An individual may only earn the privilege of becoming a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist (CAAB) once they are board certified through the Animal Behavior Society. To earn this title, individuals must not only apply, but then exceed strict expectations. These include hands-on experience, recommendations from colleagues, contributions to the animal behavior field, as well as a doctoral level education with applicable coursework. This doctoral degree may be in Animal Science, Behavioral Psychology, Biology, Ethology, Zoology, or a related field.
Once an individual has earned this degree, they must then make their own original contributions to the field of applied animal behavior. These contributions can be made in the form of professional presentations, publications, and more. On top of the intensive education, a CAAB must have at least five years of hands-on experience related to a particular species before working with them.