Associate Membership Requirements

Dog and Cat Behaviour is primarily a vocation and as such we do take on board a person’s professional experience when assessing associate membership level applications.

Applications will be considered from individuals who are engaged in general dog behaviour (cat behaviour where appropriate) and have at least three years’ experience in all dog behaviour and related dog training/behaviour rehabilitation techniques in solving behavioural problems. Very experienced professional full-time practitioners with considerable experience and a proven success record can be considered via interview, supported by specific evidence.

Canine Entry Requirements
In general the CFBA ONLY recognise academic and vocational courses that are accredited, approved and assured by the Pet Education Training and Behaviour Council. Specifically for dog Trainers/Instructors the / CIDBT, BIPDT, GODT and Trained for Life, all these have practical workshop based courses which meet our hands on skills requirements. For Dog Behaviour Psychology Practice the CIDBT and ACC courses only. Other courses on the Petbc approved list may be taken into consideration but only as a contribution to the course providers mentioned and named herein.

A minimum of three years’ practical experience in dog behaviour, supported by written evidence as requested by the CFBA. In some cases substantial vocational practice knowledge combined with quantitative experience may be sufficient to meet the criteria for acceptance as an associate. Other relevant academic qualifications may be considered if these relate to the dog applications plus:

  • Agree to continuing professional development
  • Supply a specific number of signed consultation references
  • Agree that the CFBA can verify all information supplied

and / or

Feline Entry Requirements
Minimum of two years practical experience in cat behaviour, supported by written evidence as requested by the CFBA. In some cases substantial vocational practice knowledge combined with experience may be sufficient to meet the criteria for acceptance as an associate. Other relevant academic qualifications may be considered if these relate to the application in addition to:

  • Two years working with cats and their behaviour – supply evidence and references
  • Three professional full case studies of different feline specific issues
  • Evidence of completion on a feline specific diploma  – level four or over
  • Supply three signed consultation references from behaviour clients or veterinary practices
  • Evidence of continued professional development 
  • Evidence of up to date Public Liability Insurance