"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

Basic Animal Control Officer Certification
Hosted by the Yuma Police Department
December 3-7, 2018
Yuma, Arizona


Download the brochure here: Yuma Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: Yuma 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

Comprehensive Animal Management Certification
Hosted by Cullman County Animal Control
January 14-16, 2019
Cullman, Alabama


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

Schedule of Training
Day 1 through Day 3

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – 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 Mountainair Police Department
January 14-18, 2019
Mountainair, New Mexico


Download the brochure here: Mountainair Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: Mountainair 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
January 17-18, 2019
Hosted by the Cities of Grain Valley & Oak Grove
Oak Grove, Missour
i

Download the brochure/registration form here: Oak Grove Registration

Schedule of Training
Day 1

8:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Chemical Immobilization Certification
Day 2
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 Newnan Police Department and Coweta County Animal Services
February 4-8, 2019
Newnan, Georgia


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

Training Course for Animal Control Professionals
Hosted by the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center
February 4-8, 2019
Dayton, Ohio


Download the brochure here: Dayton Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: Dayton 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 – Illegal Animal Fighting
Day 5
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Investigative Techniques for Cruelty and Neglect Complaints

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

Shelter Technician Certification
Hosted by the Alabama Animal Control Association
February 11-13, 2019
Mobile, Alabama


Download the brochure here: Mobile AL Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: Mobile AL 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


Shelter Technician Certification
Hosted by Jessamine County Animal Care and Control
February 25-27, 2019
Nicholasville, Kentucky


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

Shelter Technician Certification
Hosted by the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center
March 4-6, 2019
Dayton, Ohio


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

Schedule of Training
Day 1 through Day 3

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 Southwestern Community College - Public Safety Training Division
March 4-8, 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
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 the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center
March 6-8, 2019
Dayton, Ohio


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

Schedule of Training
Day 1 through Day 3

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

Training Course for Animal Control Professionals
March 11-12, 2019
Hosted by the Dutchess County SPCA
Hyde Park, New York


Download the brochure/registration here: Dutchess Training Announcement

Schedule of Training
Day 1

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Officer Safety and Self-Defense
Day 2
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Chemical Immobilization Certification

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

Shelter Technician Certification
Chino Valley Animal Shelter
March 25-27, 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 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

Training Course for Animal Control Professionals
Hosted by Rogers Animal Services
April 8-12, 2019
Rogers, Arkansas


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

Schedule of Training
Day 1

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Challenging Encounters in Animal Control; Understanding the ADA and Service Animals; Safe Handling of Aggressive and Dangerous Dogs
Day 2
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Officer Safety and Self-Defense
Day 3
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Safe Animal Handling/Capture and Restraint Equipment; Pepper Spray Certification
Day 4
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Chemical immobilization Certification
Day 5
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Baton/Bitestick Certification

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

Chemical Immobilization Certification
Hosted by the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office
May 4, 2019
Boulder, Colorado


Download the brochure/registration here: Boulder 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 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

Basic Animal Control Officer Certification
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




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