Pet Professional Accreditation Board announces move to allow credential transfer
With immediate effect, board grants permission for specific industry credentials to be transferred provided eligibility and ethical requirements are met
By: Pet Professional Guild
PPAB is currently the only organization to provide accreditation for professionals who believe there is no place for electric shock, choke, prong, pain, fear, coercion or intimidation in dog training and behavior modification. The board also offers the only psychometrically developed, independently assessed examination for training and behavior consultants who support and practice humane and scientific methods only, as set out in its Guiding Principles (https://www.credentialingboard.com/
All PPAB programs have a rigorous path to completion whereby applicants are required to show in-depth knowledge and competent mechanical skills, supported by people coaching skills. To transfer a credential to PPAB at any level, applicants must be able to demonstrate that they have the correlating ethics in place, the required competency and knowledge, as well as the practical ability to carry out their craft. If only one component of the credential requirement can be demonstrated through the candidate's current qualification, then they will be required to supplement their application either by taking a written examination or submitting specific skill videos.
To apply for a transfer, candidates must determine which credential best meets their skill set and current level of education, ensure they are eligible and in compliance with PPAB's ethics, complete the application form, submit a transfer fee of US$50, and submit the necessary documentation. PPAB will work with applicants to audit their current credentials and determine what may be missing, and candidates will have six months to provide the relevant documents.
"The development of this credential transfer policy will support our members and other professionals who stand by the mandate that no shock, prong, choke, pain or fear should ever be used in the care, management or training of any pet, industry-wide, worldwide," said Niki Tudge, president of the Pet Professional Guild (PPG), which oversees PPAB. "Now, those who have already done the heavy lifting to attain a high-level credential can transfer it to PPAB and hold a credential that reflects what they stand for in ethical terms. Crucially, this policy in no way compromises the high levels of skills and knowledge required by each of the three credentials as proof will need to be submitted across the credential requirements for each level."
For more information on credential transfer, see here
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, and that no compulsion-based methods are employed to train or care for a pet.