Revised February 15, 2021
Welcome to one of the few dog trainer certifications that tests advanced dog training skills using live recorded hands-on demonstration.
The IACP recognizes that the evolving nature, multitudes of methods, and variations of dogs create challenges in establishing criteria to evaluate trainers’ skills. The art of canine training cannot be synthesized into a rote performance. The IACP CDTA exam takes these factors into consideration. The IACP developed an advanced test that allows the applicant to visually demonstrate their skill level as a dog trainer, assessed by a panel of professional peers.
The intent of the CDTA test and title is to verify competence in dog training at the advanced level on the part of the applicant. IACP believes this will help provide professionalism to the organization and confidence to the public's choice when choosing a dog trainer. High standards of judging will be applied to CDTA tests precisely because IACP wishes the public to be confident that one who earns the IACP CDTA title is a competent dog trainer with advanced skills.
Who is eligible to take the CDTA Exam?
IACP Professional Members who have held a Certified Dog Trainer (CDT) certification for one (1) year are eligible to take the CDTA exam. IACP Professional members who have held the CDT for more than two (2) years must ensure that their CDT title is in good standing
The CDTA Exam consists of three (3) separate dog training sessions which include a spoken introduction, video of a 30-minute training session, and written critique. Each session is filmed live and unedited. Each session must use a different dog. Each video is 30 minutes in length including the video introduction.
To see the complete CDTA Instructions and Guidelines, click here.
To submit your paperwork and certification fee, click here.