X Basic Proficiency Verification

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You have already taken some proficiency verifications and you are now familiar with our procedure for verifications.

You need theoretical knowledge and practical experience in order to be a good animal trainer. Once you have read and understood the theory, you begin training your animal. If you are an experienced trainer, you will probably take this proficiency verification without problems and without too much preparation time. It’s not a difficult proficiency verification, but note that we require simplicity, precision and kindness.

X means that you have to choose an animal to train of a species other than dogs or horses. We accept animals of almost any species, but you’ll have to have it approved by your tutor who will, then, provide you with the skills you need to teach the animal you chose. If you don’t have a tutor assigned, please contact Admin Team.

Most students choose cats or Guinea pigs. If you choose Guinea pigs, you can attend one of our Guinea Pig camps and receive all the training you need as well as take your proficiency verification.

We base our approach to animal training on science applied with thoughtfulness. We require precision for it leads to the best results in the long term. Kindness and leniency (or sloppiness) are different matters. We promote and encourage the former, from ethical and scientific points of view, but not the latter. There are many ways to train any particular skill. You choose the one that best suits you and the animal you train, keeping in mind that whichever method you select, it must conform to sound science and a deep respect for all living organisms.”

If you are a beginner, you should maybe attend one of our courses, register with one of our AREPs or a good horse school nearby your home.

Joining an AREP (if there is one nearby) is the best option because you’ll have a close follow-up for the whole period in which you train your horse. If you register with an AREP, your instructor will conduct your proficiency verification and approve you and we will add this result to your student profile (My courses).

Video proficiency verification—If there is no AREP close to you, you may submit a video proficiency verification (VPF). You will receive all the necessary instructions to submit your VPF within the lesson belonging to this course.

This is a tutored course. You and your tutor will be in touch thru Skype. You will upload your video clips for your tutor’s review and commenting. You will receive your approved check mark once your tutor is satisfied with your work.

Fee: 198 EUR. (Currency converter)


X Basic Proficiency Verification (Guidelines)

Length: 24 minutesAuthor: Roger AbrantesComplexity: Hard

You need theoretical knowledge and practical experience in order to be a good animal trainer. In this proficiency verification, you show you can teach an animal, other than a dog or a horse, some basic skills.