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Dog Trainer Foundation Exam
“A little learning is a dangerous thing.” ~Mark Twain
The search for knowledge is an endless quest in every profession. Dog training is no exception, and as dogs have become such a part of our lives, information about dog training and dog behavior is voluminous. But as with most everything else, there is foundation knowledge in this profession that must be learned by anyone who seeks to earn a living as a dog trainer.
For years, the IACP has been at the forefront of hands-on certification with our Certified Dog Trainer exam, which tests the hands-on skills of those members who meet the qualifications. Until now, IACP hasn’t had a test that measured the amount of “book knowledge” trainers have, especially new trainers to the field. And there are a lot of them, as dog training and its offshoots are attractive as second careers to many dog lovers.
But while it may seem simple to train a dog, mastering this profession takes long hours “in the trenches,” and despite a lack of national accreditation (at this time), requires more than just the ability to train one’s own pet.
It’s always best to begin at the beginning.
What is it?
The IACP has designed the Dog Trainer Foundation Exam, or DTFE, to test your knowledge of dog behavior concepts as explained in the Source materials (link below). It is designed for newer trainers, such as those fresh out of a dog training school such as National K9 or Starmark Academy, and/or those who have been working with mentors or apprenticing in the dog training field for a short time. It is an online exam consisting of 80 multiple-choice questions and 5 essay questions. You will have 75 minutes to complete it once you begin.
The DTFE tests your core knowledge of the following subjects:
How much does it cost?
The IACP DTFE costs $75.00 USD. Payment must be made with a major credit card or through Paypal. Once you have paid your test fee, you will receive a link to create a Test Username and Password to access your test. See the link at the bottom to get started.
Why should I take it?
What happens if I pass?
You will receive a Certificate of Completion in PDF format once your test has been scored and you’ve received a passing grade. You may print this and hang it proudly at your place of business. You may also use the certification credentials “DTFC” after your name.
What happens if I fail?
You will be allowed to re-take the test as many times as you like, but you must wait at least 30 days to do so. A $50.00 USD fee will apply to each retake.
You, your clients, their dogs, and the IACP. Everybody wins!
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