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


CPDT-KA Scholarship Program

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

Approved Educational Provider (AEP) Program – updated program available in late summer 2024

Certification Compliance and Disciplinary Procedures

Conflict of Interest

Dog Training and Behavior Intervention Practices

Job Board

Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive (LIMA) Effective Behavior Intervention


Protection of the Public

Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics

Position Statements

Electronic Training Collar Position Statement

Breed Specific Legislation Position Statement

Mandating Certification Position Statement

Train and Board Facility Abuse Statement

Concerns Regarding Dog Handling Practices in Online Training Videos



Recertification Due Date Extension

Recertification Late Submission

Recertification Requirements

Recertification Scholarship Program

Complaint Policy and Form

CCPDT® is not a federal or state licensing agency. Our certificants are held to high standards and are expected to comply with our Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics and Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive (LIMA) Effective Behavior Intervention. As part of our mission, we will investigate complaints alleging violations of either of these policies.

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 the CCPDT Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics and/or Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive (LIMA) Effective Behavior Intervention policies.
  3. If it appears from the allegations that any of the policies 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.