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Membership Information

Membership of the Canine & Feline Behaviour Association is based on a number of factors explained below

Work-based learning

In recent years, work-based learning has risen in the Canine & Feline sector UK policy as set by the Pet Education Training & Behaviour Council of Great Britain (PETbc) of which we are a member.

A significant element of continuing professional development (CPD) and lifelong learning is essential. One result has been that canine & feline education institutions have been encouraged to use the mechanisms available to them to give priority to widening participation, enabling adult students and or experienced dog / cat professionals specifically in the aforementioned disciplines to maintain professional development, and for courses carried out in collaboration with approved organisations such as the Cambridge Institute of Dog Behaviour & Training (CIDBT) and others described on the PETbc web site. At a pragmatic level, the delivery of learning into the workplace (much of it via the Internet) will be one manifestation of this work.

General animal behaviour qualifications are not sufficient/suitable to use on CFBA membership applications unless 75% of the degree or other qualification is specific to the species of feline or canine (which ever membership type is being sought).


The four areas we consider for membership are:


Experience does carry weight in education and training:

The Canine & Feline Behaviour Association (CFBA) is a constantly changing and developing organisation and has increasing membership applications, year on year and leads the UK in dog and cat behaviour expertise. It has more qualified people specifically in dog and cat behaviour than any other organisation in Great Britain from Certificate to BA (Hons) and Master’s Degree levels.

The PETbc Qualifications council has implemented a policy that will enable Britain to utilise the true potential of its human resources in canine and feline behaviour, welfare and training.  The Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy will ensure that people who were in any way or form unable to access academic education and training in the past will now have the chance to do so.

Formal Education has always carried a greater weight than education gained through experience. The RPL policy offers the opportunity to remedy this situation, and people are now able to have their learning acknowledged by the CFBA – whether they obtained it formally, informally or experientially. However, the people who apply need to meet all the requirements of the CFBA membership process.

The underlying principles include the following:

In order to protect the integrity and standards of education and training, the policy lists quality assurance mechanisms for the implementation of RPL. These include quality assurance of the following:

The Recognition of prior learning RPL Implementation Guide:

The Criteria and Guidelines for the Implementation of Recognition of prior learning supply the education and training provider with guidelines regarding the implementation of Recognition of prior learning.  These guidelines include the following:

Developing moderation measures in terms of the overall process, as well as assessment and assessment results.

Who is eligible for credit?

Those who may benefit from RPL are the following people who:

How is membership assessed?

Prior learning can be recognised and credited through an appropriate form of assessment which may include the following:

Such assessments always use a CFBA benchmark. The process usually entails the following:

We have the most up-to-date on line electronic validation systems using client centred canine profiles which help us assess your success to date. Client satisfaction consistently is the best indicator of your skill and is independent of all academic work produced.