Kennel Club accreditation for dog trainer

Jill Clinch from Bedfordshire who has won accreditation for the Kennel Club Accredited Instructors (KCAI) scheme
Jill Clinch from Bedfordshire who has won accreditation for the Kennel Club Accredited Instructors (KCAI) scheme

A dog trainer from Steppingley has been accredited under a Kennel Club scheme.

Jill Clinch is now accredited under the club’s Accredited Instructors (KCAI) scheme, which is approved by City & Guilds NPTC.

Jill, who was recognised after gaining her companion dog training qualification awarded by the Kennel Club, has trained her own rescue dogs, worked with animal organisations such as The Blue Cross and Canine Partners.

She said: “I’m so pleased to be KCAI accredited in Companion Dog Training. The scheme has encouraged me to expand my canine knowledge considerably. The scheme motivated me to attend seminars and courses to increase my theoretical knowledge but also on a practical level to try many new different dog disciplines with my own dogs.

“I have loved learning new disciplines, watching other instructors teach and trying new ideas. Although building your portfolio can seem daunting at first, it’s surprising how quickly it all falls into place. The time and commitment involved has finally paid off, and it was well worth the effort. I hope my accreditation will encourage others to continue working towards their qualification.”

Companion Dog Training is just one of the many areas in which trainers can become qualified through the KCAI scheme, which also includes working gundog training, Good Citizen Dog Scheme training and assistance dogs training.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: “The KCAI scheme offers trainers a qualification that recognises their specialist knowledge and experience. It provides a quality standard for the canine sector, giving dog owners assurance that their chosen dog training instructor or canine behaviourist has the necessary level of competence.

“From the most popular disciplines, which include companion dog training and rescue and re-homing, through to more specialist areas like working gundogs, competitive agility and heelwork to music, the scheme is tailored to meet the individual trainer’s needs.”

For more information on the KCAI scheme, please visit