National Credential
Credential: Certified Behavior Consultant Canine - Knowledge Assessed (CBCC-KA)  NCCA resource
Credentialing Agency: Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT)

The Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT), Certified Behavior Consultant Canine - Knowledge Assessed (CBCC-KA) is an advanced dog trainer certification for trainers who offer behavior modification in addition to typical dog training services. The CBCC-KA is designed to demonstrate professionalism, subject-knowledge attainment, and expertise to interested stakeholders such as employers and clients. To obtain the CBCC-KA, applicants must meet eligibility criteria and pass an exam.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 5 years

Certified Behavior Consultant Canine - Knowledge Assessed (CBCC-KA)

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 31K Military Working Dog Handler MOS some          
Enlisted 31Z Senior Military Police Sergeant MOS other          
Enlisted K9 Combat Engineer Mine Detection Dog Handler ASI some          

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

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Certified Behavior Consultant Canine - Knowledge Assessed (CBCC-KA)

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 300 hours
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 5 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT)
1350 Broadway, 17th Floor
New York, NY  10018
Phone: 855-362-3784
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Certified Behavior Consultant Canine - Knowledge Assessed (CBCC-KA)

Candidates must have a minimum of 300 hours’ experience in canine behavior consulting (on fear, phobias, compulsive behaviors, anxiety, and aggression) within the previous 3 years.

The Certified Behavior Consultant Canine - Knowledge Assessed (CBCC-KA) credential has the following other requirements:

  • Candidates must provide a signed attestation statement from a CCPDT certificant or a veterinarian.

Certified Behavior Consultant Canine - Knowledge Assessed (CBCC-KA)

  • Applied Behavior Analysis (33%)
    • Learning Theory
    • Behavior Analysis Terminology
    • Functional Relationship Between Environment and Behavior
    • Reinforcement Schedules
    • Critical Thinking
    • Behavior modification
    • Scientific Method
  • Anatomy, Physiology and Biology (10%)
    • Basic Structures and Functions of Body Systems
    • Physiological Mechanisms of Behavior
    • Basic Genetics and Evolutionary Systems
  • Ethology, Body Language, Observational Skills (19%)
    • Canine Communications
    • Observation and Interpretation of Behavior
    • Domestication and effects on interactions
  • Health, Development, Life Stages (15%)
    • Physical and Behavioral Signs Suggesting Veterinary Referral
    • Physical and Behavioral Developmental Stages
    • Prevention of Behavior Problems
  • Consulting Skills and Best Practices (23%)
    • History Taking Skills
    • Client Coaching and Training Skills
    • Humane Hierarchy
    • Referrals to Other Professionals
    • Client Rights
    • Training and Behavior Equipment
    • CCPDT Training Policies and Position Statements
    • Interpersonal Skills
    • Ethics in Practice

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Behavior Consultant Canine - Knowledge Assessed (CBCC-KA) examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Certified Behavior Consultant Canine - Knowledge Assessed (CBCC-KA)

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Certified Behavior Consultant Canine - Knowledge Assessed (CBCC-KA) credential has the following recertification information:

  • Certification holders must renew every 5 years and must complete 36 CEUs within those 5 years.