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Positive Training, Rewarding Results

Michelle M. Grimes  CPDT-KA, CAP-1, CGCE
Professional Certified Pet dog Trainer & 
 Behavior Modification Consultant


(CCPDT)  Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers               
     (CPDT-KA) Certified Pet Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed                                                                          April 2010

Karen Pryor’s Clicker Expo 2009, Providence, RI                                                            March 27 – 29 2009


Working for the Joy of it –  Non-Food Reinforcers                                                     Ken Ramirez

Snap, Crackle, Pop – Achieve Precision, Gain Speed, Remove Latency                  Virginia Broitman

No problem – Solve any training issue in four steps                                                   Steve White

Neuroscience and Clicker Training                                                                                 Karen Pryor

A Class Act – Teaching Training Classes                                                                    Tia Guest

Targeting to the Nth Dimension – Mastering Targeting                                             Virginia Broitman


Penn Foster College                                                                                                                

Associate Degree in Animal Science – Veterinary Technician                                                                                 Nov 2008 - Present           


Merial EDU                           

Managing Canine Pain                                                                                                                                                    October 2007       


Veterinary Information Network

Pet First Aid: Triage and CPR                                                                                                                                        August 2007       


Current Certifications

Humane Euthanasia                            Humane Society of The United States                                                          August 2007

Human First Aid and CPR                 American Red Cross                                                                                         June 2007

Pet First Aid and CPR                        American Red Cross                                                                                         June 2007


FEMA / Humane Society of The United States                                                                January – March 2007

Animals in Disaster: Awareness, Preparedness and Community Planning

Incident Command System (ICS 100) Training

Incident Command System (ICS 200) Single Resources & Initial Action Incidents

Incident Command System (ICS 700) National Incident Management System


New England Federation of Humane Societies                                                                  April 2007

Annual Meeting and Training Conference


New England Animal Control/Humane Academy 
University of New Hampshire, Durham NH                                                                       
August 2006 - December 2006                       

AAS 219 Animal Cruelty: NH Laws, Investigation and Prosecution


Vermont Police Academy / Humane Society of The United States                                   September 2006 

Investigating Animal Cruelty in Vermont: Level I – Basic and Level II - Advanced


Monadnock Humane Society Canine Training Academy                                                  April 2006


Karen Pryor’s Clicker Expo, Newport RI                                                                          March 2006


A Moment of Science – Clicker Training 101, Part 1                                                 Kathy Sdao
A Moment of Science – Clicker Training 101, Part 2                                                 Kathy Sdao

What a Cue can Do – Developing Cueing Skills                                                       Kathy Sdao

Learn Anything – An introduction to TAGteach                                                     Theresa McKeon


Humane Society of the United States / Humane Society University
First Strike: Cruelty to Animals and Interpersonal Violence                                                                                   June 2006

Dog Bite Prevention for Law Enforcement and First Responders                                                                         September 2005

Interpreting Animal Behavior for Safe Handling                                                                                                      June 2005


What is a CPDT-KA?

Certified Professional Dog Trainers Appropriately Identified
Professional dog trainers are being internationally recognized.

New York, New York, July 1, 2009 - The Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) has changed the title of Certified Pet Dog Trainer (CPDT) to Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) effective today. All current CPDTs may now use this new designation.

In the future, the CCPDT will be issuing certificates to CPDTs who have also passed a practical exam. The practical examination will assess a CPDT-KA's hands-on ability to train a dog and a CPDT-KA who passed this examination will be designated a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge & Skills Assessed (CPDT-KSA).

These changes are being made because the CCPDT believes skilled dog training requires not only knowledge of theory but effective application of that theory. Current and future CPDT-KAs will have the ability to verify to veterinarians, clients, and the public that they have attained a significant achievement in both the knowledge and skills areas of professional dog training.

The CCPDT is an international testing and certification program for professional pet dog trainers and the only independent certification. As such, the certification is neither tied to membership in any organization nor tied to graduation from a specific school. The certification is administered by independent proctors only after the applicant meets the published criteria to sit for the examination. The certification program administered by the CCPDT is the only dog trainer certification program that is psychometrically sound, meeting the standards of other well-known testing measures. Competence and continued professional growth is promoted through the recertification of qualified professionals. This independence distinguishes the CPDT-KA certification from other dog trainer certificates and dog trainer certification programs.

The difference between the CCPDT's professional certification and those of other organizations can be more easily understood with the following concepts from the National Organization for Competency Assurance Guide to Understanding Credentialing Concepts.

Professional certification is the voluntary process by which a non-governmental entity grants a time-limited recognition and use of a credential to an individual after verifying that he or she has met predetermined and standardized criteria. It is the vehicle that a profession or occupation uses to differentiate among its members, using standards, sometimes developed through a consensus driven process, based on existing legal and psychometric requirements. The holder of a professional certification is called a certificant.

A certificate program is a training program on a topic for which participants receive a certificate after attendance and/or completion of the coursework. Some programs also require successful demonstration of attainment of the course objectives. One who completes a professional certificate program is known as a certificate holder. A credential is usually NOT granted at the completion of a certificate program.

From The Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers

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