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Apprenticeship training course

Animal trainer (level 4)

Planning, managing, delivering and reviewing the training of animals.

Qualification level
Equivalent to higher national certificate (HNC).
Typical duration
18 months
Apprenticeship category
Agriculture, environmental and animal care
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • Animal behaviour trainers
  • Animal obedience trainers
  • Assistance animal trainers
  • Audio-visual industry animal trainers
  • Commercial animal trainers
  • Service animal trainers
  • Zoo & safari park trainers
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Continually assess, maintain and evaluate a safe working environment following relevant legislation, work place policies and procedures
  • Continually assess, maintain and evaluate the 5 welfare needs of animals whilst under your care
  • Be responsible for minimising risks and dealing with potential incidents and emergencies including implementing appropriate controls
  • Assess the risk of disease transmission and implement appropriate bio-security controls
  • Carry out a dynamic risk assessment relating to the training environment and the animals’ welfare and act appropriately
  • Approach all interactions with the animals in a manner that reinforces desirable behavioural patterns and avoids creating undesirable behavioural patterns
  • Analyse data and review and implement plans accordingly and update records
  • Prepare the animal, resources and environment for the training session to aid the achievement of agreed learning outcomes
  • Obtain and interpret relevant information regarding the animals from the appropriate sources, i.e. life history, physical capabilities
  • Assess the potential animal welfare consequences, of the training method and equipment such as physical and mental harm
  • Create and implement a training plan based upon the individual animal with realistic targets for a desired behaviour based upon the principles of learning and the intended outcomes of the training
  • Assess the progress of the training session against the plan at regular intervals and take action to resolve situations where training activities, methods or resources are found to be inappropriate
  • Communicate training plans effectively to others, such as colleagues and clients recognising individual learning styles and relevant learning theories of delivery and support them to apply these plans in practice
  • Solve problems using independent critical thinking to modify the training plan as needed to take into account the response of the animals and other factors
  • Balance the conflicting demands of animal welfare, societal expectations and the safety of the public in deciding the future of animals under their care
  • Make autonomous decisions that may impact on the future of the animal

Full information on Animal trainer (level 4) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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