AAI for Professionals Certification Program

AAI for Professionals is a certification program focused on advancing the field of animal assisted interventions within the state of Iowa. This certification provide a foundation for professionalizing and standardizing AAI as emotional support and/or a complementary therapy modality within an existing professional practice.

Individuals who complete the certification will be credentialed as a certified therapy canine team and will have demonstrated knowledge of best practices within AAI that include canine training, behavior, and handling, canine welfare, ethics, and professional best practices.


Who should get certified?

To qualify for acceptance into this program, individuals should work within a professional capacity that enables the practice of goal-directed interactions and/or animal assisted therapy and/or animal assisted education.

This includes, but is not limited to:

  • mental health professionals

  • physical therapists

  • occupational therapists

  • school counselors

  • clinical social workers

  • board certified behavior analysts (BCBA)

  • behavior technicians

  • speech and language pathologists

  • nurse practitioners

  • crisis intervention specialists

  • long term care administrators

  • memory care directors

Request an Application

All interested teams are required to submit an application for acceptance into the program before they are eligible to register.

February 6th, 2022 start date: Applications due December 31st, 2021

May 8th, 2022 start date:

Applications due March 31st, 2022


August 7th, 2022 start date:

Applications due June 30th, 2022


October 9th, 2022 start date: Applications due August 31st, 2022

Request an Application

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You may also contact AnimalAssistedProfessionals@gmail.com for an application.