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Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services

Delta Society Australia operates a nationally recognised vocational training course which satisfies the requirements to issue a Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services, which is part of the Animal Care and Management training package.

Delta was the first training organisation in Australia to offer a nationally accredited course in this field and our course still leads the way.

The full course teaches scientifically proven, 100% positive, reward-based training techniques and is a structured, competency based program involving over 600 hours of practical and written assignments conducted by face to face classes and distance education. Students have full access to the teaching staff throughout the duration of the course.

It is unique in its scope and structure and is designed to produce graduates who can design, conduct and evaluate puppy and adult dog training classes, and one on one behavioural consultations for dog owners.

The Certificate IV course should take approximately two-and-a-half years to complete (for students enrolled in the first intake - April/May) and slightly less for students in the second intake (September).


The Delta Institute Certificate IV course is made up of 4 separate components, with components 1 - 3 being compulsory pre-requisites for registering for the Certificate.

Component 1: Dog Training the Delta Way seminar

2 Day Face to Face workshop

Conducted in various locations

The seminar is an introduction and forms the start of your rewarding journey to becoming a fully qualified dog trainer. It is a pre-requsite seminar for all those wishing to complete the full Certificate IV Course, but is also an excellent stand-alone program for dog lovers or owners wishing to learn about animal behaviour and training.


Component 2: Responsible Companion Animal Ownership

1 year – Distance Education

This component is made up of a number of written and practical assignments that will need to be successfully completed to move onto the next component.  The assignments are completed in your home state and form the distance learning part of your studies.  This training is non-accredited however can be used to gain recognition of prior learning into the Certificate IV course with Delta.


Component 3: Introduction to Training Class Management

6 day Face to Face workshop conducted mid year in Sydney, NSW

This component is the 6 day face-to-face workshop part of your studies.  It is an important component in that this is where you will get the opportunity to learn how to train people.  It is a great hands-on experience and will give you experience in observing different behaviour including in a shelter environment as well as develop your class management techniques.  This training is non-accredited and can be used to gain recognition of prior learning into the Certificate IV course with Delta.

Students will need to make their own way to Sydney for the workshop at their own expense. Delta Society can provide accommodation suggestions.


Component 4: Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services

1.5 years – Distance Education

This is the point where you officially register for the Certificate IV.  This part of the course requires substantial input on your part and a great deal of planning. Those who enrol in this option must be able to conduct both puppy and adult training classes and provide private instruction to clients – this is a big commitment.

To enrol in Component 4 - Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services, you must have successfully:

  • Attended Component 1 - Dog Training the Delta Way seminar
  • Successfully completed all assignments in Component 2 - Responsible Companion Animal Ownership conducted by Delta
  • Attended and successfully completed all practical & written components at the Component 3 - Introduction to Training Class Management 6 day workshop conducted by Delta

On successful completion of all practical and written assignments you will be eligible to receive the Nationally recognised Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services.

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