APDT Membership Levels and Comparison of Benefits

Professional Premium Members – This membership category corresponds to the current Professional level membership category. It is meant for the same types of individuals in the Professional membership category, but provides additional benefits, services and discounts for members who want to increase their service level from the association. These benefits include ability to become a C.L.A.S.S. Evaluator by taking the tests online without paying an additional fee; the ability to register one week earlier than other members for the annual conference; a higher rate of discounts for a variety of APDT programs, and additional features on the trainer search, as well as a highlighted trainer listing. $160/year

Professional Members – This membership category corresponds to the current Full Membership category. This category is designed for members who are full and part-time trainers and behavior consultants who work for income or as volunteers. These members teach group classes, do private consults, and may work in a shelter, veterinary or other training setting such as service dog, animal assisted intervention, working dog, and sports dog training, to name a few. $110/year

Supporting Members – This membership category corresponds to the current Associate Membership category. This membership category is for those who are interested in learning about training and behavior, but who are not trainers. Supporting members would include vendors, allied professionals, veterinary students, veterinary technicians, veterinarians, students and apprentices, groomers, daycare/boarding play group monitors, pet sitters, and shelter workers. $100/year

In addition to the membership categories listed in the chart, we will also have the following membership categories.

Affiliate Members – In addition to the levels listed above, a special "affiliate" category is available for online course attendees who need to access the APDT Online Community for their coursework. Affiliate members can be upgraded to another membership level upon completion of the course. Otherwise affiliate membership is only active when the course is in session. These memberships can only be accessed by non-members taking an Online Certificate Course.

Subscribers – Non-members may continue to subscribe to The APDT Chronicle of the Dog for $50/year for a mailed copy and $25/year for digital subscriptions. In additional Professional Premium members may purchase additional subscriptions for a discounted rate.

Multi-Employee Business Membership Discounts

We will continue the multi-employee discounts for companies that have more than one individual who qualifies for membership. Each individual will be treated as an individual member regarding benefits, services, voting rights and their member account. Multi-employee memberships must be purchased by the company. Please note, the business itself will not be considered a member.

# of Employees Supporting Professional Premium Professional
1 $100 $110 $160
2 – 5 $95 each $105 each $155 each
6 – 10 $90 each $100 each $150 each
11 or more $85 each $95 each $145 each

Comparison Chart

Service Supporting Professional Professional Premium Date Available
Discount on advertising in the COTD 5% 10% 15% 12/1/13
Ability to purchase additional discounted COTD subscriptions No No Yes, for $25 per subscription (hardcopy) or $10 digital 12/1/13
Discount on egroup advertising 5% 10% 15% 1/1/14
Discount on webinars Flat Member Rate Flat Member Rate Flat Member Rate 12/1/13
Discount on online education Flat Member Rate Flat Member Rate Flat Member Rate 12/1/13
Discount on conference and live streaming 5% 15% 20% - early registration period of one week prior to open online registration 4/1/13
COTD Digital only Hard copy – $10 discount if they opt for digital only Hard copy – $10 discount if they opt for digital only 12/1/13
Listing on Trainer Search No Trainer Search entry with some additional features Trainer Search listing with full menu of features and highlighted listing 2/17/14
Ability to volunteer for a committee or task force Yes Yes Yes 12/1/13
Ability to run for board No Yes Yes 12/1/13
Ability to vote in elections No Yes Yes 12/1/13
APDT Online Community Access Yes Yes Yes 12/1/13
CLASS Evaluator No Yes - $25/2 years; $15/2 years for shelters CLASS Evaluator fee included (Still must take the tests to become one) 2/17/14
CLASS Merchandise Discount No 10% 10% 12/1/13
Webinar purchase/history information in member account No Yes Yes 12/31/13
CEU Tracking ability in account No Yes Yes 2/17/14
Multi-Employee Discount No 10% off if 3 or more are purchased 20% off if 3 or more are purchased 12/1/13
Train Your Dog Month customizable materials Yes Yes Yes 12/1/13
APDT Logo Use Yes – Supporter Logo Yes – Member Logo Yes – Member Logo 12/1/13
Access to Vendor Discounts Yes Yes Yes 12/1/13
Access to insurance through Business Insurers of the Carolinas No Yes Yes 12/1/13
Web packages through Rikter Design No Yes Yes with lower pricing structure 12/1/13
Downloadable Membership certificate No Yes – May purchase a display version for $10 Yes – May purchase a display version for $10 2/17/14
Custom Branded APDT Email Templates No Yes Yes 4/1/14
Trainer Search Features 
Contact Information N/A Yes Yes 12/31/13
Direct Email Forwarding N/A Yes Yes 12/31/13
Embed YouTube Video N/A Yes Yes 12/31/13
Facebook Page Widget N/A Yes Yes 12/31/13
Twitter Page Widget N/A Yes Yes 4/1/14
Concierge Service N/A No Yes 4/1/14
Color and Typeface Customization N/A Yes Yes 4/1/14
Dedicated Permalink/microsite N/A No Yes 4/1/14
Trainer Search Custom Banner N/A No Yes 4/1/14
Trainer Search Lead Tracking N/A No Yes 12/31/13
Custom Widgets and Extra Components N/A No Yes 4/1/14
Vendor Listing
Listing in Vendor Directory Yes - $10 extra for highlighted listing Yes - $10 extra for highlighted listing Yes 2-1-14

