Team Evaluations

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The PWAM Team Evaluation is a practical skills test for prospective therapy teams. A certified evaluator will lead the prospective team through a series of scenarios to determine the team's readiness for conducting therapy visits. The skills teams are evaluated on are listed below.


You must have completed the following:


  • Attention to Instructions

  • Management in Crowd/ Unpredictable Situation

  • Initial Meeting

  • Accepting a Stranger/ Accepting Petting

  • Appearance and Grooming

  • Walking a Hospital Hallway (or "Out for a Walk")

  • Walking Through a Crowd

  • Reaction to Distractions

  • Sit on Cue

  • Down on Cue

  • Stay in Place

  • Come When Called

  • Meet Another Team (with dog)

  • Overall Exam

  • Exuberant and Clumsy Petting

  • Restraining Hug

  • Role Play with Wheelchair

  • Angry Yelling

  • Role Play with Walker

  • Crowd and Petting by Several People

  • Leave It

  • Offering a Treat

  • Stay With a Stranger


The cost for the evaluation is $25 payable by check on the day of the evaluation. You will also need to bring $60 for your ITA license fee, and $100 for your two year PWAM Membership. If you do not pass, your license and PWAM Membership will be returned to you.

Sign up

Register by emailing Please be sure to include your name, email address, telephone number and the date you want to evaluate.