Training, Industry Placement and Professional Development


Initial Training

  1. "Paws for a cause" Program: Initial Mandatory 5 hours classroom training

  2. Entry Level: Initial Mandatory 5 hours classroom training

  3. Therapy Dog Novice: 10 hours classroom training

  4. Therapy Dog: 30 hours 6 x 5 hour sessions classroom training

  5. 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


  1. "Paw for a cause"Program: 18 hours (12 visits x 1.5 hours) over 6 months

  2. Entry Level: 36 hours (24 visits x 1.5 hours) over 12 months

  3. Therapy Dog Novice: 72 hours (48 visits x 1.5 hours) over over 16 months

  4. Therapy Dog: 150 hours (100 visits x 1.5 hours) over 2 years

  5. 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

  1. "Paws for a cause" Program: optional professional development training component

  2. Entry Level: 5 hours on-line professional development training

  3. Therapy Dog Novice: 10 hours on-line professional development

  4. Therapy Dog: 20 hours on-line professional development

  5. 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!


Industry Experience


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​


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.


Insurance


You will be covered by Therapeutic Dog Services Incorporated, $20 million comprehensive General public liability and volunteers insurance.



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