FAQs

FAQs

Answers to common questions regarding both the Animal Control Training Program and the Professional Dog Walker program.

Animal Control Basic Training (ACBT) Certificate

To earn the Animal Control Basic Training Certificate, students will prepare themselves ahead of each scheduled online portion with the required online content provided.

  • Scheduled instructional hours are Thursdays and Mondays starting at 9am for the weeks April 5 to May 1, 2021. Hours range from 1-5 hours per scheduled session. Dates and times to be provided in welcome package.
  • A post class assignment will be part of their final mark. 
  • Students must complete all online study material and attend each scheduled online session.
  • Students must achieve a combined pass-grade of 70% or greater on the in-class and post class assignments and the final written exam (containing both multiple choice and open ended questions).

Professional Dog Walker Certificate

Students must register, attend, and successfully pass all 8 required courses (which includes the exam and first aid course), to apply for their certificate. Passing grade on all courses and the final exam is 65% (reflected as an "S" on all courses, exception is the final exam which is a letter grade. Minimum pass grade on the exam is C+ or 65%)

To receive your certificate

You must apply for your certificate. Follow this link to access the application for certificate form and payment portal.

Due to COVID, ACBT training will be delivered online for the 2021 intake.

The following information does not apply to 2021 intake:

There are many hotels in the Vancouver/Richmond area that are easily accessible to the College, the airport and the highways. The Canada line is part of the rapid transit system in Vancouver that runs directly past both Langara College Vancouver campuses and is the recommended form of transportation to the College. Government rates are typically offered at most hotels, and may be the best rate available for you to inquire about when booking your accommodations.

Accomodation Options for Consideration 

This link provides some options for consideration for accomodations that may have easy access to the College. Note: we do not recommend or approve any of these. They are provided to assist you in your search for accomodations while in town for the program:

Note: As this program could be cancelled up to one month prior to the program start date, students are encouraged to only purchase refundable transportation and hotel options, or wait to purchase after the registration deadline, and confirmation that the program is running.

This course is required for entry into the ACBT program.

Course Description:

This course is designed for new and experienced British Columbia bylaw officers as well as those considering a career in the field. The course provides the fundamental knowledge and skills required to function effectively in the role of a local government bylaw officer in British Columbia. You will examine relevant legislation, as well as the legal authority, powers, and duties of a bylaw officer. Various compliance and enforcement measures/options will be explored, including issues surrounding interpretation of bylaws. Attributes and qualities of an effective investigator will be discussed by analyzing the fundamental issues and challenges associated with conducting investigations including evidence collection, documentation, and presentation of evidence in legal and non-legal proceedings. Emphasis is placed on developing skills and knowledge to enhance your ability to defuse emotionally charged situations and to manage your own personal safety and the safety of others. To guide your approach towards and involvement with the public, you will gain a better understanding of issues connected to diversity, mental health, and homelessness. The course uses a blend of online learning and in-class delivery. (Formerly BYLAW101)

 

Prerequisites:

To improve your chance of success in these courses, It is strongly recommended that you have a grade 12 or equivalent education, are fluent in the English language (written and oral), and have basic computer skills with reliable Internet access.

More information: 

http://www.jibc.ca/programs-courses/schools-departments/school-health-community-social-justice/centre-counselling-community-safety/courses/bylaw-compliance-enforcement-and-investigative-skills

Professional Dog Walker Certificate

  • No dress code, however for the practical component it is recommended to dress in layers, and prepare for all weather including rain, wind and sudden changes of weather.
  • Please ensure your dog is also properly equipped for inclement weather.

Due to COVID, ACBT training will be delivered online for the 2021 intake.

The following information does not apply to 2021 Animal Control Training Program (ACBT)

  • Comfortable clothing is recommended for Days 1-4. Duty clothes are requested on Day 5.

Links for Dog Walking Practical Information:

To be updated May 2021

  • INFORMED CONSENT: Please sign and bring to the Behaviour class. Instructor must have this before the practical session. You are not eligible to participate without a signed copy
  • OFF-SITE PARK LOCATION (note this may be changed prior to your practical). Please check with instructor on classroom date prior.
  • PRACTICAL DETAILS AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Details, supply requirements, and information about bringing your dog. NOTE: Course will go rain or shine. If severe weather conditions, you will be notified of cancellation. Please ensure your registration contact information is current.  

RE COVID STATUS

The Practical session is scheduled offsite and in-person at the UBC Endowment Lands unless advised otherwise. Students are required to wear masks and bring a small supply of wipes and hand sanitizer

There are no refunds for either program once the program has started

Professional Dog Walker Certificate

100% credit placed on your account for refund requests received on or before 48 hours prior to program start date. After this time there are no refunds issued.

Animal Control Training Program

If it becomes necessary for you to cancel your application, you must notify the Program Coordinator at kramsden@langara.ca, at least fifteen days prior to class start date. Refunds will be issued as per this program's refund policy as shown below. Note: The College may cancel this program, for any reason, up to 14 days prior to the program start date. This program will only run if sufficient registration is received by the application deadline. 

 

Refund Policy - if student/employer cancels:

  • Cancellation more than 15 days prior to start date: Full refund less administrative fee of $235[1]
  • Late cancellation (7-15 days prior to start date): 50% refund of paid fee [1]
  • Cancellation after 7 days prior to program start date, or a “No Show”:  Zero refund.

[1] If a student needs to withdraw early, a replacement registration of another individual from the same organization may be accepted up to 7 days prior to program start date, with no penalty. After that time there are no changes or refunds allowed. Amounts are subject to change.

Note: As this program could be cancelled up to one month prior to the program start date, students are encouraged to only purchase refundable transportation and hotel options, or wait to purchase after the registration deadline, and confirmation that the program is running.

To be updated January 2021

Reference Material (to be updated for next intake)

  • Program In-class Calendar (example if course is hosted on campus)
  • Program Online Reading Calendar (to be supplied upon registration)