Behavior Consultant Examination


(Certified Behavior Consultant Canine-Knowledge Assessed)


Application Deadline: Thursday, March 10, 2021
Testing Period Begins: Saturday, May 1, 2021
Testing Period Ends: Saturday, May 15, 2021


Application Deadline: Friday, September 15, 2021
Testing Period Begins: Saturday, October 30, 2021
Testing Period Ends: Saturday, November 13, 2021

You can find all examination information, including a complete content outline and sample questions, in the CBCC-KA Candidate Handbook, but here’s an overview:

  • Format: Multiple-choice exam.
  • Length:  180 questions.
  • When: At an appointment you schedule during a 2-week testing period in the fall or spring.
  • Where: Computer-based testing facilities throughout the U.S. and Canada.*
  • Cost: $385
  • Who: The exam is administered by a professional testing company.

*Don’t live in North America? We certify dog training professionals from all around the world (note: the exam is in English). Download the handbook for more information.

What will I be tested on?

CBCC testing areas pie chartApplied Behavior Analysis = 41%

Consulting Skills and Best Practices = 43%

Ethology, Body Language, Observational Skills = 6%

Health, Development, Life Stages, Anatomy

& Physiology = 10%

For details on each examination domain, download the CBCC-KA Study Objectives.

How our tests are developed

When we develop a new examination, we begin by putting together a committee of recognized subject matter experts in that particular field of practice. Through a series of meetings, these experts develop the content outline for the examination.

Once the content outline is done, additional subject matter experts are asked to draft questions, all of which must tie to a citation in recent literature relating to that field. The questions (called ‘items’) go into an Item Bank and from there go through the vetting process described above. For a step-by-step description of the process, see Test Development.

This process of exam development follows the testing guidelines of the Institute of Credentialing Excellence.