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  Newsletter 28 September 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.

Important News for 2020

It has been almost 6 years since IATCB first offered the Certified Professional Bird Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (CPBT-KA) credential. Since this first offering we have been able to maintain the examination fees at the same level even thoughj our costs have increased. However, in 2020 our testing partner, Professional Testing Corporation (PTC) will be using a new company, Prometric to administer our examinations. This new company brings one major benefit to our candidates, there will no longer be additional fees for international testing and in most cases international testing will be executed in computer testing centers rather than with a paper and pencil test. This change does bring with it some significant increased costs for IATCB and regretfully we are raising our testing fees beginning with the 2020 testing cycles. The new fees will be the same for both CPBT-KA and CPAT-KA, members of our partner organizations will pay $350.00, and non-members will pay $410.00. 

Certificant Highlight

Heather Ehrlich took a moment to let us know what she has been up since she became CPBT-KA.

HeatherI decided to get certified with IATCB when working as an education keeper for Brevard Zoo in Melbourne, FL. I got involved in workshops and dedicated myself to helping the birds in our collection live better lives as ambassador animals. Now that I am no longer a zookeeper, I utilize the knowledge and skills gained from my certification in a private pet training business, Pawsitive Reinforcement. I particularly enjoy helping psittacines and their pet parents form better relationships through positive interactions that help improve communication and curtail problem behaviors like biting and yelling. You can check out more about how I am currently utilizing my certification at Pawsitive Reinforcement, LLC.

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 Kelly Garrison 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!

Are you a Hopeful Certificant?

Looking for the study guide for the CPAT- KA exam? Click here

Looking for the study guide for the CPBT- KA exam? Click here


Testing Cycles for 2019

Don’t Forget!

The deadline is this month to apply for the exam!!!

IATCB would like to encourage you to become certified.

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, 2019

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

Already certified?

Calling on Certificants. We are preparing for new exams for 2020 and we need your help! We are looking for new items (questions) for the exam. If you are currently certified, we would love for you to help us out. If 5 of your questions are selected for the exam, you will receive 1 hour of CEUs. Email Kelly Garrison for more info!

CEUs for Authoring Articles

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.

Raptor TAG newsletter has a call for articles for the next issue: focusing on rehab/non-releasable raptors. Successes, failures, challenges, accommodations- what's it like to work with your rehab raptors? Tell us in an article, share photos with captions, etc.

The CPBT-KA and CPAT-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!

Species Spotlight

Palm Nut Vulture, Gypohierax angolensis

PalmNutVulturePalm-nut vultures are a little different from other vultures in that their diet also includes fruit from oil palms, raffia palms and wild dates. They are characterized by their all-white plumage and the red patches around their eyes. They are found in Western and central Africa, in the forest habitats, coastal forests, mangrove swamps, where oil and raffia palms are present and frequently near water bodies. Nesting occurs in large stick nests, located in tall trees. They live in the same habitat as the Pygmy Hippopotamus. Their plumage is all white except for black areas in its wings; red patch around the eye; juveniles are brown with a yellow eye patch; sexes are almost identical in appearance, with the female being only slightly larger than the male.IUCN red list them as a Least Concern, however their biggest threats are habitat destruction, persecution, limited nesting opportunities as a result of harvesting disturbance.

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