CPBC --- Really!

The history from the IAABC website:

The Parrot Division began as an independent organization whose members decided in 2004 to join the IAABC. Our goal is to raise the standards of professional parrot consultants by mutual cooperation among the membership, as well as to share both scientific knowledge and personal experience. The Parrot Division seeks to educate and mentor aspiring individuals who are less experienced in the field of parrot behavioral consulting, as well as continually expanding the knowledge of the more experienced members. By so doing, the Parrot Division strives to contribute to the contentment of hundreds of divergent species of parrots and their keepers.



To become a Certified Parrot Behavior Consultant…

To apply for Certified Membership, you must provide three e-mailed letters of reference (one each from a client, colleague and veterinarian) within 60 days of starting the application.

The application will ask for:

  • Three written case studies (see the example) that discuss in-person client/pet cases of multiple visits and are followed through to completion.
  • Written discussion of four (4) case scenarios.
  • Your number of consulting hours
  • Completion of questions regarding terminology, techniques, assessment and history taking.

Submitted case studies and scenario responses must convey the applicant’s ability to communicate clearly through written work, and demonstrate knowledge (80% or greater) in all six Core Areas of Competency.

Case studies are graded according to the Case Study Scoring Rubric and the applicant must score 80% or greater. Case studies should be thorough, reflect your knowledge and abilities as a behavior consultant, and demonstrate your skills in working a complex behavioral issue through with a client family or individual and their pet, from beginning to end. (Behavior cases with sheltered and/or your own personal or foster animals do not qualify as case studies, unless there is ongoing interaction with clients/owners involved.)

Applicants must score 80% or greater on each of (1) the entire app, (2) the case studies portion, and (3) the scenarios portion to be accepted as a Certified Member.



A. History taking skills and history assessment

1. Eliciting accurate information
2. Interpretation of information provided
3. Assessing owner interpretation of behavioral issues

B. Behavioral observation skills

1. Accurate observation and interpretation of behaviors demonstrated by the animal
2. Ability to integrate information obtained by direct observation of the animal and the humans involved

C. Integration of behavioral, historical, medical and physiologic data


A. Learning Theory

1. Operant conditioning
2. Classical conditioning
3. Desensitization, counterconditioning
4. Observational learning
5. Habituation, sensitization
6. Latent learning
7. Flooding

B. Application of behavior modification and training techniques
C. Use of scientific data to enhance understanding of behavioral systems
D. Ability to apply scientific data to behavior modification programs
E. Ability to collect and utilize data related to monitor and improve performance


A. Exercise and housing requirements
B. Environmental enrichment
C. Breed specific characteristics
D. Common health issues
E. Interpretation of body language
F. Developmental stages
G. Behavior Problems

1. Separation related problems
2. Aggression
3. Problems related to social signaling
4. Sexual/reproductive
5. Maternal
6. Fears/phobias
7. Anxiety disorders
8. Repetitive behaviors
9. Unruliness
10. Vocalization
11. Ingestive disorders
12. Elimination disorders
13. Destructive behavior

J. Intervention Strategies

1. Management and safety interventions
2. Behavior modification protocols
3. Knowledge and appropriate use of training equipment

K. Ability to apply scientific learning theory principles to treatment strategies


A. Awareness of social structure and proximate environment on animal’s behavior
B. Ability to assess human attitudes and how these impact the animal’s behavior and the outcome of the problem
C. Ability to assess family’s goals and discuss these in a non-judgmental manner
D. Observation and interpretation of human behaviors
E. Awareness and ability to adapt to human learning styles
F. Ability to develop solutions that function for all members involved
G. Ability to assist family members in conflict to arrive at a common goal
H. Awareness of ancillary support services

1. Veterinarian
2. Veterinary Behaviorist
3. Alternative practitioners
4. Veterinary Nutritionist


A. Ethology
B. Communication behaviors
C. Genetics


A. Basic gross anatomy and organ systems
B. Basic neuroanatomy and neurobiology (as relates to behavioral assessments)
C. General knowledge of psychopharmacological use