What’s A Certification Certify?

Dog training is an unregulated industry.  There are no licensing requirements nor is there regulatory oversight—anyone can hang out a dog trainer shingle. How, then, do dog owners go about making certain that they are choosing a professional trainer who has met strict education and experience requirements? One way is to look for independent certification.

Bradly Phifer is certified by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT), the only independent testing and certification organization for the dog training profession.

  Certification means, the trainer has:

  • Passed several rigorous exams that tested my dog-training skills and knowledge
  • Signed a strict Code of Ethics for my personal and business conduct
  • A proven commitment to continuing education and professional development
  • A proven commitment to enhancing the dog training profession



What Is The CCPDT?

The CCPDT is an independent, nonprofit credentialing organization. Its sole purpose is to assess, test, and evaluate dog training and behavior professionals through a set of standardized tests—the organization is not affiliated with any outside interests or schools of thought.

Thousands of dog trainers worldwide maintain the CCPDT’s certifications to demonstrate their mastery of humane, science-based dog training practices. Learn more about the CCPDT.

Brad is a talented, knowledgeable, and effective dog trainer—as well as a good teacher. I’ve been working with him for several months to train my Sheltie puppy Ginger. Among other strengths, Brad is flexible and open-minded; if one approach doesn’t work, he’ll try something else. He is also perceptive about how my personality and reactions in various situations can affect Ginger and offers helpful suggestions for improving my interactions with her. Ginger really likes Brad and also behaves well with him. She and I both highly recommend him!

Beth Lawrence

Indianapolis, IN