IAABC awards skill-based certifications in animal behavior consulting. To determine whether you meet the standards for Certified or Associate Certified designated, we need evidence that you have the skills you need to sucessfully manage, prevent and modify challenging behavior in your chosen species.
Certification in animal behavior consulting is like other professional certifications: to be certified, an applicant must demonstrate a high level of education and commitment to developing their practice.
IAABC has identified a set of core competencies for animal behavior consulting, which define these foundational skills. If you can demonstrate competency in these core areas, then we believe you’re well equipped for success in this work.
Understanding the theory behind what we do gives you flexibility in practice. Having good intuitions can get you quite far, but learning the concepts that underpin them is a whole different depth of understanding. That’s why we require than an applicant demonstrate a thorough education in the core competencies of animal behavior consulting.
Professional certification is a marker of confidence; specifically confidence that the work the consultant will do will live up to the standards of the certifying organization. If the public trusts that organization, they will trust the individuals they certify.
If you’re an animal trainer — dog, cat, horse, parrot, or anything else — and you’re considering taking on more complex behavior modification cases, you should be working towards certification by a professional body like IAABC.
If you’re considering a career as an animal behavior consultant, our Animal Behavior Consulting: Principles & Practice course gives you a thorough grounding in the key skills you’ll need to be successful.