Certification Levels – Therapy, School & Visiting Dogs

Certification Levels for Therapy Dogs, School Dogs, and other Visiting Dogs

Certification in Canine Assisted Interactions (CAI) for dog-handler teams

Training and certification in CAI with Lead The Way comprises theoretical knowledge in AAI and canine behaviour, and practical dog training and handling skills. Approximately half of the entire programme is based on theoretical knowledge, and the remainder is practical skill development.

Our curriculum is constantly evolving in line with both the scientific evidence, and international best practice standards. This ensures that our participants are always at the forefront of the industry.

Training for your dog can begin as early as 12 weeks of age. This way puppies get started on the right foot with positive socialisation and learning precedents. All dogs must begin their working life as Level 1 ‘Learner’ dogs, ensuring adequate positive socialisation has occurred in the workplace (at least 3 months). Dogs must be at least 12 months old for full Visiting Certification.

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Pre-requisites: It is a requirement that all dogs continue to meet the suitability criteria prior to achieving Certification at every level. Please note, baby dogs entering Level 1 may not be able to answer all of the checklist questions prior to day one, however all dogs must meet the criteria before proceeding to day four and attempting the Learner Certification Assessment.

It is an expectation that all dogs will be doing well at their current practicum day level, and have trainer approval before proceeding to the next practicum day. Teams must have passed the previous level, and have current certification, before proceeding to higher levels. Please note there are additional requirements for L4.

Therapy, School & Visiting Dog Suitability Checklist

  • My dog is part of my life and my household, e.g., comes into the house, participates in activities. They have lived with me for 3 months or longer, and I know them well. I can confidently answer the checklist questions (Note: dogs must be at least 6 months of age for learner certification and 12 months of age for full Visiting Dog Certification)
  • My dog enjoys meeting strangers (e.g., in the park or on the street), and shows this by approaching or seeking attention when appropriate
  • My dog is happy when we have visitors come to the home, and seeks attention from them
  • My dog likes children
  • My dog likes elderly and disabled people
  • My dog is not fearful of cars, bikes, trolleys, skate-boards or other moving objects
  • My dog is not fearful of stairs, shiny floors, elevators, lights, fans or other typical environments
  • My dog enjoys being patted, touched by and cuddling with strangers (people they don’t know)
  • My dog can be left alone at times without becoming distressed or destructive
  • I can leave my dog tied up or tethered in a safe location for brief periods without them becoming distressed or destructive
  • My dog will happily go off with a friend or family member without me, without becoming distressed
  • My dog is reliably toilet trained, and does not ‘mark’ (urinate on) inappropriate objects/furniture indoors or outdoors
  • My dog enjoys outings and novel activities, for example visiting a new person or place
  • My dog is generally willing to comply with requests, even if unsure or nervous (e.g., tolerates grooming, being taken off/sharing their bed, having a toy or treat taken away, visiting the vet, being checked over or having a wound looked at) without growling or becoming fearful
  • My dog will cope being in a training centre with other dogs and training in close proximity to other dogs without growling, barking, lunging or becoming fearful
  • My dog is fit and healthy enough to travel to a workplace and engage physically with strangers (including absence of car-sickness)
  • My dog is fully vaccinated and treated for parasites (e.g., fleas, worms) by a licensed Veterinarian
  • My dog has NO untreated or unstable medical conditions
  • My dog is NOT afraid of strangers and does not bark, growl at, or avoid strangers, e.g., men in hats, toddlers running, people carrying equipment or making odd noises etc
  • My dog does not ‘mouth’ (place mouth or teeth on people) even in play
  • My dog is NOT aggressive towards other animals such as small animals, cats, native animals (e.g., birds, possums), chooks, ponies or farm animals e.g., enjoys their company, is inquisitive, or is indifferent. They do not bark chase or hunt
  • My dog does NOT have any obvious fears or phobias (e.g., thunderstorms, electrical equipment, vacuums, cleaning or chemical smells)
  • I do NOT have any concerns about the way my dog interacts, and I feel s/he would genuinely enjoy physical contact with strangers, including being picked up (if small) and cuddling
  • My dog does NOT engage in activities that promote aggression to people (e.g., guard or protection training) or to animals (e.g., hunting, herding or fighting)
  • My dog does NOT perform a life-saving alerting function for me or another person (e.g., medical alert dog, PTSD, Autism assistance dog) which would represent a potential conflict for the dog during client work
  • My dog has NEVER bitten or attempted to bite a person (excludes puppy mouthing)

