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Guide Dog Mobility Instructors

We pride ourselves on our high standard of Guide Dog Mobility Instructors here in Australia, and we’re on par with schools across the world. Many of our Instructors undertake Guide Dog Mobility Instructor training as a postgraduate course, having previously studied teaching or psychology.

“Being a Guide Dog Trainer or Instructor is quite an addictive job, so be prepared to stay. It’s really beautiful if you like dogs, animals in general, people and the outdoors – regardless of the weather.” – Barry O’Toole, Guide Dog Mobility Instructor.

The Guide Dog Mobility Instructor course is a 3 year, full-time course. Over these 3 years, students cover:

  • A Guide Dog training course, covering the assessment and training of dogs, as well as dog behavioural patterns and senses, etc.
  • Orientation and Mobility (O&M) component, learning about various eye conditions and other mobility aids such as the white cane.
  • How to teach a person who is blind or vision impaired how to work with a Guide Dog.
Guide Dog Instructor Jean Eastland with Guide Dog-in-training Chelsea

Guide Dog Instructor Jean Eastland with Guide Dog-in-training Chelsea

Currently, Guide Dog Mobility Instructor training courses are not offered in WA. For more information on training courses in Australia, please contact:

However, in 2016 we launched our new, state-of-the-art Guide Dog Trainer Cadet program—a first for Western Australia. The program will increase our capacity of Guide Dog Trainers, ensuring that we can continue to train suitably qualified Guide Dogs, now and into the future.

Upon completion of this program, cadets will receive a Guide Dog Trainer qualification and certificate. This unique opportunity promises a rewarding and fulfilling career where our cadets can change lives – every day.

For current Guide Dog Instructor vacancies, please view our Jobs page.

Learn more about our Guide Dog Trainer Cadet program.

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