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  Newsletter 21 August 2019  

Big News from IATCB!

The board of IATCB is proud and excited to announce a new division for the organization, in addition to being known as the International Avian Trainers Certification Board, we are now also the International Animal Trainers Certification Board. Under the umbrella of this new section of IATCB we have been working hard with our partners, AAZK and ABMA, and also IMATA to develop the Certified Professional Animal Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (CPAT-KA) examination. Shortly you will see updates to our web site with information about the new certification together with the Candidate Handbook and dates for the first testing cycle. Once again Professional Testing Corporation will administer the testing, stay tuned for the official launch soon after the board meets at the Nashville Zoo this month to review and approve the examination.

Certificant Highlight

We want you! We would love to highlight you or your facility in our newsletter and on our Facebook page. Contact us by email for more information.

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

Sign up for the last testing cycle for 2018!

Application Deadline  September 21, 2018  
Testing Window 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!

Just a reminder about some of our Limitations on CEU Credits. Multi-speaker learning events lasting more than three (3) days in length will not be granted more than 30 CEUs. Single-speaker learning events regardless of length will not be granted more than 20 CEUs.

Trainers Talk

Do you have a cool training video or conservation message that you would like to feature in our Newsletter and on our Facebook Page? If so send us the clip and a link and we will post it for you! Don’t forget to share it with all your friends!

Check out Nikki Odoriso, CPBT-KA, at Monterey Bay Aquarium as she was featured by BBC Earth!NickiOdoriso


Way to go Nikki, such a powerful message!

Bird is the Word

The Pileated woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)

The Pileated woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) is a permanent resident of deciduous or coniferous forests in southern Canada and in the western, midwestern, and eastern United States. This is the largest woodpecker found in most of North America. It is best recognized by its mostly black with white stripes on the face and neck and a flaming-red crest. Males have a red stripe on the cheek.


In flight, the bird reveals extensive white underwings and small white crescents on the upper side, at the bases of the prim

aries Because of its size and chisel-shaped bill, this woodpecker is particularly adept at excavating, and it uses this ability to construct nests and roost cavities and to find food. Adapted primarily for climbing on vertical surfaces; occasionally hops on the ground. Awkward on small branches and vines when reaching for fruit. 

As a large, non-migratory insectivore, the pileated woodpecker may provide an important role in controlling insect outbreaks, particularly those of tree beetles. Also, this woodpecker may be a keystone species because its nest excavations provide habitat for many other species. IUCN list them as a Least Concern. This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion.