Ann Arbor, MI, September 20, 2014- Local dog trainer, Angela S. Schmorrow-Zuckerman, CPDT-
KA of Ann Arbor, MI has earned certification through the Certification Council for Professional Dog
Trainers® (CCPDT®). Angela now joins over 2000 Certificants worldwide.
Until the creation of the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers in 2001, there was no true
certification process for canine professionals. Many schools teach dog trainers and offer certifications
for their specific programs. These certificates, therefore, reflect the teachings and quality of a specific
school. Other organizations offer take-home tests for "certification". These canine professionals are not
monitored to ensure they are completing the test without any assistance or collaboration nor is the
testing process standardized.
This unprecedented process was originally implemented by the Association of Pet Dog Trainers
(APDT), the largest association of dog trainers in the world, founded by noted veterinarian, behaviorist
and author Dr. Ian Dunbar. A task force of approximately 20 internationally known dog training
professionals and behaviorists worked for three years to research and develop the first comprehensive
examination. Professional Testing Corporation (PTC) was hired to ensure the process met professional
testing standards. APDT then created a separate, independent council - The Certification Council for
Professional Dog Trainers - to manage the accreditation and pursue future development.
Candidates who pass the exam earn the title Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed
and may use the designation "CPDT-KA" after their names. All certified trainers must earn continuing
education credits to maintain their designations or take the examination again in three years.