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.

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We are always looking for dedicated, creative thinkers who want to make a difference. If you would like to become more involved, join our motivated and talented team of committee members!  Learn More >

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Visit the CCPDT® Media Center for the latest news from CCPDT and our certificants. Need an expert source for an article? We can help! Learn More >

Become a Dog Trainer

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

“Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers®”, “CCPDT®”, “CPDT-KA®”, CPDT-KSA®”, and “CBCC-KA®” are registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.