Canine Conditioning Academy

1 Year Instructor Course

CCA Instructor Course

The Instructor course is bridging the gap between sports fitness training and canine therapy and gives a framework for correct and canine specific conditioning. In equine and human training it is usual to incorporate all elements of fitness to create great physical condition.  This course is designed for dog handlers who want to learn advanced techniques in the new field of canine conditioning and fitness.

Why this course unique

The CCA Instructor training course is unique.  We have taken the most up to date scientific research in conditioning and fitness principles and practice to design our CCA conditioning programmes.

We are building on more than 20 years of experience in the fields of therapy and rehabilitation both in dogs, and horses and humans too.

This course pulls together current research from human, equine and canine conditioning and rehabilitation giving our students the most relevant scientific thinking to form the basis from which to excel in this new field of Canine Conditioning.

At CCA we have created safe exercises that are proved to correctly condition muscles in a measurable way, as part of balanced and thorough canine conditioning programme.

We take a step by step approach beginning at the core, and moving toward sport specific training, using methods and easily sourced equipment that can be integrated into your dog’s’ lifestyle.

What the qualified CCA instructor can do

The CCA Instructor course will provide students with in-depth knowledge and understanding of the principles and practical application of the CCA canine fitness, training and conditioning programme. This course explores the science and art of canine conditioning and students will be taught to critically evaluate canine condition and implement the CCA programme using it’s prescriptive exercises for individual dogs. It is a measurable programme, easy to understand and safe and enjoyable for dogs.

The qualified CCA Instructor will be able to:

  • Assess a dog’s condition using static, dynamic and range of motion analysis techniques
  • Prescribe a conditioning programme to suit the individual dog’s needs
  • Teach conditioning classes
  • Train sports teams
  • Advise individuals who want to improve their dog’s condition and performance
  • Meet measurable goals in canine conditioning and fitness
  • Teach foundation exercises that are safe for puppies
How the course is structured and accredited

This course is a one year programme of study including:

  • 8 practical days as 2 day workshops –  4 levels to complete – Foundation, Intermediate, Advanced and Assessment. These practical days are held at the CCA using your own and clients dogs and held at 4 monthly intervals. Please note if you do not have a suitable dog, we can pair you with someone who does.
  • 9 modules by guided study of interesting theory in a mix of written assignments to be completed between the practical modules
  • 7 Case studies
  • Visits to sporting events throughout the year will be encouraged
  • CPD hours each year post qualification. The Canine Conditioning Academy plan to provide opportunities for CPD from 2018.
  • The CCAI course is accredited with UKRS.
How the course is assessed

Students will be assessed by marked theory modules and case studies.

Practical assessments will also be ongoing during the practical days and there will be an assessment weekend to ensure students are competent and confident to move forward in their own businesses including CCA progammes.

Who the course is for

This course is designed for canine professionals working within the canine industry or trainers who participate in canine activities. This is accredited as a level 4 study course therefore it is at a 1st year degree level. You will need to enjoy study and writing assignments as well as working practically with your own,  and other peoples’ dogs.

To apply for a place on this course you will need to have dog handling experience, for instance canine therapist, dog trainer, obedience, performance, working dog, veterinarian, showing, or have worked towards an award, for instance KC Good Citizen. If you have other credentials you would like us to consider please contact us.


12 months

Wellingborough, Northamptonshire

Full course £2,350 (includes Foundation)

After Foundation sign up to Instructor, Intermediate, Advanced and Assessment £2,100

There are stage payment options on application

During 2019 it will be possible to book the first practical element of the Instructor course as a standalone 2 day course for £250. See the Foundation Workshop details for dates and booking details.

Applications taken from canine therapists and trainers, other professionals working with dogs will be considered on an individual basis.

UK Rural Skills

Excellent, knowledgeable and passionate trainers, who base their knowledge on researched professional scientific studies/published papers and many years of experience in the human, equine and canine field. The ability to obtain good core strength in the dog, using many of the dogs own natural movements, without the need for expensive unnecessary equipment, is eye opening.

Contact Details
Tel: 07958 656119

Contact Admin:
7 Amen Place
Little Addington
Northants NN14 4AU

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