Gain Your Dog Training Apprentice Course Certificate!

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You’ll never have more fun learning than when taking this exciting skills and knowledge-based course!

The DogNostics Dog Training Apprentice Couse is a standalone course that is also the first level of the DogNostics Dog Trainer Certificate Program, which consists of three courses - Apprentice, Journeyman, and Master.

The Comprehensive DogNostics' DTC Program covers the required skills and knowledge to practice competently. Graduates of the DogNostics Dog Trainer Certificate Program are skilled in the application of science and artistic endeavor, delivering results through empathy and mutual respect for both client and pet. The DogNostics' Apprentice Course provides you with the strong foundations that will be crucial to your future success.

  • The DogNostics' Apprentice Dog Training Course aims to encourage both guardians and trainers to develop new skills and increase their knowledge while having the best time possible!
  • The Apprentice Dog Training Course consists of six modules which include individual lessons, supportive documentation, e-learning videos, and an assortment of fun homework assignments that allow you to practice your skills and test the knowledge you have gained.
  • Earn Continued Education Units While You Learn! PPAB - 25
  • Please view the curriculum below to understand the depth and breadth of everything you will learn in this Apprentice Level Course!
  • Each Apprentice Module builds on the knowledge and skills gained in the previous modules and each course (Apprentice, Journeyman, and Master) builds on the knowledge and skills from the previous course.
  • Successful students gain a course attendance certificate for each level – Apprentice, Journeyman, and Master.
  • On successful completion of all three levels, applicants can take their final online exam to earn their professional Dog Trainer Certificate and the right to display the credential, DN-DTC, after their name
  • Please note: If you wish to gain your DogNostics Dog Trainer Certification, you will need to take all three courses. You can register here for the full program. However...
  • We are so convinced that after taking the Apprentice Course you will want to continue and take the complete Dog Trainer Certificate Program, we are including a coupon code at the end of this Apprentice Course. We will DISCOUNT the FULL AMOUNT you have paid for this Apprentice Level Course from the DTC Program!



Preparing For Your Industry Credential. The Pet Professional Accreditation Board – Canine Training Technician - Accredited

The DogNostics Apprentice Dog Training Course contains the necessary skills and knowledge, as well as the required CEUs, to gain your Canine Training Technician Accreditation - Accredited by The Pet Professional Accreditation Board.

What does this mean?

It means that when you have completed your program here with DogNostics you will be fully prepared to not only sit the CTT-A examination but also to successfully prepare and submit your videos for the skill assessment.

To learn more about this credential please download the CTT Study Guide here


What Alumni Say

"I took the Apprentice training first and signed for Collaborative Care, as well as taking webinars in between... their methods are kind and respectful to the animals as well as the people. Real confidence building... I am over the moon with enthusiasm and although this is an online course for me, I feel they have my back at every turn... So happy that I found them first!" - Cheryl King

Alumni say wonderful things about DogNostics Programs - Read more here

Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
Your course begins as soon as you enroll! Once enrolled you will gain full access to the Apprentice Course. You can progress as quickly as you wish, but must progress through the modules in order. Each applicant has 6 months to complete their Apprentice Level Course but if you need a little longer, just let us know!
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for six months - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us so we can work with you to ensure this program meets your needs.
How do I gain my course certificate?
To gain your Apprentice Course Attendance Certificate, you will need to: Complete each of the lessons within the course modules; Successfully complete all five module quizzes for that level; Submit your skill assessment videos for each module. Your Dog Trainer Certificate Professional Qualification: To earn your DN-DTC, you will need to have gained your Apprentice, Journeyman and Master course attendance certificates (as above). You will then complete a final Dog Trainer Certificate open book/multiple-choice exam and submit a final skills video for assessment.
What equipment will I need?
You will need the following to enable you to get started with the program. • High speed internet access • A FREE PDF reader like Adobe • A video camera. • A FREE Dropbox account or A FREE YouTube account
What do I receive on completion of the course?
Successful students will gain an Apprentice Course Attendance Certificate.
Will I be able to communicate with my fellow students?
DogNostics students all have access to DogNostics’ Student Common Room, a private group on Facebook. The group is a communication tool for DogNostics’ students to communicate with each other, ask questions regarding their DogNostics program, and share updates. All communication is upbeat, positive, and supportive. You can also use the group to search specific topics e.g., a search with the word 'Apprentice' will reveal previous student homework submissions that have been shared with the group.
Will I be able to communicate with my program instructor?
On submitting homework assignments, you receive feedback via email but can also reach out to your program instructor, or any of the DogNostics’ faculty members, at any time, if you have questions.
How do the monthly payments work?
The Monthly Automatic renewal (recurring) payments are provided as a courtesy to you. The full program price is $600.00. You are free to opt-out of the program at any time but, on doing so, will receive an invoice for the full outstanding balance pending for your course.

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Your Instructor


Louise Stapleton-Frappell
Louise Stapleton-Frappell

Louise Stapleton-Frappell - B.A. Hons. PCBC-A. PCT-A. CAP3. CTDI. CWRI. DN-FSG2. DN-CPCT2. FFCP.

Professional Canine Behavior Consultant and Trainer – Accredited by the Pet Professional Accreditation Board

Co-Partner and Faculty Member of DogNostics Career Center and Board Member of The Pet Professional Guild.

Louise’s experience, her background as a teacher and her impressive pet industry credentials means she is uniquely qualified to share her skills and knowledge with both the public and pet industry professionals. The creator of the DogNostics’ Dog Trainer Certification Program, Louise has presented at conferences internationally and has gained a reputation for expertly teaching and training humans and canines at her own establishment, The DogSmith of Estepona, in Southern Spain. Louise has published numerous articles on dog training and dog behavior and is also the published co-author of the following titles, A Lexicon of Practical Terms for Pet Trainers and Behavior Consultants and Pet Training and Behavior Consulting: A Model for Raising the Bar to Protect Professionals, Pets and Their People.


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