Pet Education, Training & Behaviour Council


The Government Department for Business Innovation & Skills
Accreditation Policy  support the PETbc name for it’s awarding accreditation as outlined on this site.

Director: Colin Tennant M.C.F.B.A.  M.A.

The Pet Education, Training and Behaviour Council (PETbc) was established in 2009, at the instigation of Sir Colin Spedding, at a series of meetings of canine trainers and behaviourists held under the auspices of the Companion Animal Welfare Council (CAWC) and part of the remit was to achieve common standards in dog Behaviour and Training.

Unfortunately, on a number of occasions, opposing voices from the APBC and other minor groups tried to get the CAWC remit changed to Animal Training and Behaviour – striking out the word Dog. They were overwhelmingly defeated by the progressive organisations including the BIPDT, GODT, CFBA and others. Sir Colin Spedding stated that the remit was dogs not animals and he would not change his mind. Mr Montgomery a protagonist for this disruptive group and a man with no professional qualifications in Dog Behaviour and or Training was flustered but like so many of his cohorts had no shame in his actions. His Degree which he bands about is in the study of some curious marine life and not on dogs. He has never been a professional dog trainer/behaviourist, or operated a practice.

Animal Behaviour is a misnomer for use in dog behaviour and training and none species specific hence several of the loudest voices on the opposing sides were animal behaviourists. One of the most vocal had a doctorate in the American Garter Snake study and no experience or qualifications in any dog discipline. Another animal behaviourist had a Doctorate in rabbit aggression and is mainly an academic. Sir Colin Spedding could see the absurdness of these committee stalkers.

Sir Colin Spedding congratulated the PETbc representatives for establishing and organisation in his words “Exactly what he envisaged and that the PETbc was the first to do so in Britain”. He suggested that all attendee organisations join. The forward thinking organisations did what Sir Colin Spedding suggested and the PETbc was born.

The PETbc has become the most respected and important representational organisation for professional dog trainers and canine behaviourists; it is regularly consulted by its member organisations and site partners as well as established canine and feline behaviour interest groups and education departments. We believe that all people should have access to the profession and especially vocationally trained persons.

It has a large number of education course providers in Britain supporting the qualifications offered in either canine or feline behaviour on one national site of its type.

Having reviewed the many current schemes for dog trainers and canine behaviourists, the Council concluded that it should offer a number of work based learning professional awards, supported by external organisations, to set professional standards within the sector.

The awards are be commensurate with a certification at Higher Education level in study time and quality of the tutors. It is critical that to become a canine or feline behaviourist the candidate’s study should be specific in these subjects with theory combined with hands on courses and experience. Animal behaviour study is too generic and does not provide specific expertise for working in the sector. It must be remembered that 93% of all professional behaviour work is with canines.

The Awards are based on established, accredited certification by organisations that have both knowledge and understanding of the requirements of the industry sector. The PETbc has two external assessors who change from time to time to monitor our courses.

The Awards have been developed by Council members, experienced in every aspect of dog training and behaviour practice. The awards are based on the now well established and accepted ‘Roles for dog behaviour and training professionals’, which were created to define the various areas and specialisms within the industry.

Professional Practice Awards are granted by the Council’s awards body. In addition individual education partners have their own external accreditation bodies which can be reviewed on their respective web sites.

Enhancing Canine Behaviour and Psychology

Knowledge and Understanding
The Professional Practice Diplomas are for all dog trainers and behaviour practitioners working across all sectors of the industry. They provide a firm grounding, additional skills and experience in canine behaviour and training to enable students to build towards or enhance their field experience, thereby ensuring they have the means to function effectively in what can be a challenging career.

In addition to each certificate being a valuable qualification in its own right, each certificate can be built upon along the route to completion of the Advanced Professional Practice in Canine Behaviour and Psychology and the Canine Behaviour Practitioner.

The PETbc Diplomas are suitable for:

  • Canine behaviourists (practitioners) who are self-employed.
  • Rescue centre practitioners, team leaders and those with long-term ambitions of assuming managerial responsibilities in rescue and canine behaviour.
    Anyone wishing to hold a recognised and respected canine behaviour qualification.
  • Canine behaviour practitioners employed as expert witnesses (must include a law module at level 4).
  • Candidates wanting to develop their knowledge and understanding as part of a progression towards higher education qualifications.

Flexible and comprehensive
A candidate may select courses from across the PETbc qualifications framework on the website and all course providers thereon. This means that access is available across the entire range of units currently on offer, but only those recognised and assured by the PETbc. There is something for everyone, whatever sector of the canine behaviour industry engaged in and whatever the specialism or preferred career path or goal.

The range starts from the fundamentals of canine behaviour practice and dog law legislation through to personal self employed status and specialisms such as an expert adviser to a dog-training class where a behaviour expert is required. This qualification is modular in structure, enabling the candidates to select units of study according to preference and career requirements.

Meeting the canine market expectations
It is important to note that our qualifications have been designed to assist the candidate and the employer to comply with existing and future PETbc regulatory training and competence requirements. The UK (PETbc) standards requires the candidate to demonstrate competence in working with canines specifically and thereafter maintaining this competence.

This approach is designed to ensure that candidates have the appropriate knowledge and skills to perform their jobs effectively. Qualifications can play an important role in helping to meet the requirements by serving as an objective measurement of technical awareness and understanding.

Why the PETbc Diplomas?

These qualifications are designed to enhance career prospects in the following ways:

  • Demonstrate to the employer, peers and clients a commitment to personal learning and development.
  • May form part of an overall programme to meet the PETbc regulator’s training and competence requirements.
  • Supports lifelong learning – prior study is recognised as the student progresses through the qualifications framework, taking into consideration accumulated knowledge.
  • Supports flexible, personalised learning programmes as the candidate selects the topics most appropriate to the intended role, rather than follow a rigid pre-set learning pathway.

The next step
The information shown under ‘This qualification in more detail’ on the PETbc website details everything the candidate needs to know to finalise entry for the Professional Practice Awards.

PETbc Roles
The PETbc has set the first national standards incorporated in the roles within this website. Only course providers and associations/organisations recognised by the PETbc are approved nationally in the UK. Membership of the PETbc is required in order to gain recognition.

The PETbc knowledge base is unequalled in the UK and is the first organisation to set down in detail the roles covering all training and behaviour standards for organisations in the UK. The roles form part of the work based learning accreditation for the national awards outlined.

The majority of course providers and canine behaviour practitioners are not regulated by statute, but practitioners would be expected to be a member of a reputable independent self regulatory body, who have set standards for qualifications, the code of practice and requirements for public indemnity insurance. The PETbc leads the way.