X Basic Proficiency Verification


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.
IMPORTANT NOTE: you need to have completed “Animal Learning” before being able to complete this course.


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.”

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.

Fee: 198 EUR. (Currency converter)