The CCPDT®’s organizational model follows the recommended practices of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE). ICE is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing educational, networking, and advocacy resources for the credentialing community. ICE’s accrediting body, the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), evaluates certification organizations for compliance with the NCCA standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs. We support the mission of ICE and strive to meet or exceed the NCCA standards for our credentialing processes and decisions. The CCPDT became accredited by NCCA in November 2014. We will continue to be monitored by NCCA to ensure we are demonstrating our compliance with the highest standards of credentialing organizations, from administration, test development, and recertification to governance and fiscal responsibility.

What is certification?

Certification is a form of credentialing. A credential is a designation that indicates competence in a subject or area. Certification is usually a voluntary process instituted by a nongovernmental agency in which people are recognized for advanced knowledge and skill. Certification requires assessment, including testing, and an evaluation of education and/or experience. The purpose of CCPDT’s certifications is to test and, when successfully passed, serve as evidence of the professional competence and knowledge of dog trainers and behavior consultants.

Certification vs. certificate programs

A certificate program is an educational program that can be offered by any individual or organization, from venerable universities to your local garden enthusiast. When you graduate, whether from an afternoon’s pruning class or four years of college, you receive a certificate. A credentialing certification, as explained above, is an examination and verification of the skills and knowledge a professional has attained through education and experience. The CCPDT is the only independent, standardized certification for dog training professionals. We are not allied to any outside influences or interests, and our sole purpose is to develop, deliver, and oversee the highest quality certification examinations of dog training professionals.