To ensure our certificants are up-to-date on the latest developments in the science of dog training and behavior—including new practices, methodologies, equipment, and terminology—we require them to recertify regularly. We have determined each recertification period based on the pace of change in the field.
CPDT-KA/-KSA certificants must renew their certification every 3 years.
If you initially certified in the Spring Exam Window your recertification deadline is 5/31 (3 yrs after you earned the certification)
If you initially certified in the Fall Exam Window your recertification deadline is 11/30 (3 yrs after you earned the certification)
Knowledge-Assessed (-KA) certifications: Educational events earn you a certain number of CEUs each. During the re-certification period, you must earn 36 of these units.
Knowledge and Skills Assessed (-KSA) certifications: Educational events may contain a portion of hands-on CEUs and a portion of seminar/lecture CEUs. During the recertification period, you must earn 12 CEUs of hands-on time and 36 hours of lecture/seminar CEUs.
If you earn more than 12 units of hands-on experience, the extra units can be counted toward the 36 lecture/seminar units.
CBCC-KA certificants must renew their certification every 5 years.
If you initially certified in the Spring Exam Window your recertification deadline is 5/31 (5 yrs after you earned the certification)
If you initially certified in the Fall Exam Window your recertification deadline is 11/30 (5 yrs after you earned the certification)
Knowledge-Assessed (-KA) certifications: Educational events earn you a certain number of CEUs each. During the re-certification period, you must earn 36 of these units. CEUs are specific either to training or behavior, so attending a training event won’t earn you CEUs toward a behavior designation.
As with -KA certificates, hands-on and lecture/seminar credit is specific to either behavior or training. Attending a training event won’t count toward hands-on or lecture/seminar credit for a behavior designation.
How to calculate CEUs
CPDT-KA or CPDT-KSA certificants can use CEUs designated CPDT-KA, CPDT-KSA, and CBCC-KA CEUs toward recertification. CBCC-KA certificants, on the other hand, can only use CBCC-KA CEUs.
If a course has been granted 4 CBCC-KA CEUs, 2 CPDT-KA CEUs and 1 CPDT-KSA CEU, the following CEUs could be earned toward recertification:
- CBCC-KA would earn a total of 4 CEUs towards CBCC-KA recertification
- CPDT-KA would earn 7 CEUs towards CPDT-KA recertification (4 CBCC-KA, 2 CPDT-KA and 1 CPDT-KSA)
- CPDT-KSA would earn 6 CEUs towards the CPDT-KA portion of their recertification (4 CBCC-KA and 2 CPDT-KA) and 1 CEU towards their KSA portion of the recertification. If that certificant had already obtained sufficient CPDT-KSA CEUs, the CPDT-KSA CEU would be applied toward the CPDT-KA requirement
CBCC-KA/CPDT-KA(KSA) would earn 4 CEUs towards their CBCC-KA recertification and 3 towards their CPDT-KA(KSA) recertification.
Missed the recertification deadline?
You can apply for recertification up to 30 days past your deadline. A late fee of $100 (in addition to the recertification fee) applies. Any later than that, though, and you have to reapply for certification through the same process as when you originally became certified. To learn more, read our policy on late recertification submissions.
Under unusual or extraordinary circumstances, we can grant an extension on the recertification date. To get a one-year extension (available only once per certificant), send a written explanation of why you need one to the CCPDT board at least 30 days before your recertification date. To learn more, read our policy on recertification extensions.