend, you will need to advise us so suitable arrangements can be made.
This course is highly competitive and has limited places. Therefore, successful students are selected based on prior work experience, education, individual attitude and aptitude. Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed by an AVT team member.
You will be required to wear:
ACM40321 Certificate IV in Animal Behaviour and Training contains 16 units of study (including your compulsory prerequisite HLTAID011 – Provide First Aid) covering a broad range of topics relating to animal training and behaviour. You will become competent in:-
The skills and knowledge you will learn can be applied in a range of roles from trainers to animal handlers. For more information on careers working with animals read our article Top 6 Animal Care Careers.
Our graduates can go on to a wide range of roles across the animal behaviour and animal training industry.
You must complete the following 8 units (in addition to completing your compulsory prerequisite, HLTAID011 Provide First Aid prior to the first practical workshop. You will need to complete this unit with another provider).
Certificate IV in Animal Behaviour and Training Students will also be required to study:
To receive a credit for a unit of competency that you have previously been awarded, you must be able to supply a verifiable Testamur (certificate) or Statement of Attainment obtained from the issuing provider.
A Testamur or Statement of Attainment must either contain the wording ‘The qualification is recognised within the Australian Qualifications Framework’ or the AQF logo authorised by the AQF Council.
A Record of Results or Statement of Academic Record by itself is not sufficient when applying for a credit transfer of a nationally recognised unit of competency.
If you do not have a copy of your Testamur or Statement of Attainment you are responsible for requesting a copy from the issuing provider, we are unable to do this on your behalf.
For more information about RPL see our frequently asked questions here.
AVT has been training Animal Care and Vet Nursing students for over 20 years. It's safe to say there are no plumbing or hairdressing courses here!
Our qualified Trainers and Assessors have been working in the industry for over 25 years and are regular guest speakers at industry related events all over the world.
Our qualified teaching team have many years of experience as well as extensive backgrounds in the veterinary and animal care industry. They are approachable and dedicated to helping students succeed.