Achieving the title of Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist (CAAB) is not an easy achievement. An individual must be board-certified through the Animal Behavior Society and meet many other strict requirements. These include at least five years of experience with one particular species, colleague recommendations, contributions to the animal behavior field, and a doctoral-level education such as PH.D. The doctoral degree may be in Biology, Zoology, Ethology, Animal Science, Behavioral Analysis, or a related field.
After the individual has obtained their doctoral degree, they must contribute original findings in the field of applied animal behavior. Contributions are considered as a professional presentation in the form of a speech or poster. Within the presentation, the individual must show knowledge of the literature, scientific principles, and principles of animal behavior. The presentation must have occurred within five years prior to applying for the certification.