OFQUAL Animal courses that comply with the Animal Activity Licensing (AAL) Regulations
Do you work in Dog Boarding Kennels, Boarding Cattery, Day Care for Dogs, Dog Home Boarding, Dog Breeding or Pet Shop?
There has recently been a significant change to the Animal Activity Licensing (AAL) Regulations 2018. The new regulations replace the Pet Animals Act 1951, Boarding Establishments Act 1963, Riding Establishments Act 1968, Performing Animals Act 1925 and the Dog Breeding Act 1991. This new legislation considers the varying types of businesses that have arisen in response to changes in pet owner attitudes and lifestyles. The new Regulations sit under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and apply in England only.
As from 1st October 2018, under the new regulations, any business that commercially boards dogs or cats and those that commercially trade live animals, will be required to be issued with a licence. Pet sitting, pet grooming, dog walking, animal hydrotherapy and animal shelters are not covered by the new regulations.
The new AAL regulations are applicable upon renewal and for businesses where the scope of licensing will apply for the first time. Existing licences issued under the Boarding Establishments Act 1963 or the Pet Animals Act 1951 will be valid until due for renewal through expiry.
There is a framework of minimum standards which businesses must meet in order to gain a licence. A star rating system has been introduced into the standards. Local Authorities will determine a business’s star rating based on welfare standards found during an inspection and on whether that business is deemed low or high risk. Businesses deemed low risk and meeting higher welfare standards will gain the Highest Standard ratings, which in turn is likely to lead to less intensive inspections and potentially to lower fees. To access the full legislation and guidance documents, please click here.
New Licensing Requirements
Under the new regulations, as from 1st October 2018, staff working for Dog Boarding Kennels, Boarding Cattery, Day Care for Dogs, Dog Home Boarding, Dog Breeding and Pet Shops, must have must have clear evidence of knowledge and experience or a minimum of an OFQUAL regulated level 2 qualification in a relevant subject. Or, to meet the Higher Standard, a member of staff with a relevant OFQUAL regulated Level 3 qualification must be present during the working day.
The OFQUAL Approved AIM Awards Level 2 Award in Canine Care and Behaviour Qualification meets the new Animal Activity Licensing Regulation requirements for the Basic Standard requirements.
The OFQUAL Approved AIM Awards Level 3 Diploma in Canine Care, Behaviour and Welfare Qualification meets the Higher Standard Animal Activity Licensing Regulation requirements.
The OFQUAL Approved Level 4 Diploma in Canine Behaviour and Training Management Qualification is a regulated qualification that meets the Higher Standard Animal Activity Licensing Regulation requirements. Students who have previously studied at Level 3 can enrol directly on this qualification.
The OFQUAL Approved Level 3 Diploma in Feline Care, Behaviour and Welfare Qualification meets the Higher Standard Animal Activity Licensing Regulation requirements.
The OFQUAL City and Guilds Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Animal Management within a Pet Store Qualification meets the Higher Standard Animal Activity Licensing Regulation requirements. This qualification will soon be offered by Animal Jobs Direct, please contact us to register your interest.
Coming Soon!: OFQUAL Level 3 Animal Welfare Inspector Diploma course - relevant for people inspecting and licensing animal activities businesses. Please contact us to register your interest.
These OFQUAL regulated qualifications meet the new Animal Activities Licensing requirements
The AIM Awards Level 2 Award in Canine Care and Behaviour is a regulated qualification providing training aimed at learners who wish to work in the canine industry. This is the course we suggest students start with as a foundation for a career working with dogs.
This Qualification meets the Animal Activities Licensing Basic Standard requirements.
Course Price: £350
The AIM Awards Level 3 Diploma in Canine Care, Behaviour and Welfare is an Ofqual regulated qualification that is suitable for anyone working in kennels, rescue, handling or transportation, dog walking or dog sitting. It is also an excellent qualification for anyone wanting to progress to become a Dog Behaviourist.
This Qualification meets the Animal Activities Licensing Higher Standard requirements.
Course Price: £899
The Level 4 Diploma in Canine Behaviour and Training Management is a regulated qualification. It is progression from the Level 3 Canine Care Behaviour and Welfare Qualification.
This qualification is aimed at those wishing to expand their knowledge of canine anatomy and physiology, training and behaviour, the role of exercise and nutrition and how to run dog training classes.
Course Price: £1,500
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