Guide dog mobility instructors train dogs to guide people who are blind or vision-impaired. They also train these people to use and care for a guide dog.
To become a guide dog mobility instructor you usually have to complete a relevant degree, followed by a cadetship with the guide dogs association in your state or territory. This cadetship includes completion of a postgraduate qualification in orientation and mobility. Relevant degrees include those majoring in social sciences, disability studies, human services, psychology, nursing or education. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English, mathematics, biology, chemistry and physics are normally required. Most universities in Australia offer degrees in these areas. Entry to postgraduate courses usually requires completion of an appropriate bachelor degree. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For full details, refer to the entries on the website at www.goodcareersguide.com.au or university handbooks.
Guide dog mobility instructors may perform the following tasks:
Guide dog mobility instructors are employed by guide dog associations around Australia and internationally. Job opportunities depend on the incidence of visual impairment in the community and the availability of funds for associations. There is a high level of competition for available positions.