Pet Professional Accreditation Board launches new level for canine training technicians

Board adds Canine Training Technician (Accredited) qualification to reflect practical skills and experience of dog training professionals; special introductory offer waives eligibility fee
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The Pet Professional Accreditation Board
The Pet Professional Accreditation Board
TAMPA, Fla. - Aug. 7, 2016 - PRLog -- The Pet Professional Accreditation Board (PPAB) has added a new level to its current accreditation process designed specifically for professional canine training technicians. Holders of the new qualification will earn the title Canine Training Technician (Accredited), and be able to display the letters (CTT-A) after their names. As a special introductory offer, PPAB is waiving the $45 eligibility fee for all CTT-A applications from August through October 2016. The same waiver also applies to applications for all other credentials offered by PPAB.

The CTT-A credential has been introduced as a Level One qualification and was developed specially for professionals who are highly skilled and experienced in the practical art of dog training but may not necessarily hold any formal titles in their field. The credential joins PPAB's current titles, Professional Canine Trainer – Accredited (PCT-A), a Level Two qualification, and Professional Canine Behavior Consultant – Accredited (PCBC-A), a Level Three qualification. All programs have a rigorous path to completion.

To acquire the accreditation, CTT-A candidates will be assessed on their knowledge base, including canine communication and social behavior; recognition of the need for relaxation strategies; general training and management; emotional well-being managed through adequate mental and physical stimulation; ethics; the science of learning; and training tools and equipment. Candidates will also be required to submit filmed evidence as they teach a dog (or dogs) five randomly selected basic skills, and another film clip in which they must explain what a conditioned emotional response is, how to achieve it, and to demonstrate how they have changed a dog's experience of a neutral or unpleasant object or situation to an alternative, positive response. Finally, candidates will be required to submit two videos of them running actual training classes. PPAB has established a set of eligibility criteria, and has published a comprehensive study guide to assist candidates as they move through the process.

"Our education committee has been working on this new level qualification for several months," said Niki Tudge, president of the Pet Professional Guild (PPG). "Our goal was to provide an attractive option for professionals who are excellent dog trainers in practical terms, skills and experience, but may not necessarily have the corresponding academic qualifications. We have already tested the program successfully and are now ready to roll it out internationally to both PPG members and non-members.

"There is, to date, no government oversight in the fields of pet training and behavior in the United States. PPAB was created to establish independently-assessed, highly-respected credentials that demonstrate not only accredited professionals' academic accomplishments and 'real-world' expertise, but also their commitment to results-based, science-based, force-free training and pet care. We look forward to adding a long line of Canine Training Technicians (Accredited) to the growing numbers of force-free training and behavior professionals worldwide."

About the Pet Professional Accreditation Board

The Pet Professional Accreditation Board (PPAB) operates as a Doing Business As (DBA) of the Pet Professional Guild (PPG). It operates a meticulous testing program for force-free animal training and behavior professionals that is independent of any industry school, trade school, college or credentialing body. Applicants are tested in the fields of learning theory; biology and anatomy; ethology, body language and observational skills; canine health, development and life stages; business and consulting skills and best practices and, finally, scientific and practical method. Those who pass the examination and meet the practical requirements earn specific titles which may be used after their names and must earn continuing education units to maintain these titles. Accredited PPAB professionals understand force-free to mean: no shock, no pain, no choke, no fear, no physical force, no physical molding, and that no compulsion-based methods are employed to train or care for a pet. For further details on the Canine Training Technician (Accredited) qualification, click here.


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