Frequently Asked Questions
A: 4 Paws for Ability is one good source.
A: You can find details about membership and how to join right here.
A: Click on the log in button on the top right-hand corner of the website. Enter your IAABC.org email address and password as directed.
A: Click on the log in button on the top right-hand corner of the website, then click the "Forgot?" link.
A: There is no set path to becoming a behavior consultant. Our consultants have varying backgrounds in animal care and behavior, from veterinary behaviorists to vet techs, trainers and academics. Our 6 core competencies as well as the case study rubric will show you what kind of knowledge is required for certification. You can see an example of a narrative case study here. We do not require a formal degree in order to be Certified or Associate Certified.
Q: Where can I find courses or programs to teach me what I need to know to become a certified behavior consultant?
A: Regardless of which species you're interested in working with specifically, if you feel you need further education there are many courses and programs to consider, including local university or distance learning and internships, mentorships and independent study through reading and seminar attendance. Please search your local community for educational opportunities.
A: There are many ways to learn about companion animal behavior, but a good way to start is by taking a look at our recommended reading list and digging in. "Don't Shoot the Dog" by Karen Pryor, "Culture Clash" by Jean Donaldson, "How Dogs Learn" by Burch & Bailey, and "Excelerated Learning" by Pam Reid are the core of much that will follow. Don't be concerned if these have the word "dog" in the title and you're interested in another species for your field of study - these books cover material crucial to all species!
A: No. The IAABC is a certifying professional organization. Certification is based on an applicant's current knowledge. We do not provide the coursework or educational requirements needed to become certified.
A: Yes. The IAABC requires 36 CEUs every three years from its Certified and Associate Certified members.
A: See our full list of approved events.