Graduate Diploma in Canine Unit Instruction: Assistance Dogs


Working dogs are needed more and more in today's society, both as assistance dogs and in areas like search, security, therapy and civil protection, and in animal-assisted interactions.

This has given rise to a need for specialist instructors of dogs used to assist the disabled in carrying out essential everyday tasks and in maintaining a good state of health.

On 19 November 2009 the Catalan parliament unanimously voted in the law on access to public places for the disabled and their assistance dogs. This law is a step forward from the previous law on guide dogs for the blind, since it also covers the deaf, the physically disabled, and those with autism or certain other illnesses who have specially-trained dogs to guide them, help them carry out everyday tasks or warn them of danger. The new law ensures that the disabled can access commercial establishments such as shops and hotels, public transport and other public places together with their assistance dogs. It also regulates the training and care of these dogs and the centres that carry this out and stipulates the qualifications for working in such centres.

The work is classified as level 3 on the national professional qualifications scale, which unifies criteria regarding training and assimilates previous non-formal training.

This course provides those working in this profession with a qualification that meets the requirements of current legislation, having acquired expertise in the behaviour of assistance dogs, the different techniques used for training them, and the best ways to safeguard their physical and emotional well-being and identify and avoid risks.


Enable assistance dog instructors to carry out a coherent, agile and safe means of selection, training and pairing with their users the five types of assistance dog described in Law 19/2009 on Access for People Accompanied by Assistance Dogs (medical warning, assistance, guide dogs, autism spectrum, service dogs) understanding and evaluating the capacities of the dogs to train them as service dogs in accordance with the needs of the users.

Prepare professionals to carry out their activity either working for themselves or for someone else.

Access requirements

- Bachelor's degree or pre-EHEA university diploma and knowledge, experience and/or an interest in the use of therapy dog units and dog-assisted activities.

- Access is also open to students with no previous university qualifications, but who do have proven professional experience in this area. These students will receive a certificate of attendance on completion of the course

- Access to this programme is conditional on having the certificate corresponding to the course Basic Dog Training and Education and the Graduate Diploma in Canine Unit Instruction, or confirmation on the part of the programme's management of possessing knowledge and skills that are equivalent to those of the above graduate diploma.

Career opportunities

This work is carried out in services of health and safety and care of the disabled, specifically those involved in the training of assistance dogs.
Those passing this course may register with the Catalan Ministry for Social Welfare and Family for work in the following areas.
- Personal assistance and dependency
- Assistance-dog trainer
- Dog trainer
- Guide-dog trainer
- Service-dog trainer
- Hearing-dog trainer
- Alert-dog trainer
- Trainer of dogs for persons with autism
- Biodetection and bioresearch programmes
- Therapy-dog trainer and dog-assisted activities


Josep Manel Lopez Rodriguez

Phone: 935817042

Fax: 935817471



UAB Graduate Diploma
10% discount Alumni Premium

6 Edition
Places: 25
Orientation: Professional
Code: 3256/6
Price: 4000 ¤

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Modality: Onsite
Location: Escola de Prevenció i Seguretat Integral. Edifici Blanc. Campus UAB, Bellaterra (Barcelona)
Dates: from 29/10/2018 to 01/11/2019
Teaching language:
Catalan (50%), Spanish (30%), English (20%)
Coordinating centres:
Escuela de Prevención y Seguridad Integral
Collaborating centres:
CAAD Terrassa
Isla Animal
Hospital Clínico Veterinario

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