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Join the IAABC

Welcome New Members!

We welcome all professionals, those new to the field, and those with extensive experience. You do not need to be certified to join.*

  • Everyone begins by joining for $85, which covers the first year’s dues and the application fee.
  • If you’d like to apply for another level, you’re welcome to do so at any time from within your user account.
  • Once accepted to another level, your recertification date and dues date will be moved to your application acceptance date, starting one year from acceptance.
  • Your initial fee of $85 is good for your first year, regardless of status.
  • Additional levels include Certification, Associate Certification, Affiliate and Accredited status in:
    • Dog
    • Shelter Dog
    • Parrot
    • Cat
    • Shelter Cat
    • Shelter Behavior Affiliate
    • Horse
    • Shelter Horse
    • Entrenador Canino Acreditado (Spanish language only)
  • Regardless of your species of specialty, you are welcome to participate in any and all divisions: Dog, Cat, Parrot, Horse, Working Animal and Shelter. About our divisions.
  • For additional information, see our FAQs.

*Boarded veterinary behaviorists are granted certified status as having skills equal to or greater than our full certification requirements.
 Please write to execdirector@iaabc.org.

IAABC Membership Levels

Supporting


$85 per year
  • Free online video education for CEUs
  • Discounts on all online courses
  • Discount on annual Conference
  • Membership in email, Facebook, and LinkedIn discussion groups
  • Vote on IAABC issues
  • Use of IAABC Membership logo (branded with your specific membership type)
  • Discounts on select Karen Pryor Academy courses
  • Collaboration with research projects
  • Many vendor discounts including Dogwise Publishing
  • Access to conference recordings and webinars, for CEUs
  • Opportunities to participate in working groups
  • Access to IAABC handout library

Associate
Certified

$95 per year
  • Free online video education for CEUs
  • Discounts on all online courses
  • Discount on annual Conference
  • Membership in email, Facebook, and LinkedIn discussion groups
  • Vote on IAABC issues
  • Use of IAABC Membership logo (branded with your specific membership type)
  • Discounts on select Karen Pryor Academy courses
  • Collaboration with research projects
  • Many vendor discounts including Dogwise Publishing
  • Access to conference recordings and webinars, for CEUs
  • Opportunities to participate in working groups
  • Access to IAABC handout library
  • Title designation
  • Listing in our Consultant Locator

You must first join as an IAABC Supporting member before you can apply for this level.

(eligibility requirements)

Certified

Species & Shelter
$120 per year
  • Free online video education for CEUs
  • Discounts on all online courses
  • Discount on annual Conference
  • Membership in email, Facebook, and LinkedIn discussion groups
  • Vote on IAABC issues
  • Use of IAABC Membership logo (branded with your specific membership type)
  • Discounts on select Karen Pryor Academy courses
  • Collaboration with research projects
  • Many vendor discounts including Dogwise Publishing
  • Access to conference recordings and webinars, for CEUs
  • Opportunities to participate in working groups
  • Access to IAABC handout library
  • Title designation
  • Priority listing in our Consultant Locator

You must first join as an IAABC Supporting member before you can apply for this level.

(eligibility requirements)

Entrenador Canino Acreditado

US$ 85 anuales
  • Educación audiovisual en línea gratuita para obtención de CEUs
  • Descuentos en todos los cursos en línea
  • Descuento en la Conferencia Anual
  • Membresía en los grupos de discusión vía correo electrónico, Facebook y Linkedln.
  • Voto en los asuntos de la IAABC
  • Utilización del logo correspondiente al nivel de membresía de la IAABC
  • Descuentos en cursos exclusivos de la Academia de Karen Pryor
  • Colaboración en proyectos de investigación
  • Descuentos en productos y servicios de diversos proveedores, incluyendo Dogwise Publishing
  • Acceso a grabaciones de conferencias y webinars, para obtención de CEUs
  • Oportunidades de participar en grupos de trabajo.
  • Acceso a la Biblioteca de materiales de la IAABC.
  • Designación de Título
  • Listado en nuestro Localizador de Entrenadores

Primero debe unirse como Miembro Colaborador de la IAABC previo a postular a este nivel.

(Requerimientos de Elegibilidad)
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Shelter

Affiliate

$85 per year
  • Free online video education for CEUs
  • Discounts on all online courses
  • Discount on annual Conference
  • Membership in email, Facebook, and LinkedIn discussion groups
  • Vote on IAABC issues
  • Use of IAABC Membership logo (branded with your specific membership type)
  • Discounts on select Karen Pryor Academy courses
  • Collaboration with research projects
  • Many vendor discounts including Dogwise Publishing
  • Access to conference recordings and webinars, for CEUs
  • Opportunities to participate in working groups
  • Access to IAABC handout library
  • Title designation

You must first join as an IAABC Supporting member before you can apply for this level.

(eligibility requirements)

Frequently Asked Questions

We define animal behavior consulting as:

Working to effect positive behavior change in companion animals displaying dysfunctional, harmful, aggressive, destructive, or undesirable behaviors that cause harm or distress to themselves, other animals, or to their caregivers or the public.

Behavior consulting includes working with people as well as pets. Work with owners, new adopters, shelter staff and board and train cases must include more than two visits with the caregivers to demonstrate your ability to work with human clients as well as companion animals.

For the Cat, Horse and Parrot divisions (non-shelter), the following activities may be considered animal behavior consulting as part of the recommended hours:

  • Behavior consultation via phone or video chat service, that does not necessarily include meeting in-person with animal and client, but covers a large volume and variety of cases.

The application questions are in short-answer and essay format. The application is entirely web-based and you complete it online. Save your work in the application often to ensure you don't lose your completed work in the event of computer or electricity problems.

Questions on the application relate to the Core Areas of Competency, experience, and references you have used to build knowledge and skills. The application requires case studies, which you may find easier to work on in a separate document saved to your computer. You can then paste your case studies into the application after performing a spell-check.

You may use the sample case study format as a template for your own. Our 60 day time period should allow you to work on your application and case studies at a comfortable pace. Once your application is submitted, our volunteer Application Review Committee typically notifies applicants of their certification status within three weeks.

Application "Scenarios" are theoretical cases where applicants are assessed on their animal behavior consulting skills. Included as part of the components of a Scenario may be history taking and assessment, as well as recommendations on safety/management, behavior modification strategies, and problem solving.

For example, a basic Scenario for a car mechanic's application might be:

Q: John complains his car won't start. Explain how you would fix this issue.

Applicant A answers: I would check the alternator and battery.

Applicant B answers: I would ask John if he had his keys and if they turned properly in the ignition, or determine if the battery in the key is operational for chip start engines.
I would then determine if there is gas in the vehicle, if the battery is functional, if the alternator is functional, and if the starter is functional. Next, I would check the cables running between each component.

Application Review Committee's rubric for assessing applicant:
Did the applicant check if gas was in the car: 0-3 points
Did the applicant check the key functionality: 0-3 points
Did the applicant check the battery: 0-3 points
Did the applicant check all cables between relevant components: 0-3 points

As you can see, Applicant A would lose points as they did not touch upon certain elements in the rubric that would be required for a mechanic at that level. 
Applicant B however would score well as they discussed all of the components contained in the scoring rubric.

Application Handbook

If you have any further questions, please contact us.