"Animal Control: A program that effectively treats the symptoms while seeking to eliminate the causes by compassionately using the tools of education and enforcement." Michael Burgwin

Animal Control Officers are responsible for the enforcement of state laws, county ordinances and city codes that pertain to the care, control, treatment and licensing of domestic animals with a priority to protect public safety and animal welfare.

Training Calendar


The following list of training offers open enrollment. ACTS also offers "in-house" training (closed enrollment). In-house training allows your agency to have a “private” course for your staff only. By offering in-house training, we can more easily customize a course to the specific needs of your agency. Contact ACTS for additional information regarding in-house training.

Marin County Parks - In-House Training
Hosted by Marin County (California) Parks and Open Space

Sonoma County - In-House Training
Hosted by Sonoma County (California) Animal Services

Chemical Immobilization Certification
Hosted by the Alabama Animal Control Association
August 27, 2019
Mobile, Alabama


Download the brochure/registration here: AACA Training Announcement

Schedule of Training
Day 1

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Chemical Immobilization Certification

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

Field Training Officer Certification
Hosted by the Alabama Animal Control Association
August 28-29, 2019
Mobile, Alabama


Download the brochure here: AACA FTO Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: AACA FTO Registration Form

Schedule of Training
Day 1

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Field Training Officer Certification
Day 2
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Field Training Officer Certification

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

Field Training Officer Certification
Hosted by White County Public Safety
September 9-10, 2019
Cleveland, Georgia


Download the brochure here: White County Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: White County Registration Form

Schedule of Training
Day 1 through Day 2

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Field Training Officer Certification

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

Shelter Technician Certification
Hosted by the Alabama Animal Control Association
September 9-11, 2019
Auburn, Alabama


Download the brochure here: AACA Shelter Tech Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: AACA Shelter Tech Registration Form

Schedule of Training
Day 1 through Day 3

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Shelter Technician Certification
Animal Care in a Sheltering Environment; Animal Disposition Options; Animal Identification: Breed and Description; Animal Shelter Maintenance; Animal Shelter Record-Keeping; Canine and Feline Behaviors and Assessments; Disease Exposures in a Sheltering Environment; Emergency Animal Sheltering; Proactive Animal Sheltering

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch


Comprehensive Animal Management Certification
Hosted by Chino Valley Animal Control
September 10-12, 2019
Chino Valley, Arizona


Download the brochure here: Chino Valley CAMC Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: Chino Valley CAMC Registration Form

Schedule of Training
Day 1 through Day 3

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Comprehensive Animal Management Certification
Advanced Case Supervision; Basic Budget Planning; Disciplinary Investigations; Equipment, Vehicles and Operational Needs; Evaluating Staff; Interviewing and Selection; Managing Generational Employees; Meetings: Individual, Specific Groups, Entire Staff; Policy and Procedures: Review and Development; Pushing Paperwork: Reports, Memos and Correspondence; Supervising Daily Operations; Training and Staff Development; Transition from Staff to Supervisor; Workplace Harassment and Violence

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

Comprehensive Animal Management Certification
Hosted by Harrison County Animal Control
September 16-18, 2019
Corydon, Indiana


Download the brochure here: Harrison County Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: Harrison County Registration Form

Schedule of Training
Day 1 through Day 3

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Comprehensive Animal Management Certification
Advanced Case Supervision; Basic Budget Planning; Disciplinary Investigations; Equipment, Vehicles and Operational Needs; Evaluating Staff; Interviewing and Selection; Managing Generational Employees; Meetings: Individual, Specific Groups, Entire Staff; Policy and Procedures: Review and Development; Pushing Paperwork: Reports, Memos and Correspondence; Supervising Daily Operations; Training and Staff Development; Transition from Staff to Supervisor; Workplace Harassment and Violence

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

Basic Animal Control Officer Certification
Hosted by the Dickinson Police Department
September 23-26, 2019
Dickinson, North Dakota

Download the brochure here: Dickinson North Dakota Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: Dickinson Registration Form

Schedule of Training
Day 1

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – State Laws, County Ordinances and City Codes
Day 2
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Tactical/Interpersonal Communication; Officer Safety and Self-Defense
Day 3
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Basic Animal Control Officer Investigations; Evidence Law and Collection; Courtroom Testimony and Report Writing
Day 4
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Safe Handling of Aggressive and Dangerous Dogs; Safe Animal Handling/Capture and Restraint Equipment

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

Baton/Bitestick Certification
Hosted by the Dickinson Police Department
September 27, 2019
Dickinson, North Dakota


Download the registration form here: Dickinson Training Announcement

Schedule of Training
Day 1

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Baton/Bitestick Certification

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

Chemical Immobilization Certification
Hosted by LaGrange Animal Services
September 27, 2019
LaGrange, Georgia


Download the brochure/registration here: Lagrange Training Announcement

Schedule of Training
Day 1

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Chemical Immobilization Certification

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

Training Course for Animal Control Professionals
Hosted by the Town of East Hampton
October 4, 2019
East Hampton, New York


Download the brochure/registration here: East Hampton Training Announcement

Schedule of Training
Day 1

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Safe Handling of Aggressive and Dangerous Dogs; Safe Animal Handling/Capture & Restraint Equipment

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

Baton/Bitestick Certification
Hosted by the Alabama Animal Control Association
October 7, 2019
Mobile, Alabama


