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Prerequisites for Membership

To become a Certified Member with a canine partner:

  • You must be at least 18 years of age at the time of the screening evaluation.
  • Your dog must be at least 18 months old at the time of the certification training workshop.
  • You and your dog must be a registered member of a formal animal-assisted therapy organization and working with your dog as a therapy team for at least 12 consecutive months.
  • You and your dog must have a minimum of 12 verifiable AAA/T visits within the last twelve months.
  • You and your dog must successfully complete a HOPE AACR screening evaluation.
  • You and your dog must successfully complete a certification training workshop.
  • Your dog should not be easily stressed and should enjoy interacting with people.
  • You should be in good health and be capable of handling the physical and mental stress of crisis response work and have sufficient energy levels adequate for crisis response work.
  • Pay all fees related to screening and training workshop, membership fees, and purchase all necessary uniform items.

To become a Certified Member without a canine partner (Team Leader):

  • You must be at least 18 years of age at the time of the screening evaluation.
  • You should have some experience in animal-assisted therapy or some other experience working with dogs.
  • You must successfully complete a HOPE AACR screening evaluation.
  • You must successfully complete a certification training workshop.
  • You should be in good health and be capable of handling the physical and mental stress of crisis response work.
  • Pay all fees related to screening and training workshop, membership fees, and purchase all necessary uniform items.

We currently have seven regions in the United States:

  • Central Gulf Coast: New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas & Louisiana
  • Eastern: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia & Kentucky
  • Midwest: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio & Missouri
  • Pacific Northwest: Washington, Oregon, Idaho & Alaska
  • Pacific Southwest: California, Nevada, Arizona & Hawai’i
  • Rocky Mountain: Montana, North Dakota, Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska, Utah, Colorado & Kansas
  • Southeast: Tennessee, North Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina & Florida







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