Accreditation is a two-sided issue in regards to obedience schools. For a student interested in becoming an obedience trainer, accreditation reassures them that the program was evaluated and lived up to standards established by obedience training professionals. For an individual interested in locating an obedience school for a pet, accreditation signifies that the institution met and/or exceeded the operational standards established by industry professionals and governing agencies.
The Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) is an agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) for accrediting obedience training programs. The American Boarding Kennels Association (ABKA) is the major accrediting body for obedience schools and programs.
Six regional organizations accredit animal obedience schools as well as institutions leading to obedience training certifications:
- Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges
- Middle State Association of Colleges and Schools
- Western Association of Schools and Colleges
- Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
- North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
- New England Association of Schools and Colleges
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