PPAB offers the only Accredited Training Technician and Professional Canine Trainer  certification for professionals who believe there is no place for shock, choke, prong, fear or intimidation in canine training and behavior practices. 

PPAB also offers the only psychometrically developed examination for Training & Behavior Consultants who also support  these humane and scientific practices

Please note, until further notice, the criteria has been amended for "Coaching Videos" for each of the three Accreditation levels. The updated criteria can be found in this supplemental guide. This is due to social distancing and the inability to hold in person coaching sessions. 

Level 2. Professional Canine Trainer Study Guide

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  1. Review your eligibility for each level
  2. Download your guide
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Level 2: Professional Canine Trainer Eligibility

  •  All applicants must agree to the Pet Professional Accreditation Board Guiding Principles and operating policies.  A violation in this code of ethics will result in an immediate removal of any credentials. 
  •  Applicants must be 21 years of age or over the age of accountability in their country of residence
  •  All Applicants must be able to demonstrate their training experience in at least one of the following ways:
  • 170 hours over the past 12 months of group training classes and/or private training of pet dog manners.  One training hour unit is defined as 1 x 45-60 minutes of one group class or 1 x 45-60 minutes of private training


  •  Over a period of 24 months, a minimum of 200 hours’ experience of group training classes and/or private training of pet dog manners to be eligible to apply.  One training hour unit is defined as 1 x 45-60 minutes of one group class or 1 x 45-60 minutes of private training
  •  Applicants must have completed 20 continuing education credit hours at professional seminars, workshops and/or webinars during the previous two years or less.  
  •  Applicants can be either full-time or part-time professionals or volunteers in a force-free training environment; eligibility is determined by the number of hours of experience and acquisition of CEU points.
  •  Applicants must provide one written references from a colleague or PPG member who can confirm their date of entry into the industry and confirm their logged hours of training. A second reference must be provided from a client of the applicant or a veterinarian.
  •  Applicants must provide proof of business insurance. (North America, Australia and any other countries that provide professional insurance.) or insurance cover for the organization in which they are working or volunteering

Renewal eligibility occurs every 24 months. Professional Canine Trainers must provide proof of 20 CEU's 

If you are applying to undertake the Professional Canine Trainer credential and you have passed the Canine Training Technician credential within 12 months of your CTT-A attainment, please apply to the PPAB for credit for your videos.  

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