What are the eligibility requirements for admission to the CCFT program?

Documented work experience in an animal healthcare facility or documented dog handling experience to include the following disciplines: Animal Behavior, Animal Fitness/Exercise, Police, Search & Rescue, Military Dogs, Kennel Owners, Dog Walkers, Groomers, Pet Sitters

Applicants that have 2-year Associates degree, 4-year degree, or any advanced degree are eligible for the CCFT program.


What are the graduation requirements to complete the CCFT program?

A student most complete the following requirements to complete the CCFT program

  1. Successful completion of the CCFT online lecture coursework
  2. Successful completion of the CCFT Hands-on Lab course
  3. Completion of the three required case studies and approval by the faculty. This must be completed within 90 days after you attend the CCFT Lab course.
  4. Students must pass the final exam


Are there any prerequisite courses required before enrollment?

No prerequisite courses are required if you are admitted to the program


How long do I have access to the CCFT online lecture course?

A student is granted one-year’s access to the online coursework from the day of enrollment. Additional time can be granted for a fee of 10% of the online course purchase price.


What is the allotted time allowed to complete the full CCFT certification program?

There are no specific guidelines for completion. Students have one-year’s access to the online course material, and our typical student finishes the full CCFT program in 6-12 months.


Can I bring my own dog the CCFT hands-on lab session?

Dogs will be provided by the program during the course. We will provide dogs from various breeds, ages and fitness levels for the program. One of the goals of the program is for our students to understand and work with different dogs to grow your knowledge and understanding of canine fitness and conditioning.

Please note, that we will NOT have accommodations for you to bring your dog to the course.


Will the course also provide some guidance on how to set up a gym and run a business?

Yes, we have a business component during the lab session on the third day of the program


What is this program intended to accomplish in terms of competence level, and what does being a Certified Canine Fitness Trainer (CCFT) mean for potential clients?

The CCFT program is for those interested in taking their canine conditioning and fitness coaching skills to the highest level. Also, to improve your knowledge of proper exercise form and learn how to develop a canine fitness program that will enable you to create optimum performance for your clients using science-based, force-free training methods and canine-specific conditioning equipment.


Does the course cover any topics in canine rehabilitation and physical therapy?

This course is focused on canine fitness, exercise, conditioning, and behavior. We do NOT teach or cover any topics related to canine physical rehabilitation. We will have discussions on when to stop a conditioning program and refer a dog to a veterinarian.


After successful completion of the CCFT Program, am I eligible for the Certified Canine Rehabilitation Program (CCRP) through the University of Tennessee?

The Certified Canine Rehabilitation Program (CCRP) is open for admission to Veterinarians, Veterinary Technicians, Physical Therapists, and Physical Therapy Assistants. Current students of these disciplines may also be eligible for the CCRP program.