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NOCTI and Nocti Business Solutions have earned full accreditation from the International Certification Accreditation Council (ICAC). This recent accomplishment ensures that a neutral third party has properly evaluated both organizations and held them up to international standards. ICAC accreditation signifies that NOCTI’s career and technical education (CTE) assessments and certifications, as well as Nocti Business Solutions’ technical skill assessments, follow the best international industry practices and standards outlined in ISO 17024. 

Working Towards Professionalizing The Pet Industry  By  Encouraging Pet Dog Trainers and Behavior Consultants to Demonstrate Competency!

The Accreditation Board offers the only Accredited Training Technician & Professional Canine Trainer certification for professionals who believe there is no place for shock, choke, prong, pain, force, or fear in pet training and behavior practices. The Board also offers the only psychometrically sound examination for Training & Behavior Consultants supporting these humane and scientific practices.

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How, Then, Does The Concept of Competence Impact The Work of Professional Dog Trainers and Pet Care Providers?

Professional competence is the “broad professional knowledge, attitude, and skills required in order to work in a specialized area or profession. Disciplinary knowledge and the application of concepts, processes and skills are required in a test of professional competence in any particular field.” (Reference, 2019). When speaking to the practice of counseling, Welfel (2009, p.81) points out that “professional competence is the most ethical obligation a professional has in their field of expertise.”

To be competent means a professional is knowledgeable, schooled in the theory and research of their industry, and has the necessary skills to apply that field of knowledge to a working situation with their clients (Tudge, 2010). Within the companion animal training and behavior field, “necessary skills” refers to the professional’s interviewing skills, their ability to use applied behavior analysis to functionally analyze behavior via a professional functional assessment, and possess the technical skills and ability to support pet owners in their goals of improving and changing a pet’s behavior (Tudge, 2010).

Furthermore, competence is “the measure of actual professional performance, not the level and ­amount of education the professional has achieved. The range of services offered by companion animal training and behavior professionals is referred to as ‘scope of practice.’ Competent professionals only work within the boundaries of their knowledge and skill body.” (Tudge, 2010).

In the pet industry, it is highly unlikely that any one training or behavior professional will be competent across all the entire range of pet industry services as there are so many specialties, ranging from dog sports, canine fitness, hobby activities, training disciplines and various areas of expertise regarding behavior change protocols. The latter encompasses issues such as separation anxiety, aggression, reactivity, resource guarding, fearful behavior, and phobias, all of which attract and demand specialized knowledge to ensure competency of the service provider within their scope.

Cited from Pet Training and Behavior Consulting: A Model for Raising the Bar to Protect Professionals, Pets and Their People (2019)