Who we are

The Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT), established in 2001, is the leading independent certifying organization for the dog training profession. The CCPDT is the leader in the development of rigorous exams to demonstrate mastery of humane, science-based dog training practices. Thousands of dog training professionals worldwide maintain the CCPDT’s certifications as a mark of high professional distinction.

Trainer Spotlight


Read what our certificants say about training, owning a business, and the most important lessons they’ve learned. Learn More >

Get Involved


Want to make a difference and give back to the profession? Share your expertise and grow your network through volunteering with the CCPDT. Learn More >

Upcoming CEU Events


Keep your skills sharp and your knowledge up-to-date. Browse hundreds of educational events approved for continuing education units. Learn More >



Veterinarians, breeders, animal shelters, rescue groups, humane societies: Learn more about certified trainers. Learn More >

Stay Up-To-Date


Check out industry news, conference updates, reviews of literature, articles, etc. Explore past issues of our certificant newsletter The Scoop. Learn More >

Become a Dog Trainer

become a trainer

Interested in a career as a professional dog trainer? The 3 big milestones are: education, experience, certification. Learn More >