Certification of BAT instructors provides dog owners with a trusted source of referrals to behaviorists and trainers using BAT to rehabilitate dog aggression and other issues. Certified BAT Instructors (CBATI) instruct and implement meaningful behavior change through BAT.
You can find a trainer or behaviorist certified in BAT near you in the CBATI directory.
If you want to become a CBATI right now, the current option is to self-study online or work one-on-one with a CBATI and apply online (email us if you're ready to apply). CBATI skills are tested both practically and with a theoretical exam; both are available online. The fee is US$750.
We are currently developing a comprehensive online certification training and mentoring program, which should be available in Autumn, 2022. It will include a series of online classes, mentoring groups, and still testing in a similar way to the current system.
If you're a Diamond member of my Academy, check out the Sneak Peak of the certification programs in April 4 Diamond Minds session. It shares a list of courses you can start taking now.
Some Benefits of 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
- Teaching Intro to BAT seminars and in-person workshops. See note below**
More benefits! Discounts on my favorite products and websites, including:
- A collection of free courses just for CBATIs from the Grisha Stewart Dog Training Academy, plus a discount on everything else.
- Discounted leashes, harnesses, and books in my online store.
- Freedom Harness discounts
- Discounts on all sorts of dog books and videos from Dogwise.com
- Save on treat pouches from WOOFhoof
- Save at PetExpertise.com online store for dog gear
Requirements: The initial Full CBATI Certification process requires a Practical Skills Assessment, a theoretical exam with essay questions (online currently available via interview), pledge to follow the LIMA guidelines as published by CCPDT, APDT, IAABC, and a minimum of 200 hours of experience training dogs using force-free training techniques.
Proof of Experience: Current Certification as CCDPT-KA/KSA, CBCC, CDBC or KPA. Or you may submit proof of 200 hours 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.
- At least 100 hours as the main trainer* for someone else’s dogs, specifically focusing on rehabilitating fear, frustration, or aggressive bullying. This does not need to be with BAT, just progressive/force-free methods. Click here for the fear/frustration/aggression log form.
- The balance of the hours can be accrued doing regular dog training and behavior modification as the lead trainer for someone else’s dogs. Click here for the ‘regular training’ log form.
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 must be submitted prior to taking the CBATI exam.
Practical Skills Assessment: The Practical Skills Evaluation demonstrates your teachings skills and hands-on use of BAT in your work with a Client. The skills are evaluated via video submission or live online video call.
- Click here for instructions for PSA Video Submission (PDF).
- To do your PSA as a live BAT session assessed via live video (Zoom call), please contact us for information. This is a new option.
* ‘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 LIMA Guidelines and be able to provide proof of lead training hours if requested.
** Please Note: except for the 1.5 hour Introduction to BAT webinar, the presentation of online BAT seminars and seminars about BAT is not a CBATI benefit. This is by invitation only. CBATIs in good standing are welcome to give in-person workshops and classes about BAT after two years of certification.