We designed the knowledge assessed (-KA) training certification exam to test the foundational knowledge a professional dog trainer must have.The test questions are compiled by a group of acknowledged dog training and behavior experts. The questions are multiple-choice—the most frequently used format in examinations that validate a candidate’s competence to perform the work of the profession—and are based on the general knowledge of dog behavior and application of training techniques.
Skills assessed (-KSA) is the next level of training certification. During this examination, you must demonstrate through a video the practical skills necessary to train dogs and teach others to train their dogs. The examinations are changed periodically and are reviewed with a psychometrician before being released for the testing period. The videos are scored using a rubric which removes as much subjectivity from the judging as possible.
The exam domains for the knowledge assessed (-KA) certification are instruction skills; learning theory; ethology; equipment; animal husbandry. The exam domains for the skills assessed (-KSA) certification are training skills; instruction skills; training equipment; application of modalities; CCPDT training policies and position statements.
Yes, we have created 50-question practice tests for the CPDT-KA certification exam that will give you a score by testing area. This is a chance to take a computerized exam; experience the content; and learn more about question format, style, and level of difficulty. You have 2 hours to complete the 50 questions and there’s a fee of $99. To register and take the practice test, visit the Professional Testing Corporation.
NOTE: The successful completion of the practice test is not required to sit for the exam, nor does it guarantee a passing score on the exam.
We offer the training examinations in the spring and fall of each year. The knowledge assessed (-KA) exam is offered at computerized testing locations all across the U.S. and Canada (we also arrange exams in other countries, albeit still in English). The skills assessed (-KSA) exam is a video submission. For more info, see the CPDT-KA or CPDT-KSA Candidate Handbooks.
No. One of the requirements and objectives of certification is for trainers to stay current on new research and training methods.