Why is NACA Certification Important?
In today’s world, nearly every industry has certification standards for professionals in the field. Professional certification not only helps individuals demonstrate their competency, and show their commitment to the profession, it provides employers an effective way to evaluate whether a current, or prospective, employee possesses the skills and knowledge required for successful performance of their job duties.
As the leader in setting the standard for professionalism in the animal care and control field, the National Animal Care & Control Association began providing certification training to animal care and control professionals more than 25 years ago. With more than 12,000 individuals receiving certification training from NACA since our training programs began, NACA has become the foremost provider of animal care and control certification, and is the industry standard.
Continuing to Set the Standard
Obtaining a certification in animal care and control shows your organization, and the public you serve, your commitment to the animal care and control profession. The next step is to validate your dedication to the animal care and control profession by demonstrating that you are actively maintaining your competency year after year. We firmly believe that animal care and control professionals who pursue continuing education credits on a regular basis are more aware, and better educated, when it comes to utilizing current practices within the field.
To continue setting the standard of professionalism within the animal care and control field, the National Animal Care & Control Association will begin offering animal care and control professionals the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to the certifications they have earned by requiring continuing education units to maintain National Animal Care & Control Association certifications.
NACA Certification Process
To obtain NACA Certification as an Animal Control Officer, an individual must have successfully completed both the NACA Level 1 and Level 2 Academies, or both of the National Animal Control and Humane Officer Academy (NACHO) Module A and Module B Academies, or the appropriate combination thereof.
Individuals must have completed NACA Level 1 and Level 2, or NACHO Module A and Module B, in any order, as long as both levels were completed within 36 months.
Beginning January 1, 2017, the National Animal Care & Control Association’s Animal Control Officer Certification will be valid for a period of three (3) years from December 31st in the year the certification was completed. For example, if certification is earned in March 2017, certification will be valid from March 2017 until December 31, 2020.
The certification term may be extended if individuals maintain the National Animal Care and Control Association’s Animal Control Officer Certification, by pursuing continuing education opportunities, and providing proof of completing said continuing education to NACA, as outlined in NACA’s Continuing Education Requirements.
ACO Certification Curriculum Breakdown by Module
NACA ACO Recertification Process