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Professional Premium Members ($160/ year)

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 (including liability insurance with a partner company), and additional features on the trainer search, as well as a highlighted trainer listing.

Professional Members  ($110/ year)

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.  Benefits include the ability to become a C.L.A.S.S. Evaluator for an additional fee, discounts for APDT programs (including liability insurance with a partner company), and a basic listing on the trainer search.

Supporting Members  ($89/ year)

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.

Subscriber Members  ($25–$50/ year)

Non-members can subscribe to The APDT Chronicle of the Dog for $50/year for a mailed copy or $25/year for a digital subscription. In addition, Professional Premium members may purchase additional subscriptions at a discounted rate. Subscribe online today!

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Save money with our multi-employee discounts.

Employers must contact the APDT office to obtain the rates below.

Premium
Professional


$160 (1 Employee)

$155 (2–5 Employees)

$150 (6–10 Employees)

$145 (11+ Employees)

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Professional
Member


$110 (1 Employee)

$105 (2–5 Employees)

$100 (6–10 Employees)

$95 (11+ Employees)

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Supporting
Member


$89 (1 Employee)

$84 (2–5 Employees)

$79 (6–10 Employees)

$74 (11+ Employees)

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More ways to join.

Education is key to being a good dog trainer and at APDT we’re committed to providing the best education available to members and non-members alike. If you’re not quite ready to join, please take a moment to consider taking online courses as an affiliate member or subscribe to “Chronicle of the Dog” for valuable and entertaining content.

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.

Membership FAQs

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.


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 an independent certification but do not wish to become a Professional Premium member, can I still list my certification 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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