"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

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 30-31, 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 and Day 2

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
State Laws, County Ordinances and City Codes; Tactical/Interpersonal Communication; Officer Safety and Self-Defense; Basic Animal Control Officer Investigations; Evidence Law and Collection; Courtroom Testimony and Report Writing; 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 Dickson County Humane Society
November 4-6, 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 7, 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

Training Program for Animal Control Professionals
Hosted by the Ozark Police Department
December 4, 2019
Ozark, Alabama


Download the brochure/registration here: Ozark Training Announcement

Schedule of Training
AM Session

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Basic Animal Control Officer Investigations
PM Session
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Basic Animal Control Officer Investigations (repeated)

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

Basic Animal Control Officer Certification
Hosted by the Jackson Police Training Academy
December 9-12, 2019
Jackson, Mississippi


Download the brochure here: Jackson Mississippi Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: Jackson Mississippi 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

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

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

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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