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Level 4 Certificate in Professional Pet Sitting, Dog Walking, Dog Day Care and Home Boarding (RQF)

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OUR PASS RATE
Animal Care & Veterinary Science (National Average 74.9%)
86.8%
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Level 4 Certificate in Professional Pet Sitting, Dog Walking, Dog Day Care and Home Boarding (RQF)

Key Points

  • Learn how to start up a dog walking or pet sitting/boarding business 
  • Gain knowledge of different cat and dog breeds 
  • Achieve a qualification that complies with the Animal Activity Licensing requirements needed to work as a pet sitter or boarder 
  • Achieve a Level 4 Certificate qualification 
  • Start and study at any time 

About Your Qualification 

This Level 4 Certificate in Professional Pet Sitting, Dog Walking, Dog Day Care and Home Boarding is the ideal qualification for anybody wishing to qualify as a professional dog walker or pet sitter. Whether you already walk dogs or act as a pet sitter but don’t yet not hold a nationally recognised qualification, or whether this is a direction you’d like to move in – this qualification has been designed to meet your needs. 

This Ofqual regulated qualification will help you understand pets in a business context and it complies with the Defra Animal Activity Licensing requirements for working as a pet sitter or boarder. 

This nationally recognised qualification will show your future clients that you possess the correct theory and training to operate a successful dog walking or pet sitting/boarding business - allowing you to work towards a fulfilling new career path as a trained animal care professional. 

All the material is readily available once you enrol, so you’re able to start right away! 

Getting Started 

learndirect is the UK’s leading online course provider. Our online courses and qualifications give you the flexibility to engage with your studies whenever suits you best. 

The Level 4 Certificate in Professional Pet Sitting, Dog Walking, Dog Day Care and Home Boarding has been designed according to the highest standards in canine education, providing learners with the essential knowledge they need to embark on a career as a dog walker or pet sitter. 

The benefit of online learning means that you can plan your studies around your existing commitments. So, you’re able to progress with your learning in a way that works for you, without the stressful balancing act. With no classes to attend or a timetable to stick to, you’re in control of the pace and place of your learning. 

What’s more, we have dedicated and experienced online tutors to support you throughout your qualification. As well as all the material being readily available as soon as you enrol so you’re able to start right away. 

Modules

Unit 1: Pet Care Legislation 

On completion of this unit you will: 

  • Know legislation relating to the care of pets 

  • Understand the relationship between pet care and legislation 

Unit 2: Animal Breed Characteristics 

On completion of this unit you will: 

  • Understand the different dog breed characteristics 

  • Understand the different cat breed characteristics 

  • Understand the appropriate care of cats 

Unit 3: Pet Sitting, Dog Walking, Day Care and Boarding Animals 

On completion of this unit you will: 

  • Understand how to interact with different types of animals 

  • Understand the equipment that is necessary for a dog care business 

  • Understand dog behaviour 

  • Understand how to manage dogs when walking in public 

Unit 4: Owning a Pet Care Business 

On completion of this unit you will: 

  • Understand how to carry out market research 

  • Understand what information is required from a client 

  • Understand safe transportation of animals 

  • Understand how to walk multiple dogs safely 

  • Understand how to manage different types of risks associated with pet sitting, home boarding and dog walking 

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification however, it is expected that learners have a working knowledge of at least Level 3. 

Minimum Age Restriction 

16 

Average Completion Timeframe 

You have 24 months to complete your course. 

Certification Timeframe 

Learners can expect their certification within 6 months of completing the course, following the (EQA) External Quality Assurance of assessment.  

Once your tutor has confirmed that you have completed all your assessments, your work is internally verified and submitted to the Awarding Organisation for external assessment. Once this external verification process is successfully completed, you will be awarded your certificate. Please note that this process begins only if a student has cleared all outstanding payments. If you have any remaining payments, this may cause a delay in the process. 

Course Fees 

All course fees, inclusive of all payment plans including our Premium Credit Limited option, must be settled before certification can be ordered. 

To successfully gain the Level 4 Certificate in Professional Pet Sitting, Dog Walking, Dog Day Care and Home Boarding, you must achieve 23 credits. You will be assessed through internal assessments conducted online at the end of each unit and assessed by one of our qualified tutors. 

When Are You Assessed? 

As you’re in control of how you learn, you’re also in charge of when you hand in your assignments. 

This enables you to take as long as you need to thoroughly understand the unit before completing any assignments. 

SEG Awards

SEG Awards logo

SEG - Skills and Education Group Awards 

Upon successful completion of this qualification, you will be awarded a Level 4 Certificate in Professional Pet Sitting, Dog Walking, Dog Day Care and Home Boarding, an Ofqual regulated qualification (Qualification Number: 610/3427/7). 

Skills and Education Group Awards (SEG) continually invest in high quality qualifications, assessments and services for chosen sectors. As a UK leading sector specialist, SEG continues to support employers and skills providers to enable individuals to achieve the skills and knowledge needed to raise professional standards across all sectors. 

