Frequently asked questions about Marka Training, Trainers and Courses:

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Who is the team behind Marka Training?

Marka Training is the brainchild of celebrated dog trainers Di Martin and Kamal Fernandez. Find out more about the two of them and the support team on our Meet the Team page.

How do I know if I’m suitable for the Marka Masterclass I?

Our Training Academy is suitable for those that are passionate about dogs and share our dream of raising the bar in the quality of dog training available to dogs and their owners. Whether you want to start a career working with dogs from scratch or just want to update your dog trainer skills to include all the latest science, tools and techniques, this is the perfect course for you. If you’re interested, just Contact Us, and one of the team will be in touch to discuss whether our masterclass would be suitable for you.

I have already enroled in Ultimate Puppy, can the cost be reduced?

Yes if you have already bought and enroled in Ultimate Puppy (which is part of Masterclass I online learning) we would be happy to deduct the price that you paid from the cost of Masterclass I or Masterclass I (Distance Learning )

What will I learn via the first Marka Masterclass?

This exclusive course will teach you all the fundamentals of modern science-based dog training, key people and customer service skills as well as giving you individual mentoring to get your personal training plan in place. All with the goal of setting you up with a sustainable dog training career at the heart of your local community. It comprises more than 12 hours of online training modules (that you can complete at your own pace), four collaborative online workshops plus a three-day in-person course giving you access to our team as well as the all-important real-life puppies and owners. You will be guided through a personalised CPD plan leading you on the path to qualify as a Marka Scholar. For full details of curriculum, see our Marka Masterclass I page.

I already run my own dog training business. What are the benefits for me?

We know that dog training can be a lonely career and Marka Training hopes to solve that. By joining our community, not only will you be able to update your training skills to include all the latest science, tools and techniques, you will also become part of a friendly family with mentoring and continual professional development. Marka Training will also give you access to our first-class online puppy training course that you will be able to sell to your clients, giving you an additional income stream.

Where will the training be held?

The online elements of Masterclass I are accessed via our dedicated learning platform and can be completed in your own time from the comfort of your own home. The in-person training course runs for three days and is held in south-east England. The normal venue is Holiday Inn Reading West, in Berkshire.

How much does Marka Masterclass I cost?

The fee for Marka Masterclass I is £1250. The Distance Learning version of Masterclass I is £650.

Can I bring my own dog to the in-person training?

No, you won’t be able to bring your own dog to the in-person training course. This part of the course will give you hands-on access to real clients and puppies to develop your skills when teaching others.

What is included in the price? What’s different for Masterclass I vs Masterclass I (Distance Learning)?

Both versions of the Masterclass I (the full version and the distance learning version) include access to the same eight online training modules (giving 8 hours of online learning with learning checks) plus lifetime access to Marka’s celebrated online puppy course, Ultimate Puppy (another 10 hours of online learning). The full version of the course includes participation in four online live collaborative workshops, whilst the distance learning version includes pre-recorded versions of these insight sessions (4 hours of online learning).

The full version of the course includes the following extra benefits:
1 – Written assignment tasks for the online learning topics, with personalised feedback on your work from the Marka mentors.
2 – Five months of membership of a Facebook Community Group with chance to collaborate with your fellow students and get support from the Marka mentors on your personal learning journey. Facebook Lives with Di and Kamal and the other mentors giving specific support for completing the online learning.
3 – A three-day in-person training course giving direct access to Di and Kamal, hands-on practice with real dogs to hone your timing and mechanical skills, plus chance to train volunteer puppies and their owners allowing you to put your learning into practice (Note: Students are responsible for their own accommodation, food, travel and other costs).
4 – A personal mentoring session with Di or Kamal to discuss your own ambitions, answer your burning questions and develop a plan to move forward with your career goals.
5 – An opportunity to shadow the Marka mentors in delivering puppy classes and individual training sessions; seeing the Marka training principles in action.
6 – An option to join the full Marka Community and take an assessment to become a recognised Marka Scholar Trainer.