ATF Professional Development Program

Professional Development Achievement Program wants your educational experiences with us to be recognized. Whether you attend courses online, live workshops, follow a specialist track or simply enjoy learning for the sake of learning, our system has a way to add your studies to your profile. Learn more about some of the options available below.

Specialty Tracks provide a roadmap on which content to study to better prepare for areas of specific interest within the animal training industry. See the current Tracks available below.

When you submit for a badge for completing content your badge will appear on your account page and you will also receive notification. If you are a member of also look for the box titled "MY ACHIEVEMENTS" for digital badges you have earned. You can also see and SHARE all your achievements from the "SHARE YOUR ACHIEVEMENTS" page. We highly recommend sharing your course and track badges as these represent significant achievements.

Watch this video for more information on how the Professional Development Achievement Program works.

Learner Levels

Your level is based on a point system. You earn points when you log into the education program, visit pages, take courses, and watch videos. The more content you consume, the more points you earn. Points are also awarded when you earn badges for completing courses and tracks. They are also given for milestones and achievements such as annual anniversaries.

0-100 Points

101-200 Points

201-300 Points

301-400 Points

401-500 Points

501 -1000 Points

Course Work Badges

These are the badges earned for specific courses identified within the program that have been completed. These courses generally involve a variety of steps and reflect study of content that is significant in the exotic animal training industry. Here are the just the badges you can earn for participating in GOATS 2020. Additonal badges are available for other courses within

Specialty Tracks

A Track Badge represents a significant achievement. A track is a collection of courses and/or other relevant material within the education program that has been identified as relevant to a specific specialty or focus within the animal training industry. Completion of the track signifies the learner has studied and completed a collection of material in this area of special interest. Badges here reflect the tracks completed. Track Badges also earn the learner several thousand points. Click on the Zoo Professional track to see a sample of the content required to earn this badge.


Road maps are a super fun and interactive way to guide you through your professional development and especially through the Track Badges. This is a feature available to members of

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