Public Policies


Appeal on Denial of Eligibility

Appeal on Denial of Recertification


Use of Certification Credential and Marks

Certificant List

Certification Only by Examination


Continuing Education Units

CEU Policy


Examination Challenges

Examination Format

Examination Items

Examination Passing Score

Examination Refunds

Examination Results

Examination Re-takes

Examination Security

Test Content Outline

Testing Date Transfer

Governing Documents

ADA Accommodations

Code of Ethics

Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics (effective 1/1/19)

Certification Compliance and Disciplinary Procedures

Conflict of Interest

Non Disclosure Agreement

Protection of the Public

Dog Training and Behavior Intervention Practices

Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive (LIMA) Effective Behavior Intervention (effective 1/1/19)

Position Statements

Application of the Humane Hierarchy Position Statement

Electronic Training Collar Position Statement

Breed Specific Legislation Position Statement

Mandating Certification Position Statement


Recertification Due Date Extension

Recertification Late Submission


Recertification Requirements

Complaint Policy and Form

CCPDT is not a state licensing agency. Our certificants are held to high standards and are expected to comply with our Code of Ethics  and Dog Training and Behavior Intervention Practices, (“Practices”). As part of our mission, we will investigate complaints alleging violations of either of these sets of standards.

Instructions for Filing a Complaint With CCPDT

  1. An individual desiring to file a complaint about a CCPDT certificant must complete the Complaint Form and submit it to CCPDT via email to or via mail to CCPDT, 1350 Broadway, Suite 800, New York, NY 10018.
  2. The Certificant Compliance Committee will review the complaint and determine if the complaint alleges facts that violate either the CCPDT Code of Ethics or Practices.
  3. If it appears from the allegations that either the Code or Ethics or the Practices have been violated, the identified witnesses will be contacted and may be asked to sign an affidavit.
  4. A copy of the Complaint Form, including the name(s) of the complainant, will be given to the individual cited in the form.
  5. Upon completion of the investigation, the Certificant Compliance Committee will notify the CCPDT Executive Committee of its findings in compliance with the CCPDT Certification Compliance and Disciplinary Procedures.