Skills and Education Group Awards offer qualifications and assessments which are regulated by CCEA, Ofqual and Qualifications Wales. They are driven by delivering a high-quality and trusted service to Centres and learners, so that everyone gets the education they deserve.

A canine career can take you in many different directions! With pet ownership on the rise, the demand for qualified pet care professionals has increased. 

This Level 4 Certificate in Professional Pet Sitting, Dog Walking, Dog Day Care and Home Boarding allows you to develop the necessary skills and tools to become a qualified dog walker, pet sitter, dog daycare and boarding provider or the owner of a small dog care business. 

On completion of this qualification, you may decide to seek employment in the pet care industry or set up your own business. You may also choose to further your studies by progressing on to a related or complimentary qualification. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Being a dog walker in the UK offers a chance to be your own boss, set your hours, and enjoy the outdoors with furry companions. It's a great way to stay active, reduce stress, and even earn a good income, all while providing a valuable service to busy pet owners.
Pet sitting in the UK lets you set your own rates, with house sitting bringing in £20-£25 daily. If you also decide to offer hourly walks, these average around £10-£15 per walk, so they’re an excellent option to boost your income. Experienced sitters offering overnight care and further additional services can command even higher rates, making it a flexible and potentially lucrative way to turn your love of animals into a rewarding career.
While dog walking provides a steady income, offering a combination of pet sitting, dog daycare, and boarding can significantly boost your earnings. By getting qualified in all these areas, you'll become a one-stop shop for pet owners' needs, attracting more clients and maximising your income potential. This flexibility allows you to cater to different pet needs and client preferences, creating a more profitable and well-rounded business.
Legally, to start a pet business offering pet sitting, dog walking, daycare and boarding in the UK, you'll need to focus on two main areas: 1. Animal Boarding License: This is required if you'll be looking after pets in your own home (boarding) or at a separate daycare facility. 2. Business Registration: You'll need to register with HMRC to pay taxes and National Insurance. All of this is covered in this Level 4 Certificate in Professional Pet Sitting, Dog Walking, Dog Daycare and Boarding. By completing this course, you’ll have also achieved a qualification that complies with the Animal Activity Licensing requirements needed to work as a pet sitter or boarder.
By studying this convenient online Level 4 Certificate in Professional Pet Sitting, Dog Walking, Dog Daycare and Boarding! Through this online course, you’ll learn everything you need to start up a dog walking or pet sitting/boarding business.
  • SALE Savings End Midnight Friday 31st May
  • SALE Savings End Midnight Friday 31st May

Level 4 Certificate in Professional Pet Sitting, Dog Walking, Dog Day Care and Home Boarding (RQF)

Key Points

  • Learn how to start up a dog walking or pet sitting/boarding business 
  • Gain knowledge of different cat and dog breeds 
  • Achieve a qualification that complies with the Animal Activity Licensing requirements needed to work as a pet sitter or boarder 
  • Achieve a Level 4 Certificate qualification 
  • Start and study at any time 

About Your Qualification 

This Level 4 Certificate in Professional Pet Sitting, Dog Walking, Dog Day Care and Home Boarding is the ideal qualification for anybody wishing to qualify as a professional dog walker or pet sitter. Whether you already walk dogs or act as a pet sitter but don’t yet not hold a nationally recognised qualification, or whether this is a direction you’d like to move in – this qualification has been designed to meet your needs. 

This Ofqual regulated qualification will help you understand pets in a business context and it complies with the Defra Animal Activity Licensing requirements for working as a pet sitter or boarder. 

This nationally recognised qualification will show your future clients that you possess the correct theory and training to operate a successful dog walking or pet sitting/boarding business - allowing you to work towards a fulfilling new career path as a trained animal care professional. 

All the material is readily available once you enrol, so you’re able to start right away! 

Getting Started 

learndirect is the UK’s leading online course provider. Our online courses and qualifications give you the flexibility to engage with your studies whenever suits you best. 

The Level 4 Certificate in Professional Pet Sitting, Dog Walking, Dog Day Care and Home Boarding has been designed according to the highest standards in canine education, providing learners with the essential knowledge they need to embark on a career as a dog walker or pet sitter. 

The benefit of online learning means that you can plan your studies around your existing commitments. So, you’re able to progress with your learning in a way that works for you, without the stressful balancing act. With no classes to attend or a timetable to stick to, you’re in control of the pace and place of your learning. 

What’s more, we have dedicated and experienced online tutors to support you throughout your qualification. As well as all the material being readily available as soon as you enrol so you’re able to start right away. 

