Announcing the Certification of Joel Walton  


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Prince Frederick MD -Local dog trainer Joel Walton of Prince Frederick MD has earned Level I certification through the
Certification Council for Pet Dog Trainers (CCPDT), the first national certification for dog trainers in history.
Up until the creation of the Certification Council for Pet Dog Trainers in 2001, there was no true certification process for
dog trainers. Many schools teach dog trainers and offer certification for their specific programs. These certificates,
therefore, reflect the teachings and quality of a specific school. Other organizations offer take-home tests for
"certificati9n." The trainers are not monitored to make sure they are completing the test without any assistance or
collaboration, nor is the testing process standardized.

The Certification Council for Pet Dog Trainers is a true certification entity pursuing accreditation from NOCA, the
National Organization for Competency Assurance. The Council administered its first test September 28 during the
Association ofPet Dog Trainers (APDT) Annual Educational Conference in Ellenville, NY. The test site was professionally
secured and moderated by Professional Testing Corporation of New York.

This unprecedented process was originally implemented by the APDT, the largest association of dog trainers in the
world, founded by noted veterinarian, behaviorist and author Dr. Ian Dunbar . Early on, the APDT recognized the need
for certification for its profession. Pet dog trainers needed a credible means of measuring their knowledge and skills and
the dog-owning public needed a credible barometer for choosing a trainer. A task force of approximately 20 nationally
known dog training professionals and behaviorists worked for three years to research and develop the comprehensive
written examination. The APDT also hired Professional Testing Corporation to ensure the process met professional
testing standards. It then created a separate, independent council -the Certification Council for Pet Dog Trainers -to
manage the accreditation and pursue future development.

Candidates who pass the exam will earn the title Certified Pet Dog Trainer and may use the designation, "CPDT ," after
their names. As creators of the examination, the task force members have also earned the use of the CPDT
designation. All certified trainers must earn continuing education credits to keep their designations, or take the
examination again in three years. With the inception of this certification, there are now 136 Certified Pet Dog Trainers in
the United States and Canada.



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