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APDT Membership Levels and Comparison of Benefits

Join the APDTProfessional Premium Members – This category is meant for the same types of individuals in the Professional membership category, but provides additional benefits, services and discounts for members who want to increase their service level from the association. These benefits include ability to become a C.L.A.S.S. Evaluator by taking the tests online without paying an additional fee; the ability to register one week earlier than other members for the annual conference; a higher rate of discounts for a variety of APDT programs, and additional features on the trainer search, as well as a highlighted trainer listing. $160/year

Professional Members – This category is designed for members who are full and part-time trainers and behavior consultants who work for income or as volunteers. These members teach group classes, do private consults, and may work in a shelter, veterinary or other training setting such as service dog, animal assisted intervention, working dog, and sports dog training, to name a few. $110/year

Supporting Members – This category is for those who are interested in learning about training and behavior, but who are not trainers. Supporting members would include vendors, allied professionals, veterinary students, veterinary technicians, veterinarians, students and apprentices, groomers, daycare/boarding play group monitors, pet sitters, and shelter workers. $89/year

In addition to the membership categories listed in the chart, we will also have the following membership categories.

Affiliate Members – In addition to the levels listed above, a special "affiliate" category is available for online course attendees who need to access the APDT Online Community for their coursework. Affiliate members can be upgraded to another membership level upon completion of the course. Otherwise affiliate membership is only active when the course is in session. These memberships can only be accessed by non-members taking an Online Certificate Course.

Subscribers – Non-members may continue to subscribe to The APDT Chronicle of the Dog for $50/year for a mailed copy and $25/year for digital subscriptions. In additional Professional Premium members may purchase additional subscriptions for a discounted rate.

Multi-Employee Business Membership Discounts

We will continue the multi-employee discounts for companies that have more than one individual who qualifies for membership. Each individual will be treated as an individual member regarding benefits, services, voting rights and their member account. Multi-employee memberships must be purchased by the company. Please note, the business itself will not be considered a member.

# of Employees Supporting Professional Premium Professional
1 $89 $110 $160
2 – 5 $84 each $105 each $155 each
6 – 10 $79 each $100 each $150 each
11 or more $74 each $95 each $145 each

Comparison Chart

Service Supporting Professional Professional Premium
Discount on advertising in the COTD 5% 10% 15%
Ability to purchase additional discounted COTD subscriptions No No Yes, for $25 per subscription (hardcopy) or $10 digital
Discount on egroup advertising 5% 10% 15%
Discount on webinars Flat Member Rate Flat Member Rate Flat Member Rate
Discount on online education Flat Member Rate Flat Member Rate Flat Member Rate
Discount on conference and live streaming 5% 15% 20% - early registration period of one week prior to open online registration
COTD Digital only Hard copy – $10 discount if they opt for digital only Hard copy – $10 discount if they opt for digital only
Listing on Trainer Search No Trainer Search entry with some additional features Trainer Search listing with full menu of features and highlighted listing
Ability to volunteer for a committee or task force Yes Yes Yes
Ability to run for board No Yes Yes
Ability to vote in elections No Yes Yes
APDT Online Community Access Yes Yes Yes
CLASS Evaluator No Yes - $25/2 years; $15/2 years for shelters CLASS Evaluator fee included (Still must take the tests to become one)
CLASS Merchandise Discount No 10% 10%
Webinar purchase/history information in member account No Yes Yes
CEU Tracking ability in account No Yes Yes
Train Your Dog Month customizable materials Yes Yes Yes
APDT Logo Use Yes – Supporter Logo Yes – Member Logo Yes – Member Logo
Access to Vendor Discounts Yes Yes Yes
Access to insurance through Business Insurers of the Carolinas No Yes Yes
Downloadable Membership certificate No Yes – May purchase a display version for $10 Yes – May purchase a display version for $10
Trainer Search Features 
Contact Information N/A Yes Yes
Direct Email Forwarding N/A Yes Yes
Embed YouTube Video N/A Yes Yes
Facebook Page Widget N/A Yes Yes
Twitter Page Widget N/A Yes Yes

