Information for Practitioners - The ABTC
Those already engaged in animal training and behaviour therapy work are doing so either independently or as a member of a professional organisation. In the short term the ABTC will only be working with those organisations that have declared their support for the Council, its objectives and standards. Independent practitioners are therefore recommended to investigate membership of such a professional organisation listed on this website in order to achieve ABTC approval.
For those current practitioners who are unable to fulfil the requirements that are currently under consultation a ‘grandfather scheme' is being devised whereby knowledge can be evidenced by a more flexible approach than production of formal certification.
For those who cannot evidence all of the requirements there will be a period of grace during which they will have the opportunity to achieve the remaining knowledge and skills.
There will be a cut-off date (to be announced) beyond which the those ‘topping up' their knowledge will be closed and all new entrants to the sector will be required to satisfy the complete formal requirements in order to achieve approval.