Terms and Conditions

Requirements for handlers and dogs

  • 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 3 months, or with whom they have had a strong and ongoing bond for a period of greater than 3 months (required for learner dog and visiting dog certification).
  • Dogs must be a minimum of 12 weeks old to begin the learner dog course.
  • Handlers must not work more than one dog per training course, except where they are Certifying as Advanced Multidog Handlers
  • Applicants from overseas (who do not have a dog with them) should speak with us in advance about alternative options.
  • Current WWCC, or equivalent teacher registration (or international equivalent) is required to attend community visits (Day Four-Learner dog, Certification/Recertification Days, Level Four day two).
  • Provisional Handler Certification can be obtained if a handler shows competence, even if their dog is not deemed suitable to work as a learner/visiting dog.
  • Visiting Dog and Handler Team Certification or above can only be granted to those participants who successfully complete the practicum course, and who’s dog successfully passes the assessments.
  • Handlers must have sufficient English language skills (written and oral) to complete the online theory, practical workshops, and communicate with trainers, fellow students, and clients. All training materials are supplied in English.
  • Handlers must have the capacity for intensive study and the physical capacity to handle and work dogs in indoor and outdoor environments. Handling and training of dogs can be physically demanding, and there may be some requirement to navigate outdoor terrain, such as stairs, footpaths, hills or uneven surfaces.
  • For online study, a computer or device with access to the internet and a camera is required.
  • Practitioners are Certified in accordance with their existing qualifications, for example Certified Practitioner in Animal-Assisted Therapy – Psychologist; Certified Practitioner in Animal Assisted Education – Secondary Teaching.

Additional/Secondary handlers

  • Secondary handlers must be pre-approved by the course co-ordinator.
  • A maximum of two Secondary Handlers may be certified per dog, in addition to the primary handler.
  • Primary handlers maintain oversight and responsibility for the dog.
  • All certification assessments are strictly one handler per dog (Level 1 day four, Level 2 day 2,  Certification Assessment and Re-certification). This ensures each individual handler is assessed for competence to work the dog.

Course pre-requisites

  • Each course day will have pre-requisite learning which must be completed prior to the practical day. The pre-requisite learning can be accessed through the Thinkific learning platform once you are enrolled in the relevant day.
  • All dogs must continue to meet the suitability criteria.

Assessments & competence

  • E-Courses and online (theoretical) content are assessed via online (open book) questionnaires. Participants are required to obtain 100% correct in order to pass the assessments. If participants need assistance with understanding the content to complete the quiz successfully, they must contact the course instructor for further support.
  • Dog handling and dog temperament are assessed face to face as part of a range of practical skills demonstrations. Detailed requirements about competence standards are provided to all course participants at the commencement of their course.
  • Dogs or handlers deemed not yet competent are required to re-sit the relevant course or assessment day (costs apply).
  • Assessment tasks may be photographed or videoed by the instructors and kept as evidence of competence.

Application process and payment terms

  • To apply, purchase the relevant course workshop day via the Thinkific Learning Platform.
  • Payment is required online at the time of purchase. Any arrangement for payment outside of these terms (e.g., Schools Mental Health Menu) must be discussed with and approved by the Course Coordinator.
  • You will then receive an email containing the online application form through our secure client system (PowerDiary).
  • Your application will be processed, and you will receive a confirmation email within 3 – 5 business days of the application being received by the Course Coordinator. If you have not received an email from us within 7 business days, please check your junk mail folder, then contact the Course Coordinator directly at tglasson@leadtheway.com.au or 0421 059 943.

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 the place will be offered to the next applicant on the list.

Attendance/completion requirements

  • The attendance/completion requirements for 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. 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.

