Become A Member

Thank you for your interest in becoming a member of Assistance Dogs International (ADI).  

ADI is a coalition of not-for-profit programs that raise, train and place assistance dogs.  ADI does not directly provide, train, certify or register individual assistance dogs or assistance dog teams, as that is the function of our member programs.  ADI certification is only available to assistance dog partnered teams that were trained by our accredited member programs.

A golden retriever puppy is sitting with its head raised to meet a hand petting its head. Its eyes are closed. It is wearing a yellow assistance dog vest. ADI accredits not-for-profit programs that place assistance dogs to ensure that they adhere to the highest standards in all aspects of their operations, including ethical treatment and training of dogs, ethical treatment of clients and solid service dog training and follow up.  Only the not-for-profit programs that have been accredited can be a member of ADI.  ADI does not provide membership to individuals or for-profit programs.

Not-for-profit assistance dog programs interested in joining ADI may do so as a Candidate program.  All Candidate programs are established not-for-profit or charitable programs that are working towards achieving Accredited Member status.  All Candidates MUST adhere to ALL ADI Standards and requirements and pursue accreditation to achieve Accredited Member status in ADI within five (5) years.  Candidates may apply for the accreditation process after two (2) years as a Candidate in good standing.

View the Candidates Program page for additional information and application documents.

Please review of the Summary of Standards before seeking candidacy.