Apprenticeship standard: animal trainer

Describes the job role that an apprentice will be doing and the skills required of them by the animal care sector.


Apprenticeship standard for an animal trainer

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This document is relevant to:

  • employers wanting to recruit an apprentice
  • training organisations working with employers to make the apprenticeships available

The approved standard outlines the skills, knowledge and behaviours required of the apprentice and the job they will need to be able to do by the time they have completed their apprenticeship.

This standard is not yet ready to use.

An apprenticeship standard is only available for delivery when both the standard and assessment plan is approved and a funding band (core government contribution) has been assigned to the standard.

Under our reforms, employer-designed standards will replace frameworks over the course of this parliament.

Employers involved in creating this standard

If you’d like to get involved and contribute to the development of the animal trainer standard, please read the guidance for trailblazers, and email the trailblazer contacts: and

The standard for an animal trainer was developed by:

  • Amazing Animals
  • Blue Cross
  • Cats Protection
  • 1st Choice Animals Ltd
  • Guide Dogs for the Blind
  • Royal Army Veterinary Corps
  • Sequani Ltd
  • MRC Harwell Institute
  • Pet Industry Federation
  • Battersea Dogs and Cats Home
  • A-Z Aminals
  • Dogs Trust