Dog Training Assistant (TA)

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Check out the Course Calendar to see the schedule of delivery.

At a glance...

Why do TA?

We developed this program to form a bridge to the CBTT Specialisation, through our TOP-UP option. 

But the TA program is an excellent course of study itself for anyone interested in the science and mechanics of dog training. It's prefect for those starting out in this field and for those work work with dogs, but where training is maybe not their main role. 

See more about why you should choose to study with AniEd and what our graduates have to say about their experiences with us here.

How long is TA?
You must complete all required courses and submit all assessment work within 14 months of your commencement date.

How much is TA?
Total fees: €1300
More on payments and terms here.

Points required: 60
All Specialisations have a points requirement, collected as you successfully complete component courses. For TA you must achieve 40 points from mandatory courses and 20 from electives.

Entry requirements
It is recommended that you have studied to Level 5 (NFQ) or similar for this program. 
We want to set all applicants up for success so we will consider all backgrounds and have options that might suit those that don't have the academic and experiential requirements.

Career goals & progression 
This program has been developed to help students meet the entry requirements for the CBTT Specialisation through the TOP-UP option. 
This Specialisation is ideal for those interested in dog training, animal learning and helping pet owners work with their dogs. 

The TA Specialisation is the perfect foundation on which to build, toward becoming a professional dog trainer. It will prepare you for further education in this area, giving you a great start, facilitating your development of mechanical skill.

This Specialisation emphasises your development of critical thinking skills, mechanical training skills, and understanding of the foundations of animal learning so that you can most effectively learn as an assistant to a dog trainer.

The canine training & behaviour industry is growing in Ireland and around the world. However, there is no regulation in the industry meaning that there are no minimum standards in education or experience for professionals, or even most course providers. This makes it very difficult for those wishing to enter or progress in the industry to know where to start.

The TA Specialisation is offered by Ireland’s only independent course developer in this professional area – AniEd, and only one of a few around the world. We offer bespoke courses written and delivered to a high standard by qualified and experienced professionals.

The Dog Training Assistant (TA) Specialisation aims to provide you with the skills, understanding and knowledge to help you become an excellent dog trainer, setting you up with a foundation upon which to continue to build your skill and education.

Component Courses

Successful completion of TA involves accumulating 60 points. 40 points from seven mandatory courses, and 20 from electives. 

Mandatory Courses (all must be completed successfully - 40 points):

Canine Behaviour Foundations(5 points)
Mechanical Skills Foudnations (10 points)
Learning Theory Foundations (5 points)

Canine First Aid (5 points)
Canine Health & Disease (5 points)

Safe Dog Handling (5 points)
Instruction Skills (5 points)

Elective Courses (accumulate 20 points):

Canine Nutrition (5 points)
Client Relations & Counselling Skills (5 points)
Helping Rescue Dogs (10 points)
Mechanical Skills Progression (10 points)


Flexible Scheduling:

Course calendar can be found here.

Each component course is run at least once per calendar year. You choose which dates you wish to attend and book with us. We reserve your spot and you'll be good to go.

Scheduling is flexible, so if you need to change a booking, even at short notice, that's generally no problem. There are some limitations to the sequence you schedule your courses but other than that we have maximised flexibility to suit your busy life.

There are no specific entry requirements for the TA Specialisation, but it is recommended that you have previously studied to Level 5 (NFQ) or similar. 

There are general entry requirements for AniEd courses:

  • all course work is pitched at equivalent to Level 7 on the National Framework of Qualifications
  • applicants must have a good literacy and comprehension level and be able to communicate and complete coursework in English
  • applicants must have basic proficiency in computer use
  • you are expected to complete the studying, reading and assessment work on a homestudy basis so must be able to organise your time and commit to a study plan. All course materials and supplementary resources are provided and you will have online support from your tutor at all times.

We will consider all applicants who may not have formal qualifications and/or experience working with animals but can demonstrate the capacity to participate. We will take every application on an individual basis and will do our best to help you reach your career goals.

Please note that to complete assessment work you will need access to the following:

  • a computer (Windows OS or Mac equivalent) with Microsoft Office or equivalent, broadband internet connection and email account
  • basic computer skills in using MS Word or similar word processing programs, spreadsheets, email, internet browsing and so on
  • at least one dog with which to work
  • means to record assessment work, edit the recorded footage and upload assessment work according to assessment guidelines to a video sharing site e.g. YouTube

Contact us with your questions about applying for our courses.


Successfully completing the TA program allows you to TOP-UP to the CBTT program. This allows you to complete CBTT over a long time, building your skill and knowledge at a gentler pace. 

Upon successful completion, you can then TOP-UP to CBTT, by completing the remaining required component courses.

Because of our flexible scheduling and modular delivery, regardless of which Specialisation you are on, you will attend with others doing that course, who may be on other Specialisations - everyone is doing a different combination of the same component courses! 
This means that once you have the required elements of your first Specialisation completed, you just need to work through any left over component courses that are required to accumulate the 150 points for CBTT.

It's cost effective and provides you more time to complete the grueling CBTT program

Dog Training Assistant TOP-UP costs a further €1700 and you have a further 12 months to accumulate the remaining points.

Ask about this TOP-UP service today!

Fees & Payment Plans

Total Course Fees: €1300 (Tuition: €1100 + Assessment fees: €200)

Payment Plan 1:

Total course fees are paid in full before commencing.

Payment Plan 2:

  • Due before commencing: €200 (assessment fee) + €300 (deposit) = €500
  • First installment due by end next month = €200
  • Three further installments of €200 due end of every second month

Payment Plan 3:

  • Due before commencing: €200 (assessment fee) + €200 (deposit) + €150 (first installment) = €550
  • Due from the next month on, five monthly installments of €150

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See what our graduates say about studying with AniEd here