HAWS’ Certified Professionals
Animal training and behavior activities are becoming increasingly sophisticated as science helps us
understand the complexity of the animal mind. Serious behavior problems, particularly those
involving aggression require a high level of expertise to treat and manage safely. Working with
a qualified and certified professional is more likely to achieve the desired outcome.
What does “certified” mean?
Establishing a credentialing program enhances the reputation of a profession. A certification
program is not an endorsement of an individual by the organization, but it signifies to those
seeking to use the professional that the professional has sought out a credentialing program
and has passed the credential’s requirements. Certification is voluntary, unlike licensing
which is required for professions such as physicians, nurses, and psychologists (retrieved 1/23/13
IAABC Certified members are required to demonstrate competency in six core areas including
assessment and intervention strategies, consulting skills, knowledge of animal behavior, and
species-specific knowledge (retrieved 1/23/13 from http://iaabc.org/about).