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NACA Animal Control Officer Certification

To obtain NACA Certification as an Animal Control Officer, you must successfully complete 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.

You may take the NACA Level 1 and Level 2, or NACHO Module A and Module B, in any order, as long as you complete both levels within 18 months.

Upon successful completion, graduates will receive the NACA Animal Control Officer Certification and a NACA Certification Lapel Pin.


How many people has NACA trained?

As of December of 2014, over 11,000 people have been trained through the NACA Animal Control Officer Training Academies.


Is NACA Animal Control Officer Certification recognized at the state level?

Although NACA training is generally accepted across the United States, NACA certification is not specific to any state, but some states and agencies require NACA Certification. Your state, and/or your agency, 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 or NACHO course?

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


Is previous experience in animal care and control required?

It is not necessary to have previous or current experience in animal care and control to attend NACA training classes. Many of our students have just completed high school or college and have no knowledge or skills related to the animal care and 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 care and control field are welcome to attend. No previous animal care and control experience is required.


Does NACA assist with job placement?

We do not assist with job placement, but the NACA website does provide the best, low-cost service for animal care and control job postings, making it the go-to place for those interested in career opportunities in the animal care and control field across the United States.

To post a job, or search current job listings, visit the Career Center page.


Does NACA offer any career information?

For career information, please go here: Career Opportunities in Animal Care & Control


Does NACA offer financial aid?

On October 12, 2002, the NACA Board of Directors formally introduced the Joseph Maniaci Scholarship to be made available for NACA Training Academy attendees. Scholarship requirements and application are available via this link: Joseph Maniaci Scholarship


No training programs are listed in my area. Why?

You may need to travel to find a NACA Training Academy. Due to our national focus, 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 do not support the programs with a minimum number of participants. A current schedule of NACA training programs may be found on the Calendar of Events.

There are also opportunities for agencies to host a NACA training program. Information about hosting a NACA training program can be found here: Hosting a NACA Training Program

 


Where can I attend NACHO Module A, Module B and Module C in consecutive weeks, in the same city?

It is difficult for animal care and control employees to be absent from work, and from their families for an extended period of time. Therefore, we have found that these types of programs, generally cannot be supported.


How does NACA rotate the Academy schedule?

We try to rotate the locations for Training Academy classes based upon past attendance, and interest shown by animal care and control professionals in a given area.

If attendance numbers are generally high in one area, we will most likely return the next year with another academy. In most cases, we will try to rotate academies, in the same city, every other year. However, some circumstances may cause us to divert from this rotation (low attendance, scheduling conflicts, etc.).


National Animal Control and Humane Officer - Module A

The NACHO Module A Academy Includes:

  • The Professional & Ethical Officer
  • Animal Capture Techniques
  • Basic Companion Animal Identification
  • Interviewing & Behavior Analysis
  • Search & Seizure, w/ Juveniles & Liability
  • Investigative Report Writing
  • Biosecurity & Zoonotic Diseases
  • Veterinary Evaluations, Injuries & First Aid
  • Stress Management
  • Safety & Survival in the Field
  • Companion Animal Behavior

How long is the NACHO Module A Academy?

The Module A Academy is a 40-hour, week-long course. Each day begins at 7:30 am and ends at 5:00 pm.  Students are provided 10-minute breaks for each hour of instruction, as well as a 1-hour lunch break.

What learning materials are offered in the NACHO Module A Academy?

Each student receives a course book which covers all of the blocks of instruction offered during the week.

Is there a dress code?

Dress code for this course is casual.

What is the passing grade?

An 80% passing grade is required. Your class packet, which includes your certificate(s) and test score sheet will be mailed to you upon successful completion.

What happens if I cannot attend, or NACHO must cancel a class? 


A 25% fee will be assessed on any participant cancellations made two weeks or less prior to the class date. If in the event, NACHO must cancels the class, a refund will be offered.



National Animal Control and Humane Officer - Module B

The NACHO Module B Academy Includes:

  • Animal Fighting
  • Animals as Evidence
  • Physical Evidence Documentation
  • Ritualistic Animal Crimes
  • Photography
  • Livestock Identification & Behavior
  • Livestock Investigations
  • Tense Argument & Confrontation Tactics
  • Commercial Animal Sales
  • Body Condition Scoring
  • Basic Nutrition
  • Demographic Attitudes
  • Sworn Testimony (Practical)
  • Case and Trial Preparation

How long is the NACHO Module B Academy?

The Module B Academy is a 40-hour, week-long course. Each day begins at 7:30 am and ends at 5:00 pm.  Students are provided 10-minute breaks for each hour of instruction, as well as a 1-hour lunch break.

What learning materials are offered in the NACHO Module B Academy?

Each student receives a course book which covers all of the blocks of instruction offered during the week.

Is there a dress code?

Dress code for this course is casual.

What is the passing grade?

