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Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

NACA Certification

To obtain NACA certification as an Animal Control Officer, you must successfully complete both the NACA Level 1 and Level 2 academies. You may take the Level 1 and Level 2 in any order, as long as you complete both levels within 12-18 months. Graduates receive a Level 1 and Level 2 certificate, a NACA certification certificate and a NACA certification lapel pin.


How many people has NACA trained?

As of January 2010, over 9,300 people have been trained through the NACA Level 1 and Level 2 Academies.


Is NACA ACO certification recognized at the state level?

Although NACA training is generally accepted across the United States, NACA certification is not specific to any state (although some states and agencies require NACA certification). Your state and/or the agency to which you are employed may require additional certifications or training per their own requirements. Since NACA courses are held across the United States, NACA courses do not address specific state laws and/or requirements. You should not assume that if you attend a NACA program that our training will fulfill all of your state’s requirements. You may need additional training at the state level in order to comply with your own state’s law. NACA does not promote any program as certification specific to any state.


Is there a minimum age requirement to attend a NACA course?

Yes. You must be 18 years of age to attend a NACA course.


Is previous experience in Animal Control/Care required?

It is not necessary to have previous or current experience in Animal Control/Care to attend the Level 1 or 2 courses. Many of our students have just completed high school or college and have no knowledge or skills related to the Animal Control profession. The current economic situation has also required people to look for a new skill or profession. Anyone interested in a career in the animal control/care field are welcome to attend. No previous Animal Control experience is required.


Does NACA assist with job placement?

Unfortunately, we do not. NACA does, however, lists job opportunities across the United States on the NACA website, via this link: http://nacanet.org/job_opps.html


Does NACA offer positions for Animal Control and Humane Officer work?

NACA is not a humane society or a law enforcement agency. Thus, we do not offer positions for such work. You would need to forward your resume to those agencies with which you desire employment.


Does NACA offer any career information?

For career information, please go here: http://www.nacanet.org/careeropps.html


Does NACA offer financial aid for the Level 1 and Level 2 Academies?

On October 12, 2002, the NACA Board of Directors formally introduced the Joseph Maniaci Scholarship to be made available for NACA Level 1 and 2 Academy attendees. Scholarship requirements and application are available via this link: http://www.nacanet.org/scholarship.html


There is no training program listed in my area. Why?

You may need to travel to a course near your location. Due to scheduling and logistics, NACA is not able to offer a training program in every area of the United States. Although NACA is a nonprofit organization, we cannot offer training in areas that cannot support the programs with a minimum number of participants. A current schedule of NACA training programs may be found here: http://nacanet.org/schedule.html


Why won’t NACA offer a Level 1 and Level 2 program in consecutive weeks in the same city?

It is difficult for Animal Control/Care workers to be absent from work and their families for a 2-week period. In addition, scheduling and logistics are problematic.


How does NACA rotate the Level 1 and Level 2 Academy schedule?

In most cases, NACA will rotate a Level 1 and Level 2 Academy, in the same city, every 12-14 months. For example, if we offer a Level 1 Academy in Atlanta in January, chances are we will return with a Level 2 Academy the following January. Be aware, however, that some circumstances may cause NACA to divert from this rotation (low attendance, hotel conflicts, etc.).


NACA Level 1

What does the NACA Level 1 Academy consist of?

Our curriculum includes:

How long is the NACA Level 1 Academy?

The Level 1 Academy is a weeklong course. Each day begins at 7:30 am and ends at 5:00 or 6:00 pm. On Friday, class will conclude by 3:00 pm. Students are provided 10-minute breaks for each hour of instruction, as well as a 1-hour lunch break.

How much does the NACA Level 1 Academy cost?

Tuition for the Level 1 Academy is $525.00. Food, transportation and lodging are not included in the tuition fee. A current schedule of NACA training programs may be found here: http://nacanet.org/schedule.html

What learning materials are offered in the NACA Level 1 Academy? Is there a dress code?

Each student receives a course book which covers all of the blocks of instruction offered during the week. The NACA Training Guide is also provided to all Level 1 students as an additional resource manual. Dress for this course is informal.

What is the passing grade of the final examination?

An 80% passing grade is required. Your class packet, which includes your certificate(s), test score sheet and a class roster, is mailed to you upon payment of your tuition.


NACA Level 2

What does the NACA Level 2 Academy consist of?

Our curriculum includes:

How long is the NACA Level 2 Academy?

The Level 2 Academy is a weeklong course. Each day begins at 7:30 am and ends at 5:00 pm. On Friday, class will conclude by 12:00 pm. Students are provided 10-minute breaks for each hour of instruction, as well as a 1-hour lunch break.