Cancellation and refund policy

  • All cancellations, refunds, and transfers are granted at the discretion and with the approval of the course co-ordinator.
  • Refunds will be granted prior to accessing course content, and provided a minimum of 30 days notice is given prior to the booked practical day. Once the course is purchased and online theory content accessed there is no opportunity for a refund (even if the practical day has not been attended).
  • If you need to reschedule your attendance to a booked practical day please notify the course co-ordinator at the earliest opportunity, to allow someone on the waitlist your place in the practical day.
    • Should you need to reschedule your booked practical day within 2 weeks (and more than 3 days) of the scheduled date there will be a $100 rescheduling fee applied.
    • If 3 days or less notice is given, 50% of the course price will be charged.
    • Failure to notify the course co-ordinator of non-attendance will result in a forfeit of the full course fee.
  • All courses must be completed within 12 months of purchase. Participants who wish to enrol or access course content (online or practical days) after this time must be granted specific approval by the course coordinator, and additional fees will apply.
  • Should a course be cancelled by Lead The Way, for any reason, all monies paid will be refunded in full, or transferred to a future course, by mutual agreement.
    • Courses are subject to minimum numbers, and cancellations outside of Lead The Way’s control may impact on the running of some courses. Participants will be given a minimum of 2 weeks notice if a course is subject to cancellation.

Intellectual Property & Copyright

  • All courses and all content delivered, including but not limited to; written documents and manuals, the course outline structure or content, activities, assessments or assessment protocols, policies, procedures guidelines or documents, learning goals or outcomes, videos pictures or graphics, remain the intellectual property of Lead The Way Pty Ltd and relevant Associates.
  • No part of any 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 dog.
  • You must not use any content for professional training programmes for profit 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 except for your own personal or professional use, without the express written permission of the owners. All citations of the work must be adequately referenced.

Health and Safety

  • Dogs and handlers must be well. Do not attend the training centre if unwell.
  • Health, safety or hygiene requirements may be in effect and must be adhered to (e.g., relevant covid restrictions).
  • Dogs must be up to date with vacccinations and parasite control.
  • Abusive behaviour is not tolerated. Any person acting in an aggressive or abusive manner will be asked to leave the training centre.
  • Aggression Policy for Dogs
    • Dog’s showing aggression at any assessment will be given a grade of either ‘not yet competent’ or ‘not suitable’ depending on the severity of the aggressive display.
    • Depending on the severity of the aggression (see below), participants may also be asked to discontinue the practicum day for the safety and welfare of the other participant teams.
    • Handler and dog teams will be unable to continue on the practicum day if the dog shows:
      • Three incidences of level 1 aggression
      • Two incidences of level 2-4 aggression
      • One incidence of level 5+ aggression

Aggression:

  1. Stare at person, animal, object. Inappropriate marking (urination) on person, animal or object
  2. Stiff or rigid body (inc. resisting cues or leash guidance), forward posture, pointing, raised hackles (hair), snatching/stealing a resource
  3. Lip lift (no sound)
  4. Vocalise (bark, growl)
  5. Lunge, charge, rush
  6. Snap, attempt to bite
  7. Bite
    • If given a grade of ‘not yet competent’ dogs may re-sit the full assessment at a later date, subject to trainer approval. However, it is expected that the handler and dog team have had additional training and support from a professional dog trainer to address the “cause” of the aggression and the dog is no longer displaying these behaviours prior to re-sitting the certification assessment.
  • Welfare Assessment for Dogs
    • If a trainer or assessor deems that a dog is stressed during a course or assessment, they will modify the task to maintain the dog’s welfare. This may result in a dog being graded as ‘not yet competent’ for that task.

Graduates Code of conduct

All graduates must adhere to the code of conduct. Graduates are required to sign a disclaimer attesting to the safe, ethical, and professional handling of their dog, agreeing:

  • To operate within their certification level and not to misrepresent their training or certification standards or operate outside of the Institute guidelines including:
    • Team statements of competence (including limitations and recommendations)
    • Practice guidelines (Handler, Infection Control & Allergy Management, Grooming), and the Veterinary Screening procedures, and all other relevant LTW guidelines, policies, procedures & recommendations
  • To maintain a high ethical standard, ensuring the safety and welfare of humans and animals during all interactions
  • 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
  • Not to misrepresent any visiting therapy dog as an assistance or service dog
  • Not to claim a dog is Certified if it is not, nor allow any other dog to wear the Learner/Visiting /Therapy/School Dog Identification Coat
  • To maintain the standards of all dog’s training and behaviour as per the team assessments, and to seek assistance, guidance or support from LTW trainers (for rehabilitation and/or re-certification) or cease working with the dog if required
  • Not to allow another person to work the dog without supervision or guidance, or to claim to be the Certified Handler for the purposes of providing animal-assisted interactions
  • To acknowledge the copyright of all educational materials, appropriately attributing authorship via referencing
  • To acknowledge ‘fair use’ of the training by acknowledging the ownership of all intellectual property, by attributing ownership of ideas and concepts learned, and to refrain from using the intellectual property to run training for profit

Level 1 – Provisional Handler and Learner Dog Certification

This is our entry level Certification for all teams. Dogs begin their working life as ‘Learners’ developing their craft in working with clients/students/patients.

