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  Newsletter 11 August 2020  

Hello Visitor,

The International Avian Trainers Certification Board and the International Animal Trainers Certification Board, IATCB, offers you a way to gain professional credibility, increase your earnings potential, and advance your career. We live in a competitive world, and animal trainers are no different than anyone else looking for advanced knowledge and skill in their profession. IATCB endorses voluntary certification by examination for all professionals involved with animals, including trainers, educators, handlers, veterinarians, and all others involved in the care and handling of animals.

Certificant Highlight

Darcee Beckner, CPAT-KA; Plains/Forest Keeper at the Indianapolis Zoo took a few minutes to chat with us!

“I first learned about the IATCB from my significant other, who at the time worked for Natural Encounters INC. He had learned about the test through his employer and was very interested himself in taking the Certified Professional Bird Trainer test. I have always loved animal training and try to expand my knowledge whether it is with domestics or exotic animals. When I found out last year that they had a certification test that was not avian specific, I became very interested. I decided to take the test for a few reasons. The first was that it was a goal and title that I could shoot to accomplish that would test my current knowledge and experience of animal training. The second was that I really liked the point system for renewing the certification every five years. The point system would encourage me to attend workshops and conferences that would further expand my knowledge of animal training and behavior. By continuing my education on training and animal behavior, I could better the lives and husbandry of the animals I work with every day, at work and at home. The third was that I really enjoyed the position statements of the IATCB and really support the style of training that they encourage and teach.

I prepared for the IATCB Certified Professional Animal Trainer test for about a month. I read through most of the suggested reading material that was suggested in the manual for the test. I did not have access to some of the text books but was able to find all of the papers easily online. I found Ken Ramirez’ s book Animal Training very helpful, along with multiple other papers written by Steve Martin, Cassie Malina and Susan Friedman. Once the test got closer, I read through the content outline of the test and refreshed myself on any areas involved that I felt I needed to study more. I very much enjoyed preparing for the Animal Trainer test. I was able to refresh on concepts and ideas that I had previous knowledge of and learn new ideas and concepts/terms that I did not have experience with.”

We would love to highlight you or your facility in our newsletter and on our Facebook page. Let us know the amazing things that you are doing to help raise the bar! Contact 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!

Testing Cycles for 2019

Testing cycles are the same time for both the Certification Examination for Professional Bird Trainers and the Certification Examination for Professional Animal Trainers.

Fall 2019 Testing Dates

Application Deadline: September 20, 2019
Testing Window: Saturday, October 19—Saturday, November 2, 201

Go to to learn more about who’s eligible to take the exams, download the handbook and start studying!!!

IATCB would like to encourage you to become certified.

What should I study? Click here: and download the handbook, it contains the study guide!

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 to check out a list of approved CEUs!
ABMA Annual Conference is a great way to earn CEUs. The 2019 ABMA conference will be April 7-12 in Portland, OR. "A better future for wildlife through excellence in behavior management."

Our CEU policy has been updated! Do you have Multiple Credentials through IATCB? When Certificants have multiple credentials, e.g. CPBT-KA and CPAT-KA, CEUs earned will be applied to both credentials. So don’t delay, get both of your certifications!

Trainers Talk

A unique seabird trains to teach the public at the Monterey Bay Aquariumnicki o

It was a journey that began – or ended, depending on your point of view – with a road trip from San Diego to Monterey in April of last year.

Aimee Greenebaum, curator of aviculture, and Nikki Odorisio, animal behavior specialist, were making their way back to the Monterey Bay Aquarium with an avian companion who was already accustomed to traveling hundreds of miles – just not in the backseat of a car, with two human chaperones monitoring her every move…..
Find out more here!

Species Spotlight

Say hello to the Gerenuk, Litocranius walleri! They inhabit the dry brushy region of east Africa from the Serengeti plain of Tanzaniabrowser north along the coast through Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and into southern Somalia. They are adaptable and do well in a variety of habitats, provided there is a good supply of succulent plants. The long neck and long, thin legs of gerenuks are their defining features; these make them one of the world's most easily recognized antelopes. The head is long and narrow with medium-sized ears, and the cheek teeth and masseter muscle are reduced. Only males of this species have head ornamentation in the form of scimitar shaped horns ranging from 25 to 44 centimeters in length. Gerenuk females breed every one to two years, depending on the sex of their previous year's offspring. Males are dependent on their mothers for longer than are females. Reproduction and births occur throughout the year and may depend on the quality of available nutrition. The female continues to look after her young until she weans them. Young females get weaned when they reach one year of age but male offspring are not weaned until they reach at least one and a half years old and stay with their mothers until after they are two. Although rare, gerenuk contribute to nutrient cycling in the ecosystems in which they live through their foraging activity. They also act as prey species for large predators. IUCN lists them as Near Threatened. The Gerenuk is estimated to be close to meeting the threshold for Vulnerable, based on a decline of at least 25% over the last 14 years (three generations) calculated from 2002-2016. This decline is continuing due to hunting and habitat degradation caused by livestock grazing and cutting of trees.

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