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About IACP Certification Programs

Webpage updated: September 9, 2021

Contact: certification@canineprofessionals.coms

Certifications with the International Association of Canine Professionals

 

Founded in 1999, the International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP) established a high standard of canine professionals and still strives to maintain recognition of this high standard for its members and the general public.

The IACP’s Certification Committee oversees certifications issued by the organization by establlishing standard examinations for dog trainers and dog training instructors. 

A major component of maintaining high standards is the continued growth and collaboration amongst senior professional peers within our industry. Early in 2020, the IACP Certification Committee embarked on revising exam contents and formatting, following the national accreditation standards set forth by the Institute of Credentialing Excellence (ICE).

Due to this, some of the IACP certifications may be periodically placed on hold for revision while implementing this process.

Developing national standards has been complex due to the continued debates over "tools and methods”as opposed to the natural evolving nature of canine training.  The number of diverse training philosophies and the skill to effectively use them is a combination of art and science.

Using the same base standards as other government regulated or licensed professions certify upon our certification program takes this into account and places merit of certification to each dog trainer's Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA), via a comprehensive evaluation of written and video submission along with references and more. 

IACP's Certification program accurately and thoroughly assess skills by critiquing hands-on performance at progressive KSA levels beyond book learning based exams.  The IACP does not discriminate against training methods, tools or techniques in its certification exams but rather examines each dog trainer's abilities to incorporate them effectively and humanely into a sound and well rounded training program. 

Effective September 1, 2021, IACP certification exams are open to both IACP members and non-members who meet the required certification prerequisites.

Certification

KSA Level

Title Awarded

Certification Prerequisite

Type of Exam

IACP Committee
Herm Sprenger & Prong Collar Knowledge AssessmentApprenticePCI-KANone10 Essay Questions

Education
ceu@canineprofessionals.com

Dog Trainer Foundation ExamPractitionerDTFC1-year KSA Dog Training300 Multiple Choice QuestionsCertification
Certification@canineprofessionals.com

Certified Dog Trainer

ProfessionalCDT3-year KSA Dog Training3 Case Studies teaching dogs, people, and Client Feedback

Certification
Certification@canineprofessionals.com

Certified Dog Trainer Advanced

AdvancedCDTA1-year CDT3 Live Videos Hands on Dog Training at advanced skills task

Certification
Certification@canineprofessionals.com

Professional Dog Trainer Instructor

ExpertPDTI6-month CDTA1 Lecture or Workshop Presentation Video, Course Outline, and Attendee Survey Forms

Certification
Certification@canineprofessionals.com

Certified Service Dog Trainer

ExpertCSDTCDTLive demonstration of specified service dog tasksService Dog
SDcmte@canineprofessionals.com

Public Access Test Authorized Administrator

ExpertPATCDT25 Multiple Choice Questions and a video conducting the PAT

Service Dog
SDcmte@canineprofessionals.com

Certification

Herm Sprenger & Prong Collar Knowledge Assessment

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KSA LevelApprentice
Title Awarded

PCI-KA

Certification PrerequisiteNone
Type of ExamTo be announced
IAP Committee

Education (Email)

Dog Trainer Foundation Exam

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KSA LevelPractitioner
Title AwardedDTFC
Certification Prerequisite1-year KSA Dog Training
Type of Exam300 Multiple Choice Questions
IAP Committee

Certification (Email)

Certified Dog Trainer

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KSA LevelProfessional
Title AwardedCDT
Certification Prerequisite3-years KSA Dog Training
Type of Exam3 Case Studies teaching dogs, people, and Client Feedback
IAP Committee

Certification (Email)

Certified Dog Trainer Advanced

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KSA LevelAdvanced
Title AwardedCDTA
Certification Prerequisite1-year CDT
Type of Exam3 Live Videos Hands on Dog Training at advanced skills task
IAP Committee

Certification (Email)

Certified Dog Trainer Instructor

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KSA LevelExpert
Title AwardedPDTI
Certification Prerequisite6-months CDTA
Type of Exam1 Lecture or Workshop Presentation Video, Course Outline, and Attendee Survey Forms
IAP CommitteeCertification (Email)

Certified Service Dog Trainer

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KSA LevelExpert
Title AwardedCSDT
Certification PrerequisiteCDT
Type of ExamLive demonstration of specified service dog tasks
IAP Committee

Service Dog (Email)

Public Access Test Authorized Administrator

Go to Exam

KSA LevelExpert
Title AwardedPAT
Certification PrerequisiteCDT
Type of Exam25 Multiple Choice Questions and video conducting the PAT
IAP Committee

Service Dog (Email)

IACP exams are user friendly with free download at any time following the links on this webpage. Requests for hard copies of exam are available for $15.00 per exam by contacting IACP Administrative Office or telephone (512) 564-1011.

All IACP certificants are held to the IACP Code of Conduct and the IACP Certificant Code of Ethics.