Provisional Member Application

To apply scroll down to Step 4 to fill in the form, but please read previous steps first.

Step One – Assessment of Knowledge and Understanding

Provisional members are those that have demonstrated that they meet the ABTC role standard for required Knowledge and Understanding.  This may have been via an ABTC recognised course or via the APEL assessment route.  Provisional members are able to conduct behaviour consultations but have not yet achieved the requisite experience to become Full members. 

Before continuing with your application to become a Provisional Animal Behaviour Technician (ABT) or Provisional Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CAB), please check if the academic course you completed is on the list of ABTC recognised courses. 

Please Note: Anyone who qualified from an ABTC recognised course more than 5 years before applying for Provisional membership will be required to submit a list of CPD undertaken in the last 2 years. If your course is NOT listed, you will need to demonstrate that you have met the required Knowledge and Understanding requirements for the ABT or CAB role via the APEL process.

If you would like additional guidance on the APEL assessment process please consider signing up to our APEL Support Kit (A.S.K.) service.  We offer a 3 month package of help and support for anyone looking to take this step.

Step Two – Commitment to Continuous Professional Development

Provisional members are required to undertake a minimum of 30 hours of Continued Professional Development each year.  This must include your reflections on the value of the CPD undertaken and how it will impact your practice. The APBC provides a wealth of webinars and conferences throughout the year to provide you with excellent opportunities for CPD.

Step Three – Read APBC Code of Practice

All Provisional members must abide by the APBC Code of Practice.  Please ensure you have read this and agree to this before proceeding with your application.

Step Four – Complete Application Form

i.e. as a Veterinary Surgeon, Registered Veterinary Nurse, Physiotherapist etc.
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Please note your degree must be from an ABTC recognised course. If unsure please email as if the course is unrecognised you will need to go through APEL. †Applicants may need to upload proof of CPD if it has been more than 5 years since they qualified from an ABTC recognised course (please see info in Step One)
View the Code of Conduct here:

Step Five – Application Approval

Please DO NOT send payment until your membership application has been approved. We will invoice you £105 for provisional membership.

Once we have received your complete application, it will be reviewed at the next membership committee meeting. This committee meets fortnightly. Please be aware that, depending on when you submit, it may be 2-3 weeks before you are notified as to the success or otherwise of your application. If you are not successful, we will advise what you need to do next to become a successful candidate.

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