Atlas Certified Trainer Application

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This application is part of the application package for certification as an Atlas Assistance Dogs Certified Trainer (Atlas Certified Trainer).

Prior to completing this application, please thoroughly review the following: 

user manual icon Our Atlas Certified Trainer Program to learn more about how the program works.

icon of policy Our Trainer Policies. By submitting this application you are committing that you will follow these policies while you are in the program and to maintain status as an Atlas Certified Trainer.

In addition to your application you will need to have two reference letters submitted directly to Atlas. Your application will not be processed without these. 

If you have any questions throughout the application process, please send an email to We try to answer any questions within 24 hours. 

Reference letters
As part of your application we will need to provide at least two (*three) reference letters:
  1. One personal reference from a client you have worked with in private or group training for at least 6 months and have had at least 6 sessions with*. 
    *If your clients are typically shorter term you may alternatively provide two personal reference letters from clients you have worked with in private or group training for at least two months and have had at least 3 sessions with. In either case, preference is for people seeking service dog training from you, but any situation where you are the primary trainer is acceptable.
  2. One professional reference letter from someone in a dog-related profession (trainer, behaviorist, vet, supervisor, instructor, etc.) who has known you professionally for at least one year.
Please provide this link to our Reference Letter form to each of your references and ask them to complete them:
Atlas Certified Trainer Program and Atlas Trainer Policies
It is very important that you read the Atlas Certified Trainer Program and Atlas Trainer Policies documents. The information in these documents becomes part of the agreement you sign when you are certified. 

We would like to call the following requirements to your attention:

  • Ethics Pledge - Atlas Certified Trainers agree to the following pledge: I agree to treat all people and all dogs they work with ethically, compassionately, and as individuals. I will use only ethical and scientifically-based training methods, always employing the least invasive method possible, and will work with clients to ensure they understand and use humane and effective methods in handling their dogs.
  • Continued Certification Requirements - Trainers are certified for one year. Benefits of certification are detailed in the Trainer Program Requirements and Benefits document . They include preferred listing on our trainer search, access to exclusive Atlas trainer resources, use of the Atlas Certified Trainer Logo, discounted pricing on new courses as they are made available and more. To maintain certification, the following is required each year: 

  • Continuing Education -  Atlas Certified Trainers are expected to maintain education and expertise and constantly look for ways to improve. Trainers are required to provide proof of 10 or more continuing education units (CEU) during the previous year. Any CEUs accepted by CCPDT, IAABC and KPA are accepted by Atlas. Others may be accepted by request. 

Contact Information

Education and Certifications

Please list any college or dog training organizations/programs you have attended.

Experience with Dog Training in General

Please tell us about your background with dog training and your current professional status. You will have an opportunity to describe your specific service dog training experience later in this application. 

Experience Boarding or Breeding Dogs

Experience with service Dog Training

Training Facility

Experience working with people with disabilities

Understanding of Atlas Approved Training Methods

Team Facilitator

Submitting the Application
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When Atlas receives your application, we will review the application for completeness. We will also let you know if all of your references are received or if any are missing. If there is missing information we will communicate with you to help resolve the issue. 

In completing this application, you are agreeing to the following:

                             We look forward to you joining the Atlas team