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Ofqual Regulated Level 3 Professional Day Care and Boarding

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Due to current travel restrictions, we are very pleased to confirm that all accredited IMDT distance learning courses can now be paid for via monthly instalments. The payment plans mean that you can book and start your course now while you're at home, but can spread the payments over a more comfortable period of time.
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Upon successful completion you will receive the 'Green Tick Level 3 Ofqual Qualification' logo to display on your website and all marketing materials.

This 2 month correspondence course is designed to satisfy the new licensing requirements for those wishing to achieve the Higher Standard set out in the Animal Welfare Licensing guidline.
Qualification:  Ofqual Regulated Level 3 Qualification

Ofqual Course Register: Qualification Number: 603/4145/2

Course Title:      Professional Day Care and Boarding
Duration:             2 months
Delivery:             Distance Learning

This course can be booked and started anytime and has a completion deadline of 2 months from start date.
No need to wait for 'term' time to begin.

Bookings open:  Now

Hours:                Flexible, to fit in with your own daily routine
Available to all
Animal Activity Licensing Regulations 2018 

Defra has recently revised the Animal Activity Licensing Regulations 2018
The new legislation was brought in from 1st October 2018  and applies to staff of Dog Day Care and Boarding establishments.
Licensing will require that to meet the Higher Standard, a member of staff with a relevant Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation OFQUAL regulated Level 3 qualification must be present during the working day at the Day Care or Boarding establishment.
The course is made up of two units, Canine Welfare and Canine Care.
Each Unit requires approximately 30 hours of study.
The course totals 60 hours of study, the guideline is 7.5 hours per week study time to complete the course within 2 months, however, the course may be completed sooner.

When you book your course, you will receive your welcome email, course guide, and workbook for Unit One.
Your Tutor will be available by email for any support and guidance throughout the duration of your course.
Upon completion you will receive certification from The IMDT, and your Ofqual Qualification Certificate to satisfy the licensing requirements.
Unit One - Canine Welfare: Professional Day Care and Boarding
·      Record and License Keeping
·      Animal Welfare Regulation Conditions for Canines in Care
·      Staffing Requirements
·      Training Policy
·      Living Environments
·      Security Measures and Requirements
·      Emergency Procedures
·      Injury and Illness Prevention
·      Hygiene Requirements
·      Social Access and Separation
·      Feeding Protocols
Unit two - Canine Care : Professional Day Care and Boarding 
·      Environmental Enrichment
·      Physical and Mental Wellbeing
·      Monitoring of Canine Behaviour
·      Training Methods
·      Socialisation and Habituation
·      Transportation
·      Handling
·      Legally Required Procedures to Prevent Pain, Suffering, injury and Disease
·      Isolation Procedures
·      Storage and Disposal of Waste
·      Medication Handling Procedures

Once booked, both units will be sent to the student

For effeciency, all correspondence between Tutor and Student on this course is via Email

To complete this course you will need access to a computer and coursework is completed in Word.

Ofqual Regulated level 3 Qualification: Professional Day Care and Boarding

Ofqual Course Register: Qualification Number: 603/4145/2

Suitable for all wishing to achieve the Higher Standard licensing

This course is listed by Ofqual on their official Register 
Ofqual Qualification No. 603/4145/2


The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018

Guidance notes for conditions for providing home boarding for dogs

November 2018

"...Higher Standard

• A person responsible for the care of the dogs with a relevant OFQUAL regulated Level 3 qualification must be present during the working day."


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Course Feedback


This course will teach you essential info you need to start any dog boarding or day care business



I found this course very enjoyable, and valuable. The behaviour side (unit 2) I found particularly fascinating, so much so I've signed up for another behaviour course.David and Lin are both very knowleable and helpful and give excellent feedback when marking the submitted units.The course itself is very well laid out and approachable.If you are considering completing this course, then I highly recommend it.

Lynn Hatfield


Absolutely brilliant . The course taught me so much and the tutor was amazing. My advice is - book it and don't hesitate, you will not be sorry.

Karen U


A very informative and interesting course to take, particularly if you are running a dog home boarding and daycare business

Nicky Cole


Great informative course with good guidance structure and interesting additional reading.



Great course, any questions I had throughout were answered within a day allowing me to crack on with the work, feedback given on the units was detailed and very helpful to guide me in the right direction. Both units also provided a list of extra reading which is very helpful to continue my studies.