At this level, graduates can develop a plan or structure for a canine assisted interaction (CAI) programme, or provide guidance on the development and implementation of a CAI programme including: policy frameworks, health and safety, knowledge of the research underpinning human animal interactions, and an understanding of the principles of canine health and welfare. Provisional Handlers develop an understanding of the requirements needed to train, socialise and supervise their Learner Dogs, including the development of socialisation, work and welfare plans.

Course Overview

  • Teams complete four single practicum days spaced approximately one month apart. There are approximately 5 hours of pre-requisite online learning for each practicum.
  • Dogs can attend day one from 12 weeks of age or older. Practicum days 1 and 2 are delivered online, so dogs can learn from home in a low distraction environment. Practicum days 3 and 4 can be completed online or in person.
  • Learner Certification Assessment is incorporated into practicum day 4 for those attending in person. Remote Learner Certification Assessment involves additional requirements (videos, vet check, trainer assessment) and associated costs.
  • Dogs must be aged 24 weeks (6 months) or older in order to complete practicum day 4 and the Learner Certification Assessment.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

Teams currently attending group classes at the introductory level may apply for RPL for the day one practicum, subject to trainer approval. Attendance at 10 group classes covers approximately the same content as the workshop practicum. The online theory component must still be completed.

Students who have completed Lead The Way’s AAI and CAI online short courses will be eligible for RPL for some online theory content from Level One. Discounts apply.

Please email admin@leadthewayinstitute.com.au to request RPL.

There is no further RPL for other components of the Level 1 course. There is no RPL for Level 2 or above.

Optional - Secondary Handlers

In some settings, it is appropriate for a dog to have multiple handlers, for example facility dogs working in schools or organisational settings. In this instance, all handlers must have a significant and ongoing relationship with the dog, AND the dog must have a suitable temperament to work with others away from their owner (Primary Handler). For example, the dog would happily go to that person for comfort or guidance, that person understands the dog’s individual preferences, strengths and weaknesses, and they have regular contact. In all cases, the Primary Handler must retain responsibility and oversight/supervision of the dog’s training, behaviour, interactions and welfare.

Where there is more than one handler per dog the Primary Handler must be the person with whom the dog lives. Lead The Way does not support the training or employment of facility dogs who reside fulltime in a facility without a stable, primary, handler who can maintain oversight and responsibility, and with whom the dog can spend ‘down time’ when not working. 

All handlers must independently display competence in formal knowledge assessments (online assessments) and handling skills assessments. This ensures that Secondary Handlers are competent to work with the dog when the Primary Handler is not present, and ensures the dog is confident and comfortable to seek reassurance from the Secondary Handler in the absence of their owner.

  • Primary and Secondary handlers may attend L1 practicum days 1 to 3 together (discounts apply). Day 4 (practicum/assessment) must be attended separately.
  • Primary and Secondary handlers may attend L2 practicum day 1 together (discounts apply). Day 2 practicum and the Certification Assessment must be attended separately.

Practicum Dates 2024

Practicums run 9am to 5pm each allocated day

The relevant allocated online theory must be completed for each day prior to attending the practicum day.

Handlers are required to leave approximately one month (or longer) between practicum days to allow for consolidation of learning.

F2F (face to face) practicums are run at our training centre in Ferntree Gully, east of Melbourne, Vic. 3156

*Practicum days marked with “WL” and coloured orange are currently full. Any further applications will be placed on a waiting list in accordance with our terms and conditions.

Day One Mon Jan 22 online Tues March 5 online *WL Tues May 14 online Mon July 22 online Tues Sept 3 online Mon Nov 11 online
Day Two Mon Feb 19 online Tues April 9 online Tues June 11 online Mon Aug 19 online Tues Oct 1 online Mon Dec 9 online
Day Three Mon March 18 F2F Mon May 13 online Fri July 5 F2F Mon Sept 16 F2F Tues Oct 29 online
Day Four Mon April 15 F2F Fri June 14 online (remote assessment) Tues Aug 6 F2F Mon Oct 14 F2F Tues Nov 26 online (remote assessment)

 

Access and Pricing

Level 1 – Provisional Handler and Learner Dog Certification

Upon purchase you will be provided access to the course enrollment process. An enrollment form will be emailed allowing you to apply for your preferred practicum dates.

