FAQ Overseas

Overseas Students

Who is this course for?

It is ideal for overseas students who desire are interested in learning about dog behaviour & modification with a view to becoming professional dog trainers. OR Individuals who wish to further their personal development through the art of training dogs and instructing people. If you love dogs and helping people, it is the perfect choice for you.

What level of English do I have to have?

Due to the amount of lectures & skills learning in the course, overseas students must have an IELT 5.5 or equivalent level of English. If necessary we can assist you to enrol in an English Language course before participating in the CIC program.

For more information go to:

Blackburn English Language School  http://www.blackburnels.vic.edu.au/

Melbourne Language Centre http://www.melblang.com.au/

What is the Dog Trainers Australia (DTA)?

Australia’s leading private training provider to the dog training industry.

It is a division of award winning Command Dog Training School (Vic.) Pty Ltd.
The Training Director Basil Theofanides is a Nationally Accredited Trainer & Assessor by the Official Government Accreditation Authority.

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What are the course objectives?

To teach selected Overseas Student-Trainers correct instructional techniques of Dog Obedience Training and Canine Behaviour Modification and qualify those Student Trainers as Certified Instructors within a 6 week period on Full Time Intensive Training.

At the conclusion of the course it is expected that each Student Trainer will be able to instruct individuals in dog obedience and problem solving. Student Trainers will be continually assessed throughout the course on their competency both practical & theoretical. Furthermore, there will be written, verbal and practical testing to be completed by each Student Trainer.

What practical training is involved?

Students must complete a minimum of 120 hours practical training for the entire program as part of their qualification.

Practical training is divided up as follows:

  • Training under a Qualified Instructor at one of Command Dog Training School’s venues for group classes This will entail attendance on Saturday for min of 3 hours, Monday and Wednesday evenings for 2 hours. (min of 40 hours)
  • Canine Husbandry skills-training at DogZone daycare centre for dogs on selected days Monday to Friday. (min of 20 hours)
  • Training untrained dogs in Basic Obedience, minor Intermediate Level & some Trick Training.at the Blue Cross Animal Shelter. (Min of 65 hours)

Please Note:

To complete the practical requirements of this program, students must travel to each of the venues either by public transport or hire vehicle.

If a student wishes to purchase a dog, the student is responsible for its accommodation, transport, feeding and care during their course including all associated costs. Further, students will need to make arrangements to have their dog transported back to their country of origin at the conclusion of the course.

What sort of Visa do I need and how do I get it?

If you are planning a holiday visit or a short business trip to Australia, you will need to apply for either a visa or an ETA (Electronic Travel Authority). An ETA will let you spend up to three months in Australia.

More info @ http://www.eta.immi.gov.au

What sort of accomodation will I require?

DTA can arrange accommodation to your requirements. For further information please contact us by e-mail @ info@dogtrainerschool.com.au or see below for other options.

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It is ideal for International Student Trainers whilst they are studying at DTA.


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How do I get around Melbourne??

Public Transport

Melbourne boasts an extensive public transport system which allows students to travel to any of our venues for their studies. Students can use trains, trams or bus to travel from their residence to the various training venues during their training. The course director can provide further details on public transport timetables during orientation.

Metlink – http://www.metlinkmelbourne.com.au/

Visit Melbourne – http://www.visitmelbourne.com/


Car Hire

If you wish to hire a vehicle (recommended but not essential) whilst you are here, please go the links below for further info or Visit Melbourne.

Budget – http://www.budget.com.au

Delta – http://www.deltacars.com.au

Rent a Bomb – http://www.rentabomb.com.au

What are the fees and timeframes?

A payment plan is available for Local and Interstate Students only. Students may pay in installments once the deposit has been paid. There is an extra charge for this option. For further details on Timetables, Fees and Start Dates please contact us.

By clicking the link below, you can fill out a short online form and we will respond to your request as soon as we can.

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What will I need to bring?

  • Writing material
  • Appropriate clothing (depending on seasons)
  • Laptop computer preferred (but not essential)
  • Internet access for foreign students can be provided by Dog Trainers Australia.
  • International Drivers Licence (recommended)

Please note: Included with your course fee is a Basic Instructors Training Kit. This consists of training lead, assorted training aids including a Black Dog Head Halter, Treat Pouch, Rope toy and clicker. However, as it is a basic trainer’s kit, students will be required to supplement their personal kit with extra training aids once they commence practical training of dogs at Blue Cross Animal shelter. DTA subsidises these purchases with a 20% discount. Students will also be provided with a uniform consisting of a short sleeve polo top, cap and name badge.
NOTE: On registration, please provide your polo shirt size.

Will there be an orientation when I arrive?

On your first session, the Course Director will provide students with an orientation of the school, its training venues and provide information on public transport, travel tips and general information on getting around Melbourne. Students will also travel with the course director to DogZone – Australia’s first daycare centre for dogs where they will meet the owner and staff. Students will also have an opportunity to interact with the dogs at DogZone.

Lunch will also be provided during this session.