Animal Behavior Institute (ABI) Licensing & Authorization

Licensing & Accreditation

The Animal Behavior Institute is accredited by the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training; we are licensed by the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges. ABI has also formed Learning Partnerships with  a number of other professional organizations that are committed to lifelong learning and development. Please note that the Animal Behavior Institute is an exclusively online, non-degree granting institution and that we are not able to accept Title IV funding, such as Pell Grants or PLUS loans.

Review and approval processes ensure that an institution meets recognized standards. An approval agency is an independent body charged with objectively determining whether an organization meets these professional standards. Approval communicates to the public that an institution has met accepted standards and assures prospective students that the courses and programs offered are of high quality and value.

North Carolina Board of Community Colleges

The Animal Behavior Institute is licensed by the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges having met the requirements of Article 8 of Chapter 115D of the General Statutes of North Carolina. Please note that the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges is not an accrediting agency.

The purpose of this licensing is to assure prospective and enrolled students that proprietary schools meet required standards of quality in their operation.  More information on licensing regulations and processes, licensed schools, and additional resources related to post-secondary educational standards can be found at the licensing page of the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges.

International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET)

The Animal Behavior Institute is accredited as an authorized provider by the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 2201 Cooperative Way, Suite 600, Herndon, VA, 20171; (703) 234-4132.  In obtaining this approval, the Animal Behavior Institute has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of our accreditation status, the Animal Behavior Institute is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard. Please note that IACET accreditation applies only to continuing education. This approval is not equivalent to the accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for degree-granting institutions.

Who accepts IACET CEU credits? Hundreds of companies, regulatory boards and professional associations. These organizations are committed to ongoing professional development and recognize the value of our accredited programs. You can review the published directory of organizations accepting the IACET CEU to determine whether your organization already accepts IACET CEUs. However, it is important to check with your specific agency to confirm that a specific course or program will be accepted.

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Learning Partners

Many of our courses are pre-approved for use as continuing education credits in other programs, thanks to our relationships with the organizations listed below. For a list of specific ABI courses approved for each of these associations, please see Continuing Education Credit Courses.

American Association for Laboratory Animal Science
Many courses satisfy AALAS (American Association for Laboratory Animal Science) standards and requirements and provide continuing education credits for eligible laboratory animal science professionals. Contact AALAS directly to determine the courses in your program that qualify for CEU credit.


Association of Zoos & Aquariums    

The Animal Behavior Institute is proud to be an Official Learning Partner of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA). Our two organizations share a common mission to provide professional, high quality training in zoo science. Many of the courses offered by the Animal Behavior Institute can be used for dual credit. These courses are applied to your ABI certificate requirements; the credits can also be used towards select Professional Development certificates with the Association of Zoos & Professionals.


Please visit our ABI-AZA Learning Partners site or the AZA Professional Development Certificates site for more information.

Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers
The Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) has approved the Animal Training program at the Animal Behavior Institute for CCPDT Continuing Education Units (CEUs). The CCPDT is an international testing and certification program for professional pet dog trainers.

International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council
The Certification Review Board of the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council has approved all of ABI's Wildlife Rehabilitation courses to satisfy the continuing education requirements for nationally certified wildlife rehabilitators.


Distance Education Accrediting Council

The Distance Education Accrediting Council has recognized the Animal Behavior Institute as as Approved Provider after completing the Approved Quality Curriculum review process. AQC approval has been granted to all courses in the Canine Training & Behavior certificate program. Please note that this approval is not accreditation.


Better Business Bureau

The Animal Behavior Institute is also an accredited member of the Better Business Bureau, a business organization that affirms that our institution meets and abides by the Code of Business Practices. ABI enjoys an A+ rating with the bureau, the highest rating available. You can review our ratings and profile at the Better Business Bureau.

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