APEL - Accreditation of Prior Experience and/or Learning

APEL is learning gained outside of a formal course: through work roles, or other activities such as volunteer work, unassessed CPD eg webinars, reading, conference attendance etc.

For Animal Trainer (AT) and Animal Training Instructor (ATI) roles the Practitioner Organisations carry out assessments of both Performance Criteria and Knowledge & Understanding – which means that the APEL process is not required. 

For Animal Behaviour Technician (ABT) and Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CAB) roles the Practitioner Organisations carry out assessments of Performance Criteria; for assessment of Knowledge and Understanding, the ABTC provides a pool of Assessors to carry out the APEL process.

If you would like to apply for APEL assessment of your Knowledge and Understanding for the role of CAB or ABT please contact the organisation you are interested in joining and they will explain the procedure.  Please look at this page for a list of ABTC Practitioner Organisations with links to their websites. You will see ABT or CAB beside the organisations that are able to add Practitioners in these roles, to those ABTC Registers.

Please be aware that there is a fee of £120 for APEL Assessment by ABTC Assessors and the Practitioner Organisation may need to add an administration fee to this. 

For more details on the APEL process please see The Animal Behaviour and Training Council Guidelines for the Accreditation of Prior Experience and Learning

ABTC Practitioner Organisation APBC recently held a Q and A session about the APEL process.  If you would like to watch it, you can find it here

For details of all the ABTC role standards, please look here.