Professional Programme in Inspecting Licensable Activities Involving Animals


Welcome to the City and Guilds Level 3 Certificate in Inspecting Licensable Activities Involving Animals, developed between the City of London Corporation and the National Pet College, the education providers for the Pet Industry Federation. The programme consists of 5 Units; the first being this online course that will enable you to apply what you learn here to the four taught modules to follow.

This course has been developed to ensure those inspecting activities involving animals are suitably trained and prove professional competency through the completion of 5 modules. Delivery is by online resources (module 1) and face to face teaching (module 2 – 5). The module 1 is assessed by an online multiple choice exam, carried out in the presence of an invigilator. The remaining modules are assessed by 4 reflective assignments.

Unit 1 content must be completed prior to undertaking the five online theory sessions. The unit 1 content contains two practice assessments to prepare you for the theory exam which will take place during your practical days. Once completed a copy of the module 1 certificate must be emailed to the National Pet College (

Once you have attended the practical session you will be issued with the 4 written assignments which must be completed within 18 months of the date of issue. Please allow one month from the date of submission your work to be returned.

Unit 1 is designed to guide you through the legal requirements for licensing activities involving animals.

There are three learning outcomes, each covering an element of knowledge required by inspectors and licensing officers. Each learning outcome brings together the relevant parts of the Animal Welfare Act 2006, The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 and other legislation and codes of practice that are relevant to the role.

You will find links to all the relevant legislation under the Legislation (resources) section.

  • Introduction
  • Introduction to assessments
  • Instructions for using the platform
  • Candidate Information
  • Course Handbook
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Data Protection Notice
  • Quality Assurance, Complaints & Appeals Procedures
  • Plagiarism and Malpractice Statement 2020
  • Unit 1 - Animal Welfare Act 2006
  • Animal Welfare Act 2006 - An Overview
  • The LAIA Regulations - An Overview
  • Powers of Inspectors
  • Related Legislation
  • LAIA Guidance documents
  • Seizing animals and court processes guidance
  • Support Material
  • Animal Welfare Act 2006
  • The Animal Welfare (LAIA) (England) Regulations 2018
  • The Docking of Working Dogs Tails (England) Regulations 2007
  • COUNCIL REGULATION (EC) No 1/2005 on the protection of animals during transport
  • The Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015
  • The Non-Commercial Movement of Pet Animals Order 2011
  • Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976
  • Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981
  • The Control of Trade in Endangered Species Regulations 2018
  • REGULATION (EU) No 1143/2014 on invasive alien (non-native) species
  • Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984
  • The Codes of Practice for the Welfare of Cats, Dogs [...]Order 2018
  • Code of practice for the welfare of Dogs
  • Code of practice for the welfare of Cats
  • Code of practice for the welfare of Horses, ponies, donkeys and their hybrids
  • Code of Practice for the Welfare of Privately Kept Non-Human Primates
  • The Invasive Alien Species (Enforcing & Permitting) Order 2019
  • Unit 1 -Practice Assessments
  • Practice Test
  • Unit 2 - 5 Assignment support
  • Best practice examples
  • Writing Styles: Evaluations
  • Action plan example
  • Support material - meeting animal needs
  • Biological data for rabbits
  • Husbandry techniques for rabbits
  • Biological data for guinea pigs
  • Husbandry techniques for guinea pigs
  • Biological data for rats
  • Husbandry techniques for rats
  • Biological data for mice
  • Husbandry for mice
  • Biological data for gerbils
  • Husbandry for gerbils
  • Biological data for hamsters
  • Husbandry for hamsters
  • Biological data for Chinchillas
  • Husbandry techniques for chinchillas
  • Biological data for dogs
  • Husbandry for dogs and puppies
  • Biological data for cats and kittens
  • Husbandry of cats and kittens
  • Biological data for Reptile & Amphibian Species
  • Identify common reptile & amphibian Species
  • Husbandry for reptile and amphibian species
  • Biological data and common species of ornamental fish
  • Husbandry for common ornamental fish
  • Biological data for species of common pet and aviary birds
  • Identify varieties of pet and aviary birds
  • Husbandry for common pet and aviary birds
  • Pet Industry Federation
  • PIF - Who we are
  • PIF Education & Training
  • PIF Supporting Pet Businesses
  • Introduction to assessments (clone)
Completion rules
  • You must complete the units "Seizing animals and court processes guidance"
  • Leads to a certificate with a duration: Forever