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  Newsletter 21 August 2019  

Hello Visitor,


Certificant Highlight- Meet the Board
IATCB is the International Avian Trainers Certification Board, an independent body established to develop and manage certification of avian trainers. Chairman of IATCB is: Sid Price, CPBT-KA

Sid Price is the owner and founder of Avian Ambassadors based in Tijeras, New Mexico and is a past-president of the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators (IAATE). He served on the board of directors of IAATE from 2003 to 2013.

Want to find out more about setting these types of standards within your facility or becoming certified? Contact the IATCB board by visiting our website!

Certification Examination for Professional Bird Trainers

Are you signed up for the 2018 Testing Cycles?

Application Deadlines  January 15, 2018 Septemder 21, 2018
Testing Window February 17 - March 3, 2018 October 20 - November 3, 2018

Candidates must meet the following eligibility criteria as of the application deadline indicated on the cover of the handbook:

  • Three (3) years of professional experience with birds, or membership at the professional level in the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators.
  • Completion and filing of an Application for the Certification Examination for Professional Bird Trainers.
  • Payment of required fees.

International Testing

Already certified?

The CPBT-KA credential is valid for 5 years from the date it is awarded. To renew the credential a certificant must either re-take the examination after 5 years or accumulate sixty Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) by attending IATCB approved workshops, seminars, classes, or conferences. Head over to http://www.iatcb.com/staying-certified/ceu-events to check out a list of approved CEUs!

Heads up if you were certified in our first testing cycle in early 2013, if you have not earned the required CEUs your certification will expire in early 2018. Head over to the web site and check those CEUs or sign up to re-take the examination in February 2018.

Looking for CEUs you can register now for AZA - Principles of Program Animal Management. This course is designed for program animal managers and coordinators; education staff who utilize program animals; program animal and interpretive keepers; and museum professionals who handle live animals. This is a 30 CEU course.

Looking for CEUs ? Get Published!

Authoring an article published in an animal industry or peer-reviewed publication which meets the subject matter and scientific qualifications described below may qualify for 2 CEUs

An “article” is defined as a researched piece of work, approximately 1000 words or more, and should include references, quotes and citations where appropriate. An animal industry publication is defined by IATCB as printed or electronic reproductions distributed by an industry organization for sale to the public or as a benefit of paid membership.

An author may only request CEUs once per article regardless of the number of publications in which it was published.

Trainers Talk

Thinking about rearing birds in human care? This website has lots of nice information and resources:


Bird is the Word

As a strong head wind gusts across the low, grassy Hawaiian nesting grounds, a young Laysan albatross stretches its six foot wing span, runs clumsily into the wind, and takes off for a journey of survival spanning thousands of miles across the northern Pacific.


The chick’s parents have left for the year. As the chick fledges in late spring to early summer, she must take to sea as well. The young albatross could head as far west as the Philippines or as far east as California. But most likely, she will head for the colder waters off Japan and shift toward Russia and Alaska as she ages. The longest journey on record for a Laysan albatross in one year is more than 6,500 kilometers and the longest flight time on record is three days! These birds are believed to be able to sleep while they fly! Locking their wings allows them to use wind currents over the water to glide effortlessly, with a heart rate that is the same while flying as it is while resting. However, when it is time to eat, the Laysan albatross will descend to sit on the ocean and seize creatures at the surface like fish, fish eggs, crustaceans, and especially squid. Once she gets her fill, the bird will take back to the sky until it’s time once again to eat or preen. This will be her life for the next three to five years until she finally returns to land, the island where she hatched, to begin to bond with a mate.

She performs an elaborate courtship dance with many postures and vocalizations, and the male alternately performs the same behavior. If the dance is right, they will become a bonded pair, returning to each other at the same nesting site year after year and reaffirming their bond with the courtship dance. She could live for more than 60 years, laying just one egg per year. As early as nine years old, the Laysan albatross will lay her first egg. The pair will take turns guarding their nest and traveling up to 500 kilometers out to sea to eat. Upon their return, the parents regurgitate a delicious stomach oil to feed their hungry chick.

Every year as our albatross flies off shore to feed she is increasingly likely to find plastic instead of a yummy squid. Today, in some albatross colonies, 99 percent of chicks have plastic in their stomach. Adults can get rid of plastic through a bolus, but the chicks do not have that ability. Some researchers anecdotally report that every deceased chick they find has a bottle cap in its belly. While many humans will never lay eyes on a wild Laysan albatross, each of us has a direct impact on the health of this species. With around 80 percent of marine plastics originating inland, humans can make simple changes to reduce plastic use and help the Laysan albatross continue the journey for survival. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is lucky enough to house a rescued Laysan albatross that has been an ambassador for her species for the last 10 years. She helps us tell the story of this species and inspire conservation of the ocean for millions of guests. – Nikki Partain CPBT-KA

Sources Direct - Makana, The Monterey Bay Aquarium