The Modern Dog Trainer Podcast – Ep. 7 Discussion on CCPDT Policies with President, Brad Phifer

The Modern Dog Trainer Podcast – Ep. 7 Discussion on CCPDT Policies with President, Brad Phifer


We invited Brad Phifer, President of the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, to discuss some of their new and current policies. Listen as we discuss Brad’s views on banning shock collars,  enforcing their CEU presenter credentials, and some exciting plans for the next 3-5 years.

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Brad’s Views on Shock Collars & the CCPDT’s Role

Discussion on CCPDT policies with brad phiferWe hit on some major hot topics in this episode. One of those being Brad’s views on why the CCPDT should or should not advocate banning them as a certification organization.

Ultimately it comes down to whether or not it is the CCPDT’s role to prohibit their certificants from using them all together. Since the CCPDT is not a membership or trade organization, they are simply not in the position to impose that on their certificants.

Qualifying Requirements for CEU Credit

While new requirements for educators and speakers were published in 2014, the enforcement of these new guidelines is just now beginning and people are starting to notice. By December 2016, many widely recognized professional trainers who teach seminars around the world will not be able to provide CEUs to their attendees anymore. This is a challenging situation to accept for many, but ultimately this will move the dog training industry into a new level of professionalism. If you hold yourself, as a dog trainer, to a high standard of education, then why should the speakers you learn from not do so?

Higher education for all will result in increased public safety and a more professional industry all around.

One new policy that has gone unnoticed is the fact that you can now rollover your extra CEUs into your next renewal time period.

Listen all the way to the end of the podcast to discover some interesting revelations about Brad’s views on licensing within the dog training industry and the CCPDT’s plans for the next 3-5 years.

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