Skills Certification Program 

The NATE Skills Certification program is a great way to achieve training goals, test your team’s readiness, and get recognition as you prepare for competition or video titling.

This program was incorporated into the NATE Handbook as of October 22, 2021. It is available to all NATE registered members. To join us, apply today! Your dog will need to be registered to achieve Skills Certificates. Register your dog here

There are three skills categories:





There are three progressively difficult levels in each category. You can apply for a certificate at any level. You do not need to start at Level 1. If your dog does earn all 9 skills certificates, they will receive the Skills Certificate title (TE-SC) and ribbon.
How to Receive a Skills Certification
  1. Member and their dog successfully perform a skill which is reviewed by a NATE Skills Evaluator.
  2. Member submits for certificate here and pays a $5 fee per certificate.
  3. The Evaluator notifies NATE of which skills tests were passed using this form.
  4. Member receives a printable certificate via email and the accomplishment is shared on the members NATE Facebook page.

How to Find a Skills Evaluator 

  1. Ask your NATE trainer to become a Skills Evaluator
  2. If you are training independently, members can find a list of Skills Evaluators here
  3. If having your skill reviewed by video, members send their video directly to the Evaluator for review. The Evaluator may or may not charge a fee.

How to Become a Skills Evaluator
  1. Be a NATE Instructor or have an Advanced title in the Standard game through NATE or equivalent.
  2. Have videos for all three skills at any level for your own dog or a student's dog.
  3. Apply here.

Skills Level One

Skills Level Two

Skills Level Three

For a printable pdf of the program click here.

Contact NATE     PO Box 2306, Aptos, CA 95003     

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