I've just finished this course and I have to say, it was very educational and enjoyable! I would recommend anyone wanting to work with dogs to do it - whether you need it or not for whatever route you go down. Its a great way to learn the rules and regulations and get more of an insight into dogs and how they think!



Excellent course, highly recommend if you want to offer home boarding

Kerry Burles


I found this course very interesting and extremely helpful for my dog day care and boarding business. Highly recommended.

Anna Iley


Very enjoyable and informative course, with excellent correspondence! Looking forward to the next one.

S Casson.


Great course, easy to follow and really interesting!

Amber Fox


This course was really worth it, I learned a great deal and feel much more confident running a daycare and home boarding establishment now. I highly recommend it.



I really enjoyed doing this course. It is extremely useful for anyone running a boarding/day care business for dogs, as it helps you have a good understanding of the Regulations. It has given me some great ideas for my new business.



A really good course to do very interesting and informative. Recommended for anyone to do.



Very educational, lovely supportive tutors, clear course with key skills, would highly recommend.

Daisy Beardsley


As well as being a requirement I also found this course informative, good tutor support and feedback.

Kate Park


Great course for people just starting up in the business or those wanting to recall the ins and outs of the government guidelines. The tutors were very helpful.Many thanks IMDT.



I thoroughly enjoyed taking part in this course, it's been a great learning experience and the tutors are quick to respond with any advice needed.

Lorna Beecroft


this course was very good it gives you lots of information, and gets you prepared for starting your dog business. the instructors was very supportive, and helpful.

janet briggs


I have really enjoyed the course. It offers a really strong foundation for anyone interested in dog care. Tutors helpful and responsive with good feedback on papers submitted.

Craig M


Absolutely fantastic course. Highly recommended for all those working in boarding in day care. The support from IMDT was great, with emails answered promptly and easy to follow guidance given.

Joe Egerton


I really enjoyed this course, I learnt a lot and it has given me the confidence to go forward and realise my goal of starting my own dog care business

Paula Pedder-Smith


An excellent course with guidance within the course unit documents that helps you to properly reference the relevant source information. The background given into animal behavior and psychology is particularly useful. The tutor's responses to the submitted documents showed that they had been submitted to a stringent evaluation. I would recommend this course to all animal care professionals.



Excellent course. It gives in depth knowledge about regulations. Everything is written in understandable language and they give you recommendation what you should read. If you want to run your own business then you will find this course very helpful.



The course provides a good understanding of current regulations and knowledge of dog care.



Excellent Course for anyone licensed in Daycare or Home Boarding or entering the industry. Covers a wide scope of topics relating to the regulations and looks at various behaviours and how situations impact on the dogs overall welfare. Highly recommend to anyone looking to add a formal qualification to their existing knowledge.

Andrea Sandhu


Excellent course which ensures in depth knowledge of the relevant regulations and encourages inependent reading around the subject. Tutor feedback is prompt and positive with guidance as to improvement where required. I now feel fully capable and confident in offering a highly professional service to clients. Thank you, IMDT!

Christine Bell


Excellent course for anyone caring for dogs. The tutors are very supportive throughout. Thank you



Really enjoyed the course including the psychology and found it very motivational and inspirational. The support and guidance from the tutors was great too

Katie Chambers


If you are thinking of opening a business where caring for dogs, this course is a must!! IMDT are at hand to keep you on the right track throughout...Good luck with your course! Thank you IMDT.



This is such a great course to help you understand the new regulations. It’s easy to follow and you’re provided with excellent support from your tutor. The books suggested are a must as they help you answer the questions in more depth. Overall 5* from me. Thank you IMDT.



Excellent course, covered a lot of the legislation which is really good to ensure you get your head round it but also there were some really good practical questions in there that enable you to use this format again in real life, so was really useful. Some great books also suggested to read which are actually really interesting. Tutors were great, very responsive.



Excellent and very relevant course with so much information on new regulations and covering welfare, behaviour and care of dogs. The course Is over a few weeks so is very manageable. I would definitely recommend the course to anyone wanting to complete Ofqual Regulated level 3 qualification. Excellent feedback. 5 star rating from me.



