Provisional Membership

 Applicants may be accepted for provisional membership with a minimum of a Level 5 qualification.  They may have successfully completed an ABTC recognised qualification for CAB, have received ASAB Pre-certification, may have other qualifications or are considering an APEL route.  Please see ABTC  for recognised courses and ABTC CAB Standard for more information.


APEL is a great opportunity for those seeking assessment for the role of Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CAB) who do not hold an ABTC recognised level 6 degree.  

APEL (accreditation of prior experiential learning) allows candidates to draw on transferable skills, knowledge accrued through practice, self-learning, and courses and study not yet accredited by ABTC, to show you have the underpinning knowledge necessary for the CAB role. Using the APEL process, you can now collate and present evidence to show how you meet all the knowledge and understanding criteria, as outlined in the CAB standard here.

Read about the APEL process and requirements here.

APEL submissions are assessed centrally by specially trained ABTC assessors, however application for APEL should be made through TCBTS, who will handle your application and submission.

Prospective candidates are welcome to contact us for a chat about the APEL process, to see if the route is the right one for you at this point in your career.

To apply for provisional membership, please complete the provisional application form (link below) and provide proof of qualifications.

Provisional members will go through the process of evidencing that their qualifications meet the required standard (unless they have undertaken ABTC recognised courses).  They will continue to gain practical experience, undertake further study if required and prepare for CAB assessment.

Provisional membership benefits:

  • Provisional members will be allocated a mentor for support., case discussion and report writing.
  • Access to our members only Facebook group
  • Access to regular Zoom meet ups and member’s only events
  • Receive discounts for any webinars or events hosted by TCBTS. . 

The annual fee for provisional TCBTS membership is £120.

All Provisional members must carry professional indemnity and third party insurance.


All TCBTS Members must comply with the TCBTS Code of Practice.

Membership Application Forms

Provisional Member Application Form