Academy Certified Trainer

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To become an Academy Certified Trainer, an individual must –

  • Have 500 hours working with animals prior to certification based on the type of experience
  • Complete the online curriculum
  • Take a 150 question test and have a passing score of at least 80%
    • OPTION: Can retake the test up to three times. If no satisfactory score is achieved, redo all online curricula before taking it again.
  • Submit a video or in-person demonstration with a certified evaluator of the individual training one small dog and one large dog on 5 core cues – the video must be reviewed and approved by ADTS.
  • Individuals must demonstrate patience, a positive attitude, compassion for the animal, avoid frustration and physical manipulation
  • If all of the above is completed to a satisfactory level, a certificate of completion given
  • Provided logo to use on their website