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  Newsletter 13 June 2021  

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

Justin Eckelberry, CPBT-KA
Lead Keeper, Ambassador Animals 

JustinEckleberryHi! My name is Justin Eckelberry, and I am a lead keeper at Zoo Atlanta. While I have worked with birds in some capacity for over 7 years, most of my in-depth training and care experience has been with Zoo Atlanta's bird show for the past 5 years. When starting my career in the zoo world, I had no intention of working with birds... I was a mammal guy *gasp! Blasphemy!* I know. But I very quickly fell in love with the birds around me and grew to appreciate the delicacy and intricacies that came with their training. I firmly believe now, if you can train a free flight bird, you can train anything.

That being said, as I grew in my career I wanted someway to evaluate and test my knowledge. CPBT-KA certification was that outlet, and it gave me some fun letters to put behind my name. While we all say we can train, it is important that we are keeping up with the most effective and least intrusive methods out there. The CPBT-KA exam not only tests you on those methods at the time, it also holds you accountable, through required CEUs, to stay current on new methods and continuing education.

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!

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

The testing cycles have closed for 2019. Stay tuned for the 2020 testing cycles.

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 a new Certified Bird exam 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 for more info!

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!

Trainers Talk

4 Ways to Train an Emergency Recall- Peter Giljam


One of the first behaviors I choose to train are Call overs and Recalls. I personally think it has so many great aspects to it just because it allows you to look at your animals from a closer range right away. On top of that you give every animal the chance to be trained what I think is very important. Through recalls you can start a great enrichment program as well. We will be talking about the emergency recalls, they are a little bit different than the usual Recalls or Call overs how I call them... Read on here.

Species Spotlight

Milky Eagle Owl; Bubo lacteus

verreauxeagleowlThe Verreaux's Eagle Owl is a very large eagle owl with short, tousled ear-tufts. It is also known as the Milky Eagle Owl or the Giant Eagle Owl. It is the largest owl in Africa. The facial disc is off-white, with a broad blackish rim. Eyes are dark brown, with the upper eyelids being bare and pink with ochre eyelashes. The bill is pale creamy-horn with a dark grey base. The cere is blue-grey and the bristles around the bill are blackish. They are found in dry savanna with scattered trees and thorny shrubs, riverine forest with adjacent savanna, groups of trees and small, semi-open woods in open countryside. Most common in open savanna and semi-deserts, uncommon in well-developed woodland, and absent from dense forest. According to IUCN they are listed as Least Concern. This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable.

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