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Learn with Delta Institute

As the Australian leader in evidence-based animal assisted services and education, we hold animal welfare and positive reinforcement training as core principles that guide our education and practice.


Whether you’re an animal lover, dedicated dog owner, or an aspiring professional dog trainer; our courses will offer you a pathway to foster a greater understanding of how to enrich the lives of animals.


We work with industry and community to develop our education programs.  Our Delta Institute Expert Advisory Committee as subject matter experts are the custodians of our education and training.  This ensures that the knowledge and skills you learn at the Delta Institute are industry leading best practice that will set you up well, not only help you to achieve your learning or professional goals, but to be advocates for humane force free practices and positive reinforcement training.

Our experience comes from practice.  Our extensive Delta Therapy Dogs program delivers Animal Assisted Therapy and Services to aged care facilities, hospitals, mental health providers, schools, correctional facilities and other environments throughout Australia.  This practice informs our education.

We pride ourselves on professional, flexible learning and providing you with the best student experience possible to help you achieve your learning goals.  Our Trainers & Educators are actively working in their professions and have decades of experience in their fields, enabling them to enrich the content they deliver with practical, real life context to make your learning relevant and engaging.


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Please note, we are no longer accepting new enrolments into the below courses: 


  • Responsible Companion Animal Ownership **

  • Introduction to Training Class Management **

  • ACM40317 Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services ** (superseded by ACM40322)

**Students currently enrolled are offered the opportunity to transfer to our new nationally accredited ACM40322 Certificate IV in Animal Behaviour and Training.


*Please note our fee structure is reviewed annually and is subject to change.  

Whether you’re a dog owner who would like to learn the basics about animal behaviour and training, a vet or vet nurse looking to add puppy and dog training to your portfolio, or seeking a career change and would like to become a fully qualified behavioural dog trainer, Delta Institute has a training option for you.

As a registered training organisation, Delta Institute offers training options from attending a weekend seminar to learn the basics about dog behaviour and training, to our nationally accredited Certificate IV in Animal Behaviour & Training designed to graduate dog trainers who are fully qualified to run puppy and adult dog classes, and provide one-on-one behavioural consultations.

We aim to support graduates who complete the Delta Institute course to embark on a rewarding profession, in helping to produce well-socialised, well-behaved dogs with informed, responsible and satisfied owners.

Why positive reinforcement training?


Positive reinforcement training has a strong evidence base supporting it's effectiveness.  Understanding this will assist you in enriching your life and the life of your pet. When you understand the hows and whys of animal behaviour, the reason for the effectiveness of positive reinforcement methods suddenly becomes clear. The human-animal bond is a powerful connection and it's valuable that we all take the time to learn about why our pets behave as they do in order help this life long relationship flourish.

Why study with Delta Institute?


  • Studying at Delta Institute you will learn about positive reinforcement training, the only method which is acknowledged as humane in all circumstances – this is supported by a vast body of research.

  • Our Delta Institute Expert Advisory Committee advise on course content, quality assurance, continuous improvement and the latest developments in international research.  The Committee includes:

    • Veterinarian Specialist in Behavioural Medicine

    • behaviour veterinarians

    • skilled dog trainers

    • experienced dog training business owners

    • communication specialists

  • Our Trainers are highly experienced dog trainers actively working in the industry, and are nationally accredited Trainers and Assessors with a deep understanding of adult learning principles.

  • Our guest presenters come from a variety of industries including behaviour veterinarians, to provide you with diverse and enriching learning experiences.

  • You are provided with ongoing academic and student support throughout your studies.

  • Opportunity to network with other professional dog trainers, learning and sharing thoughts and ideas.

  • Graduates who complete our Certificate IV courses can apply for membership which provides support, ongoing education and Delta Institute accreditation.

Delta Institute is committed to positive reinforcement dog training and to enriching relationships between people and their canine friends

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