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July 2021

Provisional Handler Certification (Step One)

July 19 - July 21
live Online, Zoom and Matrix

This intensive short course runs live online over 2.5 days developing therapy dog handling skills from the comfort of your own home anywhere in Australia or the world. Students participate in live online workshops with our dedicated instructors interspersed with online lectures on canine training, socialisation and behaviour. Participants graduate with Provisional Handler Certification (Step One in Certification), which may then form the foundation for further practical training and Certification with their dogs.   Please note that the dogs are…

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Visiting Team Certification – Foundation (Step Two)

July 22 - July 24
The Alpha Canine Centre, 54 Rushdale Street
Knoxfield, Victoria 3180 Australia

Delivered face to face in Melbourne, with Covid-safe practices, this course is Step Two in our Certification programme. Running over three days with community visits (Covid permitting) it provides graduates with the Team Certification required to begin working together in Canine Assisted Interactions (CAI). Handlers who have previously completed the Provisional Handler Certification can attend with their dogs to complete a range of practical activities and assessments to achieve their Visiting Therapy Dog & Handler Team Certification. For a full…

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August 2021

Provisional Handler Certification (Step One)

August 2 - August 4
live Online

This intensive short course runs live online over 2.5 days developing therapy dog handling skills from the comfort of your own home anywhere in Australia or the world. Students participate in live online workshops with our dedicated instructors interspersed with online lectures on canine training, socialisation and behaviour. Participants graduate with Provisional Handler Certification (Step One in Certification), which may then form the foundation for further practical training and Certification with their dogs.   Please note that the dogs are…

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Visiting Team Certification – Foundation (Step Two)

August 5 - August 7
The Alpha Canine Centre, 54 Rushdale Street
Knoxfield, Victoria 3180 Australia

Delivered face to face in Melbourne, with Covid-safe practices, this course is Step Two in our Certification programme. Running over three days with community visits (Covid permitting) it provides graduates with the Team Certification required to begin working together in Canine Assisted Interactions (CAI). Handlers who have previously completed the Provisional Handler Certification can attend with their dogs to complete a range of practical activities and assessments to achieve their Visiting Therapy Dog & Handler Team Certification. For a full…

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September 2021

(Re)Certification Canine

September 2
The Alpha Canine Centre, 54 Rushdale Street
Knoxfield, Victoria 3180 Australia

Delivered as a single, face to face day in Melbourne (Re)Certification is an intensive and activity packed day running participants through all of the obedience, manners, application skills and scenarios that form the Therapy Dog and handler assessments. (Re)Certification allows graduates to refresh and recap on their skills after graduation. It also allows teams to Re-Certify once their original Certification has expired (usually after 1 year). This course is also open to Certified Handlers, Advanced Handlers and Certified Practitioners who want…

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October 2021

Provisional Handler Certification (Step One) FACE TO FACE Melbourne

October 11 - October 13
The Alpha Canine Centre, 54 Rushdale Street
Knoxfield, Victoria 3180 Australia

Twice annually, this course is delivered live face to face in Melbourne: March and October 2021 This intensive short course runs live in Melbourne over 2.5 days developing therapy dog handling skills. Students participate in live face to face workshops with our dedicated instructors interspersed with lectures on canine training, socialisation and behaviour. Participants graduate with Provisional Handler Certification (Step One in Certification), which may then form the foundation for further practical training and Certification with their dogs.   Please note…

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Visiting Team Certification – Foundation (Step Two)

October 14
The Alpha Canine Centre, 54 Rushdale Street
Knoxfield, Victoria 3180 Australia

Delivered face to face in Melbourne, with social distancing and Covid-safe practices, this course is Step Two in our Certification programme. Running over three days with community visits (Covid permitting) it provides graduates with the Team Certification required to begin working together in Canine Assisted Interactions (CAI). Handlers who have previously completed the Provisional Handler Certification can attend with their dogs to complete a range of practical activities and assessments to achieve their Visiting Therapy Dog & Handler Team Certification.…

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November 2021

(Re)Certification Canine

November 19
The Alpha Canine Centre, 54 Rushdale Street
Knoxfield, Victoria 3180 Australia

Delivered as a single, face to face day in Melbourne (Re)Certification is an intensive and activity packed day running participants through all of the obedience, manners, application skills and scenarios that form the Therapy Dog and handler assessments. (Re)Certification allows graduates to refresh and recap on their skills after graduation. It also allows teams to Re-Certify once their original Certification has expired (usually after 1 year). This course is also open to Certified Handlers, Advanced Handlers and Certified Practitioners who want…

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Advanced preparation & theory (Step Three) FACE TO FACE

November 22 - November 24
The Alpha Canine Centre, 54 Rushdale Street
Knoxfield, Victoria 3180 Australia

Once annually this course is delivered live face to face in Melbourne, November 2021 Delivered live in Melbourne over 2.5 days, this course provides you with advanced applied CAI theory and teaches the skills to prepare your dog for advanced training and assessment. Forming Step Three in our Certification programme, the course is designed for graduate teams (handler & dog) who wish to extend their theoretical knowledge and practical application skills. Students participate in live in person practicum workshops with our…

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Advanced Team Certification (Step Four)

November 25 - November 26
The Alpha Canine Centre, 54 Rushdale Street
Knoxfield, Victoria 3180 Australia

Delivered face to face in Melbourne over two days, this practical course consolidates the skills and knowledge learned during the online preparation course. This course is Step Four in our Certification programme, providing graduates with Advanced Therapy Dog and Handler Team Certification.   For a full description of this course, including pre-requisites, eligibility and prices, please see the course information page. Please note: You can apply for Step Three (Advanced preparation) and Step Four (Advanced Team Certification) on the one application…

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December 2021

Provisional Handler Certification (Step One)

December 6 - December 8
live Online, Zoom and Matrix

This intensive short course runs live online over 2.5 days developing therapy dog handling skills from the comfort of your own home anywhere in Australia or the world. Students participate in live online workshops with our dedicated instructors interspersed with online lectures on canine training, socialisation and behaviour. Participants graduate with Provisional Handler Certification (Step One in Certification), which may then form the foundation for further practical training and Certification with their dogs.   Please note that the dogs are…

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Visiting Team Certification – Foundation (Step Two)

December 9 - December 11
The Alpha Canine Centre, 54 Rushdale Street
Knoxfield, Victoria 3180 Australia

Delivered face to face in Melbourne, with social distancing and Covid-safe practices, this course is Step Two in our Certification programme. Running over three days with community visits (Covid permitting) it provides graduates with the Team Certification required to begin working together in Canine Assisted Interactions (CAI). Handlers who have previously completed the Provisional Handler Certification can attend with their dogs to complete a range of practical activities and assessments to achieve their Visiting Therapy Dog & Handler Team Certification.…

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