About Us

About NICP2018-12-18T21:24:07+00:00
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For Canine Professionals

The Northern Institute for Canine Professionals (NICP) is dedicated to providing workshops, seminars, and CPD courses for individuals involved in working with dogs in a professional or voluntary capacity. Our courses are tailored for canine professionals at any stage of their career, from those just starting out, to those who have many years experience already under their belt.

  • Modern, science-based, practical education

  • Course lecturers are qualified, experienced professionals in their fields

  • Certification for CPD requirements

The NICP Team

The Northern Institute for Canine Professionals was founded in 2017 by a team who share over 30 years experience of teaching and working with other canine professionals across the UK.

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NICP courses are: up to date, current, modern, honest, kind, fair, effective, open, relaxed, welcoming, progressive, real-life skills, science-based

Jane Hanshaw
Jane Hanshaw
Jane is a qualified behavioural trainer and instructor, and has taught across the UK with over 30 years dog training experience.
Claire North
Claire North
Claire is a qualified instructor, with over 20 years teaching experience and a busy dog training center.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Part of our mission is to make our training as clear as we can.

If you have any queries not answered here, please feel free to get in touch!

Where is the NICP based?2018-12-18T21:25:38+00:00

We don’t use a fixed venue: we primarily run our courses in North and West Yorkshire, but Jane and Claire also teach across the UK and internationally. We use a variety of venues depending on the requirements of the course we are running to ensure we can give our students the best possible learning experience.

I’m an interested dog owner, can I still attend?2018-02-11T16:49:16+00:00

Absolutely! We believe in encouraging education, no matter what your background or level of involvement at a professional level. Many of our courses are tailored to specific aspects of a canine career, so may assume a certain level of background knowledge, but we try to make sure all our events are accessible and supportive environments. If in doubt, please get in touch!

Can I get certification for CPD requirements?2018-02-11T16:55:05+00:00

Yes! We offer certificates of attendance for all our courses and events. If the governing body in your field has specific requirements for certification, please let us know in advance.

Can I bring my dog(s) with me?2018-06-21T19:53:52+00:00

Most of our courses are not intended for a canine audience! We’d advise leaving your dogs at home. If you are attending a course with us, you may choose to leave your dog(s) in vehicles at your own risk, but please be aware we cannot guarentee suitable breaks for checking on your dog(s) or that adequate exercise areas will be provided.


Why don’t you provide [X] course?2018-12-18T21:44:04+00:00

We have to consider various factors when deciding which courses to offer, including but not limited to student demand, availability of qualified professionals, and venue requirements. However, we are always open to suggestions for new courses and workshops to offer!

If you’re a qualified professional in your field and would like to discuss working with us to provide a course or workshop, please feel free to get in touch.