To apply for ICB membership please fill out our application form and return by email to the admissions officer, who will distribute it to the interviewers. You will then be contacted via email within fourteen days to arrange an interview.
Affiliate and full membership costs £50 per annum.
To make membership accessible to all, interviews may take place via Skype as it it is not always practicable to interview in person because we are an international organisation.
The interview will be held with two full ICB members. We want to learn about you, your experience with dogs, your ideas and philosophy about training and your future aspirations. We also want to hear about your academic studies and, if already qualified, explore any areas of special interest or expertise. If you are still studying, we would like to know about your aims and goals for the future.
After the interview a decision will be made within fourteen days and you will be informed via email. If unsuccessful, you will be given appropriate feedback and areas for development, and you may re-apply for membership in six months’ time.
If you join us as an affiliate member, while studying towards your canine behaviourist qualification, you will be allocated a mentor, usually on of our education officers, who will support and guide you in your learning. Your mentor will be available for contact by email and/or phone.
You are allowed to carry out client consultations while you are an affiliate member and still studying with the support of a full member, and we will coach you on how to write client-friendly reports. Your reports must be sent to the education officer for feedback and it is recommended you watch our training video on report writing skills. To support your continued professional development, we hold regular webinars with guest speakers from various fields of canine study. We also offer you the opportunity to shadow one of our fully qualified behaviourists, if location allows.
At the end of your affiliate membership we will observe you during a client consultation. This can be done via video or Skype if the assessor cannot attend in person, or if convenient you may travel to one our full members who will carry out an observed consultation.
Full membership is open to suitably qualified persons and a decision whether to offer full or affiliate membership will be made at your interview.
Once you have joined us as a full member, we recognise that you are still learning – like all of us – and continue to offer support.
Help is always available! You can ask a question on our friendly (closed) Facebook forum, or you can ring or email any of our members for advice.