Canine Certification Application

Please read the Terms and Conditions carefully before submitting an application.

TERMS & CONDITIONS OF COURSE ENROLLMENT
Applicants

  • Handlers must be at least 18 years of age and are required to have a dog, who has been living with them for a minimum of 2 months, or with whom they have had a strong and ongoing bond for a period of greater than 2 months.
  • Current WWCC (or equivalent teacher registration) (or international equivalent).
  • Foundation Handler Certification can be obtained if a handler shows competence, even if their dog is not deemed suitable to work as a visiting therapy dog. For Advanced Handler certification or above, it is a requirement that the handler has a suitable working therapy dog with whom they can complete the training.
  • Handlers must have sufficient English language skills (written and oral) to complete the intensive training courses and communicate with trainers, fellow students, and clients. All training materials are supplied in English.
  • Handlers must have the capacity for intensive study (up to 6 days in a row) and physical capacity to handle and work dogs in indoor and outdoor environments for that period of time. Handling and training of dogs can be physically demanding, and there is some requirement to navigate outdoor terrain, including stairs, hills and paddocks.
  • A computer or device with access to the internet is required to complete the home-study and online-assessment components of the Certificate course.

Each applicant may bring only one dog per course, and the dog must be of suitable age, temperament and health (see our Therapy Dog Suitability Checklist for further information).

Applicants from overseas should speak with us in advance about alternative options.

Application Process

To apply for a course, complete and submit the online application form. Your application will be processed, and you will receive a confirmation email within 2 business days of the application being received by the Course Coordinator. If you have not received an email from us within 5 business days, please check your Junk Mail folder, then contact the course coordinator directly at Tanya@alphacanineprofessional.com.au.

The confirmation email will include an invoice and a copy of our payment terms. A deposit is due immediately to confirm your place in the course. If payment or contact has not been made within 72 hours, this may forfeit your place in the course. The balance of course fees is due no later than 28 days prior to the course commencement. Any arrangement for payment outside of these terms must be discussed with and approved by the Course Coordinator.

Waiting List

If a course is indicated as ‘Waiting List Only’ your application will be placed on the waiting list. Occasionally places become available due to cancellations. Places are offered in order of application and you will be notified by email & SMS (mobile phone message) of an available place. Offers must be accepted or declined within 2 business days or you the place will be offered to the next applicant on the list. Once a place has been accepted you will receive a confirmation email including an invoice and our Payment Terms. A deposit is due immediately to confirm your place in the course. If payment or contact has not been made within 72 hours, this may forfeit your place in the course. The balance of course fees is due no later than 28 days prior to the course commencement. Any arrangement for payment outside of these terms must be discussed with and approved by the Course Coordinator.

Refund Policy

Refunds for cancellations made prior to 30 days before the course commences will be provided minus a 25% administration fee. Cancellations after this time will be subject to a forfeit of full deposit. Applications may be transferred to a future course, providing places are available, if notification is made to the Course Coordinator prior to 30 days before the course commences. Transfers after this date will be at the discretion of the course administrators.

Should the course be cancelled, for any reason, all monies paid will be refunded in full.

Attendance Requirements

The attendance requirements for practical courses is 100%. The content taught is both sequential and cumulative, meaning that if you miss any content, you may not understand critical foundational concepts moving forward. You must attend all scheduled sessions unless you have been specifically granted Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for that component of the course. Please see each course page for more information about RPL requirements. If you have exceptional circumstances, you must discuss this with our trainers, however please be aware that if you do miss important concepts, we may not be able to grant competence.

Intellectual Property & Copyright

All courses and all content delivered, including but not limited to; the course structure, outline, activities and processes, assessments, protocols, policies & procedures, remain the intellectual property of Lead The Way Pty Ltd and relevant Associates (The Alpha Canine Group, Jenny Dwyer & Associates, Patient Paws). No part of this course may be replicated or delivered by you or your agents. The intellectual property delivered throughout the course must be used for the sole purpose for which it was intended – that is to certify you, the handler, to work with your own therapy dog. You must not use any content for professional training programmes or in any other manner without the express written permission of the owners.

All written materials provided to you are subject to copyright. You must not reproduce or distribute any materials or communications without the express written permission of the owners.

Graduate Disclaimer

All graduates are required to sign a disclaimer attesting to the safe, ethical, and professional handling of their dog, including;

  • To maintain a high ethical standard, and ensure the welfare of the Therapy-Dog
  • To work only within the scope of the Statement of Competence
  • To maintain the Therapy-Dog’s training and behavioural standards as per the assessment, and to seek assistance, guidance or support from Alpha/LTW trainers (for rehabilitation and/or re-certification) or cease working with the Therapy-Dog if required
  • To adhere to the Infection Control guidelines, and the Veterinary Screening procedures
  • Not to misrepresent the dog as an Assistance or Service Dog
  • Not to allow any other dog to wear the Therapy-Dog Identification Coat
  • Not to allow another Handler to work the Therapy-Dog without supervision or guidance, or to claim to be the qualified Handler for the purposes of providing Animal-Assisted Interventions.
  • To work exclusively within the Handler’s own professional training and expertise, and to operate within said professional and ethical guidelines
  • Not to misrepresent the Handlers level of training or expertise or to provide ‘therapy’ without appropriate qualifications & registration

Failure to sign the Graduate Disclaimer will result in certification for handler and dog being withheld.

