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IAABC Credentials

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IAABC Credentials

The IAABC offers internationally recognized animal training and behavior consulting credentialing examinations for several species and specialties. Obtaining an IAABC credential indicates a superior level of knowledge as well as skill in practical application of behavior change principles following LIMA-based strategies. IAABC credentials are written examinations scored by a team of scorers who have taken and passed the same credential with a high score. Answers are graded against a rubric for objective review. When you earn an IAABC credential, you earn the right to proudly represent yourself as one of the most qualified practitioners in the world.
Credentialing examinations are available to all members of the IAABC by clicking the Credentialing tab in the IAABC Member Dashboard. If you are not a member yet and would like to earn a credential, your first step will be to join as a Supporting Member. We encourage you to read about our credentialing requirements and process before joining.

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  • Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC)
  • Certified Cat Behavior Consultant (CCBC)
  • Certified Equine Behavior Consultant (CEBC)
  • Certified Parrot Behavior Consultant (CPBC)
  • Certified Animal Behavior Consultant (CABC)*
  • Certified in Shelter Behavior - Dog (CSB-D)
  • Certified in Shelter Behavior - Cat (CSB-C)
  • Certified Shelter Behavior Specialist (CSBS)**
*CABC is offered when certified in 3 or more species
**CSBS is offered when certified in 2 or more Shelter specialties (does not include SBA)
The IAABC offered an Associate Certified level to Certified species-specific applicants whose scores qualify them for that level. The Associate Certified level is no longer offered by examination.



  • Accredited Dog Trainer (IAABC-ADT)
  • Shelter Behavior Affiliate (SBA)

How to Earn an IAABC Credential

You can view the navigation items to understand more about the requirements of each of our credentials. Or, click below for a walk-through of the credentialing process, resources for preparation, and requirements for credential maintenance.

Member Testimonials

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  • Here I get support, information and training on current, evidence-based knowledge. A great community of international consultants offers great exchange on each relevant topic to support each other helping animals, their owners or even organizations that take care of animals of different species.

    By Sylvia Czarnecki, Certified Horse Behavior Consultant

  • I am proud and honored to be certified by, a member of, and educator for the IAABC. I consider the organization to be the industry standard for well-rounded, quality, ethical animal behavior information that is disseminated in a supportive, effective, collaborative environment. The IAABC works very hard to produce not only quantity of educational resources, but also quality.

    By Katenna Jones, Certified Dog & Cat Behavior Consultant

  • As a member, I get to network with experts in my field all over the world. This allows me to expand my knowledge in cat behavior as well as shelter behavior. As the feline behavior manager in an open intake shelter, this opportunity to learn from the best has allowed me to ensure the mental health and behavior needs are met for the cats in our care. The IAABC is the "go to" place for people all over the world to find experts in animal behavior. As a certified member my profile is available for the public to view. Since I earned my certification, I've seen my private business almost triple.

    By Lisa Stemcosky, Certified Cat Behavior Consultant

  • IAABC has been an invaluable learning tool for both myself and staff. As a shelter professional, the webinars provide relevant and up to date information to be used in multiple formats. The online convenience allows for continuing education, minus the travel.The mentorship programs are nothing short of amazing, including the pricing . This organization is always looking forward and growing.

    By Amy Schindler, Shelter Behavior Affiliate

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