Our accredited awards
We know that the world of training and education titles and qualifications can be complicated, and the jargon doesn’t help!
Our accredited courses are made up of ‘Bespoke’ Units: this is because they are unique to us at ThinkDog! in content and structure.
Our Units are accredited to exactly the same quality standards as Ofqual Units, and are judged by the same very strict external educational criteria. They are the equivalent in level and credit value and are judged as such by all industry standards.
Unfortunately (we believe!) bespoke units are sometimes referred to as ‘unregulated’ – which is very misleading. The term is used simply because they are not bound to Ofqual’s regulations on the design of Units.
You can be assured that our accredited courses are quality assessed to exactly the same standards and levels as Ofqual and other equivalent providers – and that they have been designed with the specific needs of those in the canine profession who need to demonstrate a high level of behavioural and training understanding.
This information is taken directly from the Laser Learning site (January 2019):
“Laser Learning Awards (LASER) is an awarding organisation regulated by Ofqual, the regulator of qualifications in England. This means that we have to meet a very stringent set of conditions of regulation to make sure that all the qualifications we issue have been delivered, assessed and awarded correctly.
Some of our qualifications and other courses are called bespoke or ‘unregulated’ which means that they are not regulated by Ofqual – but it doesn’t mean there are no quality standards attached to them. In fact, we apply the same set of quality standards to all our provision, it just may ‘look’ different in some cases, and being unregulated means we can be more flexible in designing the courses. We can also approve courses which are unique to a certain company and not available to anyone else.”
Specific information for those who wish to comply with DEFRA guidance, eg. for home boarding / dog day care.
DEFRA states in their Animal Welfare Licensing Home Boarding for Dogs Guidance:
- Suitable and sufficient training of people responsible for the care of the animals must be demonstrated to have been carried out in the following areas:
Dog welfare, including recognising poor welfare and understanding the 5 welfare needs;
- Dog handling;
- Dog behaviour;
- Cleanliness and hygiene;
- Feeding and food preparation;
- Disease control;
- Recognition and first aid treatment of sick animals.
- Training must be a minimum of an OFQUAL regulated level 2 qualification in a relevant subject, or clear evidence of knowledge and experience. (eg, ThinkDog Part 1, Certificate, accredited at Level 2)
- A person responsible for the care of the dogs with a relevant OFQUAL regulated Level 3 qualification must be present during the working day. (eg. ThinkDog Part 1, Certificate together with ThinkDog Part 2, Intermediate, accredited at Level 3 or the Talk Dog course accredited at Level 4)