"Paws for a cause" Program: Initial Mandatory 5 hours classroom training
Entry Level: Initial Mandatory 5 hours classroom training
Therapy Dog Novice: 10 hours classroom training
Therapy Dog: 30 hours 6 x 5 hour sessions classroom training
Therapy Dog Advanced: You must be a certified Therapy Dog Team to participate in Therapy Dog Advanced, please contact us for further information.
Industry Volunteer Work Placement component
"Paw for a cause"Program: 18 hours (12 visits x 1.5 hours) over 6 months
Entry Level: 36 hours (24 visits x 1.5 hours) over 12 months
Therapy Dog Novice: 72 hours (48 visits x 1.5 hours) over over 16 months
Therapy Dog: 150 hours (100 visits x 1.5 hours) over 2 years
Therapy Dog Advanced: You must be a certified Therapy Dog Team to participate in Therapy Dog Advanced, please contact us for further information
Professional Development Training Component
"Paws for a cause" Program: optional professional development training component
Entry Level: 5 hours on-line professional development training
Therapy Dog Novice: 10 hours on-line professional development
Therapy Dog: 20 hours on-line professional development
Therapy Dog Advanced: You must be a certified Therapy Dog Team to participate in the Therapy Dog Advanced, professional development options please contact us for further information
What is AAI Industry placement
The structured industry placement gives you the opportunity to put your learning into practice.
Provide insights into AAI and the industry and the workplace in which they are located. This opportunity to be fully immersed and see the “inner workings” is an opportunity that you won’t find anywhere else!
Is short term placement of members, with our industry partners to provide insights into AAI, and the industry and the workplace in which they are located. It provides participants with the valuable opportunity to:
develop employability skills
explore possible career options
understand employer expectations
increase their self-understanding, maturity, independence and self-confidence.
Members are placed with Therapy Dog Registry and Training Centre, industry partners primarily to provide community work in pet therapy visitations, including observe and learn about the industry in which AAI services are located.
- not to undertake activities which require extensive training or expertise.
Structured Workplace Learning
Provides members with the opportunity to integrate on-the-job experience with their study. It provides:
enhanced skill development
practical application of AAI industry knowledge
assessment of units of competency
achievement of some learning outcomes
enhance employment opportunities
Community Work (volunteering work) is community work undertaken by members
which: supports learning and therapy dog career development
directly benefits the community
is organised by Therapeutic Dog Services Incorporated
is approved by the management board of Therapeutic Dog Services as community work.
Industry placement, community work should be undertaken voluntarily by participants and they must not receive any remuneration or reward for this work.
You will be covered by Therapeutic Dog Services Incorporated, $20 million comprehensive General public liability and volunteers insurance.