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Open college network accreditation

As we move toward the beginning of the education year, the Animal Care College has received a number of questions about its own and national Accreditation processes and procedures. The following statement by the College may help to clarify the position.

The Animal Care College was founded in 1980 and is the longest standing organisation of its type. Its certificates are recognised and respected world wide. ACC certification is sufficient for the Kennel Club's Accreditation of canine trainers, psychologists and behaviourists and many other practitioners work solely from ACC certification.

However, there has always been a demand from those wanting to move on to further and higher education and colleges of FE and universities require formal accreditation through bodies recognised by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA).

For that reason some of out courses are accredited through one of the largest of those authorities, the National Open College Network (NOCN) and the others will all eventually be accredited.

NOCN accredited courses attract nationally recognised vocational 'credits' that allow access to further and higher education. You can find out more about NOCN through the internet at