Click to Apply to Be a CBATI (not necessary for participants of Instructor’s Courses).
Certification for BAT instructors began in August 2012 with the first BAT Instructor’s Course, as a way to provide 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) are trainers and behaviorists with experience working with aggression, fear, and bullying using BAT. Their skills are tested both practically and with a written exam. You can find a trainer near you in the CBATI directory. Testing outside of the instructor’s courses is also available (at regular seminars) for trainers who are experienced with BAT and reactivity cases.
Benefits of Full 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)
- 10% off of items at the Ahimsa Dog Training store for as long as you are certified (ebooks).
- Use of the CBATI logo on your website and marketing materials.
- (More) letters after your name! For example, Jane Smith, MA, CBATI
Requirements: BAT Instructor Certification is valid for 3 years. The initial Full CBATI Certification process requires a Practical Skills Assessment (video case studies – see below), a written exam with essay questions, signing a statement committing to the principles of progressive reinforcement training, and 200 hours of experience training dogs using force-free training techniques.
Proof of Experience: These 200 hours can be accrued by 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 can be accrued before or after the CBATI exam. Trainers who have fulfilled the other requirements who have not yet submitted evidence of the 200 hours experience will be awarded Provisional Certification (pCBATI). Provisionally certified instructors will be able to join the Facebook group and will be listed on the website with provisional status noted. They will not have the other benefits of full members, including the CBATI designation and logo.
Video Case Study: The video case study allows us to do a Practical Skills Assessment on your work with a client. Click here for the case study information (PDF).
We have developed a 5-day BAT Instructor’s Course to thoroughly teach BAT and to prepare trainers for the certification assessments. Full participants in those courses can submit shorter video case studies (20 minutes versus the longer case study required for others) and will be able to take the written exam at the course for free. Auditors can also take the written exam at the course for free and will need to submit the full video case studies described in the PDF above. We recommend shooting that video AFTER the course. Click here to read more about the BAT Instructor’s Course.
Ready to Apply? The initial certification application fee is currently $300 US, which is waived for participants and auditors of the BAT Instructor’s Course. The CBATI exam will be given in several locations starting in 2013, including the BAT Instructor’s courses and other BAT seminars. You may apply to take the test without attending the course or workshop. Click here to apply.