$450 AUD (inc. GST) per practicum day (includes online theory)

(Practicum only / Theory only / Resit cost per practicum day $225)

Total Cost Level 1: $1800 AUD (inc. GST)

Level 2 – Certified Handler and Visiting Dog Certification

This is our second level of Certification, where teams complete the training and assessment required to Certify as Visiting Dog and Handler teams, delivering canine assisted interactions (CAI) in a workplace.

At this level, graduates provide safe, effective and ethical interactions within their workplace, school, or community. Handlers are assessed for their attunement with their Visiting Dog, and their skills in implementing interactions in realistic scenarios and settings with a range of different people. Visiting Dogs are assessed for suitability, desire and safety to work with a range of different people, including children and diverse adults. They must be responsive to their handlers and are Certified to work on lead in challenging settings.

Course Overview

  • Teams complete two single practicum days spaced approximately one month apart, followed by attendance at a Certification Assessment. There is approximately 1 hour of online prerequisite theory per practicum day.
  • To be eligible to enrol in Level 2 practicum day 1, dogs must be at least 10 months of age. Teams must have undergone at least 3 months of socialisation in a workplace as Learner Dogs prior to attending Level 2 practicum day 1.
  • Practicum day 1 can be attended online or in person, practicum day 2 must be attended in person to determine eligibility to proceed to the Certification Assessment
  • After having successfully completed practicum days 1 and 2, teams are eligible to book into the Certification Assessment. This assessment will grant successful graduates with Visiting Dog and Handler Team Certification.

Practicum Dates 2024

Practicums run 9am to 5pm each allocated day

The relevant allocated online theory must be completed for each day prior to attending the practicum day.

Handlers are required to leave approximately one month (or longer) between practicum days to allow for consolidation of learning.

F2F (face to face) practicums are run at our training centre in Ferntree Gully, east of Melbourne, Vic. 3156

*Practicum days marked with “WL” and coloured orange are currently full. Any further applications will be placed on a waiting list in accordance with our terms and conditions.

Day One Tues Jan 23 F2F Tues May 28 F2F Tues July 23 online Mon Sept 2 F2F Tues Nov 12 F2F
Day Two Tues Feb 20 F2F Mon June 24 F2F Tues Aug 20 F2F Mon Sept 30 F2F Tues Dec 10 F2F
Day Two (grouped for interstate) Thurs Sept 19 F2F (Certification Ax 20-21 Sept)

After successful completion of Level 2, book your preferred Certification Assessment date here

 

Access and Pricing

Level 2 – Certified Visiting Dog and Handler

Upon purchase you will be provided access to the course enrollment process. An enrollment form will be emailed allowing you to apply for your preferred practicum dates.

$380 AUD (inc. GST) per practicum day (includes online theory)

(Practicum only / Resit cost per practicum day $225)

$410 AUD (inc. GST) for Certification Assessment

Total Cost Level 2: $1170 AUD (Inc. GST)

Level 3 – Advanced Theory and Preparation

Our third level of Certification, this course provides advanced theory on intervention development in combination with Advanced dog handling skills.

At this level, graduates understand creative interventions and the neurobiology of interactions. They understand how to apply the Neurobiological Model of Animal Assisted Interventions (NB – AAI) to client or student interactions in multidisciplinary settings. Handlers develop creative interventions that are targeted to meet specific goals. Dogs begin training in play, tricks, and agility, working towards off-lead responsiveness in preparation for Advanced Certification (dogs are not assessed at Level 3).

Course Overview

  • Teams complete three single practicum days spaced approximately one month apart. Theory lectures and discussions are woven into the practicums for seamless and integrated learning. Participants have the choice of attending online or in person.
  • Dogs must be working well at Level 2 and be up to date with their Certification prior to enrolment
  • Dogs attending on site/in person must be safe and happy working in close proximity with other dogs, in the presence of valued resources (e.g., food and toys) and when excited (e.g., during play).

Practicum Dates 2024

Practicums run 9am to 5pm each allocated day

The relevant allocated online theory must be completed for each day prior to attending the practicum day.

Handlers are required to leave approximately one month (or longer) between practicum days to allow for consolidation of learning.

F2F (face to face) practicums are run at our training centre in Ferntree Gully, east of Melbourne, Vic. 3156

*Practicum days marked with “WL” and coloured orange are currently full. Any further applications will be placed on a waiting list in accordance with our terms and conditions.

