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  Newsletter 21 October 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.

A Message from Profesional Testing Corporation (PTC)

We get asked from time to time what the passing score is for the Certified Exams. Hopefully this will help you understand how we get our pass/fail rate. STANDARD SETTING: How to Build a Panel of Subject Matter Experts.

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!

Educational Events

CEUs may be granted to the following types of educational events or learning events:

  • Academic class (offered by an accredited academic institution, usually a college or university)
  • Tele-class (both live and taped)
  • Online class
  • Seminar (live – not videotaped)
  • Learning Course
  • Workshop
  • Conference

CEUs will only be granted to learning events whose content covers one (1) or more of the current knowledge domains defined for certification already held by the applicant. Learning event content must be based on current, scientifically valid principles. The IATCB reserves the right to request additional information regarding the validity of the content. Knowledge domains can be found in the Candidate Handbook

Trainers Talk

Medical Procedures; The Open Mouth Behaviour- by Peter Giljam

It seems like in the training world there are many discussions about how to train specific behaviours. The training world is slowly moving towards focusing initially on more medical behaviours. One of the challenging behaviours is an mouth open behaviour….To read more click here.

Species Spotlight

Clouded leopard; Neofelis nebulosi

Clouded leopards occupy tropical forests at elevations up to 3000 meters. They are highlyclouded leopard arboreal, using trees primarily for resting and also for hunting. However, they spend more time hunting on the ground than was originally believed. Clouded leopards are found south of the Himalayas in Nepal, Bhutan, and some areas of northeastern India. Three subspecies are recognized, occupying different regions within the range.

The distinctive cloud-shaped markings of their coats make clouded leopards unmistakable. The fur is marked with elliptical blotches of a darker color than the background and the posterior edge of each blotch is partially framed in black. The blotches sit on a background field that varies from yellowish brown to dark gray. The muzzle is white and solid black spots mark the forehead and cheeks. The ventral side and limbs are marked with large, black ovals. Two solid black bars run from behind the ears along the back of the neck down to the shoulder blades and the bushy, thick tail is ringed in black. In juveniles, lateral spots are solid, not clouded. These will change by the time the animal is approximately six months old. Adults usually weigh between 18 and 22 kilograms.

The current population trend is decreasing among mature individuals. The Clouded Leopard is most strongly associated with primary tropical forest which is rapidly disappearing across its range, and Clouded Leopard skins have been observed in large numbers in illegal wildlife trade in Southeast Asia. Increasing use of camera traps has helped to better document its distribution and recent research efforts should help improve understanding of its population status. Clouded Leopards are currently listed as vulnerable on IUCN.

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