Diploma of Canine Behavior Science and Technology (Dip.CBST)

The Canine Behavior Science and Technology program is our flagship program. It is a rigorous/intensive 500–hour / 1–year completely distance oriented program of study intended to help dog trainers, animal behavior technologists, or other animal field professionals upgrade and expand important skills and knowledge well beyond the current industry standard for their careers in training dogs and helping clients resolve challenging problem behaviors.

The program addresses all 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 behavioral assessment; contingency engineering; professional activities; case management; and professional ethics. Students will have the opportunity to carry out hands-on training with their own dog 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 and professional activities.

Students can expect to do a lot of studying and writing as well as actually working with their own dog, 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. This results in greater conditioning and minimal stress for the student. It also means that incorrect answers do not result in failure or low grades but rather an opportunity, with guidance, to condition the correct response.

Graduates may use the credential letters Dip.CBST after their name.

Tuition: $2600.00 Canadian Dollars. (Currency Converter). Textbooks not included in tuition. Canadian Residents pay applicable sales tax.


Recommended supporting textWhat Causes Human Behavior—Stars, Selves, or Contingencies? by Stephen Ledoux. Available through www.dogwise.om. This book is a challenging read but supportive of the course content, and reading it results in higher grades and greater confidence with the program content. This book is not required.


Courses (Click here for course details):

  • Introduction to Behaviorology – 101 (Optional)

  • Environment–Behavior Functional Relations I – 105

  • Environment–Behavior Functional Relations II – 106

  • Introduction to Operant Conditioning I – 108

  • Introduction to Operant Conditioning II – 109

  • 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

  • Training Humans – 124

  • Contingency Management Planning Workshop* – 188

  • Training Dogs I – 150

  • Training Dogs II – 151

  • Dog Behavior I – 192

  • Dog Behavior II – 193

  • Dog Behavior Problems I – 194


Core Optional


The following courses are included but optional:

  • Introduction to Behavioral Complexity – 110

  • Basic Training Skills Workshop* – 103

  • Case Management – 190

  • Professional Ethics – 191



The following courses are available as advanced electives ($40):

  • 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


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


CEUsContinuing 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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