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BAT Instructor Certification Course – East Coast

  • 431 US Highway 9 at Church Lane
    Lanoka Harbor,NJ08734-0246United States
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  • Saturday, April 25, 2020 09:00 am - Sunday, May 03, 2020 06:00 pm

BAT Certification is coming to the East Coast! Please join us for a BAT Instructor Certification Course taking place over two consecutive weekends April 25, 26 and May 1-3, 2020.  The entire course will be held at Murray Grove Retreat near Tom’s River in Lanoka Harbor, NJ.


The first weekend will be dedicated to lecture material, leash skills, and an intro to BAT Set-Ups. You can return home midweek to practice and prepare. You will return for a three-day intensive of BAT Set-Ups, video reviews, lecture, and evaluations.

The course will cover everything you need to know for certification* as a Behavior Adjustment Training Instructor:

  • Understanding and Interpreting Canine Behavior
  • Antecedents, Behavior and Consequences
  • Required BAT Leash Skills
  • BAT Behavior Zones (Observation Skills and Handling)
  • Details of a Successful BAT Set Up
  • When and How to use “Mark and Move”
  • Team Troubleshooting: Challenges and Solutions
  • Working with Clients
  • Teaching BAT Classes
  • And More!

*Participation does not guarantee certification. See below for details.

(Sorry, no personal dogs are allowed at the course.)

CCPDT CEUs: This course is PENDING approval for 30 CEUs for trainers.
IAABC CEUs: This course is PENDING approval for 14  Lecture hours and 22 Workshop hours.
KPA CEUs: This course is PENDING approval for 14 Lecture hours and 22 Workshop hours.
PPG CEUs: This course is PENDING approval for 25 CEUs.


There is shared lodging available at Murray Grove Retreat. Check travel sites for local hotels and vacation rentals.

The location of Murray Grove Retreat is a convenient location for the Northeast Corridor of NJ, NY, PA, MD, RI, CT and DC.  Check out Bus and Train options. 

If you’ll be staying in NJ in between the weekends, there’s plenty to do and see!
Seaside Heights for boardwalk/rides games and ocean and bayside dining.
Long Beach Island is a beach resort town and Island Beach State Park is the top state park in New Jersey. http://www.islandbeachnj.org/
For dining outside of the course,  Stone Fire Grille in Beachwood, NJ for homemade EVERYTHING on the menu. Plus, there are two breweries in Tom’s River (Rinn Dunn) and a wine making school (Bacchus).  

CBATI Certification Requirements

Certification in Behavior Adjustment Training validates your expertise to correctly instruct and implement meaningful behavior change using BAT. Working with dogs, and the humans who care for them, requires many skill sets as a dog trainer, especially when working with dogs that may be over-reactive towards other dogs or people.

The Pre-Requisites 

CBATIs must adhere to the principles of LIMA and practice positive reinforcement and force-free training methods. We recommend applicants read BAT 2.0 for Dog Aggression, Frustration & Fear by Grisha Stewart and the free BAT handouts available,  watch Grisha Stewart’s BAT 2.0 Video Series, especially the DVD BAT 2.0 Set-Ups, or whenever possible attend a BAT Seminar or Workshop.

The Requirements

Proof of Experience

CBATIs must have accrued 200 training hours as a lead trainer using positive reinforcement and force-free training methods.  Full Participants may show proof of experience with current certifications: CBCC, CDBC, KPA-CTP or by submitting training logs. Please email training logs or Approved Certification information to info@officialbatschool.com

  • At least 100 hours as the lead trainer for someone else’s dogs, specifically focusing on behavior modification for fear, frustration, or aggression using positive reinforcement/force-free methods.
  • The balance of the hours can be accrued as the lead trainer doing general training and behavior modification.

Passing the BAT Theoretical Exam

Full Participants must take the Theoretical Written Exam at the course, and Auditors interested in future certification are encouraged to take the exam at the course, at no extra charge. The exam will be administered on Day 5 of the course.

Passing the Practical Skills Assessment

At the course, Full Participants will demonstrate teaching skills and hands-on use of BAT while working with an assigned Client and Student Dog.  Full Participants must pass the required skills in the four key areas of BAT:

  1. Client Relations
  2. Leash Skills
  3. BAT Set-Ups
  4. Mark & Move

Certification in BAT validates that you know it well and you teach it well.

We look forward to seeing you!

Lead Instructor

Ellen Naumann, BAT Certification Faculty, CBATI, CPDT-KA

Ellen has been the BAT Program Director for Grisha Stewart since 2013, administering the Certified BAT Instructor process and overseeing the online BAT Certification evaluations almost since certification in BAT has been available.  She has worked closely with Grisha in a variety of capacities, but always with the core responsibility of BAT Instructor Certification.

Ellen began the Official BAT School to expand the BAT Certification program, to further the education of Behavior Adjustment Training within the professional community, and to help more humans discover and support a dog’s beautiful, peaceful choices in this crazy, busy world.


Kelly Keeney CBATI, CPDT-KA, Member PPG, IAABC
Kelly began her professional training career in 2006 with a local trainer mentorship and now is the owner of Compassionate Canine training in NJ, a realization of a lifetime of being in connection with animals. Kelly’s training fully embraces the principles of positive reinforcement training and BAT to enhance the lives and relationships of dogs and their people. You can often find Kelly as a moderator on Grisha’s Animal Building Blocks FB page where she delivers important guidance on BAT and behavior modification.

Caryl-Rose Pofcher CBATI  M.A.Ed was certified with honors as a CBATI in 2012 and has been a public figure for BAT ever since.  She is a frequent contributor on the BAT FB groups and a moderator on the Animal Building Blocks page where she consistently offers sound professional guidance to those in need of help. As an expert in issues of over-reactivity, Caryl-Rose offers behavior modification and training through her business, My Dog, LLC in Amherst, MA.


Laura Glaser Harrington CBATI, CPDT-KA, CTDI, CGC Evaluator Member PPG, APDT. Through her business, Canine Communication, Laura offers private in-home training and behavior consultations outside of Philadelphia. She is also an enthusiastic volunteer and board member at Providence Animal Center where she teaches seminars and classes. In 2020, she is the on-site instructor for Grisha Stewart’s online BAT Setups in Shelters Course at Providence. Laura shares her home with her two sons, two dogs, and one husband.


April 25 @ 9:00 am
May 3 @ 6:00 pm
$750 – $1495
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Murray Grove Retreat
431 US Highway 9 at Church Lane
Lanoka Harbor,NJ08734-0246United States
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Full Participant$1,495.00Full Participants who have acquired the hours, pass the written exam and the practical skills assessments will become Certified BAT Training Instructors.
12 available
Auditor$750.00Auditors may attend without intent to become Certified BAT Instructors. Auditors who wish to become future CBATIs after the course, may take the written exam during this course and then submit hours, and a practical skills assessment (PSA) video at a later date, with an additional evaluation fee. Upon successful review, CBATI certification will be granted.

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