All animal training and behavior professionals who earn a designation through CCPDT are located in our trainer and behavior consultant directory.
The CCPDT works with experts in creating and administering certification programs to assure the authenticity of the program. By securing the expertise of psychometricians, the CCPDT has developed knowledge and skills based examinations to evaluate individuals who wish to validate basic knowledge and skills in animal training and behavior. The CCPDT issues a certificate indicating that the individual has met the minimum experience and educational level, and passed the CCPDT examination.
There are two important elements of any sound examination. One is validity and the other is reliability. Validity is the term for ensuring that the examination covers what it should cover. That’s the process of the 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 is very high and infers high reliability.
The CCPDT examinations are criterion-referenced whereby measurement is made against or compared to an absolute criterion of mastery. This criterion is called the “cut score.” The number of items that must be answered correctly in order to pass is not decided arbitrarily. Rather, a panel of experts evaluates each test question individually for its level of difficulty. The average of these item values determines the criterion or ”cut score” for the exams, depending on the questions which appear on each form of the exams. The cut score is subject to change every time a new form of the exams is approved, depending on whether the difficulty is determined to have increased or decreased.The current passing score for the CPDT-KA examination is 188 out of 250; for the CBCC-KA examination it is 135 out of 180.
In the fall of 2013 there were 194 people who took the CPDT-KA examination; 187 of them (96%) passed the exam. There were 8 candidates who took the CBCC-KA examination; 5 of them (63%) passed the exam. For the Japanese version of the CPDT-KA examination there were 9 candidates and 7 (78%) passed.
At the present time there are 2,240 CPDT-KAs (including those in Japan) and 74 CBCC-KAs.