Modules

Unit 1: Pet Care Legislation 

On completion of this unit you will: 

  • Know legislation relating to the care of pets 

  • Understand the relationship between pet care and legislation 

Unit 2: Animal Breed Characteristics 

On completion of this unit you will: 

  • Understand the different dog breed characteristics 

  • Understand the different cat breed characteristics 

  • Understand the appropriate care of cats 

Unit 3: Pet Sitting, Dog Walking, Day Care and Boarding Animals 

On completion of this unit you will: 

  • Understand how to interact with different types of animals 

  • Understand the equipment that is necessary for a dog care business 

  • Understand dog behaviour 

  • Understand how to manage dogs when walking in public 

Unit 4: Owning a Pet Care Business 

On completion of this unit you will: 

  • Understand how to carry out market research 

  • Understand what information is required from a client 

  • Understand safe transportation of animals 

  • Understand how to walk multiple dogs safely 

  • Understand how to manage different types of risks associated with pet sitting, home boarding and dog walking 

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification however, it is expected that learners have a working knowledge of at least Level 3. 

Minimum Age Restriction 

16 

Average Completion Timeframe 

You have 24 months to complete your course. 

Certification Timeframe 

Learners can expect their certification within 6 months of completing the course, following the (EQA) External Quality Assurance of assessment.  

Once your tutor has confirmed that you have completed all your assessments, your work is internally verified and submitted to the Awarding Organisation for external assessment. Once this external verification process is successfully completed, you will be awarded your certificate. Please note that this process begins only if a student has cleared all outstanding payments. If you have any remaining payments, this may cause a delay in the process. 

Course Fees 

All course fees, inclusive of all payment plans including our Premium Credit Limited option, must be settled before certification can be ordered. 

Excellent Marking

Assessment

To successfully gain the Level 4 Certificate in Professional Pet Sitting, Dog Walking, Dog Day Care and Home Boarding, you must achieve 23 credits. You will be assessed through internal assessments conducted online at the end of each unit and assessed by one of our qualified tutors. 

When Are You Assessed? 

As you’re in control of how you learn, you’re also in charge of when you hand in your assignments. 

This enables you to take as long as you need to thoroughly understand the unit before completing any assignments. 

Qualifications

SEG Awards

SEG Awards logo

SEG - Skills and Education Group Awards 

Upon successful completion of this qualification, you will be awarded a Level 4 Certificate in Professional Pet Sitting, Dog Walking, Dog Day Care and Home Boarding, an Ofqual regulated qualification (Qualification Number: 610/3427/7). 

Skills and Education Group Awards (SEG) continually invest in high quality qualifications, assessments and services for chosen sectors. As a UK leading sector specialist, SEG continues to support employers and skills providers to enable individuals to achieve the skills and knowledge needed to raise professional standards across all sectors. 

Skills and Education Group Awards offer qualifications and assessments which are regulated by CCEA, Ofqual and Qualifications Wales. They are driven by delivering a high-quality and trusted service to Centres and learners, so that everyone gets the education they deserve.

A canine career can take you in many different directions! With pet ownership on the rise, the demand for qualified pet care professionals has increased. 

This Level 4 Certificate in Professional Pet Sitting, Dog Walking, Dog Day Care and Home Boarding allows you to develop the necessary skills and tools to become a qualified dog walker, pet sitter, dog daycare and boarding provider or the owner of a small dog care business. 

On completion of this qualification, you may decide to seek employment in the pet care industry or set up your own business. You may also choose to further your studies by progressing on to a related or complimentary qualification. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Being a dog walker in the UK offers a chance to be your own boss, set your hours, and enjoy the outdoors with furry companions. It's a great way to stay active, reduce stress, and even earn a good income, all while providing a valuable service to busy pet owners.
Pet sitting in the UK lets you set your own rates, with house sitting bringing in £20-£25 daily. If you also decide to offer hourly walks, these average around £10-£15 per walk, so they’re an excellent option to boost your income. Experienced sitters offering overnight care and further additional services can command even higher rates, making it a flexible and potentially lucrative way to turn your love of animals into a rewarding career.
While dog walking provides a steady income, offering a combination of pet sitting, dog daycare, and boarding can significantly boost your earnings. By getting qualified in all these areas, you'll become a one-stop shop for pet owners' needs, attracting more clients and maximising your income potential. This flexibility allows you to cater to different pet needs and client preferences, creating a more profitable and well-rounded business.
Legally, to start a pet business offering pet sitting, dog walking, daycare and boarding in the UK, you'll need to focus on two main areas: 1. Animal Boarding License: This is required if you'll be looking after pets in your own home (boarding) or at a separate daycare facility. 2. Business Registration: You'll need to register with HMRC to pay taxes and National Insurance. All of this is covered in this Level 4 Certificate in Professional Pet Sitting, Dog Walking, Dog Daycare and Boarding. By completing this course, you’ll have also achieved a qualification that complies with the Animal Activity Licensing requirements needed to work as a pet sitter or boarder.
By studying this convenient online Level 4 Certificate in Professional Pet Sitting, Dog Walking, Dog Daycare and Boarding! Through this online course, you’ll learn everything you need to start up a dog walking or pet sitting/boarding business.
OUR PASS RATE
Animal Care & Veterinary Science
86.8%
(National Average 74.9%)
100% online
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4 units
170 guided
learning hours

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