Fear Free Animal Trainer Certification Program Overview

Welcome to Fear Free Animal Trainer Certification Program!

Completing the Fear Free Animal Trainer Program allows trainers to work in partnership with veterinary teams to prevent and alleviate fear, anxiety, and stress and improve an animal’s emotional wellbeing during veterinary care and home care. The certification program is designed to give qualified animal trainers the knowledge and tools required to begin implementing Fear Free techniques with their clients’ pets at the veterinary hospital, through in-clinic training classes for puppies and kittens, and in day-to-day training of animals in the home.

Trainers who complete the Fear Free Animal Trainer Certification Program will acquire the skills to manage and handle dogs and cats alongside the veterinary team during veterinary visits and care to ease the pet’s apprehension regarding exams, procedures, and other care. The techniques may also be used in a home setting for carrying out or administering specific veterinarian-prescribed care plans or routine care like grooming. Most important, the Fear Free Animal Trainer is equipped to prepare pets for what to expect at the veterinary clinic so they have an enjoyable, stress-free experience.

By collaborating with and complementing the veterinary team’s efforts, the trainer can better provide preventive services and partner with the veterinary team to address training and behavior concerns, working from a whole health concept and with the oversight of the pet’s vet. In doing so, the pet and pet parents have a higher quality, unified team providing quality, complete care.

The Fear Free Animal Trainer Certification Program is open to training professionals who meet prerequisites that ensure a specific level of knowledge, education, and experience. Trainers seeking Fear Free Certification are highly encouraged to have experience working in a veterinary hospital/practice setting. Eligible trainers will meet the following prerequisites:

  1. Passing score on the intake exam that tests baseline knowledge (preview the exam below)
  2. Current certification with an approved organization and/or proof of completing an approved continuing education course
  3. At least one of the following approved certifications, licenses, or educational programs:

To successfully complete the program and attain certification as a Fear Free Animal Trainer, all qualified registrants must:

  • Pass each online module with a score of 80 percent or higher.
  • Sign the Fear Free Pledge, a commitment to uphold a humane, emotionally protective code of conduct and ethical standard for pet care, training, and professionalism.

This certification program requires an annual membership renewal fee of $39. In order to keep your certification and membership active, 2 hours of Fear Free-specific CE and 2 hours of CE of your choice need to be completed annually. CE can be easily recorded in our convenient CE Tracker within your account.

With every annual renewal, you will be awarded 3 credits, which can be used to purchase additional CE courses throughout the year on your Fear Free account. There are also a number of complimentary courses available for Fear Free Certified Animal Trainers to facilitate the CE requirement.

Maintaining Fear Free Certification also requires remaining in good standing with the Fear Free organization by upholding ethical standards and codes of conduct.

Registering for and renewing your Trainer Certification Program & Membership is simple:

Registration

$99/person for current Fear Free Certified Professional members

$199/person for non-members

Renewal

$39/person/year

2 hours of Fear Free CE + 2 hours of CE of your choice completed annually

Questions? We Have Answers!

Why should I renew my membership?

VETERINARY PROFESSIONALS
It’s the right thing to do. Fear Free helps professionals deliver better care to their patients by looking after the physical and emotional wellbeing of their patients. For only $99 per person, you will continue to attract an increased number of new clients, improve your client compliance, and increase frequency of visits (as per the Fear Free study completed in December 2018). Your renewal also provides you with the ability to use the Fear Free Certified Professional designation in your marketing, a listing in our directory, and continued access to complimentary and credit courses, our Toolbox, the closed Facebook group, the Preferred Product Program, and more. It’s your opportunity to be at the forefront of veterinary medicine and to help shape the future of the profession.

PET PROFESSIONALS
It’s the right thing to do. Fear Free helps professionals deliver better care to their client’s pets by looking after their emotional wellbeing. For only $39, you will continue to attract an increased number of new clients, build lasting relationships with veterinary team members, and work alongside them as a respectable referral. Your renewal also provides you with the ability to use the Fear Free Certified Professional designation in your marketing, a listing in our directory, and continued access to complimentary and credit courses, our Toolbox, the closed Facebook group, the Preferred Product Program, and more. It’s your opportunity to be a leader in the industry and help shape the future of the profession.

I am a Fear Free Certified Veterinary Professional and a trainer. What are my options to renew?

As a Certified Veterinary Professional and animal trainer, you have two options for renewal: Renew your veterinary professional membership or renew by registering for the Animal Trainer Certification Program. Each renewal is priced at $99 for existing Certified Veterinary Professionals.

I have not taken any Fear Free courses before. Can I take the Fear Free Animal Trainer Certification Program?

Yes! This course is designed for trainers without any previous Fear Free experience. However, you do need to be certified/accredited or a diplomate of one of the organizations listed on our website in order to qualify for the course.

I already took the Fear Free Veterinary Professional Certification Program. Can I also complete the Fear Free Animal Trainer Certification Program?

Absolutely! This course is designed for animal trainers and will provide them with invaluable education and resources as they relate to working with Fear Free Certified veterinary professionals. As an existing member, you will be able to take advantage of preferred pricing for this course ($99).

Can I take the Animal Trainer Certification Program instead of the Level 2 course?

Yes, animal trainers are encouraged to take the Animal Trainer Certification Program rather than the Level 2 course, as it is written specifically for trainers. To renew, simply purchase this course and email wags@fearfreepets.com so we can set it up as your renewal.

Help! I just renewed and would rather do the Animal Trainer Certification Program than the Level 2 course. Can I swap them out?

Yes! Please email wags@fearfreepets.com and we will be happy to assist.

Will the trainer program offer a new course every year?

Yes, the Fear Free Animal Trainer Certification Program will offer a variety of courses throughout the year, which are available to our members. Some of those courses will be offered for free and others can be purchased with the credits you receive when you renew your annual membership.

Who should take the Fear Free Animal Trainer Certification Program?

The Fear Free Animal Trainer Certification Program is written for experienced and accredited/certified animal trainers. It is not suitable for professionals looking to become animal trainers. Rather, the Fear Free course is designed to be a way for existing trainers to increase their knowledge and skills. The course provides animal trainers with the knowledge, tools, and skills to work alongside the veterinary team as a Fear Free Certified Professional.

What are the requirements for renewing my trainer certification?

1. Fear Free requires two (2) hours of Fear Free-specific CEUs that will be available to you through your membership on the website as well as two (2) hours of additional CEUs of your choice annually.
2. A renewal fee of $39 is due annually from the date you initially register and pay for the Fear Free Animal Trainer Certification Program.

*These guidelines are mandatory to keep your certification active whether your specific credentials, license, or educational background requires it or not.

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