New Benefits & Services

New Benefits & Services Description Open To Date Available
CEU Tracking See Education Information and Management Area
  • Professional
  • Premium Professional
2/17/2014
C.L.A.S.S. Discounts Professional and Premium Professional members would receive a 10% discount on C.L.A.S.S. merchandise
  • Professional
  • Premium Professional
12/1/2013
Color and Typeface Customization The ability to make style changes to your trainer search page including changing fonts and text colors.
  • Professional
  • Premium Professional
4/1/2014
Conference Early Registration The ability to register one week prior to the opening of online registration.
  • Premium Professional
4/1/2014
Dedicated Permalink/Microsite The ability to have a trainer search page that has your name or your business name as the direct link, i.e. www.apdt.com/ts/joesdogtraining
  • Premium Professional
4/1/2014
Egroup Advertising Banner advertising will be available on the new APDT Online Community. A full pricing sheet will be available in January 2014.
  • All at varying discount rates
1/1/14
Education Information and Management Area Members will have the ability to view an additional tab that is located in their Members Area. This new screen would allow them to view and manage all of their educational information in one place. They would be able to:
  • View all of their historical and current CEU information.
  • View and download receipts for all historical and current webinars for tax purposes.
  • Submit request for CEU information directly in their Members Account.
  • View the status of their CEU requests online.
  • Members would be able to single click sign up for their included free webinar(s) with their membership instantaneously directly from their Members Area.
  • Professional
  • Premium Professional
See dates in chart above.
eLearning Purchase History See Education Information and Management Area
  • Professional
  • Premium Professional
12/31/2013
Email Templates Able to use branded APDT pre-written email newsletter templates to send out to clients to promote services. These branded templates will be compatible with a variety of email newsletter services.
  • Professional
  • Premium Professional
4/1/2014
Facebook Page Widget Ability to include your business Facebook page news feed (from your wall) directly into your trainer search information page.
  • Professional
  • Premium Professional
12/31/2013
Member Certificates Downloadable, printable membership certificates. Members who want a certificate suitable for framing can purchase one from the APDT office for an additional $10 including shipping and handling.
  • Professional
  • Premium Professional
2/17/2014
Trainer Networking Groups Ability for Trainer Networking Group owners to broadcast a notification message to APDT members in their specific area and/or create a new Trainer Networking Group. Ability for networking groups to set up egroup on APDT online community.
  • Professional
  • Premium Professional
6/1/2014
Trainer Search Concierge Services Optimizing trainer search information is critical to the success and promotion in the trainer search results. Premium Members will receive an annual report highlighting areas of attention and items needed for improvement. Examples of this would include: missing phone number fields, missing description and social media fields, etc. Recommendations would also be provided to improve the trainer search listing.
  • Premium Professional
4/1/2014
Trainer Search Custom Banner Upgraded Listing Members would have ability to upload and manage a banner/logo/design that would appear on their Trainer Search page.
  • Premium Professional
4/1/2014
Trainer Search Lead Tracking Trainer Search currently allows visitors to submit contact information and an inquiry to the APDT member. Traditionally, this information is sent via email. The new Trainer Search Tracking would integrate into upgraded listing member account where they can view all of the names/contact information of visitors who were interested in their services. This information can be sorted, exported, etc.
  • Premium Professional
12/31/2013
Trainer Search Page Widget A special widget would be available that would allow an APDT member to add to their own website which would display the contents/info directly from their APDT trainer search page. Any update made to the trainer search page would automatically populate wherever the widget is installed.
  • Premium Professional
6/1/2014
Twitter Page Widget Ability to include Twitter feed directly into your trainer search information page.
  • Professional
  • Premium Professional
4/1/2014
Video Embedding Feature for Trainer Search Members would have the ability to embed trainer videos so that they appear directly on their Trainer Search page.
  • Premium Professional
12/31/2013


