The application process establishes your qualifications through a combination of certifications, experience, education, recommendations, and observations. The entire process is conducted remotely, so it is not necessary to travel to complete the application process.
A crucial part of our training and certification process is our comprehensive training program for dedicated dog trainers who are ready to take their skills to the next level. Our courses are designed to prepare experienced dog trainers to train service dogs and work with people with a wide range of disabilities.
All our courses are online and presented in multiple modules. Courses are a combination of slides, video demonstrations, and live web-based courses. You can take as much time as you need with each module, as long as all of the modules are completed within 6 months. A test is included at the end of each module with a mix of true or false, multiple choice, and short essay questions. In some cases, students are also required to upload a video case study showing them working with dogs and people. Upon successful completion of our entire program, the participant becomes an Atlas Certified Trainer.
A well-rounded service dog trainer must work and communicate effectively with people with a wide range of disabilities and with virtually any breed of dog in a constructive, ethical, and compassionate manner. Our courses are structured into three proficiency areas – People, Dogs, and Service Work – to enable our trainers to gain those skills. A summary of our course listings can be found here. Please see the Atlas Certified Trainer Program or click below to download our application package for complete details.
Before beginning the application process, please review the frequently asked questions (FAQ). We would also be happy to answer any other questions you may have. Email email@example.com with your questions. We try to answer within 24 hours.
If you are ready to begin, simply download our application package by clicking on the button below and then selecting download when the package zip file previews in your browser window.
Please start with the document titled "Trainers- READ ME FIRST", which is our helpful Getting Started Guide.
We look forward to you being a part of Atlas.