Association of Companion Animal Behavior Counselors An International Association of Companion Animal Behavior Specialists
 
Professional Certification Levels  
The Board of Professional Certification offers three levels of professional credentials.

Board Certification Requirements

The Board Certified Companion Animal Behaviorist (BCCAB) credential will be granted to professionals who have completed a Masters degree or higher (with a minimum of 24 credits in behavioral science and required courses in the following subject areas and a BOPC supervised internship with a BOPC-approved mentor or experiential review by the BOPC.

  • 3 credits or 48 contact hours of Learning
  • 3 credits or 48 contact hours of Ethology, comparative psychology or animal behavior
  • 3 credits or 48 contact hours of Physiological psychology
  • 3 credits or 48 contact hours of Family counseling
  • 3 credits or 48 contact hours of a general small business practice/ethics course
  • 3 credits or 48 contact hours of Experimental psychology or research methods
  • 3 credits or 48 contact hours of Introduction to Statistics
  • 9 credits or 144 contact hours of theoretical coursework in a minimum of three (3) companion animal species (e.g. canine, feline, equine, avian and reptilian) or equivalent
  • A minimum of three years of practical training and experience in applied companion animal behavior.

The BCCAB credential is intended for professionals who conduct scientific research in the field, teach on the degree granting institution, career school, or clinical levels, and/or practice applied companion animal behavior counseling.

The Certified Canine Behavior Counselor (CBC) credential will be granted to professionals who have completed the following college or career school coursework and a BOPC supervised internship with a BOPC-approved mentor.

The theoretical courses required are:

  • 3 credits or 48 contact hours of Leaning
  • 3 credits or 48 contact hours of Ethology or Biopsychology
  • 3 credits or 48 contact hours of Behavior Modification and Treatment
  • 3 credits or 48 contact hours of Animal Nutrition and Wellness
  • 3 credits or 48 contact hours of Business Practices and Ethics or Animal Welfare Science
  • 3 credits or 48 contact hours of Family Counseling and Communication (2004 applications)

The practical courses or workshops required are:

  • 2 credits 48 contact hours in animal training and instructor skills development (dogs only)
  • 2 credits 48 contact hours in assessment, diagnosis, treatment and family counseling in abnormal behavior

Theoretical courses may be taken through a BOPC Approved Education Provider (AEP) or at regionally accredited college and university. Practical courses or workshops must be taken with BOPC Approved Education Providers only.

The CBC credential is intended for professionals who practice applied companion animal behavior counseling in the private or public sector or as an associate at a veterinary hospital or clinic practice.

The Certified Canine Behavior Counselor level requires experience working in the applied animal science field for not less than 3 years and evidence of 80 contact hours (8 CEUs) of continuing education from an approved continuing education provider such as an International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET) approved provider. During the first 3 years of certification, this credential will have an "A" before the professional title to signify "Associate," e.g. ACBC.

The Certified Dog Training Instructor (CDTI) credential will be awarded to professionals who have completed a BOPC approved practical course in dog training and instructor skills development by an Approved Education Provider. An internship is also required with a BOPC mentor. These individuals will be qualified to train family dogs in basic obedience, teach obedience classes as an instructor, and work with families to modify normal but unwanted behavior.

The CDTI credential is intended for professionals who teach family dog obedience training classes, perform dog training services, and assist family members with dogs that present behavior problems that are normal for the species, but unwanted.

Certified Dog Training Instructor level requires experience working in the applied animal science field for not less than 3 years and evidence of 80 contact hours (8 CEUs) of continuing education from an approved continuing education provider such as an International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET) approved provider.

The Associate Dog Training Instructor (ADTI) will be offered in lieu of the CDTI for individuals with less than three years experience in the field. Satisfactory documentation in the field must accompany applicants for the CDTI credential.

 
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