An 80% passing grade is required. Your class packet, which includes your certificate(s) and test score sheet will be mailed to you upon successful completion.

What happens if I cannot attend, or NACHO must cancel a class? 


A 25% fee will be assessed on any participant cancellations made two weeks or less prior to the class date. If in the event, NACHO must cancels the class, a refund will be offered.


National Animal Control and Humane Officer - Module C

The NACHO Module C Academy Includes:

  • Large Scale Impounds
  • Disaster Planning
  • Animal Hoarders (with tabletop exercise)
  • Illegal Drug Labs
  • High Volume Breeders
  • The Cycle of Violence
  • Handling Exotics & Wildlife
  • Exotic Animal Investigations
  • Hispanic Diversity
  • Spanish for the Professional
  • Case Studies

How long is the NACHO Module C Academy?

The Module C Academy is a 40-hour, week-long course. Each day begins at 7:30 am and ends at 5:00 pm.  Students are provided 10-minute breaks for each hour of instruction, as well as a 1-hour lunch break.

What learning materials are offered in the NACHO Module C Academy? 

Each student receives a course book which covers all of the blocks of instruction offered during the week.

Is there a dress code?

Dress code for this course is casual.

What is the passing grade?

An 80% passing grade is required. Your class packet, which includes your certificate(s) and test score sheet will be mailed to you upon successful completion.

What happens if I cannot attend, or NACHO must cancel a class? 


A 25% fee will be assessed on any participant cancellations made two weeks or less prior to the class date. If in the event, NACHO must cancels the class, a refund will be offered.


Euthanasia Certification and Chemical Immobilization Workshop

What is the NACA Euthanasia Certification and Chemical Immobilization Workshop?

Animal care and control professionals are required to learn some very specialized skills in order to carry out the duties that they are entrusted to perform on a daily basis. The chemical immobilization and euthanasia of animals are two of these specialized skills. In order for these unpleasant, but necessary tasks to be performed humanely, and as painlessly as possible, animal care and control personnel must develop a certain level of skill and knowledge.

NACA has developed a three-day course for animal care and control professionals to provide the basic skill sets necessary to effect the humane remote chemical capture of animals, and the proper techniques necessary for the humane euthanasia of animals.

Topics of the Euthanasia Workshop include:

  • Goals of humane euthanasia
  • History of euthanasia
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Pharmacology of SP
  • Routes of administration
  • Restraint techniques
  • Sedatives
  • IV and IP techniques
  • Special problems
  • Stress management
  • Legal and regulatory issues
  • Hands on lab

Topics of the Chemical Immobilization Workshop Include:

  • How to write a chemical immobilization policy
  • The responsibilities associated with the use of remote chemical immobilization
  • The legal considerations and required record keeping
  • How to evaluate situations for appropriate application of chemical immobilization
  • The proper dosage and administration techniques for drugs used
  • The post-immobilization procedures that ensure humane treatment of the subject animal
  • What steps to ensure public and personnel safety
  • How to handle the media and public during the incident
  • How to handle and use chemical immobilization equipment

How long is the Euthanasia Certification and Chemical Immobilization Workshop?

This workshop is a three-day course, with each taking about 1/2 of the allotted time. Each day begins at 7:30 am and ends at 5:00 pm. Students are provided 10-minute breaks for each hour of instruction, as well as a 1-hour lunch break.

How much does the Euthanasia Certification and Chemical Immobilization Workshop cost?

Tuition for the Euthanasia Certification and Chemical Immobilization Workshop is $500.00 for both certifications. However, you may register for individual certifications. When doing do, tuition is $275.00 for the Euthanasia Certification and $275.00 for Chemical Immobilization.

Food, transportation and lodging are not included in the tuition fee.

Does NACA offer financial aid for the Euthanasia Certification and Chemical Immobilization Workshop?

NACA does not currently offer any scholarships for this workshop.

What learning materials are offered in the Euthanasia Certification and Chemical Immobilization Workshop?

Each student receives a course book which covers all of the blocks of instruction offered. If available, students are encouraged to bring their own chemical immobilization equipment for use in the course.

Is there a dress code?

Dress for this course is informal.

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 the 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. Your state, and/or the agency, may require additional certifications or training. Since NACA courses are held across the United States, 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.

Why do you only offer a limited number of Euthanasia Certification and Chemical Immobilization Certification Workshops per year, and usually in Kansas City?

The equipment necessary to conduct these certification courses is extensive. Therefore, the logistics of shipping materials, and the associated costs, makes this class the most expensive and time consuming for staff to conduct. Keeping the class close to the Corporate Office helps to reduce costs, which helps us to keep tuition prices low.


What happened to the Bite Stick and Pepper Spray Workshops?

The curriculum for these courses had become outdated, so NACA is no longer offering these topics.  Local options for these courses can be found via your Police or Sheriff's Department. New versions of these courses may return in the future.


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