In addition to our basic TTouch® courses for personal learning, we also offer courses that can lead to certification.

Practitioner Track (Practitioner Certification)

If you are looking for a more gentle and effective way to work with your own animals, or want to work with animals professionally, the Tellington TTouch® Method may be the answer for you. Our method involves the use of techniques that will mutually enhance the relationship between people and animals, improve an animal’s health, and encourage a better response to training.

This Certification program is designed for people who want to share the benefits of the Tellington Method with their own animals as well as for people who want to work with animals on a full or part-time basis. There are hundreds of TTouch Practitioners all over the world.

Some work full-time with private clients, many do the Tellington Method part-time in addition to their other jobs, and some incorporate what they have learned into their work with animals in shelters, with rescue groups, obedience schools, veterinary clinics and zoos. The rewards of this training program include an inspiring way to relate to animals plus a new appreciation and understanding of themselves.

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The Practitioner track is geared towards individuals currently working towards Tellington TTouch Practitioner certification but cannot attend the number of hands on trainings typically required for completion.

The  traditional Practitioner program requires attendance at six, 5 or 6 day hands-on workshops plus case studies.

To stay current with the present travel restrictions we have updated our program.

We now offer Practitioner Certification that may be completed entirely online and remotely.

Tellington TTouch Practitioners for Dogs may work one on one with clients as official representatives of the work.

The Tellington TTouch certification process is a combination of in-person or online instruction, and student practice between training sessions, to develop specific skills as well as practical experience in a wide variety of applications, such as behavior, training, and health issues. On average, students spend between eighteen months and two years to develop the skills required for certification. However, there is no specific time requirement for completing the certification so that students can progress at their own pace.

Those wishing to learn the Tellington TTouch Method for their own use, may choose a “non-certification” track. Non-certification track students will not be required to complete case studies or other certification requirements such as testing. They may change to the certification track by completing the requirements at any time.

While this Program is specifically focused on working with dogs, Certified Practitioners may add other companion animal species to their accreditation by demonstrating competency (in skills and safety) with that species, and by completing an additional detailed case study.

Permitted practice during the certification process – Students are encouraged to work with as many dogs as possible to gain experience. They may not charge for this work. An exception to this is for students already working professionally with dogs and who will be incorporating their TTouch skills into their profession. These students may say they are using the Method but may not advertise that they teach it. 

In-person and Online Learning – Credits may be acquired through in-person events offered for certification credit, from online classes or a combination of both.  The experience gained through in-person learning is invaluable and ideally, will make up at least some of the credits earned for certification. (1 day of coursework = 2 credits)

Requirements for upgrading – These requirements are designed to ensure as clearly as possible that the Practitioner has the technical, teaching, organizational and people skills required for the higher level. These are difficult to measure and for this reason, the listed requirements should be considered minimums. In some circumstances the TTouch International Education Board may consider accepting equivalent criteria. Practitioners will demonstrate appropriate skill levels through an evaluation process. 

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Practitioner Certification via Online Learning

Becoming a Practitioner with our Online Courses requires a certain amount of self discipline, interest in learning and a commitment to practice.

For those who have not previously attended any in person trainings, the first step would be to attend an “Intro” or “Level 1” Interactive course.

After the initial course, students continue taking sessions to amass 60 credits to cover the core curriculum. This includes taking Level 1 and Level 2 two times, ideally with at least 2 different instructors. As well as the “Working with Clients” course.

In addition to these courses, a variety of Electives may count for credits, such as “TTouch-For-You®”, “Applied TTouch” courses, or any dog or companion animal related Interactive course that has not been mentioned previously.

Students may also choose to add a single “Online Course” that may count as credits, this must be a course that is not included in the Intro, Level 1, or Level 2 options.  These are completely self paced.

Once a student has earned at least 60 credits and completed course assignments, including the 5 detailed Case Studies; they are eligible for the evaluation process.

 

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Certification Courses

Intro to Tellington TTouch for Dogs

  • Interactive online/Zoom classes with certified TTouch Teachers (10 hours/4 credits)
  • Intro to TTouch for Dogs Online Study Program (8 hours of self-study/2 credits)

A great introduction to the method and what it’s all about.  This is not a required course but provides a good foundation. Successful completion of this course results in 6 certification credits.


Level 1 Course – Core Curriculum

  • Interactive online/Zoom classes with certified TTouch Instructors (20 hours/10 credits)
  • Level 1 Getting in TTouch with Your Dogs Online Study Program (16 hours of self-study/4 credits)
  • Engaging assignments and feedback on your increasing skills

This is a required course for those who are certifying via online course or individuals who have not yet attended a training in person.  Level 1 will cover the core of Tellington TTouch techniques.

Due to the large quantity of material in the course, and the actual practice required, we suggest that students take the Level 1 more than one time. 

Completion of Level 1, including all assignments and quizzes counts as 14 certification credits.  Attending this course a subsequent time, for a reduced price, counts as 10 credits.

 

Level 2 Course – Core Curriuculm Continued

  • Interactive online/Zoom classes with certified TTouch Instructors (20 hours/10 credits)
  • Level 2 Getting in TTouch with Your Dogs Online Study Program (16 hours of self-study/4 credits)
  • Engaging assignments and feedback on your increasing skills

Level 2 takes you deeper into the work and builds on the foundation you received in Level 1.  Students will learn how to apply their skills in a variety of typical, real life, scenarios.

