But it doesn’t make me “certified”.
There is no real accredited Dog Trainer certification. Any place can offer a course and give “certification” through their program. So a trainer just saying they are “certified” does not mean a whole lot.
For what it’s worth, I used to be certified through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (meaning I passed a multiple choice test) but I let it expire because I didn’t really see the benefit, other than their quarterly magazine.