Day One Tues April 16 F2F Mon July 1 online Fri Aug 23 F2F
Day Two Mon May 27 F2F Mon Aug 5 online Fri Sept 13 F2F
Day Three Tues June 25 F2F Tues Sept 17 online Tues Oct 15 F2F

 

Access and Pricing

Level 3 – Advanced Theory and Preparation

Upon purchase you will be provided access to the course enrollment process. An enrollment form will be emailed allowing you to apply for your preferred practicum dates.

$380 AUD (inc. GST) per practicum day (includes theory)

Total Cost Level 3: $1140 AUD (Inc. GST)

Level 4 – Advanced Therapy / School (or other Visiting) Dog and Handler Certification

At our fourth Certification level, dogs and handlers complete their Advanced level training and assessments.

At this level, graduates are competent facilitating off-lead, interactive and play-based interventions in line with their professional qualifications. Teams deliver creative interactions to meet client goals, across the four NB-AAI domains of relational, educational, self-regulatory and sensory-motor. Advanced dogs are responsive, even within complex environments, and Certified to work off lead with clients.

Course Overview

  • Dogs must be working well at Level 3 standared, and be up to date with their Certification with competence in all areas before enroling (mild separation anxiety is accepted).
  • Teams complete a two and a half day intensive, running Thursday, Friday, and culminating in a community visit on Friday evening.
  • The community visit requires participants to develop and deliver a creative, goal focussed, intervention to secondary school aged clients.
  • Assessment is incorporated throughout the course, and consists of simulated interventions, followed by assessment of the dog-handler team during the community visit.
  • Dogs recieve new identification coats to reflect their new professional title (relevant to the handler’s primary profession and workplace setting) e.g., “Advanced Therapy Dog” if working with a qualified allied health therapist or “Advanced School Dog” if working with a qualified education/school professional, or “Advanced Visiting Dog” if working with other professionals, non-professionals, or in multiple/diverse settings.
  • After successful completion of Level 4, teams are eligible to re-certify (usually annually) at the Advanced Level by attending a Certification Assessment.

    Practicum Dates 2024

    Practicum runs 9am – 5pm on Thursday, and 9am to 7.30pm on Friday (with breaks)

    The relevant allocated online theory must be completed for each day prior to attending the practicum day.

    Handlers are required to leave approximately one month (or longer) between practicum days to allow for consolidation of learning.

    F2F (face to face) practicums are run at our training centre in Ferntree Gully, east of Melbourne, Vic. 3156

    *Practicum days marked with “WL” and coloured orange are currently full. Any further applications will be placed on a waiting list in accordance with our terms and conditions.

    Intensive one Intensive two
    Day One May 30 F2F Nov 14 F2F
    Day Two + evening May 31 F2F Nov 15 F2F

    Access and Pricing

    Level 4 – Advanced Therapy / School (or other Visiting) Dog and Handler Team

    Upon purchase you will be provided access to the course enrollment process. An enrollment form will be emailed allowing you to apply for your preferred practicum dates.

    Total Cost per intensive Level 4 course: $1170 AUD (Inc. GST)

    Level 5 – Certified Practitioner in Animal Assisted Therapy, Education or Activities (Canine)

    Our final and highest level of Certification, handlers are considered professional practitioners in their chosen field, and competent to deliver CAI as a specialist scope of professional practice.

    Graduates have achieved training in at least one specialist application of CAI, completed 9 months of workplace practice, and demonstrated broad knowledge of the field. Successful graduates are awarded with a Certificate in Animal Assisted Interventions (Canine).

    Course Overview

    Successful completion of the certificate includes:

    • Completion of at least 9 months of professional work in CAI and at least 9 hours of mentoring/coaching/supervision on that work practice (supervision is incurred at the student’s own cost)
    • Completion at least one Masterclass in a relevant specialist CAI application (e.g., CAI in trauma therapy)
    • Demonstrated broad knowledge of the field via allocated readings and completion of an open book exam

    Access and Pricing

    Level 5 – Certified Practitioner (Certificate in Animal Assisted Interactions – Canine)

    Please email us to discuss the course and eligibility prior to purchasing this course

    Cost: $990 AUD (Inc. GST) includes Masterclass, online learning and exam

    Email: admin@leadthewayinstitute.com.au for enrolment