Costs & Application Requirements

IHAC Professional Development Certificates

Institute for Human-Animal Connection (IHAC) professional development certificates are tailored to meet the needs of working professionals or full-time students—whether you’re seeking animal-assisted therapy education or want to expand your understanding of human-animal interaction. Courses are completed in sequence and you’ll have weekly deadlines, but since you’re not required log in to your virtual classroom at any specified time, you can complete your coursework on your schedule. All of our professional development certificates require some travel for in-person workshops, plus a computer with high-speed Internet access and Microsoft Word (view specific Web browser and operating system requirements).

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Applicant Requirements

All of our professional development certificate programs require a college degree and/or equivalent related working experience. Some programs also require experience with animal-assisted interventions.

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Application Process

Because enrollment is capped for all of our professional development certificate programs, applicants are placed on an active wait list once their applications are submitted, reviewed and accepted. Applicants are notified via email once they are accepted into the certificate program and eligible for enrollment into a cohort and will receive detailed registration and payment information at that time.

The admission process for all certificate programs begins with the submission of a completed online application form and payment of $25 application fee.

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Tuition Costs

Tuition includes courses, in-person workshops and instructor consultation. Tuition does not include course literature or travel and lodging for required in-person workshops. An additional non-refundable $25 fee is due with your application.

Tuition can be paid all at once, or in installments. Payments are made online by credit/debit card (special arrangements can be made for third-party payers). Although scholarships are not available at this time, we can accept AmeriCorps Education Awards and Post-9/11 GI Bill funding.

Payments Animals and Human Health Canine-Assisted Intervention Specialist Equine-Assisted Mental Health Practitioner Humane Education Practitioner Certificate
Deposit (secures your space in the cohort) $1,400 (due before Core course begins) $1,750 (due before Canines 1 course begins) $1,600 (due before Equine-Assisted Mental Health 1 course begins) $1,400 (due before Course 1 begins)
Installment 1 $1,050 (due before the Applications of Animal-Assisted Interventions course begins) $1,225 (due before Canines 2 course begins) $1,600 (due before Equine-Assisted Mental Health 2 course begins) $1,050 (due before Course 2 begins)
Installment 2 $1,050 (due before the Animal Partners in Animal-Assisted Interventions course begins) $525 (due before Canines 3, the culmination project, begins) $1,600 (due before Equine-Assisted Mental Health 3 course begins) $1,050 (due before Course 3 begins)
TOTAL PROGRAM COST $3,500 $3,500 $4,800 $3,500
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Orientation to Human-Animal Interactions Course

Requirements & Cost

This class is open to people from any experience or education level. We welcome anyone who is interested in this topic to register for this introductory class. This is an asynchronous, self-paced learning course. When you register, you will be sent course login details within 3 business days so you can get started learning quickly! Students earn 5 continuing education units.

Cost: $300 (includes all course materials)

Registration is open for the Orientation to Human-Animal Interactions course.

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