"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

Training Course for Animal Control Professionals
Hosted by Centerton Animal Services
May 13-17, 2019
Centerton, Arkansas


Download the brochure here: Centerton Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: Centerton 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
Day 4
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Safe Handling of Aggressive and Dangerous Dogs; Safe Animal Handling/Capture and Restraint Equipment
Day 5
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Baton/Bitestick Certification

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

Shelter Technician Certification
Animal Welfare League Of Montgomery County
May 20-22, 2019
Crawfordsville, Indiana


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

Schedule of Training
Day 1 through Day 3

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – 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

Basic Animal Control Officer Certification
Hosted by the Chino Valley Animal Shelter
May 20-24, 2019
Chino Valley, Arizona


Download the brochure here: Chino Valley Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: Chino Valley 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
Day 3
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Officer Safety and Self-Defense
Day 4
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Basic Animal Control Officer Investigations; Evidence Law and Collection; Courtroom Testimony and Report Writing
Day 5
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 Hattiesburg Animal Control
June 3-7, 2019
Hattiesburg, Mississippi


Download the brochure here: Hattiesburg Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: Hattiesburg 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
Day 3
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Officer Safety and Self-Defense
Day 4
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Basic Animal Control Officer Investigations; Evidence Law and Collection; Courtroom Testimony and Report Writing
Day 5
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

ACO Protective Equipment Training
Hosted by the Southbury Animal Control
June 4-5, 2019
Southbury, Connecticut


Download the brochure/registration here: Southbury Announcement


Schedule of Training
Day 1

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

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

Basic Animal Control Officer Certification
Hosted by North Little Rock Animal Services
June 10-14, 2019
North Little Rock, Arkansas


Download the brochure here: North Little Rock Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: North Little Rock 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
Day 3
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Officer Safety and Self-Defense
Day 4
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Basic Animal Control Officer Investigations; Evidence Law and Collection; Courtroom Testimony and Report Writing
Day 5
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 North Little Rock Animal Services
June 15, 2019
North Little Rock, Arkansas


Download the brochure/registration here: NLR 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 LaGrange Animal Services
June 19-21, 2019
LaGrange, Georgia


Download the brochure here: Lagrange Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: LaGrange Registration Form

Schedule of Training
Day 1

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Basic Animal Control Officer Investigations; Illegal Animal Fighting
Day 2
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Investigative Techniques for Cruelty and Neglect Complaints; Animal Hoarding Investigations
Day 3
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

Training Program for Animal Control Professionals
Hosted by Olive Branch Animal Control
June 24-28, 2019
Olive Branch, Mississippi


Download the brochure here: Olive Branch Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: Olive Branch Registration Form

Schedule of Training
Day 1

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Chemical Immobilization Certification
Day 2
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Safe Handling of Aggressive and Dangerous Dogs; Safe Animal Handling/Capture and Restraint Equipment
Day 3
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Officer Safety and Self-Defense
Day 4
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Baton/Bitestick Certification
Day 5
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Pepper Spray Certification

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

Training Course for Animal Control Professionals
Hosted by the Mundelein Police Department
June 27 - 28, 2019
Mundelein, Illinois


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

Schedule of Training
Day 1

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Safe Handling of Aggressive and Dangerous Dogs; Safe Animal Handling/Capture and Restraint Equipment
Day 2
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Basic Animal Control Officer Investigations; Challenging Encounters in Animal Control; Understanding the ADA and Service Animals

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

Training Course for Animal Control Professionals
Hosted by Lodi Animal Services
July 8-12, 2019
Lodi, California


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

Schedule of Training
Day 1

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – California Animal Control Regulations
Day 2
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Investigative Techniques for Cruelty/Neglect Complaints
Day 3
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Basic ACO 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
Day 5
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 Lyman Police Department
July 8-12, 2019
Lyman, Wyoming


Download the brochure here: Lyman Wyoming Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: Lyman Wyoming 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
Day 3
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Officer Safety and Self-Defense
Day 4
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Basic Animal Control Officer Investigations; Evidence Law and Collection; Courtroom Testimony and Report Writing
Day 5
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

Shelter Technician Certification
Hosted by Barrow County Animal Control
July 15-17, 2019
Winder, Georgia


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

Schedule of Training
Day 1 through Day 3

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – 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

Basic Animal Control Officer Certification
Hosted by Kershaw County Department of Safety/Emergency Services
July 15-19, 2019
Camden, South Carolina


Download the brochure here: Kershaw County Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: Kershaw 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
Day 3
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Officer Safety and Self-Defense
Day 4
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Basic Animal Control Officer Investigations; Evidence Law and Collection; Courtroom Testimony and Report Writing
Day 5
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 Grain Valley Police Department
July 22-26, 2019
Grain Valley, Missouri


Download the brochure here: Grain Valley Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: Grain Valley 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
Day 3
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Officer Safety and Self-Defense
Day 4
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Basic Animal Control Officer Investigations; Evidence Law and Collection; Courtroom Testimony and Report Writing
Day 5
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

Animal Control Officer Protective Equipment Training
Hosted by Metro Animal Control
July 22 -26, 2019
Gallup, New Mexico


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

Schedule of Training
Day 1

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Officer Safety and Self-Defense
Day 2
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Pepper Spray Certification; Safe Animal Handling and Capture and Restraint Equipment
Day 3
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Chemical Immobilization Certification
Day 4
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Baton/Bitestick Certification
Day 5
8:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Taser™ Certification

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

Basic Animal Control Officer Certification
Hosted by the City of Benson
August 5-8, 2019
Benson, Arizona


Download the brochure here: Benson Arizona Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: Benson Arizona 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 City of Benson
August 9, 2019
Benson, Arizona


Download the brochure/registration here: Benson 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 Englewood Police Department
August 12-15, 2019
Englewood, Colorado


Download the brochure here: Englewood Colorado Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: Englewood Colorado 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 Harrison County Animal Control
August 19-22, 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

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 Hamilton Co. Sheriff’s Office
August 23, 2019
Noblesville, Indiana


Download the brochure/registration here: Hamilton Co. 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 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

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 Lee County Animal Control
September 23-26, 2019
Opelika, Alabama


Download the brochure here: Opelika Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: Opelika 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 Lee County Animal Control
September 27, 2019
Opelika, Alabama


Download the brochure/registration here: Opelika 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



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