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BAT Instructor Certification Course – Lansing, MI

  • Lansing,MI48823United States
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  • Wednesday, August 19, 2020 09:00 am - Sunday, August 23, 2020 06:00 pm

BAT Certification is happening in Michigan!  Please join us for a BAT Instructor Certification Course August 19-23, 2020 in Lansing, MI.


In this intensive 5-day course: Lecture, Video Reviews, Practical Skills and Set-Ups cover everything you need to know for certification* as a Behavior Adjustment Training Instructor. Full Participants will work hands-on with Clients, Student Dogs and Helper Dogs. Auditors will assist in Set-Ups, and hands-on assist with Helper Dogs and Leash Skills.

  • 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 approved for 30 CEUs for trainers and 7 CBCC.
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.
PPAB CEUs: This course is PENDING approval for 25 CEUs.


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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 Instructors

CBATI Faculty, Joey Iversen has a 20+ career in animal training, reflected in her impressive resume: UW-AAB, CBATI, KPACTP TAGteach Faculty, Senior Service Dog Trainer, and Teaching Assistant at The Ranch with Ken Ramirez.  Since BAT’s inception, Joey has been an instructor of BAT seminars, workshops and courses for Grisha Stewart’s Empowered Animals and has taught all around the world.  Known for her calm, patient manner and vast knowledge, Joey is a fan favorite of peers and clients. When you can’t find Joey at a learning event, you can listen to her live radio show, It’s Raining Cats and Dogs on KIRO radio 97.3FM in Seattle.  


OBATS Founding Member and CBATI Faculty, Katie Grillaert, is CBCC-KA, and Tierschutzqualifizierte Hundetrainerin and is currently finishing her studies in the Interdisciplinary Master’s Programme in Human Animal Interactions at the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna. Her thesis explores behavioral and epigenetic variations between differentially reared puppies. 






August 19 @ 9:00 am
August 23 @ 6:00 pm
$750 – $1495
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Lansing, MI
Lansing,MI48823United States


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.
12 available
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.

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BAT is a universal language we can all understand. We have Certified BAT Instructors around the globe, and more trainers are working toward their certification every day.