Join the CFBA

Considering a career in dog behaviour and training? There are three membership levels with CFBA, Associate, Full and Fellow, click on the buttons below for more information about each membership type.

We welcome applications for all levels of membership. The Canine & Feline Behaviour Association represents excellence in the field of behavioural reformation and expertise in dog training. We have an upper limit on member numbers at each level to ensure that we know the people that we are supporting and recommending.

Where possible, it is suggested that applicants should try and get the support of a full member of the CFBA who has knowledge of the applicant’s present level of competence and work to date. A list of current members is available on this site.

The Cambridge Institute of Dog Behaviour & Training is the education department of the CFBA, all its courses in specific combinations meet the joining requirements for CFBA membership and to ensure the highest standards of Canine Education, therefore applicants who hold CIDBT courses will be offered preferential access for membership of the CFBA.

Applications are considered by the Association’s Fellows’ and senior team, which has authority to request further references and information as deemed necessary. The final decision on an application is made by the CFBA Fellows and senior team and maybe refused with or without a reason proffered.

The CFBA uses the Pet Education Training and Behaviour Councils (PETbc) roles descriptions (widely accepted in Britain as a standard of dog occupation descriptions) when considering all applications for dogs only.

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.

However, courses alone will not suffice to become a member – varied practical experience is essential (each membership level requires a minimum amount of years in Professional Behaviour Practice) and this is discretionary at the behest of the board.  

Click to read the PETbc national role description of a dog behaviour practitioner.

Applications may be submitted at any time during the year. They will be considered at the next meeting of the Fellows’ board, which meets regularly. Applicants and if applicable their referees will be informed once a decision has been made on an application.

Applicants who are elected to Associate status of the CFBA may subsequently apply for Full Membership at a later date.

We do not generally condone the use of mind altering drugs in behaviour reformation – read more information here:

Three Stages to your Application

  • Stage one is the online application form on this web site.
  • Stage two, assuming you have passed stage one we will send you a form(s), these will need to be completed by your ex-clients and you forward them to us.
  • Stage three: Telephone Interview
  • The Fellows and senior team will then assess the documentation including any website or other social media presence that you have. We will thereafter inform you of their decision of membership. It is possible that we may ask for further documentation to approve your membership. You will then be informed if this is approved or declined.

How to Apply
If you click on any of the requirement buttons above, these pages will have further buttons to the canine and feline application forms.

Welcome to our most recently joined members below

Roy Newport

Canine Behaviourist

Ben McKechnie

Canine Behaviourist

Samantha O'Connor

Canine Behaviourist