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TERMS & CONDITIONS OF COURSE ENROLLMENT
Applicants

  • Handlers must be at least 18 years of age and are required to have a dog, who has been living with them for a minimum of 2 months, or with whom they have had a strong and ongoing bond for a period of greater than 2 months.
  • Current WWCC (or equivalent teacher registration) (or international equivalent).
  • Foundation Handler Certification can be obtained if a handler shows competence, even if their dog is not deemed suitable to work as a visiting therapy dog. For Advanced Handler certification or above, it is a requirement that the handler has a suitable working therapy dog with whom they can complete the training.
  • Handlers must have sufficient English language skills (written and oral) to complete the intensive training courses and communicate with trainers, fellow students, and clients. All training materials are supplied in English.
  • Handlers must have the capacity for intensive study (up to 6 days in a row) and physical capacity to handle and work dogs in indoor and outdoor environments for that period of time. Handling and training of dogs can be physically demanding, and there is some requirement to navigate outdoor terrain, including stairs, hills and paddocks.
  • A computer or device with access to the internet is required to complete the home-study and online-assessment components of the Certificate course.

Each applicant may bring only one dog per course, and the dog must be of suitable age, temperament and health (see our Therapy Dog Suitability Checklist for further information).

Applicants from overseas should speak with us in advance about alternative options.

Application Process

To apply for a course, complete and submit the online application form. Your application will be processed, and you will receive a confirmation email within 2 business days of the application being received by the Course Coordinator. If you have not received an email from us within 5 business days, please check your Junk Mail folder, then contact the course coordinator directly at Tanya@alphacanineprofessional.com.au.

The confirmation email will include an invoice and a copy of our payment terms. A deposit is due immediately to confirm your place in the course. If payment or contact has not been made within 72 hours, this may forfeit your place in the course. The balance of course fees is due no later than 28 days prior to the course commencement. Any arrangement for payment outside of these terms must be discussed with and approved by the Course Coordinator.

Waiting List

If a course is indicated as ‘Waiting List Only’ your application will be placed on the waiting list. Occasionally places become available due to cancellations. Places are offered in order of application and you will be notified by email & SMS (mobile phone message) of an available place. Offers must be accepted or declined within 2 business days or you the place will be offered to the next applicant on the list. Once a place has been accepted you will receive a confirmation email including an invoice and our Payment Terms. A deposit is due immediately to confirm your place in the course. If payment or contact has not been made within 72 hours, this may forfeit your place in the course. The balance of course fees is due no later than 28 days prior to the course commencement. Any arrangement for payment outside of these terms must be discussed with and approved by the Course Coordinator.

Refund Policy

Refunds for cancellations made prior to 30 days before the course commences will be provided minus a 25% administration fee. Cancellations after this time will be subject to a forfeit of full deposit. Applications may be transferred to a future course, providing places are available, if notification is made to the Course Coordinator prior to 30 days before the course commences. Transfers after this date will be at the discretion of the course administrators.

Should the course be cancelled, for any reason, all monies paid will be refunded in full.

Attendance Requirements

The attendance requirements for practical courses is 100%. The content taught is both sequential and cumulative, meaning that if you miss any content, you may not understand critical foundational concepts moving forward. You must attend all scheduled sessions unless you have been specifically granted Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for that component of the course. Please see each course page for more information about RPL requirements. If you have exceptional circumstances, you must discuss this with our trainers, however please be aware that if you do miss important concepts, we may not be able to grant competence.

Intellectual Property & Copyright

All courses and all content delivered, including but not limited to; the course structure, outline, activities and processes, assessments, protocols, policies & procedures, remain the intellectual property of Lead The Way Pty Ltd and relevant Associates (The Alpha Canine Group, Jenny Dwyer & Associates, Patient Paws). No part of this course may be replicated or delivered by you or your agents. The intellectual property delivered throughout the course must be used for the sole purpose for which it was intended – that is to certify you, the handler, to work with your own therapy dog. You must not use any content for professional training programmes or in any other manner without the express written permission of the owners.

All written materials provided to you are subject to copyright. You must not reproduce or distribute any materials or communications without the express written permission of the owners.

Graduate Disclaimer

All graduates are required to sign a disclaimer attesting to the safe, ethical, and professional handling of their dog, including;

  • To maintain a high ethical standard, and ensure the welfare of the Therapy-Dog
  • To work only within the scope of the Statement of Competence
  • To maintain the Therapy-Dog’s training and behavioural standards as per the assessment, and to seek assistance, guidance or support from Alpha/LTW trainers (for rehabilitation and/or re-certification) or cease working with the Therapy-Dog if required
  • To adhere to the Infection Control guidelines, and the Veterinary Screening procedures
  • Not to misrepresent the dog as an Assistance or Service Dog
  • Not to allow any other dog to wear the Therapy-Dog Identification Coat
  • Not to allow another Handler to work the Therapy-Dog without supervision or guidance, or to claim to be the qualified Handler for the purposes of providing Animal-Assisted Interventions.
  • To work exclusively within the Handler’s own professional training and expertise, and to operate within said professional and ethical guidelines
  • Not to misrepresent the Handlers level of training or expertise or to provide ‘therapy’ without appropriate qualifications & registration

Failure to sign the Graduate Disclaimer will result in certification for handler and dog being withheld.