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
from http://ccpdt.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=17&Itemid=146).

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).


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