"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

Field Training Officer Certification
Hosted by the Knox County Animal Control
December 16-17, 2019
Mt. Vernon, Ohio


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

Schedule of Training
Day 1

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Field Training Officer Certification
Day 2
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Field Training Officer Certification

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

Basic Animal Control Officer Certification
Hosted by the Carteret County Health Department
January 6-9, 2020
Morehead City, North Carolina


Download the brochure here: Carteret County Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: Carteret 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 Carteret County Health Department
January 10, 2020
Morehead City, North Carolina


Download the brochure/registration here: Carteret 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

Training Course for Animal Control Professionals
Hosted by the Arlington Heights Police Department
January 13-14, 2020
Arlington Heights, Illinois


Download the brochure/registration here: Arlington Heights Announcement

Schedule of Training
Day 1

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Baton/Bitestick Certification
Day 2
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Safe Handling of Aggressive and Dangerous Dogs; Citations, Dangerous and Vicious Declarations

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

Comprehensive Animal Management Certification
Hosted by White County Public Safety
January 15-17, 2020
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 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 Cumberland County Animal Control
January 29-31, 2020
Fayetteville, North Carolina


Download the brochure here: Cumberland County Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: Cumberland 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

Chemical Immobilization Certification
Hosted by the Ventura County Animal Services
February 3, 2020
Camarillo, California


Download the brochure/registration here: Ventura 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 Grass Valley Police Department
February 4-7, 2020
Grass Valley, California


Download the brochure here: Grass Valley Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: Grass 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; 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

Training Course for Animal Control Professionals
Hosted by the Tehama County Sheriff’s Office
February 12-14, 2020
Red Bluff, California


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

Schedule of Training
Day 1

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Safe Handling of Aggressive and Dangerous Dogs; Citations, Dangerous and Vicious Declarations
Day 2
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Safe Animal Handling/Capture and Restraint Equipment; Courtroom Testimony and Report Writing
Day 3
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 Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office
March 16-20, 2020
Hayden, Idaho


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

Schedule of Training
Day 1

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – State Laws, County Ordinances and City Codes; Understanding the ADA and Service Animals; Sovereign Citizens; Challenging Encounters in Animal Control
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 & Restraint Equipment; Illegal Animal Fighting
Day 5
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Investigative Techniques for Cruelty and Neglect Complaints; Animal Hoarding Investigations

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch


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