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Guide Dog Trainer Cadet Program

Guide Dogs WA and VisAbility have launched a 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.

The cadet program runs for approximately 12-16 months.

Cadets who are selected for this program will be trained in new and innovative ways.

We are committed to attracting and retaining individuals with talent, unique skills, and a work ethic that aligns with our mission to deliver quality services to West Australians who are blind or vision impaired. Guide Dog Trainer Cadet with Puppy-in-Training Annie

Successful candidates will love training dogs, be able to work routinely, have a natural way with animals and be able to commit to a long-term working relationship with the dogs to shape their minds towards guiding.

Over the 12-16 month training period, cadets will:

  • Pass various skill checks
  • Train from our state-of-the-art facility in Victoria Park
  • Learn under the guidance of our fully experienced internationally qualified Guide Dog Instructors
  • Work with various service areas including a range of allied health professionals

On completion of the program, cadets will receive a Guide Dog Trainer qualification and certificate, and will be ready to start their career training future Guide Dogs.

At Guide Dogs WA, we are committed to investing in our community.

Our commitment to ‘Grow Our Own’ Guide Dog Trainers will ensure people who are blind or vision impaired receive a dog with skills of the highest standard.

Guide Dogs WA is a fully accredited member of the International Guide Dog Federation (IGDF). This means that meeting and exceeding the IGDF standards, as well as meeting the number of Guide Dogs required to be trained, is essential.

This unique opportunity promises a rewarding and fulfilling career where our cadets can change lives – every day.

Please note that applications for our 2016 Guide Dog Trainer Cadet program have now closed. Thank you to everyone who registered their interest!

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