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CEU Policy


The purpose of this policy is to provide consistent, clear guidelines that can be applied by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) Education Committee when determining whether to approve or deny Continuing Education Units (CEUs).


Eligibility and Calculation of CEUs

Educational Events

CEUs may be granted to the following types of educational events herein referred to as "course/seminar":

  • Academic classes (offered by an accredited academic institution, usually a college or university)
  • Online classes and webinars
  • In-person seminars and workshops

CEUs will only be granted to courses/seminars whose content covers one (1) or more of the current Core Competencies for which the applicant is seeking CEUs.

The IAABC does not award CEUs for education in the use of tools and techniques advocating the use of punishment or aversives. Examples include, but are not limited to: prong collars, cattle prods, verbal/physical abuse, electronic collars, whips, excessive confinement, etc.

Course/seminar content must be based on current, scientifically valid principles and adhere to the LIMA strategy. The IAABC reserves the right to request additional information regarding the validity of the content. Additionally, professional development courses/seminars that fall outside the Core Competencies, but meet all other CEU requirements are allowed, but these Professional Development CEUs are limited to six (6) per recertification period.

Speaker Eligibility Requirements

IAABC educators must have proven expertise in their subject matter.

Foundational and fundamental science courses must be taught by educators with a correlated degree in that science: Applied behavior analysis, learning science, ethology, genetics, and biology courses, for instance, may only be taught by experts with degrees pertaining to those fields.

Other courses, including those referring to and employing those sciences, may be taught by experts with the following qualifications: IAABC Certified or Accredited Member, CCPDT Certified member, KPA, DACVB, CAAB, practitioners listed on the ABTC register, or those professionals holding an appropriate higher education degree in the subject matter they are teaching.

We understand that expertise cannot always be measured by academic study or certifications. Educators wishing to present courses who do not meet the above criteria may apply for IAABC Recognized Educator Status by filling out this application for further information.

Once approved, IAABC Recognized Educators may offer further education through IAABC by referencing their Recognized Educator Status. They do not need to reapply for Recognized Educator status every time.

As an Attendee/Participant

Break and meal times must be deducted from the event times specified on the application.

Lecture - Attendees/participants will receive 1 CEU per hour of lecture time.

Hands On – This is defined as an attendee working individually with a live animal under the immediate direction and supervision of the event presenter or their designated assistant. It can also include a small group of attendees working together, under the immediate direction and supervision of the event presenter or their designated assistant, with set goals to be achieved and approved by the presenter. Attendees/participants will receive 1.5 CEUs per hour of hands-on time.

Homework is defined as work completed by the participant outside of the lecture portion of an eligible learning event, and must require data gathering, research and/or review of course materials. Homework must be reviewed by the event presenter or their designated teaching assistant, and must achieve a “pass” or passing grade to earn CEU credit. Attendees/participants will receive 1 CEU per two hours of Homework time.

As a Presenter

Presenters can earn 1.5 CEUs per hour of presentation/lecture, when the course/seminar meets the subject matter and scientific qualifications outlined under eligibility. Animal training classes regularly offered to the general public as part of a Member’s animal training and/or behavior consulting business do not qualify for CEUs.



Authoring Articles

Authoring an article published in an animal industry or peer-reviewed publication which meets the subject matter and scientific qualifications described below may qualify for 2 CEUs.

An “article” is defined as a researched piece of work, approximately 1000 words or more, with references, quotes and citations. An animal industry publication is defined by The IAABC as the distribution of printed or electronic reproductions by an industry organization for sale to the public or as a benefit of paid membership.

An author may only request CEUs once per article regardless of the number of publications in which it was published.

Authoring Books

Authoring a non-fiction book that is instructional in nature and adheres to LIMA may qualify for CEUs as listed below. Book publication date must be within the Member’s three year certification period.

12 CEUs may be earned for a book whose target audience is other animal behavior professionals.

8 CEUs may be earned for a book aimed at the general public.

4 CEUs may be earned for one or more chapters in a multi-authored book.


Eligibility for IAABC CEU Credits

Educational content must be directly related to one's professional capacity as a trainer or behavior consultant to be eligible for IAABC CEUs. Content must have a primary focus on behavior or animal training, or secondary focus on professional development in the behavior consulting field (this can include first aid for the species one works with). Course content whose primary focus is the animal's physical health, wellness or nutritional status will not be considered for IAABC CEUs.

Multi-speaker courses/seminars lasting more than three (3) days in length will not be granted more than 36 CEUs.

Single-speaker courses/seminars regardless of length will not be granted more than 25 CEUs.

Members may use no more than 25 CEUs per presenter, per recertification period, unless as part of a multi-speaker course or seminar.

No more than half of CEUs earned in a certification period, i.e. 18 CEUs, can be earned from a consultant’s own work, for either presenting seminars, lectures, etc., or authoring a book.

CEUs may be used one time for the 3-year certification periods to which they apply, based on the date the CEUs were earned.

Presenters may apply and receive CEUs only once per presentation regardless of the number of times they may present the same presentation.

Animal communication and homeopathic therapy courses are not eligible for CEUs.

Course content on licensed therapies is not eligible for IAABC CEUs unless as part of a licensed veterinarian’s presentation on animal behavior consulting or animal training.


Application and Verification of Attendance for CEU Credit

Application for CEUs

IAABC CEU codes are distributed by event Hosts. An individual or organization hosting a course/seminar (“Host”) may request CEUs before or after the date of the course/seminar. If you are an attendee and are looking for CEUs for an event you attended, please reach out to the Host and ask them to apply on your behalf.

All ongoing / on demand courses will be approved for a term of one year. Hosts may apply for an initial 3 year validity, by entering the event with 3 separate occurrences. Hosts must inform the Education Committee of their wish to renew at the expiration of the term, and update any changes to the course at that time.

Verification of Attendance

For course/seminar events, the Host should maintain an attendance log for all those attending.

To verify attendance for webinars or online courses/seminars (whether live or previously recorded), Hosts shall either give two (2) code words during the lecture or provide participants with a quiz that does not have easily researched answers. Participants must submit the code words correctly to the Host or receive a passing grade on the quiz for verification of attendance. After such proof has been received, the Host may provide Members with their Approved CEU Form.

For webinars or online courses/seminars that are live, Hosts may take attendance during the first and last fifteen (15) minutes of the course/seminar to verify attendance. Hosts may also submit alternative methods for verification of attendance to the IAABC before the course/seminar.

Issuing CEU credit to Attendees for Personal Input to their Accounts

Hosts will provide to attendees a pre-approved course/seminar "event code" that IAABC members enter into their user accounts. Attendees should also receive an official Approved CEU Form provided by IAABC that should include the IAABC logo, host name, presenter/seminar name, course/seminar date and location, and participant name. A Host signature is also required. We recommend that such forms be provided within the final three (3) hours of the course/seminar in order to prevent attendance fraud.

Appeal for Denied CEUs

In the event that a CEU application is denied, the applicant may appeal to the IAABC Board of Directors at info@iaabc.org. The applicant must submit evidence and information in support of the application in writing to support the appeal. The IAABC Board of Directors may, at its sole discretion, request additional information prior to ruling on the appeal. Approval of an appeal requires a 2/3 majority to pass. If the appeal is not granted by the IAABC Board of Directors, the applicant may not reapply for CEUs for the same course/seminar unless the course/seminar content has been significantly altered.