Why is COAPE Different to other Animal Behaviour Education Providers? Here are our 'Magnificent 7' good reasons.


1. The COAPE Team
Our courses are written by internationally recognised practical, academic and practising authorities. Check out their credentials.


2. Accountability through independent regulation
COAPE's courses are designed to provide affirmation for students at all levels that their hard work will be fully accredited and valued. Please see individual courses for more information.  


3. Accreditation
COAPE has been approved by Certa as a Centre recognised to deliver accredited learning. To ensure those highest standards of quality, COAPE has a dedicated education team to enure that all COAPE courses are kept up to date, validated, delivered and marked to the highest standards required for accreditation standardisation and quality assurance procedures.


Certa has worked closely with COAPE to produce a suite of unique regulated Qualifications for people working in Canine and Feline fields to ensure an up to date skills set and approach as well as the best learning experience for the course participants.


Many of our courses lead to Regulated Qualifications. Students whose assessments reach the required standards in these courses will be awarded a Regulated Qualification through Certa. These qualifications are listed on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) and regulated by Ofqual (www.ofqual.gov.uk), the official Government regulator of qualifications, examinations and assessment in England and of vocational qualifications in Northern Ireland.

Please see individual courses for more information.


4. On-line marking and student liaison facilities
COAPE is an environmentally responsible organisation and we try to reduce the amount of paper waste we are generating. All our distance Learning course notes are delivered electronically via the internet, and all of our non-residential courses can be fully completed on-line. We supply you with a specially designed 'template' on-line to assist you in writing your coursework using your own computer and preferred word processing software. There are great benefits to running our planet-friendly courses this way, including:

  • Speed, reliability and efficiency: At the simple 'click of a button' you receive your course notes, complete your assignment and submit it for marking. It is then marked and returned back to you. No chance of valuable assignments being delayed or lost in the post!
  • Liaison with the COAPE Team: Internet course management means that you have easy and reliable access to a dedicated member of the COAPE Team, wherever they are in the world!
  • Up-to-date course notes and other materials: All our courses are under constant review and we update and refine our course material as new information becomes available... impossible with printed course notes!


5. On-line Student Resources
Students of many COAPE courses above Foundation Level are provided with password-protected access to a dedicated on-line Resource Centre. The Resource Centre gives you access to a range of rich media content to complement the formal course notes, including video, sound, graphics and pictures, web links, and of course additional written content. In addition, students studying our Foundation Degree (FdSc.) in partnership with Moulton College also have access to the college library and dedicated password-protected on-line resources where they can discuss the course, behaviour matters and help each other with their studies.


6. CPD Opportunities
We are constantly developing new theoretical and practical courses both for hands-on petcare professionals and pet owners alike, and are committed to providing Continuing Professional Education opportunities for our Foundation Degree (FdSc.) in partnership with Moulton College graduates and other COAPE course graduates.


7. Keeping up to Date: the Science of Behaviour, Animal Welfare, Politics
COAPE keeps constantly abreast of current thinking in animal welfare and changes in animal protection law and how this affects pets and their owners, and those involved professionally with companion animals. Read OUR BLOGS for the latest updates.



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We enjoy working with COAPE as their thorough and current working knowledge of the industry and the needs of the students combined with our expertise in qualification development have produced the best quality Qualifications for the future.


Clare Wigzell, Qualifications and Development Manager, CERTA