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Certified Dog Trainer-Advanced (CDTA) Exam
What is the Certified Dog Trainer-Advanced Exam?
The Certified Dog Trainer – Advanced exam allows judges to observe, review, and evaluate your practical training skills, and especially your ability to work a dog through basic level training concepts. There are two ways to have your performance evaluated: via videotape exclusively, or by in-person evaluation.
Who is eligible to take the test?
Applicants must have been professional members of IACP for at least one year. Applicants must already be an IACP Certified Dog Trainer (CDT) for one year and must have at least 5 years experience as a professional dog trainer. Anyone meeting these requirements is eligible to apply.
IACP Certified Trainers-Advanced must complete 18 hours of continuing education every two years. Hours may be accumulated by attending seminars, lectures, workshops, conferences, and/or classes offered through educational institutions and accepted by IACP, NADOI, or APDT. Proof may be submitted yearly or every two years using IACP official forms (no other form is acceptable). This proof will be sent to the IACP administrative offices for filing and then will be forwarded to the chair of the Department of Education or their designated agent.
IACP CDTA holders are required to maintain their IACP Professional Membership, remain in good standing with the organization, and abide by the IACP’s Code of Conduct and certification policies. It is incumbent upon CDTA holders to be aware of their expiration date and and to renew membership before expiration. If your IACP membership should expire, a grace period of 90 days will be extended, after which your CDTA will be voided and you will be required to reapply and retest for the CDTA.
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