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Membership

ADI Membership is available to programs that have successfully completed the ADI accreditation process. Our membership is guided by the following principles:

  1. Under no circumstances can an organization be a member unless it has direct responsibility for the operational training and placing of assistance dogs and assures the long-term support of the clients and dogs.
  2. The overall ethics of the organization must be “charitable” and must be stated by the organization.
  3. Where several separate structures/entities work together, only the structure/entity as described sub 1 and 2 can apply for membership.

Accredited Members must be fully accredited by either ADI or the International Guide Dog federation. In addition, in order to retain membership, Accredited Members must pay the agreed annual fees, undertake re-accreditation when required and pay any required accreditation fees. Membership fees should be paid to the Coordinator of the regional chapter where ones exist in the agreed regional currency, or to the International Coordinator (in $US funds) where not.

Accredited members have voting rights and are able to attend all ADI and regional meetings.

By selecting an ADI Accredited Member program, you can ensure that the program is meeting the highest standards in the assistance dogs industry including standards for the treatment of clients, dogs, training and ethical business practices.

Find out how programs are accredited.

Candidate Status will be offered to nonprofit organizations that train and place Assistance Dogs that meet the eligibility criteria.

Find out about becoming a candidate.