COAPE HIGHER DIPLOMA PROGRAMME

Welcome to the very first accredited professional course of its kind in the UK – the new Two-Year COAPE Higher Diploma PROGRAMME in Companion Animal Behaviour and Training! Your comprehensive Professional Training Programme to launch your career as a Pet Behaviourist.

 

Year 1: The Principles of Companion Animal Behaviour and Training

 

Course Type: Residential and Distance Learning

Year 1 covers both theoretical and practical principles with recorded case history examples, introductory demonstrations with dogs and a research project in animal learning to complete. This course leads to a Diploma at QCF Level 4, 84 credits for successful students.

 

This COAPE Qualification is of a comparable Level to the first year of a degree, but is different in content and smaller in size.

 

What Happens at the end of Year One?

Some students, including many veterinary nurses, dog trainers, veterinarians and animal welfare professionals now start to apply the knowledge acquired on Year 1 to their work with animals in the context of their existing professions. They often extend their 'job description' to encompass routine animal training and practise behaviour therapy as part of their job, for example by preventing and treating straightforward problems in a veterinary practice or in a dog training club. Others have introduced new assessment, handling and treatment programmes for pets in rescue facilities while some assistance dog trainers have gone on to apply their new behavioural knowledge to their training programmes. Successful First Year students are eligible to join the COAPE ASSOCIATION of PET BEHAVIOURISTS and TRAINERS (CAPBT) as an Affiliate Member, which is free for all students in the first year following graduation (thereafter an annual membership fee is payable, currently £40).

 

In addition, all members regularly receive the latest details of new publications, meetings, continuing professional development (CPD) courses and other professional and social events. They also have access to the experience and expertise of members and to the COAPE Office in areas such as insurance, setting up in business, veterinary liaison, advertising, marketing etc.

 

Year 2: The Practical Application of Companion Animal Behaviour and Training

 

Course Type: Residential and Distance Learning

Year 2 focuses on small group instruction of hands-on practical behaviour therapeutic techniques with real canine cases, structured on-line canine and feline cases to work through, and an organized research project in canine cognition. During the course students will learn practical handling techniques at the Active Paws Activity Centre. This course leads to a Diploma at QCF Level 5, 84 credits for successful students.

Successful completion of each year leads to an individual National Qualification at each Level, but to achieve our award of the COAPE Higher Diploma you must successfully complete both years of study. This course is the equivalent study level as a Foundation Degree.

This COAPE Qualification is of a comparable Level to the second year of a degree, but is different in content and smaller in size.

 

Optional Third Year: Applied Clinical Pharmacology, Neurophysiology and Therapeutics

More academically- or clinically-minded students are then also eligible to progress to study Year 3 of the COAPE Programme.

 

Year 3: Applied Clinical Pharmacology, Neurophysiology and Therapeutics in Companion Animal Behaviour Therapy

 

Course Type: Residential and Distance Learning

Year 3 includes advanced study and training in applied clinical pharmacology, cognitive science and neurophysiology, and advanced companion animal behaviour therapeutics. Leads to a Diploma at QCF Level 6, 84 credits for successful students. This course is the equivalent study level as a Bachelor's Degree.

 

This COAPE Qualification is of a comparable Level to the third year of a degree, but is different in content and smaller in size.

 

Many theoretical and practical components of the COAPE 3 Year programme are also taught on courses presented by COAPE tutor Prof Peter Neville at The Department of Animal Sciences, The Ohio State University, USA. 

 

Courses leading to Regulated Qualifications

All of our courses listed above can lead to Regulated Qualifications. Students whose assessments reach the required standards will be awarded a Regulated Qualification through CERTA. These qualifications are listed on the Qualification and Credit Framework, or QCFand regulated by Ofqual, the official Government regulator of qualifications, examinations and assessment in England and of vocational qualifications in Northern Ireland.

 

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The COAPE diploma has totally changed my working life and my personal life with my dogs. It is without a doubt one of the best decisions I ever made! Since qualifying I have set up my own training and behaviour business…I now have a job that I LOVE. CS