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Advance Approval of CAWA CE
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Process for Advance Approval of CAWA
Continuing Education (CE)  

SAWA encourages conference and course organizers to submit educational programs for advance approval of Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA) continuing education (CE) credits. Following are the basic guidelines for the approval process.

Timing Be aware that it may take up to four (4) weeks for SAWA to review and approve submissions for advance approval of CAWA CE credits.

Application Please download and complete the CAWA Pre-Approval Submission Template and email it to  Note: If submitting a conference for review, each individual session must be entered on a separate row.

Notice of CAWA CE Credit After the application for CAWA CE credit is submitted, and prior to approval, the following verbiage may be used by the conference or course organizer, “We have applied for advance approval of Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credits.”

If some or all of the courses are approved for CAWA CE credit, the applicant will receive written approval, and at that time may include the following verbiage in marketing collateral, “Portions of this”, “All of this”, or “This” then continue, “course have/has been pre-approved for Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credits.”

Tracking attendance The conference or course organizer must have a system in place to verify, if audited, who attended the conference, meeting or webinar. As stated above, please include the conference or course organizer phone number to ensure that attendance at the conference or course can be verified.  
Certified Animal Welfare Administrators (CAWA) should keep their own record of the name of the course and speaker, the length of the course (i.e., 1 hr, 1.25 hr) and the name and phone number of the course host.

What qualifies for CAWA CE credit? Following is a list of topics potentially beneficial for the advancement of professional skills for animal welfare administrators:

Exam Specifications / Topical Blueprint 


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