Training Without Conflict


TWC Practitioner Certification

You're invited to expand your knowledge and enhance your ability to train your dog, by becoming a Certified Practitioner of the TWC methodology


Expand Your Knowledge

Complete the program to become a Certified Practitioner of the Training Without Conflict™ methodology. The program combines Ivan’s extensive, innovative online curriculum, live group discussions, and cutting-edge training concepts that will transform how you work with your dog.


Enhance Your Training Skills

Whether you are an experienced dog owner looking to improve your training skills, a sport enthusiast, or a K-9 professional seeking to work more effectively with your dog, the TWC Practitioner Certification is a perfect jumping-off point for anyone seeking the next evolution in dog training.


Join The Community

When you choose to join our international family of Certified Practitioner Trainers, you become an integral part of the next evolution in dog training and gain a supportive network of people who are passionate about their dogs.

The Curriculum


Psychology: A Foundation for Modern Training


Learning: The Acquisition of Knowledge


Dog Training: An Evolving Art


The Environment and Learning Dynamics


Two Main Approaches to Training


Play: An Innate Brain System as a Motivator


Clear Communication, Signals and Markers


Expanding the Potential of Positive Reinforcement


The Science of Escape and Avoidance Learning


The Advantages of Using Aversives in Punishment


After 30 years of development, raising and training over 1000 puppies, winning 14 National and 2 World Championships, and helping thousands of trainers around the world, Ivan's TWC Certification Course will teach you the methods necessary to achieve all your goals!


Ivan and the Training Without Conflict support team are on a mission to change the way dog owners view dog training and the way they interact with their dogs. Training Without Conflic is a dog friendly system that strives on social interaction instead of escape/avoidance responses.


a word to the wise

Ivan Balabanov is, in my opinion, the most gifted competitive sport trainer in this country. I have learned more from my time training with, and from watching Ivan, than from any other single trainer in my career. He is thoughtful, innovative, and insightful. If you are interested in dog training, you should expose yourself to Ivan Balabanov.

Michael Ellis

I met Ivan in 2000 in Australia where he held a seminar. I recognized immediately that I watched an exceptionally talented handler and helper, who isn’t only intuitive but also understands his craft intellectually. I am very interested in his philosophies that have been developed to maximize the possibilities with the dog.

Dr. Helmut Raiser

I've been fortunate to train with Ivan for many years and consider him a mentor and true friend. Without question, he has been a huge influence and inspiration as he has forever changed the way I think and train. I guess the ultimate compliment is that I work with him whenever I get the chance. Ivan is the best at what he does.

Greg Doud

I can only recommend a seminar with Ivan Balabanov. It was really amazing. He never loses concentration, gets tired, or becomes impatient. I've never seen somebody hold a seminar and work with each individual for so long one-on-one.

Uta Bindels

I started training with Ivan in 2004 with my Malinois Eli vom Teufelhund, who was one year old at the time. With Ivan’s program we built an excellent foundation on Eli’s protection phase. Ivan was instrumental in mine and Eli’s performances. Training with Ivan has influenced my way of thinking on how dogs learn in the sport of schutzhund.

Steve Gregalunas

certification faq

Who can become a TWC Practitioner?

The TWC Practitioner program is designed for enthusiastic dog owners, sport dog trainers, and working dog handlers looking to take their training to a new and advanced level.

How do I apply for the next TWC Virtual Practitioner Program?

The steps are listed below.

  • Step 1 – Apply and pay the $97 application fee.

  • Step 2 – After submitting your application, you will be contacted by Erick Aguirre, the TWC Director of Education, to discuss any questions you may have about the program.

  • Step 3 – Ivan and Erick will evaluate your application and come to a decision on your acceptance into the program.

  • Step 4 – If you are approved, you will be given the registration link to secure your spot in this elite group of participants.

What is the cost for the TWC Practitioner Program?

The cost for the Practitioner Program is $8000 USD.

How long is the TWC Certification Program?

The course is 18 modules that are released every Monday and Thursday until all 18 modules are available. The course is released over a period of 9 weeks, but trainers have access to the course materials for one year from the beginning date of their class.

Do you offer payment plans?

For some of our more expensive products like Professional and Practitioner Certifications, we have payment plan options available upon request. Let us know and we'll work with you to find the best solution.

Do you offer refunds?

We are not able to issue refunds at this time.

Ready to Apply?

Applying for certification is simple! You'll pay an application fee, then we'll reach out via email to learn more about you and your dog. We'll schedule a call to answer your questions and make sure this is the right next step for you.