Adv. DipCABT: COAPE EMRA Advanced Diploma in Animal Behaviour

Enrolment for the COAPE EMRA Advanced Diploma is only open to students who successfully complete the Diploma in Animal Behaviour. This course is currently only available in South Africa.

Both the Diploma and the Advanced Diploma in Animal Behaviour are accredited as Continuing Professional Development courses by the South African Veterinary Council.


CPD points for SAVC accredited courses are only valid for qualified veterinarians and para-veterinary personnel in South Africa.

The successful completion of your COAPE EMRA Advanced Diploma will qualify you as a COAPE Behaviour Practitioner and gives you further confidence to set up your own practice, offering consulting services to veterinary practices, trainers and the general public for any Behaviour problem. This can become a full-time profession, with the added bonus of being able to work from home and determine your own working hours. The majority of client referrals will still come from rescue organisations, trainers and veterinarians in your area, so networking is key. In addition, COAPE keeps a database of students who have successfully completed of the EMRA Advanced Diploma and refers clients to them on a regular basis.

Successful students can apply to become Practitioner Members of the COAPE Association of International Behaviour Practitioners and Trainers (CABPT) and a mentor to the newer Diplomats if you would like to.

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ALL Students are required to log a number of community service work hours over the duration of the course (where legislation allows – should it not, the student will be guided by a Tutor on how to fulfil the required additional hours) at a local shelter of their choice. Students will gain this practical experience under tutor guidance, while working with dogs and cats in the shelter as well as offering advice and assistance with newly adopted pets in order to complete their Advanced Diploma.

This community service is designed to benefit animal shelters, many of whom cannot afford to employ a full-time Behaviourist.

Students who are not already running dog training schools are also required to log hours at a dog training facility in order to gain extensive experience in the practical application of the science of training dogs.

All students are encouraged to accompany a COAPE qualified practicing behaviourist to gain experience in the consultation field if one is available in your area. Pre-Approved Case studies may be made available for students to take on, and these cases are once again handled under the supervision of your tutor.


JHB: Leigh Shenker, and Lizelle Britz-Chapman.
CPT: Karen Sinovich, and Taryn Blyth.

COAPE has a team of qualified Markers who mark student’s assignments in order to ensure complete impartiality. These assignments are randomly moderated by a qualified Moderator to ensure consistency in the marking standard worldwide.

Course Type:
4 all-inclusive lecture weekends (fully catered with hot lunches and two tea breaks), research assignments, case studies, Community Service in Animal Welfare and comprehensive tutor and student group interactive sessions.

Course Format:
Students also have password-protected access to the dedicated on-line COAPE Student Resource Centre where additional support and course materials are available plus lectures with practical sessions to allow students to implement what they have learnt.

Course Duration:
Approximately 18 months. The Course starts in January each year.

Additional Information:
 Electronic course notes are provided for each lecture Module.

Abilities Required for This Course:

This course contains practical assessment activities which involve sight, hearing observations and physical interactions/handling skills. Physical ability Evidence and assessment will take place in a physical environment, requiring a demonstration of practical skill.

Students must be computer literate, have the use of a computer with internet access and able to operate basic programs such as Microsoft Word.

A good command of the English language is essential.

This is a demanding course comprising 4 lecture/ practical weekends, assignments and independent case studies, the lecture/practical weekends being presented approximately every 4 months. Attendance at these weekends is not optional; the only accepted reason for non-attendance is a medical emergency which needs to be supported by a letter from the doctor. If the student misses any of the lecture weekends for any other reason they will be required to re-enrol for the next course, and a re-registration fee will be payable. In addition, students are required to log 50 hours at both a shelter and training facility.

This course requires dedication as it is the second year of the highest qualification of its kind in the country, it is ESSENTIAL that all the books from The Diploma in Animal Behaviour are re-read, together with the books on the EMRA Advanced Diploma reading list and that additional independent research is done to ensure good marks.

Pricing & Enrolment

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Reading List

Please note that there is a required reading list which you will receive once you have enrolled and paid the full deposit. The price of the books is not included in the course fee. It is the student’s responsibility to source and obtain the books. A number of the books are available on Amazon Kindle or E Readers, which may prove more cost effective.

Each module has stipulated books which are compulsory reading for preparation prior to the lecture weekends. This means each module’s books must be purchased and read in advance. For further information about the estimated cost per module please contact us as per the details below.

For all COAPE Course enquiries, please contact Wendy Wilson: [email protected] or [email protected]