What does that mean? From their web site: "The Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT), established in 2001, is the leading independent certifying organization for the dog training profession. The CCPDT is at the forefront of the development of rigorous exams to demonstrate mastery of humane, science-based dog training practices. CPDT-KSA is a certified trainer - both knowledge and skills assessed and CBCC-KA is a certified behavior consultant canine - knowledge assessed
All of our teacher friends will recognize this: "A sound examination meets two important criteria: validity and reliability. Validity is the term for ensuring that the examination covers what it should cover. That's the process of item reviews and examination reviews described above. Reliability refers to the consistent performance of the examination over time. A reliable examination is one in which, if you were to have two groups of test takers who are similar in background and experience take the same examination, their scores would be the same. The reliability coefficient on the last examination was 0.95, which demonstrates high reliability."
Here are some thoughts from the CCPDT web site: "A couple of things should raise a red flag in your assessment. If the trainer focuses on a model of dominance and submission-using language like "dominant" and "alpha" -- or uses primarily punishment based methods, that trainer doesn't meet the standards of science-based training."