Certification Frequently Asked Questions

We are glad you are interested in becoming certified in Ivan Balabanov’s world-renowned dog training methodology. Below you will find our most frequently asked questions.

Prefer to download the TWC Certification FAQ? Click here to access this information as a PDF.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: How do I become a Certified Professional Training Without Conflict™ Trainer?

A: Certifications will be offered on a quarterly basis. Applicants will consume the certification training lessons through Ivan’s online academy, at their own pace, before attending a live 3-day certification practical exam, and graduation at Ivan’s Plant City facility.

Q2: Who can become a Certified Professional Training Without Conflict™ Dog Trainer?

A: Professional Dog Trainers: Currently we are accepting individuals with an existing dog training business. By enhancing your existing skills, you will be able to accelerate the speed at which you generate results for your clients using the TWC methodology.
If you do not have an existing dog training business, we invite you to apply for the Practitioner Certification, which enables you to use the TWC approach to training with your own dog, but not use it with other people’s dogs nor teach the methodology in any way.

Q3: As a Certified Trainer, what tools/benefits are provided upon certification?

  • Use of the TWC methodology in your business (See the next question for limitations of use.)
  • Attend the private monthly Q&A with Ivan (Your questions will be submitted online.)
  • Early access to Ivan’s Training Without Conflict™ Podcast
  • Early access to sign up for Ivan’s workshops and seminars
  • Use of the official TWC trademarked logo and certification seal in your marketing
  • Use of approved TWC marketing collateral (flyers, ads, digital promotion samples)
  • A listing on the TWC certified trainer page on Ivan’s website
  • Ability to sell approved TWC branded products (T-shirts, eCollars)
  • Access to the private TWC Professional Facebook community
  • Access to Ivan’s TWC online Certification Resource Center
  • Invitation to the annual Certified Trainer Retreat (Additional fees required. Date to be determined)

Q4: What does the final exam entail?

A: The final exam will include a written test of your understanding of Ivan’s Training Without Conflict™ training methodology. In addition to completing the written exam, you will also be expected to demonstrate your skills using the TWC methodology through role-playing exercises with Ivan and his team, in Plant City, Florida.

Q5: What if I cannot travel to Plant City, Florida for the final exam and graduation?

A: The final exam will include a written test of your understanding of Ivan’s Training Without Conflict™ training methodology. In addition to completing the written exam, you will also be expected to demonstrate your skills using the TWC methodology through role-playing exercises with Ivan and his team, in Plant City, Florida.

Q6: How do I apply for the next virtual Professional certification group being held in October?

Step 1:  Click here to pay the $97 application fee.
Step 2:  Whitelist IvanB@TrainingWithoutConflict.com so you receive the email with a scheduling link to hop on a call with Erick Aguirre, who oversees the TWC Certification Program.
Step 3: Meet with Erick Aguirre to review your applications and answer your questions.
Step 4: If you are approved, you will be given the registration link to secure your spot in this elite group of participants.

Q7: What is the cost for the TWC Professional Dog Trainer Certification Program?

A: The cost for the program is $10,000 USD.

Q8: Do you offer payment plans?

A: Yes, we have payment plan options available upon request.

Q9: How do I maintain my certification?

A: There are three steps to maintaining your TWC certification.
Step 1: Certified trainers that have completed the Certification Program can maintain their access to the course materials by paying their yearly $297 recertification fee.
Step 2: Complete a TWC recertification exam that is administered online.
Step 3: Discuss your exam results and receive feedback from Ivan via email.

Q10: Do you offer payment plans?

A: The Training Without Conflict™ methodology is continually evolving. Therefore, it is to your benefit to enhance your knowledge annually, to stay abreast of Ivan’s latest developments and discoveries.
In addition, being able to represent the TWC training methodology is a privilege. It is important to Ivan and his team that you are representing his brand with excellence and integrity. This ongoing communication and continuing education helps ensure you are meeting the specifics outlined in the TWC Code of Conduct.

Q11: Does the certification program provide CEU’s or CME credit?

A: At this time, it does not offer CEU or CME credit.

Q12: Do I need to have a dog training business already in place?

A: Yes. The professional level certification is for professional dog trainers who are actively running a dog training business and to use the TWC methodology with client’s dogs.
As a professional dog trainer, it is important to note that while we do offer guidance on how to position yourself in the market as a certified trainer of the Training Without Conflict™ methodology, we do not help you in setting up or managing your dog training business.
If you do not have an existing dog training business, we invite you to apply for the Practitioner Certification, which enables you to use the TWC approach to training with your own dog, but not use it with other people’s dogs nor teach the methodology in any way.

Q13: How does becoming a Professional Certified Training Without Conflict™ Trainer connect me with clients?

A: The TWC team goes to great lengths to give you exposure to potential clients. We offer a complimentary listing on the TWC Trainer Directory where hundreds of people go each month to locate a Certified Training Without Conflict™ Trainer near them.
Ivan is also a highly respected Belgian Malinois breeder that has puppy and dog owners worldwide that are seeking training and the priority is to always link them with a TWC certified trainer. In addition to this, Ivan has connections with other breeders who frequently look to him as a leader in the industry to recommend a trainer for the dogs that they breed and sell.
You will also have the opportunity to be profiled in Ivan’s newsletter, which is published monthly and mailed to his list of thousands of dog enthusiasts.

Q14: I am already certified by another professional trainer, how will this certification benefit me?

A: The methodology that Ivan has developed is not only proprietary, it is also considered the most advanced approach to dog training and should be the foundation of all your education. In fact, Ivan has a great working relationship with many individuals who are certifying individuals in their own methodology. While it can be helpful to have multiple certifications from various trainers, the Training Without Conflict™ methodology will revolutionize your approach to dog training!

Q15: How long will I have access to the online training content?

A: You will have access to the Certification Course content for one year, which begins on your class start date. TWC Certified trainers that have successfully completed the Certification Program can maintain access for as long as they maintain their active status as a TWC Certified Trainer as described in question 9.

Q16: Can I bring my dog with me to the practical exam in Plant City, Florida?

A: This live certification exam is an opportunity to prove your proficiency using the TWC methodology. It is NOT an opportunity to get Ivan’s assistance in training your dog. Therefore, you do not need to bring your dog with you. You can bring your dog, but you will have to make arrangements and accommodations to suit you and your dog.

Q17: Can I get a refund for the program?

A: We are not able to issue refunds to certification applicants.

Q18: Are there any limitations regarding my use of the Training Without Conflict™ methodology?

A: Yes, while you will be authorized to use Ivan’s methodology to train dogs in your personal and professional dealings, you are not authorized to teach this methodology to other dog training professionals.

Q19: How can I use my Certified Training Without Conflict™ Training?

A: It is the responsibility of the professional obtaining the certification to apply the concepts and strategies taught through the certification course and resource center.

Q20: Can I ask Ivan questions once I am certified?

A: Yes, on his monthly Q&A call that is hosted on Zoom. You will be emailed a link where you can pose questions 24 hours prior to the call. He will address as many as he can within the allotted 60-minute call

Q21: Is there a Facebook community?

A: Yes! We have a private TWC Professional Facebook community where you can connect with some of the most forward thinking and respected leaders in the health field. You will be invited to the private group after you have completed your certification training and passed the final exam.

Q22: What technology do I need?

A: Quality internet access and the ability to participate on the monthly calls via our Zoom platform.

Q23: Who do I contact with additional questions?

A: Ivan’s team is standing by to answer your questions. Please email us at IvanB@TrainingWithoutConflict.com.