Certification

Click to Apply to Be a CBATI (not necessary for participants of Instructor’s Courses).

Certification for BAT instructors is a way to provide dog owners with a trusted source of referrals to behaviorists and trainers using BAT to rehabilitate dog aggression and other issues. This program began in August 2012 with the first BAT Instructor’s Course. Certified BAT Instructors (CBATI) are trainers and behaviorists with experience working with aggression, fear, and bullying using BAT. Their skills are tested both practically and with a written exam. You can find a certified trainer or behaviorist near you in the CBATI directory. Testing outside of the instructor’s courses is also available (at regular BAT seminars) for trainers who are experienced with BAT and reactivity cases via our online School of BAT or some other means.

Some Benefits of Full BAT Instructor Certification:

  • International recognition as a BAT expert
  • Referrals from Grisha and other CBATIs
  • Marketing help (business link on our CBATI directory, help in discussion group, press release on CBATI status)
  • Mentoring: extra support for your work with clients (Facebook group just for CBATIs)
  • Use of the CBATI logo on your website and marketing materials.
  • (More) letters after your name! For example, Jane Smith, MA, CBATI

More benefits! Discounts on Grisha’s favorite products and websites, including: 

Requirements: The initial Full CBATI Certification process requires a Practical Skills Assessment (video case studies – see below), a written exam with essay questions, signing a statement committing to the principles of progressive reinforcement training, and 200 hours of experience training dogs using force-free training techniques.

The Certified BAT Instructor designation is valid for 3 years. Click for current Certification Renewal requirements.

Proof of Experience: These 200 hours can be accrued by training dogs one-on-one, as part of one-to-one training with dogs and their owners, or within a class setting. Hours do not include work with your own dog or your foster dogs, but can be with board and train dogs without the client.

For example, you may submit log forms with 150 hours of behavior cases and 50 hours of regular training. Or 130 hours of behavior and 70 hours of regular training, or 100 of each. Fewer than 100 hours of behavior cases would be insufficient, even with enough hours of regular training to add up to 200.

These hours can be accrued before or after the CBATI exam.

Practical Skills Assessment: The video case study demonstrates your teachings skills and hands-on use of BAT in your work with a client. Click here for the case study information (PDF).

We have developed a 5-day BAT Instructor’s Course to thoroughly teach BAT and to prepare trainers for the certification assessments. Full participants in those courses can submit shorter video case studies (20 minutes versus the longer case study required for others) and will be able to take the written exam at the course for free. Auditors can also take the written exam at the course for free and will need to submit the full video case studies described in the PDF above. We recommend shooting that video AFTER the course. You have 6 months from your exam date to submit your PSA. Click here to read more about the BAT Instructor’s Course.

Optional: Client testimonial mentioning your use of BAT (any client) with permission to share publicly.

Ready to Apply? The initial certification application fee is currently $300 US, which is waived for participants and auditors of the BAT Instructor’s Course. The CBATI exam will be given in several locations starting in 2013, including the BAT Instructor’s courses and other BAT seminars. You may apply to take the test without attending the course or workshop. Click here to apply.

* ‘main trainer’ or ‘lead trainer’ is defined as: a person who is responsible for all aspects of a training session with someone else’s dog, including safety measures for dog and humans, training direction to clients, adopters, and/or assistants, and training direction with student dog(s). Lead trainer must act in accordance with the principals of progressive reinforcement training and be able to provide proof of lead training hours if requested.

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