Frequently Asked Questions

How do I find C.L.A.S.S. Evaluation locations and date?

You can contact a C.L.A.S.S. Evaluator for upcoming Evaluation dates and locations.

How do I find my dog’s C.L.A.S.S. Registration Number?

You may look up your dog’s C.L.A.S.S. Registration Number at any time by logging in to with your student account name and password.

Do I have to begin with the B.A. Level Evaluation?

Yes, all student/dog teams begin in the B.A. Level. After passing the B.A. Level, teams are eligible to be evaluated at the M.A. level. After earning their M.A., they may enter the Ph.D. level.

Do I have to take the Student Knowledge Assessment for the M.A. and Ph.D. Levels?

No, the Student Knowledge Assessment is only required for the B.A. Level.

Do I need a Veterinary Certificate for the M.A. and Ph.D. Levels?

No, the Veterinary Certificate is only required for the B.A. Level.

What do the letters B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. stand for?

B.A. signifies the first level of C.L.A.S.S., the “Bachelor’s” degree.
M.A. signifies the second level of C.L.A.S.S., the “Master’s” degree.
Ph.D. signifies the third level of C.L.A.S.S., the “Doctorate” degree.

How do I find out the details of when and where my evaluation is?

Any questions regarding the details specific to the student’s scheduled C.L.A.S.S. Evaluation should be submitted directly to the Evaluator who arranged the test.

Do I need to register my dog for each level in which I would like to be evaluated?

Yes, you will need a Dog Registration number for each level you would like to enter. When you register at, you are prompted to select the particular level(s) for which you would like to register.

Do I need to register my dog again to retake the Evaluation?

If a team gets a non-passing score and would like to retake an Evaluation, the student should contact the Evaluator to reschedule an evaluation. They will use same Dog Registration Number assigned when first registered for that level.

Do Award Certificates expire?

Certificates are valid for 3 years.

How do I renew my certificate?

To renew a certificate that has expired, there are two steps: 1) renew your dog’s registration at, 2) pass the C.L.A.S.S. Evaluation.

When my certificate expires, do I need to renew all levels that my dog has earned?

Students only need to renew the highest certificate earned. So, if a dog has earned his Ph.D., after 3 years, he only needs to take the Ph.D. level to renew.

What do I do if my score posted online is different than the score I received on the day of the evaluation?

In the event of any discrepancies in the online scores, please contact the C.L.A.S.S. Office.

I would like to express my opinion about my C.L.A.S.S. Evaluation experience.

Any student may submit comments and concerns about their C.L.A.S.S. Evaluation experience or an Evaluator by contacting the C.L.A.S.S. Office via email or mail. All comments and concerns received will be reviewed by the C.L.A.S.S. Office and explored accordingly.

How often are C.L.A.S.S. Evaluations given?

This depends on how often Evaluators are offering the evaluations. Contact a C.L.A.S.S. Evaluator (via the APDT Trainer Search at or at to schedule an evaluation.

Can I be evaluated on more than one level in a single day?

Yes, if you have registered your dog with the C.L.A.S.S. Office for the next level(s), you may be evaluated in the next level as soon as you pass the previous level. For example, after you pass your B.A. Evaluation, you may enter the M.A. Evaluation without having to wait for the Evaluator to report your scores from the B.A. Evaluation to the C.L.A.S.S. Office if:

  • you already have a Dog Registration # for the M.A. Level
  • the Evaluator is available to evaluate you at the M.A. Level
  • the Evaluator also evaluated you at the B.A. Level or was informed by the B.A. Evaluator that you passed the B.A. Level.

How long does the evaluation take?

The evaluation process takes about 30 minutes, but may vary depending on each situation. Plan to arrive early to allow yourself and your dog time to acclimate to the testing environment so you are not rushed on the day of the evaluation.

If I don’t pass the evaluation, can I repeat it?

Yes, you may repeat the evaluation after at least one week. A particular C.L.A.S.S. level may not be retaken more than once per week. This allows time for the student and dog to work on any test items not passed. If you enter a higher level without passing the previous level, your score for the higher level will be invalid. For example, if you enter the M.A. before passing the B.A., you will have to re-take the M.A. after you pass the B.A. Level.

Do I have to repeat the entire evaluation or can I just retake the test items we missed?

If a team receives a non-passing score and would like to try again, the entire evaluation must be repeated. This ensures validity of the testing process.

Why should I take the C.L.A.S.S. Evaluation?

Since the C.L.A.S.S. Evaluation advocates positive reinforcement training, the evaluation is meant to be an enjoyable activity that you and your dog can do together, based on skills that you use in real-life. Furthermore, the C.L.A.S.S. Evaluation is designed to give students a fair and unbiased assessment of their skills with their dogs.

What can I do with my online C.L.A.S.S. student profile?

When you register for a free student profile at, you will be able to log in at any time to:

  • Update your contact information
  • View and print your Dog Registration Number(s)
  • View and print your evaluation scores
  • Order certificates and other items for C.L.A.S.S. graduates

When I register my dog, will I receive a confirmation of my registration?

Yes, you will receive confirmation with your dog’s registration number via email upon registering online. You can also print your registration confirmation at any time by logging into your student profile at

Can I register by phone?

Yes, call 800-PET-DOGS (800-738-3647) to register for C.L.A.S.S. To register by phone, credit card payment is required.

How can I view my dog’s score after an evaluation?

Scores are posted online within two weeks of the evaluation date. To view and print scores, log in to your online C.L.A.S.S. student’s profile and click on your dog’s registration number.

What is a C.L.A.S.S. Evaluation like?

Watch a short video at for a preview of what to expect when you and your dog go through a C.L.A.S.S. Evaluation.

How do I get started?

Download the Program Handbook to read about the C.L.A.S.S. rules and requirements.

How do I find an Evaluator?

All Evaluators will be listed as an Official C.L.A.S.S. Evaluator in the APDT Trainer Search.

What does the C.L.A.S.S. Program cost?

Visit our registration fees page for details on pricing.

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