Completion of Level 2, including all assignments and quizzes counts as 14 certification credits.  Attending this course a subsequent time, for a reduced price, counts as 10 credits.

 

Electives with Purpose – Applied TTouch

  • Choose one of the several Interactive & Online courses offered under the “Electives” category, designed to expand on your knowledge
  • “Applied TTouch” topics clearly explain how to take theory into practice!    

Elective course credit varies depending on the length of the course.  Please see individual courses for more information.

 

Working with Clients – Core Curriculum

  • Interactive Zoom instruction with certified TTouch Instructors (10 hours/4 credits)
  • Online Course Content (6 hours of self-paced study plus homework and assignments/4 credits)
  • Learn how to teach and work with your future clientele and how to develop case studies
  • Gain insight into how to integrate the power of TTouch into your business

*Electives may include Online Course content not included in core curriculum courses.

Upon Completion of 60 credits you are permitted to be evaluated.

Many will prefer to attend more Interactive Courses, Register for Elective courses, or enlist the support of a mentor prior to evaluation.

You are welcome to attend more Interactive Courses, Register for Elective courses, or enlist the support of a mentor prior to evaluation.

The nature of the Tellington TTouch Method is that learning is somewhat “spiral” or “layered”. The more you learn, the more you refine and add to existing skills and knowledge. For this reason taking any Level of Interactive course more than once will NOT feel redundant.

 

 

Case Studies – Showcase Your Skills

  • Certification requirements include submitting at least 5, detailed case studies that follow the progress of dogs you are working with
  • A detailed outline of Case Study requirements, examples and expectations can be requested.
 

Certification  is contingent on the evaluation of the coursework, videos, case study submissions and overall skill level.

 

Evaluation Process – Demonstrate Your Skills

 

  • Earn at least 60 credits of course hours (can include in person training which is 2 credits per day)
  • Feel confident with your understanding of the Core Curriculum
  • Register for Certification Evaluation
  • Complete 5 detailed case studies
  • Score 80% or more on a written test
  • Demonstrate an excellent understanding of Tellington TTouch Philosophy
  • Demonstrate proficiency in practical skills.
  • Demonstrate competency  in a Client Session video submission

Tellington TTouch Certification Levels

Tellington TTouch Practitioner 

Qualification Criteria:

  • Successful completion of required coursework for a total of 60 credits.  
  • Submission of 5 approved case studies.
  • Achievement of passing score on written and practical skills assessment.

Permitted Practice: 

  •  Certified to work with individuals.
  •  May give short (one hour) lectures or demonstrations to groups.

 

Tellington TTouch Practitioner 1 

Qualification Criteria:

  • Successful completion of required coursework for a total of 72 credits.  
  • Completion of a class presentation to demonstrate teaching skills observed by an instructor
  • Submission and approval of a plan for conducting a one day workshop.
  • Achievement of passing score on written and practical skills assessment.

Permitted Practice: 

  •  Certified to work with individual clients.
  •  Give lectures/demonstrations or weekly classes.
  •  Teach one day hands-on workshops to groups.  

 

Tellington TTouch Practitioner 2 

Qualification Criteria:

  • Have been listed in the Guild as a Practitioner 1 for at least one year immediately prior to upgrading 
  • Have taught at least 10 one-day or 20 half-day/evening hands-on workshops (or the equivalent) and turned in feedback forms from participants and organizers from at least five of the workshops. 
  • Submitted, for discussion with an instructor, an outline of the agenda for a hypothetical two-day hands-on workshop. 

Permitted Practice: 

  •  Certified to work with individual clients.
  •  Give lectures/demonstrations or weekly classes.
  •  Teach one or two day hands-on workshops to groups.  

 

Tellington TTouch Senior Practitioner  (P3)

Qualification Criteria:

  • Been an active TTouch Practitioner for at least 8 years immediately prior to upgrading. 
  • Taught a minimum of 16 workshops/webinars/modules (or equivalent)
  • Assisted at a minimum of 10 trainings.
  • Guild member for a minimum of 4 years before application and remain a Guild member
  • Demonstrates exceptional teaching and interpersonal skills
  • Submitted feedback forms from 5 workshops taught in the past three years prior to upgrading.
  • Demonstrates excellent handling and technical skills with a wide variety of dogs.

Permitted Practice: 

  • Qualified to function as senior assistants at trainings. 
  • Develop and teach webinars for the TTouch Online Learning Program.
  • Teach workshops (up to 3 days) to provide TTouch CEU credits according to curriculum guidelines.

Tellington TTouch Instructor:

Instructors are selected based on experience, technical and practical skills, teaching ability, and other contributions to (and needs of) the organization.  

Benefits of Practitioner Certification

The process of becoming a Certified Tellington TTouch Practitioner for Dogs has many benefits, besides the tremendous personal learning potential.

Tellington TTouch Practitioners are certified to:

  • Teach the method and its exercises to individual clients and their animals
  • Use the official Tellington TTouch Logo and branding in a professional capacity
  • Eligible to join the Professional Guild which allows for discounts, insider access, invitations to weekly educational webinars, annual membership to the TTouch Community
  • Access to private Practitioner Facebook page

 

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