Becoming a C.L.A.S.S. Evaluator

The following qualifications are in place as standards for C.L.A.S.S. Evaluators to ensure that Evaluators are equipped to represent the APDT through the C.L.A.S.S. program.

  1. C.L.A.S.S. Evaluator must be at least 21 years of age.
  2. C.L.A.S.S. Evaluators must be an active APDT Professional Premium or Professional Member in good standing (apdt.com/membership/become-a-member/). Candidates must enter their APDT member number on the Evaluator application.
  3. C.L.A.S.S. Evaluators must have accrued, in the previous 12 months, at least 60 hours of training experience, either paid or volunteer. The training experience may be through providing training services to dog owners or to shelters/rescue groups. Training Assistants, if they meet this training experience requirement, are eligible to apply, though they will be asked to also supply the name and contact information of the trainer under whom they work.
  4. C.L.A.S.S. Evaluators must EITHER maintain liability insurance covering their training services, OR be covered under the insurance policy of the business or entity where they perform the C.L.A.S.S.® evaluations. See the Evaluator Handbook for minimum insurance coverage requirements.
  5. C.L.A.S.S. Evaluators must pass a three-part online exam. Candidates should be familiar with the material in the C.L.A.S.S. Evaluator Handbook (revised and expanded version) before taking the online exam.

    The online exam is made up of three sections: general questions on the C.L.A.S.S. Program’s rules and guidelines, training and behavior questions, and a video assessment. All three sections of the exam must be passed in order to pass the online exam. Before each section starts, candidates will be given instructions on how the test works.

    Exam Section Description
    Section 1 This part of the exam consists of 30 randomly-selected multiple-choice C.L.A.S.S. questions based on the information in the C.L.A.S.S. Evaluator handbook. Candidates must get at least 24 questions correct to pass. When candidates pass Section 1, they will advance to Section 2.

    If candidates do not pass Section 1, they will be notified of what questions were missed and why. Candidates may retake the test after at least 24 hours; the test may not be retaken more than once in a 24 hour period. Section 1 of the test must be passed before candidates are advanced to Section 2.
    Section 2 This segment is designed to test candidates' understanding of dog behavior and training. See "Resources for Training and Behavior" in the Evaluator section of www.mydoghasclass.com for suggested resources to study. Candidates are asked to select the best answer for 30 randomly-selected multiple choice questions. Candidates must get at least 24 questions correct to pass. When candidates pass Section 2, they will advance to Section 3.

    If candidates do not pass Section 2, they will be provided with a list of resources to study. Candidates may retake Section 2 after at least 24 hours; the test may not be retaken more than once in a 24 hour period. If a candidate retries Section 2 within one month of the first attempt to pass Section 2, he or she does not have to retake Section 1. If more than a month has passed since the first Section 2 attempt, a candidate must retake the entire exam starting from Section 1, even if that candidate previously passed Section 1. Section 2 of the test must be passed before candidates are advanced to Section 3.
    Section 3 The video assessment portion of the online exam is the final part of the exam. The video assessment is designed to test candidates’ knowledge of C.L.A.S.S. Scoring Guidelines. Candidates are presented with a series of 30 video clips, 10 clips per C.L.A.S.S. level. Each video clip is approximately 30 seconds to 90 seconds long, and features a student/dog team going through a test item in a C.L.A.S.S. assessment. Candidates may replay each video clip.

    For each clip, candidates will be presented with a list of the possible score responses for each category of Excellent, Needs Work, and Incomplete, as well as a column for Automatic Incompletes. To score, the candidate shall select all scoring criteria that apply to the clip, as if scoring for a real Evaluation. The score responses are listed in a condensed version from the Scoring Guidelines in the Evaluator Handbook. Candidates must score at least 24 video clips correct to pass.

    When candidates pass Section 3, they will have successfully completed the online exam and are advanced to the section to complete their applications. If candidates do not pass Section 3, they will be notified of which videos were scored incorrectly and why. Candidates may retake Section 3 after at least 24 hours; the test may not be retaken more than once in a 24 hour period. If a candidate retries Section 3 within one month of the first attempt to pass Section 3, he or she does not have to retake Sections 1 or 2. If more than a month has passed since the first attempt to pass Section 3, a candidate must retake the entire exam starting from Section 1, even if the candidate previously passed that section.
  6. Submit C.L.A.S.S. Evaluator Certification fee of $40.

    After passing the online test, C.L.A.S.S. Evaluators must submit the Certification fee of $40. Evaluators will immediately be assigned an official C.L.A.S.S. Evaluator ID Number to validate their Evaluator status.

How do I get started?

Download the Evaluator Handbook and begin learning about the C.L.A.S.S. program and the rules and requirements.

How do I join the APDT?

Visit the APDT web site for information on membership.

How do I use C.L.A.S.S. at my shelter?

Visit our Shelter page for information on our C.L.A.S.S. curriculum for shelters. Evaluators who will only be assessing shelter dogs may register at a reduced rate.

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