Diploma of Animal Behavior Science and Technology (Dip.ABST)

The Animal Behavior Science and Technology program is our flagship program. It is a rigorous/intensive 600 hour / 1 year completely distance oriented program of study intended to help animal trainers, animal behavior technologists, or other animal field professionals upgrade and expand important skills beyond current industry standards for their careers in training dogs, cats, and/or parrots, and helping clients resolve problem behaviors in the species of choice.

The program addresses key topics in behavior change project management in great depth including the principles of behavior; tactics, strategies and procedures in non-coercive animal training; functional assessment; contingency management planning; professional activities; and professional ethics. Students will have the opportunity to carry out hands-on training with their own companion animal and to engage in a problem behavior resolution project. 

The program begins with a brief introduction to the discipline and then gets into a number of foundational natural science of behavior courses. The program then gradually encompasses more practical and hands on work, finishing with species specific and specialized coursework.

Students can expect to do a lot of studying and writing as well as actually working with their own dog, cat, horse, or parrot, hands-on, in this program, exploring the various topics in depth. CASI uses a shaping model of education, setting the student up for success and provides support/guidance and multiple opportunities to refine and resubmit assignments rather than just slapping a grade on them and moving on. This results in greater conditioning and minimal stress for the student.

Species choice: The student may choose to include as few as 2 species-specific courses and as many as 4 from the following options: dogs; cats; parrots, horses. You will receive the course notes for all species upon enrollment and may decide as you go which species you want to work on. 

Tuition: $2600.00 Canadian Dollars. (Currency converter) [Please note: Tuitions may increase the coming months.]

Required program wide text: Running Out of Time by Stephen Ledoux. Click here.

Core Courses (Click here for course details):

  • Introduction to Behaviorology – 101
  • Environment–Behavior Functional Relations I – 105
  • Environment–Behavior Functional Relations II – 106
  • Introduction to Operant Conditioning I – 108
  • Introduction to Operant Conditioning II – 109
  • Introduction to Behavioral Complexity – 110
  • Respondent Conditioning – 111
  • Schedules of Reinforcement – 115
  • Differential Reinforcement – 116
  • Aversive Stimulation and its Problems – 117
  • Errorless Training Strategy – 121
  • Non-Coercive Behavior Engineering – 189   
  • Animal Training Technology I - 122
  • Animal Training Technology II – 123
  • Advanced Animal Training Techniques (Shaping) – 140
  • Advanced Animal Training Techniques (Chaining and Sequencing) – 141
  • Shaping Workshop* – 160
  • Chaining Workshop* – 161
  • Functional Behavioral Assessment I – 170
  • Functional Behavioral Assessment II – 171
  • Functional Behavioral Assessment III – 172
  • Functional Diagnostics – 173
  • Strategies in Constructional Behavior Engineering – 180
  • Behavior Objectives – 181
  • Antecedent Behavior Engineering Procedures – 182
  • Postcedent Behavior Engineering Procedures – 183
  • Behavior Engineering Strategies by Functional Diagnostic Code – 184
  • Maintenance of Behavior Changes – 185
  • Contingency Management Planning Workshop* – 188

Core Optional

The following courses are included but optional:

  • Basic Training Skills Workshop* – 103
  • Case Management – 190
  • Professional Ethics – 191
  • Training Humans – 124

Species Options

Select between 2 and 4 species tracts:


  • Training Dogs I – 150
  • Training Dogs II – 151
  • Dog Behavior I – 192
  • Dog Behavior II – 193
  • Dog Behavior Problems I – 194    


  • Training Cats – 154
  • Cat Behavior – 195    


  • Training Parrots – 156
  • Parrot Behavior – 196    


  • Training Horses I – 158
  • Training Horses II – 159
  • Horse Behavior – 197


The following courses are available as advanced Masters-level electives ($60):

  • Behaviorology 201
  • Behavior and Relations 202
  • Explanatory Fictions 203
  • Concurrent Contingencies and Analytical Fallacies 204
  • Postcedent Behavior Change Processes 205
  • Aggressive Behaviors in Dogs – Introduction and Case Management 300
  • Aggressive Behaviors in Dogs – Prevention 301


The tuition is identified at the top of this page and once enrolled, you will be sent an invoice via email. Tuition is in Canadian funds (Currency Converter). Textbooks not included in tuition. They may be purchased through http://www.dogwise.comhttp://www.amazon.comhttp://www.abebooks.com or http://www.half.com in most cases. Canadian Residents pay applicable provincial or harmonized tax.

Schedule: This program is self-paced within a 1 year time limit. Extensions are available.

CEUs: Continuing Education Credits Available. See Course Approvals page for credits available for each course.

Entrance Requirements (click here for details and elaboration)

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