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  Newsletter 08 July 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

Jane Marlow

We would like to congratulate our first Double certificant! Jane Marlow is now both CPBT-KA and CPAT-KA. Congrats Jane way to raise the bar!

IATCB would like to encourage you to become certified. The registration for both the Bird and Animal trainer’s certification starts in January! Don’t forget to register and start studying!

What should I study?

Click here: and download the handbook, it contains the study guide!

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

Spring 2019 Testing Dates

Application Deadline: January 18, 2019
Testing Window: Saturday, February 16— Saturday, March 2, 2019

Fall 2019 Testing Dates

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

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

Already certified?

The credentialsare valid for 5 years from the date they are 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

Ever wonder what it’s like to work with 62 flighted macaws? The following link discusses how Natura Encounters, Inc. used positive and differential reinforcement to overcome challenges encountered during the management and daily care of their birds. Thank you Lisa Haggadone CPBT-KA for sharing this paper! Go to: A Day In The Life: The Story of Managing 62 Flighted Macaws

Species Spotlight

Augur Buzzard Buteo rufofuscus

Augur buzzards are one of the most numerous types of hawks in Africa. They are found in forest, rocky areas augur(eg. inland cliffs, mountain peaks), Savanna, desert, and shrub land. Augur buzzards are members of the Buteo genus, a group of hawks found all over the world and known for their broad wings, relatively short tails, and the ability to soar for long periods of time. Like all hawks, Augur buzzards are strict carnivores and actively hunt a variety of animals, particularly reptiles. Augur buzzards come in two color phases -- dark and light. Dark individuals are uniformly chocolate brown, while light phase birds have a dark hood and back with a bright white chest and stomach. Both color phases have a rusty, brick-red tail, yellow legs, and dark eyes. In the Americas, the term "buzzard" generally refers to vultures, but in the Old World, the word's original meaning was "hawk". IUCN has them listed as Least Concern as the population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats.