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Level 4 Certificate in Professional Pet Sitting, Dog Walking, Dog Daycare and Boarding (RQF)

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Level 4 Certificate in Professional Pet Sitting, Dog Walking, Dog Daycare and Boarding (RQF)

Key Points

  • Learn about 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 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 you 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 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 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.

OUR PASS RATE
Animal Care & Veterinary Science (National Average 74.9%)
86.8%

Modules

Unit 1: Understanding Canine Rules of Engagement and Other Pets in a Business Context

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the characteristics of different breeds of domestic cat
  • Understand how to care for domestic felines in their own home
  • Understand how to interact with an unknown dog and how to integrate them into your dog walking business
  • Understand the local business environment for pet sitting and dog walking businesses
  • Understand the provisions of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 in relation to dog walking and pet sitting

Unit 2: Pet Sitting, Dog Walking, Day Care and Boarding

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand breed characteristics in a range of dog breeds
  • Understand the basics of evolution and pack dynamics
  • Understand how to manage, deter or remove nuisance dogs from the immediate environment

Unit 3: The Effect of Diet on Canine Health and Behaviour

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand canine nutrition
  • Understand dog walking with multiple dogs
  • Understand how to manage risk when dog walking or pet sitting
  • Understand the equipment requirements for day care and dog walking activities
  • Know about the provisions in the Animal Activities Licensing Regulations 2018 (AAL) and how these relate to dog walking and pet sitting activities

Entry Requirements

You should be:

  • Educated to Level 2 standard
  • Comfortable in the presence of both dogs and cats that you are unfamiliar with
  • Minimum age of 18

The qualification will be delivered online, and it is available to start at any time. Enrolment remains valid for 1 year and you can complete the qualification at your own pace. 

To successfully gain the Level 4 Certificate in Professional Pet Sitting, Dog Walking, Dog Day Care and Boarding, you must achieve 13 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.

AIM Qualifications Assessment Group

AIM Qualifications Assessment Group logo

Upon successful completion of this qualification, you will be awarded a Level 4 Certificate in Professional Pet Sitting, Dog Walking, Dog Day Care and Boarding, an Ofqual regulated qualification (Qualification Number: 603/5500/1).

AIM Qualifications and Assessment Group is a leading Awarding (AO) and End-Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) offering award-winning qualifications and nominated end-point assessment services.

AIM has over thirty years of experience in developing high-quality qualifications that meet the needs of employers and learners. They approve the colleges, training providers, and other education centres that deliver their qualifications and work closely with them to ensure high-quality delivery.

AIM is also regulated by the public regulator governing qualifications in England – Ofqual.

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 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 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.

Level 4 Certificate in Professional Pet Sitting, Dog Walking, Dog Daycare and Boarding (RQF)

Key Points

  • Learn about 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 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 you 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 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 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: Understanding Canine Rules of Engagement and Other Pets in a Business Context

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the characteristics of different breeds of domestic cat
  • Understand how to care for domestic felines in their own home
  • Understand how to interact with an unknown dog and how to integrate them into your dog walking business
  • Understand the local business environment for pet sitting and dog walking businesses
  • Understand the provisions of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 in relation to dog walking and pet sitting

Unit 2: Pet Sitting, Dog Walking, Day Care and Boarding

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand breed characteristics in a range of dog breeds
  • Understand the basics of evolution and pack dynamics
  • Understand how to manage, deter or remove nuisance dogs from the immediate environment

Unit 3: The Effect of Diet on Canine Health and Behaviour

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand canine nutrition
  • Understand dog walking with multiple dogs
  • Understand how to manage risk when dog walking or pet sitting
  • Understand the equipment requirements for day care and dog walking activities
  • Know about the provisions in the Animal Activities Licensing Regulations 2018 (AAL) and how these relate to dog walking and pet sitting activities

Entry Requirements

You should be:

  • Educated to Level 2 standard
  • Comfortable in the presence of both dogs and cats that you are unfamiliar with
  • Minimum age of 18

The qualification will be delivered online, and it is available to start at any time. Enrolment remains valid for 1 year and you can complete the qualification at your own pace. 

Assessment

To successfully gain the Level 4 Certificate in Professional Pet Sitting, Dog Walking, Dog Day Care and Boarding, you must achieve 13 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

AIM Qualifications Assessment Group

AIM Qualifications Assessment Group logo

Upon successful completion of this qualification, you will be awarded a Level 4 Certificate in Professional Pet Sitting, Dog Walking, Dog Day Care and Boarding, an Ofqual regulated qualification (Qualification Number: 603/5500/1).

AIM Qualifications and Assessment Group is a leading Awarding (AO) and End-Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) offering award-winning qualifications and nominated end-point assessment services.

AIM has over thirty years of experience in developing high-quality qualifications that meet the needs of employers and learners. They approve the colleges, training providers, and other education centres that deliver their qualifications and work closely with them to ensure high-quality delivery.

AIM is also regulated by the public regulator governing qualifications in England – Ofqual.

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 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 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.

OUR PASS RATE
Animal Care & Veterinary Science
86.8%
(National Average 74.9%)

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