Download the registration form here: AACA Baton Training Announcement

Schedule of Training
Day 1

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Baton/Bitestick Certification

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

Basic Animal Control Officer Certification
Hosted by the Isle of Palms Police Department
October 15-18, 2019
Isle of Palms, South Carolina


Download the brochure here: Isle of Palms Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: Isle of Palms Registration Form

Schedule of Training
Day 1

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – State Laws, County Ordinances and City Codes
Day 2
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Tactical/Interpersonal Communication; Officer Safety and Self-Defense
Day 3
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Basic Animal Control Officer Investigations; Evidence Law and Collection; Courtroom Testimony and Report Writing
Day 4
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Safe Handling of Aggressive and Dangerous Dogs; Safe Animal Handling/Capture and Restraint Equipment

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

Basic Animal Control Officer Certification
Hosted by the Illinois Animal Control Association
October 21-24, 2019
Pontiac, Illinois


Download the brochure here: IACA Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: IACA Registration Form

Schedule of Training
Day 1

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – State Laws, County Ordinances and City Codes
Day 2
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Tactical/Interpersonal Communication; Officer Safety and Self-Defense
Day 3
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Basic Animal Control Officer Investigations; Evidence Law and Collection; Courtroom Testimony and Report Writing
Day 4
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Safe Handling of Aggressive and Dangerous Dogs; Safe Animal Handling/Capture and Restraint Equipment

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

Comprehensive Animal Management Certification
Hosted by Caldwell County Animal Control
October 28-30, 2019
Lenoir, North Carolina


Download the brochure here: Caldwell County Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: Caldwell County Registration Form

Schedule of Training
Day 1 through Day 3

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Comprehensive Animal Management Certification
Advanced Case Supervision; Basic Budget Planning; Disciplinary Investigations; Equipment, Vehicles and Operational Needs; Evaluating Staff; Interviewing and Selection; Managing Generational Employees; Meetings: Individual, Specific Groups, Entire Staff; Policy and Procedures: Review and Development; Pushing Paperwork: Reports, Memos and Correspondence; Supervising Daily Operations; Training and Staff Development; Transition from Staff to Supervisor; Workplace Harassment and Violence

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

Basic Animal Control Officer Certification
Hosted by the Southwestern Community College - Public Safety Training Division
October 28-31, 2019
Franklin, North Carolina


Download the brochure here: Franklin NC Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: Franklin NC Registration Form

Schedule of Training
Day 1

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – State Laws, County Ordinances and City Codes
Day 2
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Tactical/Interpersonal Communication; Officer Safety and Self-Defense
Day 3
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Basic Animal Control Officer Investigations; Evidence Law and Collection; Courtroom Testimony and Report Writing
Day 4
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Safe Handling of Aggressive and Dangerous Dogs; Safe Animal Handling/Capture and Restraint Equipment

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch


Basic Animal Control Officer Certification
Hosted by Mason County Animal Control
October 28-31, 2019
Havana, Illinois


Download the brochure here: Mason County Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: Mason County Registration Form

Schedule of Training
Day 1

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – State Laws, County Ordinances and City Codes
Day 2
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Tactical/Interpersonal Communication; Officer Safety and Self-Defense
Day 3
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Basic Animal Control Officer Investigations; Evidence Law and Collection; Courtroom Testimony and Report Writing
Day 4
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Safe Handling of Aggressive and Dangerous Dogs; Safe Animal Handling/Capture and Restraint Equipment

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

Chemical Immobilization Certification
Hosted by Mason County Animal Control
November 1, 2019
Havana, Illinois


Download the brochure/registration here: Mason Training Announcement

Schedule of Training
Day 1

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Chemical Immobilization Certification

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

Basic Animal Control Officer Certification
Hosted by the Dickson County Humane Society
November 4-7, 2019
Dickson, Tennessee


Download the brochure here: Dickson Tennessee Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: Dickson Tennessee Registration Form

Schedule of Training
Day 1

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – State Laws, County Ordinances and City Codes
Day 2
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Tactical/Interpersonal Communication; Officer Safety and Self-Defense
Day 3
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Basic Animal Control Officer Investigations; Evidence Law and Collection; Courtroom Testimony and Report Writing
Day 4
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Safe Handling of Aggressive and Dangerous Dogs; Safe Animal Handling/Capture and Restraint Equipment

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

Chemical Immobilization Certification
Hosted by the Dickson County Humane Society
November 8, 2019
Dickson, Tennessee


Download the brochure/registration here: Dickson Training Announcement

Schedule of Training
Day 1

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Chemical Immobilization Certification

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

ACO Protective Equipment Training
Hosted by the Bristol Police Department
November 7-8, 2019
Bristol, Rhode Island


Download the brochure/registration here: Bristol Training Announcement

Schedule of Training
Day 1

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Baton/Bitestick Certification
Day 2
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Pepper Spray Certification

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

Basic Animal Control Officer Certification
Alabama Animal Control Academy - Part 1
November 18-20, 2019
Opelika, Alabama


Download the brochure here: AACA Basic ACO Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: AACA Basic ACO Registration Form

Schedule of Training
Day 1

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Tactical/Interpersonal Communication; Officer Safety and Self-Defense
Day 2
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Basic Animal Control Officer Investigations; Evidence Law and Collection; Courtroom Testimony and Report Writing
Day 3
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Safe Handling of Aggressive and Dangerous Dogs; Safe Animal Handling/Capture & Restraint Equipment

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch


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