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Continuing Education & Certification Renewal (CEU)

Webpage Updated February 23, 2022

Per IACP Code of Conduct and Ethics, IACP Members shall,

“Continue to further his/her education and increase his/her knowledge, skills, and experience to stay current and be able to increase the wellbeing of themselves, the profession, clients, customers, dogs, the dog ownership community and other affiliated bodies.”

Members and non-members holding IACP issued certifications require specific conditions to maintain the certifications, per IACP CEU Program Policy. Click here to read the policy.

IACP reserves the rights to revise and update the conditions and/or requirements for certification retention.

Exempted

CEUs RequiredCanineBusinessProfessional

Certified Dog Trainer (issued prior to 9/1/2020)

0N/AN/AN/A

CEU Distribution Limits Per Two-Year Cycle

CEUs RequiredCanineBusinessProfessional

Dog Trainer Foundation Certification

5No Limit11
Certified Dog Trainer (issued after 9/1/2021)10No Limit22
Certified Dog Trainer Advanced20No Limit33
Professional Dog Trainer Instructor20No Limit44

CEU Distribution Limits Per Two-Year Cycle

CEUs RequiredService Dog SpecificDog Behavior & TrainingProfessional Dev., Communication Skills,
Instructing Skills

Certified Service Dog Trainer

205105
Public Access Test Authorized Administrator0N/AN/AN/A

CEU Distribution Limits Per Two-Year Cycle

CEUs RequiredTBATBATBA

Therapy Dog Certification

TBATBATBATBA
Therapy Dog EvaluatorTBATBATBATBA

*** The Herm Sprenger-Authorized Prong-collar Instructor (HS-API) is a HS certification.

***The Dog Trainer Foundation Exam (DTFE) is a Certification of Achievement.

If you have more than one certification, you only need to acquire the CEUs required for the highest certification level.  For example, the DTFC will require 5-CEU’s and CDT’s 10-CEUs.  If you hold both titles, your CEU requirements will be 10-CEU to renew both certifications.

The below chart depicts both Traditional and Alternative CEU activities that may qualify as acceptable CEU’s.  Please note that all CEU’s must be pre-approved prior to the submission of your IACP Certification Renewal Form.  

For a complete list of Pre-Approved CEU Opportunities please see, IACP Pre-Approved List.  

If you do not see the CEU provider’s name or their course on the list, please submit the IACP CEU Pre-Approval Application or contact the IACP Education Committee at ceu@canineprofessionals.com.  CEU Providers may also directly request IACP approval of their CEU Traditional and/or Alternative CEU activities and request their CEU be added to the list.

CEU Events & Alternate Activities

Potential CEU Award

Supporting Documentation

Attendance at events: conferences, workshops, presentations, lectures, seminars, on-line webinars, training programs, short courses, academic classes, in-service training, and other structured educational learning programs that are designed to enrich, enlighten, or inform the participant.
1 CEU per contact hour
  • Certificate of Attendance Issued
  • Copy of Sign in Sheet
  • Letter attesting to attendance
  • Receipt of payment for event
Developing an event program for conferences, workshops, presentations, lectures, seminars, on-line webinars, training programs, short courses, academic classes, in-service training, and other structured educational learning or programs that are designed to enrich, enlighten, or inform the participant. 1 CEU per course hourProgram Outline
Presenting or co-presenting an event: Developing an event program for conferences, workshops, presentations, lectures, seminars, on-line webinars, training programs, short courses, academic classes, in-service training, and other structured educational learning or programs that are designed to enrich, enlighten, or inform the participant. 4 CEUs per hour of presentationProgram Outline
Writing a canine related article published in a newspaper, magazine, journal, newsletter or other publication. 3 CEUs per articleCopy of article
Authoring or co-authoring a book related to your area of canine expertise5 CEUs per bookBook title, publisher, and publication date
Licensure or Certification3 CEUs per documentCopy of document
Evaluating IACP Certification Exams

1 CEU per exam (maximum 10 CEUs)

Letter from IACP Education Committee
Question development for IACP certification exams1 CEU per 4 questionsCopy of written questions
Mentoring1 CEU per mentor hour (maximum 5 CEUs)
  • Mentorship Program Action Plan
  • Mentorship Program Validation
IACP volunteer work assisting committees with research and technical advisors1 CEU per assignmentLetter from IACP Committee Chair
Monthly Instructor Lead Subscriptions1/2 CEU per month (maximum 5 CEUs)
  • Copy of subscription
  • List of topics covered
    Include month & year

Please check back often as we are continually adding new options to the CEU Opportunities.

For Service Dog Trainer Certification and Therapy Dog Program, please see the respective webpages.

If you have any questions regarding certification renewals or CEU approvals, please contact the IACP Education Committee at ceu@canineprofessionals.com.