How much does the NACA Level 2 Academy cost?

Tuition for the Level 2 Academy is $525.00. Food, transportation and lodging are not included in the tuition fee. A current schedule of NACA training programs may be found here: http://nacanet.org/schedule.html

What learning materials are offered in the NACA Level 2 Academy? Is there a dress code?

Each student receives a course book which covers all of the blocks of instruction offered during the week. Dress for this course is informal. Students should also bring tennis shoes and “workout” type clothing for the self defense portion of the academy.

What is the passing grade of the final examination?

An 80% passing grade is required. Your class packet, which includes your certificate(s), test score sheet and a class roster, is mailed to you upon payment of your tuition.


NACA Level 3

What is the NACA Level 3 Academy?

The Level 3 Academy consists of 4 separate NACA certifications: Euthanasia, Chemical Immobilization, Bite Stick and Pepper Spray. The Level 3 is totally separate from the NACA Level 1 and Level 2 academies. You may take the Level 3 Academy at any time, since it is not connected to the Level 1 and Level 2 academies. You may also take all or part of the Level 3 certifications; simply register for the certifications that you require.

How many people has NACA trained?

As of January 2010, over 5,700 people have been trained through the NACA Level 3 Academy.

How long is the NACA Level 3 Academy?

The Level 3 Academy is a weeklong course. Each day begins at 7:30 am and ends at 5:00 pm. On Friday, class will conclude by 12:00 pm. Students are provided 10-minute breaks for each hour of instruction, as well as a 1-hour lunch break.

How much does the NACA Level 3 Academy cost?

Tuition for the Level 3 Academy is $575.00 for all 4 certifications. If you want to register for specific certifications, tuition is $255.00 for Euthanasia; $255.00 for Chemical Immobilization; $180.00 for Bite Stick; and $105.00 for Pepper Spray. Food, transportation and lodging are not included in the tuition fee. A current schedule of NACA training programs may be found here: http://nacanet.org/schedule.html

Does NACA offer financial aid for the Level 3 Academy?

NACA does not currently offer any scholarships for the Level 3 Academy.

What learning materials are offered in the NACA Level 3 Academy? Is there a dress code?

Each student receives a course book which covers all of the blocks of instruction offered during the week. Dress for this course is informal. Students should also bring tennis shoes and “workout” type clothing for the Bite Stick portion of the academy. If available, students are encouraged to bring their own chemical immobilization equipment and bite sticks for use in the course.

What is the passing grade of the final examinations?

An 80% passing grade is required. Your class packet, which includes your certificate(s), test score sheet and a class roster, is mailed to you upon payment of your tuition.

Is NACA Euthanasia and Chemical Immobilization certification recognized at the state level?

Although NACA training is generally accepted across the United States, NACA certification is not specific to any state (although some states and agencies require NACA certification). Your state and/or the agency to which you are employed may require additional certifications or training per their own requirements. Since NACA courses are held across the United States, NACA courses do not address specific state laws and/or requirements. You should not assume that if you attend a NACA program that our training will fulfill all of your state’s requirements. You may need additional training at the state level in order to comply with your own state’s law. NACA does not promote any program as certification specific to any state.

Why do you only offer a limited number of Level 3 programs per year, and usually in Kansas City?

The Level 3 Academy is, by far, the most expensive program that NACA offers. The cost of materials and the shipping of the freight (dart guns, targets, defensive bags, bite sticks, etc.) is very costly. The amount of work to prepare and coordinate the Level 3 Academy also requires a great deal of staff time.


NACA Level 4

What does the NACA Level 4 Academy consist of?

Our curriculum includes:

How long is the NACA Level 4 Academy?

The Level 4 Academy is a weeklong course. Each day begins at 7:30 am and ends at 4:00 pm. On Friday, class will conclude by 12:00 pm. Students are provided 10-minute breaks for each hour of instruction, as well as a 1-hour lunch break.

How much does the NACA Level 4 Academy cost?

Tuition for the Level 4 Academy is $525.00. Food, transportation and lodging are not included in the tuition fee. A current schedule of NACA training programs may be found here: http://nacanet.org/schedule.html

What learning materials are offered in the NACA Level 4 Academy? Is there a dress code?

Each student receives a course book which covers all of the blocks of instruction offered during the week. Dress for this course is informal.

What is the passing grade of the final examination?

An 80% passing grade is required. Your class packet, which includes your certificate(s), test score sheet and a class roster, is mailed to you upon payment of your tuition.


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