Frequently Asked Questions

I already paid to be a C.L.A.S.S. Evaluator prior to the membership change. Will this be pro-rated in some way?

In consideration of the members who have participated in our C.L.A.S.S. program, we will provide additional months onto their first renewal membership based on the following schedule:

Achieved C.L.A.S.S. Evaluator Status Additional Months to Membership
December 2012 – June 2012 1 month
July 2012 – December 2012 2 months
January 2013 – December 2013 3 months

Are the same certifications required for Premium Professional membership as was for the previous Professional Membership level?

We will no longer require these certifications. However, in order to list these certifications on your trainer search record, you still will need to verify them with the APDT office first. Only these certifications will appear on your initial trainer search entry as well. A member's full trainer search entry can list all of the designations and degrees as you wish in detail.

In order to qualify as one of these listed certifications, the criteria is that the certification:

Currently these certifications are:

Certification Certification Title Certifying Body
ACAAB* Associate Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist Animal Behavior Society
ACDBC Associate Certified Dog Behavior Consultant International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants
CAAB* Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist Animal Behavior Society
CCAB Certified Clinical Behavior Consultant International Association for the Study of Animal Behavior
CCBC-KA Certified Canine Behavior Consultant – Knowledge Assessed Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers
CDBC Certified Dog Behavior Consultant International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants
CPDT-KA Certified Behavior Consultant Canine - Knowledge Assessed Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers
CPDT-KSA Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge & Skills Assessed Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers
DACVB* Diplomate of the American Collef of Veterinary Behaviorists American College of Veterinary Behaviorists
*For these certifications/degrees, additional evidence of work specifically with dogs is required for inclusion.

Why isn't my certification from my school or program able to be listed?

You will be able to list these in your individual trainer search pages. Only certifications that meet the accepted industry standards as a certification will be listed on the initial search listing. In order to qualify as one of these listed certifications, the criteria is that the certification:

Other designations meet the criteria for a certificate programs but not certifications.

Aren't you declining the standards for joining by not requiring certification?

The majority of our membership does not have a certification that meets the accepted industry standard definition. Until the dog training field widely pursues these certifications, separating out these members to a "second tier" status belies our stated mission of inclusiveness and encouraging education. Our ultimate goal is to provide the best education and services possible so that all members can move toward an independent certification.

If I have one of the independent certifications but I don't wish to become a Professional Premium member, can I still have my certification listed on the initial trainer search?

Yes, as long as your certification is verified by the APDT office, it will be listed.

Will I still have the same member number?

Yes, you will retain the same membership number. If your membership lapses, you may renew with that number up to a period of one calendar year, at which point you will receive a new number.

I am a Professional Member who was migrated to the Professional Premium membership. Can I move to lower service level with a refund for the extra funds?

You will not be able to move to lower service level until your next scheduled renewal date.