The National Animal Care and Control Association (NACA) is the leading professional association committed to growing the level of professionalism in the field on Animal Care and Control.
As part of our mission, we are committed to offering working Animal Care professionals the education they need to grow in fulfilling, mission-driven careers that serve both their communities and the animals they care about.
If you’re ready to take the next step in your career, consider investing in your future by earning your Basic ACO Certification
Designed for the busy working professional, each lesson is divided into 5-10 bite sized “topics” that can be completed in 10-20 minutes each. Every week you’ll receive access to the next lesson in the course’s series.
A video lesson to begin your learning.
With additional content such as review material, interactive exercises or memorable quotes to reinforce your learning.
We often include inset boxes to help you connect the dots between the various lessons you are taking, and occasional “Pro Tips” your instructors are sharing to help make your job just a little bit easier …
... And all along the way, we share reminders to apply what you’re learning to your own agency.
As an added bonus, from time to time you’ll even see additional resources, white papers, or other related webinars listed – just in case you’re inspired to learn more about a given topic.
We also include little “Knowledge Checks” along the way to help reinforce what you need to know for each Lesson’s final quiz (5-10 questions).
These questions also help you to prepare for your cumulative, end of course final certification exam.
But don’t stress: We do these intermediate steps so that nothing on the quizzes, or the final exam, are ever a surprise. We want you to succeed!
The lessons are taught by some of the industry’s thought leaders – people you might only get to hear at a national conference or read about in industry magazines.
Our subject matter experts include investigators, prosecutors, NACA Board Members and Leadership, and a range of Animal Control Professionals from across the US to share their first-hand experience and expertise to help you be successful.
Our instructors include:
The NACA Certification is designed specifically for working adults in the Animal Care/Control profession.
What’s more: Every lesson in the course has been reviewed by NACA’s training committee consisting of resident experts who are committed to enhancing and growing our profession. So when you go through the lessons, you know you’re hearing expert advice from people you can trust.Can’t Wait to Get Started?
We get it: If you’re used to learning strictly in a classroom environment, online learning might be a little scary at first.
But know that whether it’s a technical support issue or a question about something an instructor has said in a video, we’re here to help ensure you feel confident in your knowledge and development.
The NACA ACO Basic I online training course is a ready-made solution to prepare animal welfare personnel for their career and for future training such as the in-person, 40-hour NACHO training class that provides hands-on experience for students. Because it is an online program, it can be incorporated into your on-boarding field training process and used immediately to meet your agency's needs on-demand.
We hear you. Only you know about the demands of your job or if you can “juggle” the demands of work, family, and school.
That said, online courses are a great way to get the knowledge (and certification) you need for career growth, without being tied down to a specific schedule, being out of the office for days at a time, or burdened by the expense of high priced tuition or travel costs.
The NACA Certification is designed specifically for working adults in the Animal Care/Control profession. Split up into bite sized components, each lesson can be completed over a lunch break in a week’s time – sometimes less.
And don’t worry: if life gets in the way, you’ll have a whole year to complete the lessons on your own schedule.
All of our instructors and contributors are not just experts in their own fields – they’re seasoned and experienced speakers and trainers.
Here’s just a few things that have been said about your instructors.
“I just enjoyed learning something new. Adam Leath was a great speaker!”
“Great information that challenges how you look at managing people and situations.”
“I was able to connect a lot of the ideas back to what I have experienced.”
“This has been on my ‘to do’ list for a long time – I am super excited to use the examples!”
“This was outstanding. Will be working to influence adoption of similar practices in my county.”
“Emotional Intelligence for ACOs was great to put into perspective the emotional challenges Law enforcement and animal services communities struggle with. Great presentation!”
“Great Information, as ACO’s we need to look inside ourselves to understand how & why we react. I believe this topic is very informative & for our own safety and gives us more tools.”
“How to prosecute animal cruelty cases in a manner that it sticks. Researching the Judge on their views and prior rulings on animal cruelty cases. Michelle Welch is amazing!!!!”
Our first-year introductory pricing for the NACA ACO is $397. People who complete the entire course and all of the required End of Lesson quizzes, homework, etc will receive a Certificate of Completion issued by NACA*.
Students who wish to sit for a final, online proctored exam to become a NACA Certified Animal Control Officer (Basic I)* will pay an additional $50 to cover the cost of the online proctor.
Current NACA Individual Members are eligible to receive a $100 off coupon - contact email@example.com for details.Ready to Get Started?
You get a lot for your tuition. In addition to all of the course instruction and materials, you receive
You can pay by credit card or debit card through our online check out.
For agencies paying by Purchase Order, or if your agency is wanting to certify 3 or more people (25% discount), please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.Ready to Get Started?