An Exciting Announcement...
Three Trainers Earn
CPDT-KSA Certification

Congratulations to Fur-Get Me Not Lead Trainers Vivian Leven-Shoemaker, Roz Ferber, and Tammy Rosen.  They are the first dog trainers in the entire Washington DC Metro Area to earn the title of "Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge & Skills Assessed (CPDT-KSA)".

Vivian, Roz, and Tammy have held the CPDT-KA certification for many years and they collectively have over 30 years of dog training experience.  The CPDT skills assessed (-KSA) is the next level of training certification. This is a video submission where the training professional must demonstrate the skills necessary to train animals and teach others to train their animals.

As of November 10, 2011, there were 2,191 CPDT-KAs worldwide.  As of December 1, 2011, there were 58 CPDT-KSAs worldwide. 

We're proud to have 3 trainers that have successfully demonstrated the skills required to join this elite group.  And we intend to continue working with our shelter and rescue partners to share that knowledge and help rehabilitate, educate, and spread the benefits of positive reinforcement training in our community.

Congratulations Vivian, Roz, and Tammy!

click here to learn more about CPDT-KSA

Why Certify Dog Trainers?
Establishing a credentialing program enhances the reputation of a profession. A certification program is not an endorsement of an individual by the organization, but it signifies to those seeking to use the professional that the professional has sought out a credentialing program and has passed the credential's requirements. Certification is a voluntary program, unlike licensing which is not voluntary for professions such as physicians, nurses, and psychologists.

How is the CPDT-KSA Scored?
The examination committee created a 212 item rubric (objective criteria outlining the training process) for scoring the CPDT-KSA. Forty-three (43) are gated meaning that in order to pass the examination the candidate must perform that item. The other 169 items are not gated meaning the item may be addressed but that certain items may not be necessary or impact the overall training process. The candidate must perform 127 of these items on the rubric correctly to pass. Candidates will be given an overall pass/fail. This method of scoring follows the recommendations of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE), which is the premier organization for education, standard setting, research, and advocacy in credentialing.

Fur-Get Me Not Dog Training School
4120 S. Four Mile Run Dr.
Arlington, Virginia 22206