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Certifications, diplomas, certificates

My dog trainer and dog behavior consultant
certifications, diplomas and certificates

Difference Between Certificates, Diplomas and Certification 

What does all these letters behind the trainer's name mean for you, the dog guardian? 

What is the difference between certificates, diplomas, and certification?


A document awarded upon the completion of a course or training program.


An academic qualification awarded by educational institutions upon the completion of a specific program of study. Diplomas often represent a more in-depth educational experience than certificates.


A credential awarded by a professional organization or a certifying body to individuals who meet specific requirements and pass an examination. It validates a professional’s skills and knowledge in a particular field.

The list of my certifications and diplomas and the list of some of my certificates.

In professional education and training, it's essential to distinguish between certification, diploma, and certificate, as these terms denote different levels of qualifications and achievements:

MSc. of Transportation Engineering - Logistics -Master Science degree - issued by The University Of Technology and Economics of Budapest BME

  • My MSc in Transportation Engineering - Logistics has equipped me with strong analytical skills, enabling me to conduct functional analysis and applied behavior analysis, as well as understand and use mathematical abstract ideas like game theory and predictability in behavior, to develop effective training plans and track canine behavior progress.

  • The rigorous academic training has made me comfortable with reading and interpreting research papers, allowing me to stay current with the latest scientific findings in dog behavior and training.

  • My background in logistics has honed my problem-solving abilities, helping me devise efficient, systematic approaches to address complex training challenges with dogs.


  • CDBC (Certified Dog Behavior Consultant): Awarded by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), this certification recognizes expertise in canine behavior consulting.

  • ADT-IAABC (Accredited Dog Trainer): Also from the IAABC, this certification signifies a high level of proficiency in dog training.

Certified Instructor:

  • Definition: A certified instructor designation is awarded to individuals who have demonstrated their ability to teach specific skills or knowledge to others. This typically involves a combination of advanced knowledge in the subject area, proven teaching ability, and adherence to a professional code of ethics.

  • Example:

    • CBATI (Certified Behavior Adjustment Training Instructor): Offered by Grisha Stewart Academy, this certification focuses on the application of Behavior Adjustment Training (BAT) techniques.

    • PST-CI (Predation Substitute Training - Certified Instructor): Provided by Simone Mueller, this certification denotes proficiency in predation substitue training and the ability to instruct others in this area.


  • Diploma in Dog Obedience Training from Ashworth College: This diploma signifies comprehensive training in obedience training techniques and practices.

  • Canine Behavior Consultant from the International College of Canine Studies: This diploma indicates specialized education in canine behavior consulting.

Courses and Certificates:

  • Fun Scent Game Instructor

  • Master Course - Aggression in Dogs

  • Rattle Snake Avoidance Training Through Positive Reinforcement

  • Fundamentals of Ethology by IAABC

  • Errorless Learning in Canine Scent Detection by IAABC

  • Canine Social Behaviors by IAABC

  • Working with Separation Issues with Dogs

  • Creating Desirable Behavior Around Distractions by IAABC

  • The Forensics of Aggression By IAABC

  • Dog Emotion and Cognition by Duke University

  • Fear and Aggression I/II/III

  • Advanced Desensitization Techniques

  • Basic Dog Training Skills Using Positive Methods

  • Alternative Reinforcement Using the Premack Principle

  • Understanding Canine Behavior

  • Applied Behavior Analysis

  • Canine Impulsivity and Fear by IAABC

  • The Forensics of Aggression by IAABC

  • Resolving Resource Guarding by IAABC

  • Creating Desirable Behavior Around Distractions by IAABC

The Unregulated Nature of the Dog Industry  

The dog training and behavior consulting industry is notably unregulated, meaning there are no overarching governmental or regulatory bodies enforcing standardized qualifications or practices. This lack of regulation has several implications:

  • Varied Standards: The quality and rigor of training programs and certifications can vary widely. Professionals in the industry may have vastly different levels of education, experience, and expertise.

  • Consumer Awareness: Pet owners may find it challenging to distinguish between qualified and unqualified professionals. This underscores the importance of seeking out credentials from reputable organizations.

  • Professional Ethics: Without regulation, adherence to ethical practices depends largely on individual commitment and the standards set by professional bodies like the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC).

In summary, understanding the differences between certifications, diplomas, and certificates is crucial for professionals in the dog training and behavior consulting field. Equally important is recognizing the unregulated nature of the industry and the need for consumers to seek out qualified professionals who adhere to high ethical standards.

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Krisztina Harasztosi

Certified and Accredited Dog Trainer

Certified Behavior Consultant

Let's Speak Dog!

Using positive reinforcement and fear-free techniques, I can help empower you and your dog to address behavior issues and foster cooperation. Let’s create a harmonious bond with your canine companion.

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