About The Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT)

The Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) was created in 2001 and is the first true certification program for dog trainers. Many schools teach dog trainers and offer certification for their specific programs. These certifications, therefore, reflect the teachings and quality of a specific school. Other organizations offer take-home tests for “certification.” The trainers are not monitored to make sure they are completing the test without any assistance or collaboration, nor is the testing process standardized. The CPDT testing process was implemented by the APDT, the largest association of dog trainers in the world, founded by noted veterinarian, behaviorist, and author Dr. Ian Dunbar. A task force of approximately 20 internationally known dog training professionals and behaviorists worked for three years to research and develop the comprehensive written examination. There are now over 1800 Certified Pet Dog Trainers in the U.S, Canada, Austria, Ireland, Singapore, Japan, Australia, and The Bahamas.