There is a huge need for qualified service dog trainers.
Atlas Assistance Dogs is dedicated to expanding the pool of knowledgeable and ethical service dog trainers who will be able to help individuals with disabilities train their dogs to help mitigate their disabilities and thrive every day with their dog at their side.
Atlas’ Trainer Academy gives experienced dog trainers the knowledge and tools needed to support their clients in the training of their service dog.
Benefits of Atlas Trainer Certification
Our courses are a mix of text, videos, case studies, on-line resources and one-on-one support, featuring positive reinforcement for better communication. Click below to find out more details on our program. Complete Program Syllabi also available here.
More Than Training a Dog
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Ready to Apply?
We encourage you to read the FAQs as well as the above program documents. When you are ready to apply, simply click the link below which will take you to our online application. You can save your progress and resume at any time.
Feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
You have up to one year to complete the program. If you complete it in 9 months or less, we give you your first renewal for free. That’s a $200 credit!
The time it takes you will depend on how much time you spend each week on the courses. We highly encourage trainers to complete the program within six to nine months, which is easily done if you spent a few hours a week.
Once in the program, if you feel you will need more than 1 year, please contact us for case-by-case consideration of extensions. Fees may apply. Access to the program will be removed 18 months after start date unless extensions have been granted.
Yes. Certification fees for Atlas Certified Trainers can be paid in up to 3 installments. One-third of total payment is due at the time the trainer is accepted by Atlas and begins the Atlas training courses. The remaining parts are due in two-month increments. Trainers may begin courses but will not have access to the service specialty training classes until all fees are paid.
Price range varies from $2,622 to $3,520. We give credits for experience and qualifications, and offer test outs.
Debby Kay’s Sweet Snoopers® Medical Scent Detection Course is integrated in our Service Dog training curriculum. If you wish to take it alone, you can. It is $495. Just contact us.
Atlas Certified Trainers are completely independent of Atlas. They might have their own businesses or be taking the program to increase their knowledge. They are not employees or contractors of Atlas and are not paid by Atlas. They are free to charge their clients and follow their own programs as they see fit.