Today's featured CPBT-KA (Certified Professional Bird Trainer - Knowledge Assessed) is Lauren Phillippi. Lauren is currently the ZOOMobile Advisor at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs, CO. She has loved all the birds she has had the chance to work with so far but says "I've generally been drawn to any free flight birds I train, it is always a rush to watch them fly!"
Lauren was inspired to take the test "as a way to show my commitment to my profession as a trainer. I want to always stay current on best practices while training healthy, empowered birds. I just recently got certified, but I'm excited for the professional development opportunities ahead. It will be fun to take different workshops and classes to earn Continuing Education Credits towards my certification."
If you are thinking about getting certified, Lauren says, "Go for it! You likely know a lot more than you think. Studying helps too... repetition builds confidence!"
If you would like to find out more about setting these types of standards within your facility or becoming certified contact the IATCB board by visiting the website!
There are quite a few amazing conference coming up in the next few months! Don't forget to get your CEU's if attending!
2016 Annual AZA Conference is just around the corner on September 7-11, 2016 in San Diego, CA hosted by San Diego Zoo Global and SeaWorld San Diego. If you are attending be sure to catch Steve Martin's and Dr. Susan Friedman's full day workshop:
Honing a Sharper Edge on Training: Clarified Principles, Refined Procedures, and Ethical Criteria for some great information.
Check out the website for a schedule of events and more!
The 43rd Annual American Association of Zoo Keepers “AAZK” National Conference is also just around the corner on Sept 19-23 and being hosted by Memphis AAZK and the Memphis Zoo in Memphis, Tennessee. Check out the conference page for more info today, registration is still open!
The 25th annual IAATE Conference is hosted by Zoo Atlanta in 2017 and is sure to be memorable one. Dreaming of attending but lack the funds to go? Check out the Walter Crawford Memorial Scholarship which is offering up to $5000 to eligible applicants toward your conference expenses ! Check out the website for more information today!
Are you looking for ways to keep all the knowledge that you have learned sharp?! A great resource to visit is Dr. Susan Friedman's website Behavior Works. There you can find many links to great information along with plenty of written works to browse through too! Check it out today and you can follow Behavior Works on Facebook too!
Speaking of Facebook, make sure you check out the IATCB Facebook page for great information, fun articles and reminders about testing cycles ! Please like our page and share with all your colleagues so we can reach out goal of 1000 likes!!
Thinking of getting certified, then visit the IATCB web site. Important info is found in the CPBT-KA Handbook! You can view the handbook on the website by clicking on Get Certified. Then click on the PTC Website link. From their you can navigate to the Handbook, find deadlines and testing dates and tons more information!