This course is brilliant! I currently work at a Doggy Day Care and I’ve learnt so much doing this course. It’s a must for anyone in this line of work. If you are unsure of anything the tutors are on hand to guide you, so whilst it’s a correspondence course you are not left on your own. This course has given me so much confidence and as I’m booked on more course I’m hoping that one day I will have my own Doggy Day Care with a 5 star rating!! 🤞🏻

Louise Clarke


Since starting my own business as a dog walker and home boarder I wanted to increase my knowledge base. I have completed a couple of courses with Imdt in the past few months and they have been worth every penny. I am so much more confident working with dogs and the diploma course ensures I can give customers the best possible care for their dogs. My bank manager will not be pleased to know I intend doing many more courses with Imdt in the future!

Andrew Powell


Really enjoyed this course! Interesting to gain more understanding of the Regulations and enjoyed learning more about welfare and care. Tutor was fantastic, with very helpful feedback. Thank you!



Having just completed and passed, yay, this course, I can highly recommend to anyone in business or working with dogs. Has given me a great insight into scenarios, regulations and all relevant aspects of working with dogs. Having not ever studied in this manner, I have to thank my tutor David for being so patient and given guidance. Study time, I would say took me slightly longer, more that I wanted to read and digest everything. A really good and detailed course. Would highly recommend.



This course is very interesting! In my opinion it should be the 1st course to do when we want to start a business with dogs being a dog trainer or a dog walker. I have learned so much doing this course. My tutor was very supportive and efficient. This course helped me to clarify things I have seen during the other courses. It gave me a lot of confidence improving in my knowledge. Now I don’t want to stop and I am ready to start the 6 month course! Thank you for your tutoring and amazing course!



I found this course to be very relevant for dog home boarding providers like me. I would recommend it to anyone looking to achieve an OFQUAL regulated level 3 qualification. The support provided by the tutor, Dave, was very good - I always received speedy responses to my various queries. Thank you IMDT



I found the course extremely beneficial and it will enable me to provide a higher level of care for dogs boarding with me. It is both relevant and practical covering the new regulations and behaviour / care. of dogs. There is a lot of material to cover in the course, but by spreading it out over the weeks it is more than manageable. Would thoroughly recommend to anyone providing home boarding / day care or dog owners wanting to know more.



Thank you again for a really insightful and comprehensive course. Studying with you has piqued my interest of working with and studying our canine friends even more.’



I found it really enjoyable as well as learning so much. Highly recommend this course.

Sarah N


Have just finished and passed this course, thoroughly enjoyed this correspondence course with Dave, great step on learning ladder and so informative of the new legislation. Would thoroughly recommend, don’t let age be your excuse, in my early 60’s just wish I had started this journey a few years ago.

Tina Wilson


This is a great on line course, with very understanding tutors. I found this really beneficial in expanding my knowledge and understanding of dogs and the legal requirements for dog boarding. I would definitely recommend this for professionals as well as those of us who just want to be better at understanding our own dogs and becoming better dog parents!



This is great course to complete! It covers all the necessary areas for boarding and care of dogs, I feel much more informed and ready to put my new knowledge to practise! I can't wait for my certificate too



Excellent course for anyone involved in caring for dogs. The recommended books were well worth reading so I really enjoyed the study and the tutor was extremely supportive so 5 stars from me.

Patricia Hutchinson


Fantastic course to take. All tutors are on hand to help you at any time. This is really going to help out anyone in the animal care industry. I’m proud to display my certificate

Helen lockett


We have recently purchased a boarding kennels and, as well as placating the Local Authority Animal Care Officer, the course has been really useful. It has given me a sound knowledge of the 2018 regulations and a greater awareness of caring for dogs and their general welfare



I very much enjoyed the learning and completing the course

Paula H


A really thorough and helpful course for anyone involved in dog boarding, daycare etc. The qualification went a large way in helping me gain 5 stars for my license!

Pat Walsh


I have just completed this course and can highly recommend it; perfect for a wide cross section of people - If you are new to Day Care/Boarding it gives you a great insight into the regulations and also on canine welfare that will be beneficial in operating. If you have Canine qualifications/accreditation's already it is a brilliant top up and refresher to keep on top of your CPD and because the IMDT are on top of the latest humane Care/Training methods it keeps you ahead of the field -- The time-frame is about spot on - I logged my hours and did around 70 the course is flexible (I did around 3 hrs a day for unit 1, broken down into 1.5 hours in the morning and night, and then had a week off while work was being done at my home for unit 2 ) -- Tutor support is always available . Another great course, Thank You and Well done !!

Jon Davison


I only signed up recently for the course and already find the course content extremely relevant to my job and the new regulations, plus the support from my Tutor is excellent. 10 out of 10!

Heather Nicoll

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