New Benefits & Services

New Benefits & Services Description Open To
CEU Tracking See Education Information and Management Area
  • Professional
  • Premium Professional
C.L.A.S.S. Discounts Professional and Premium Professional members would receive a 10% discount on C.L.A.S.S. merchandise
  • Professional
  • Premium Professional
Color and Typeface Customization The ability to make style changes to your trainer search page including changing fonts and text colors.
  • Professional
  • Premium Professional
Conference Early Registration The ability to register one week prior to the opening of online registration.
  • Premium Professional
Dedicated Permalink/Microsite The ability to have a trainer search page that has your name or your business name as the direct link, i.e.
  • Premium Professional
Egroup Advertising Banner advertising will be available on the new APDT Online Community. A full pricing sheet will be available in January 2014.
  • All at varying discount rates
Education Information and Management Area Members will have the ability to view an additional tab that is located in their Members Area. This new screen would allow them to view and manage all of their educational information in one place. They would be able to:
  • View all of their historical and current CEU information.
  • View and download receipts for all historical and current webinars for tax purposes.
  • Submit request for CEU information directly in their Members Account.
  • View the status of their CEU requests online.
  • Members would be able to single click sign up for their included free webinar(s) with their membership instantaneously directly from their Members Area.
  • Professional
  • Premium Professional
eLearning Purchase History See Education Information and Management Area
  • Professional
  • Premium Professional
Facebook Page Widget Ability to include your business Facebook page news feed (from your wall) directly into your trainer search information page.
  • Professional
  • Premium Professional
Member Certificates Downloadable, printable membership certificates. Members who want a certificate suitable for framing can purchase one from the APDT office for an additional $10 including shipping and handling. Please contact 1-800-PET-DOGS for assistance.
  • Professional
  • Premium Professional
Trainer Networking Groups Ability for Trainer Networking Group owners to broadcast a notification message to APDT members in their specific area and/or create a new Trainer Networking Group. Ability for networking groups to set up egroup on APDT online community.
  • Professional
  • Premium Professional
Twitter Page Widget Ability to include Twitter feed directly into your trainer search information page.
  • Professional
  • Premium Professional
Video Embedding Feature for Trainer Search Members would have the ability to embed trainer videos so that they appear directly on their Trainer Search page.
  • Premium Professional

Frequently Asked Questions

Are the same certifications required for Premium Professional membership as was for the previous Professional Membership level?

We will no longer require these certifications. However, in order to list these certifications on your trainer search record, you still will need to verify them with the APDT office first. Only these certifications will appear on your initial trainer search entry as well. A member's full trainer search entry can list all of the designations and degrees as you wish in detail.

In order to qualify as one of these listed certifications, the criteria is that the certification:

  • Must be independent of any school or training program;
  • Require Continuing Education Units to maintain certification;
  • Must be specifically related to dog training and/or dog behavior; General certifications in animal behavior will require evidence of specific work and study with dogs.

List of Current Certifications

Why isn't my certification from my school or program able to be listed?

You will be able to list these in your individual trainer search pages. Only certifications that meet the accepted industry standards as a certification will be listed on the initial search listing. In order to qualify as one of these listed certifications, the criteria is that the certification:

  • Must be independent of any school or training program;
  • Require Continuing Education Units to maintain certification;
  • Must be specifically related to dog training and/or dog behavior;

Other designations meet the criteria for a certificate programs but not certifications.

If I have one of the independent certifications but I don't wish to become a Professional Premium member, can I still have my certification listed on the initial trainer search?

Yes, as long as your certification is verified by the APDT office, it will be listed.

When can I upgrade my membership?

You may do so at any time during the year. Please contact the APDT office for assistance.

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Location: Richmond, VA.

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The purpose of the foundation is to raise funds for scientific research and of education  of dog trainers.

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