American College of Animal Welfare

Becoming Board Certified

Applicant Materials, Forms and Information

Click this link to download the Applicant's Packet containing:

An overview of steps toward certification
Training program information
Finding a mentor
Certification instructions for candidates
Publication requirements
Information for evaluators
Appeal process
Fee structure
Role delineation document

Click this link to download the Registration form:

Registration Form

Click this link to download the following forms:

Proposed Alternate Route Program
Verification of Credentials Form
Provisional Route
Training Route
Alternate Route
Application for the Board Examination and Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct
Applicant Evaluation Form
Request for Special Accommodations for the Examination

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Case Activities Log Form

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Click this link to download a document summarizing the provisional, training, and alternate routes:
Provisional, Training and Alternate summary table 


Case Studies/Reports

     “Case studies” or “case reports” are activities to assist a mentor and candidate with the discussion of a situation or condition.  Case studies / case reports generally include:

  • Identification of a situation where welfare would need to be assessed
  • Determination of how to assess the welfare of the animal(s)
  • Written report of the assessment, including recommendations for steps that could be instituted so that the welfare could be improved

 As an example, a mentor might define a specific situation (e.g., dairy operation, animal shelter, elephant enclosure) where the candidate could compare, contrast, list, rank order the issues or circumstances inherent to the situation that might affect animal welfare, and the mentor could request a candidate provide a paradigm for a modified, and potentially enhanced outcome for the animal(s).  The purpose of the exercise is to identify factors affecting welfare, consideration of factor interaction upon welfare, and professional decision-making regarding options and choices supportive of good welfare outcomes.  These case studies / case reports are documentable in the candidate’s application of the alternate pathway as demonstrable evidence of focused interaction with the diplomate mentor and attentiveness to welfare principles and applications.