Benefits of CAWA Certification
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Distinguish your skills and up your game! Show your commitment to high standards and ethical practice in the field of animal welfare, become a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA).

The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement’s Professional Certification Program – Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA) - is designed to distinguish the knowledge, skills and achievements of high-level managers working in animal welfare and protection; to support best practices within the profession; and to broaden the understanding among those making hiring decisions and the general public of the specialized qualifications required to successfully lead non-profit organizations and governmental agencies dedicated to animal care.

Join an elite group of professionals committed to excellence in the management and operation of local animal welfare and control organizations.  Complete details about the program can be found in the Applicant Guide.

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“Preparation for the exam was valuable in my career
development….Obtaining certification and maintaining it has enabled
me to understand emerging trends within the animal welfare industry
and has increased the foundation of my skills and knowledge.”
- Lisa Pedersen, CAWA, CEO, Humane Society of Boulder Valley

The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement would like to thank the following Charter Sponsor for their support.


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