Certified Dog Trainer (CDT) Certificate Exam

 The Certified Dog Trainer (CDT) Exam is intended to test an applicant’s basic level of skills to provide the general public with a standard of expectation for what constitutes a “basic level” of expertise. The passing of the CDT Exam also provides recognition and approval from peer professionals within an internationally established organization. Upon passing the Exam, IACP shall confer the title of IACP Certified Dog Trainer (IACP-CDT). The trainer who passes the CDT Exam shall be entitled to use the initials IACP-CDT after his or her name, provided that: he or she is an IACP member and adheres to the IACP Code of Conduct. Should a Certified Dog Trainer fail to maintain IACP membership, that trainer no longer falls under the Code of Ethics, and the CDT title, therefore, shall be withdrawn by IACP. The Certified Dog Trainer title may also be removed from a member in good standing, for just cause, by the IACP Board of Directors based on recommendations from a Grievance Committee.

Who may take the CDT Exam?

Professional Members of the IACP, and Associate Members with two years experience as a dog trainer who have been members for a minimum of six months, may take the CDT exam.

Individuals convicted of a felony are ineligible to apply for CDT, CDTA, or PDTI Certification until released from confinement. They must upgrade to an Associate or Professional Membership and meet the regular standards as outlined in the IACP Certifications requirement packet.

Are there other IACP Dog Trainer Certifications?

Once a trainer earns the CDT title, he or she may take the Certified Dog Trainer Advanced (CDTA) Exam, and/or the Professional Dog Training Instructor(PDTI) Exam.

If you are a Service Dog Trainer, please check the Service Dog Trainer Certification.  These exams are available by clicking the links above or on the IACP website in the drop down menu under certification.

How to get started:

The link below contains all the instructions and paperwork needed to complete the CDT Exam.
Download CDT Paper here


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