Animal care & control Professional Development

National Animal Care & Control Association

Institute For Professional Development


Providing Animal Care and Control Professionals with the Tools for Success

For more than 40 years NACA has been a leader in providing training and certification programs for our profession. Currently, our training partnership with Code 3 Associates continues to deliver a higher standard in Animal Care and Cruelty Investigation Training by combining Code 3’s cruelty investigators academy and NACA’s National Animal Control Officer Training Academy. NACA’s National Animal Control Officer Training Academy, through Code 3 Associates, covers virtually every topic critical to the successful operation of Animal Care and Control.

NACA is moving to the next level by developing online programs and certifications that will give you the flexibility you need to fit these programs into your busy schedule, it is at the core of our mission. We will deliver practical, applicable, high quality, demand-driven, relevant, and affordable training that will empower you to immediately apply your new knowledge, tools, and techniques to your career.

The Importance of Training

Animal Control Officers make four times the public contact of other law enforcement officers . . . .
4 times the exposure = 4 times the liability.


  • Improved Service
  • Enhanced Image
  • Reduced Liability
  • Increased Efficiency

Image, service, liability, cost and an effective program are impacted more by proper training than any other factor.

A well trained employee will display the proper image because they have learned what image is and understand its necessity and usefulness.

Service is improved when an employee is trained to know what to do and how to do it correctly. Dealing with the public is one of the most difficult responsibilities an employee can be assigned. An untrained employee can be an embarrassment and a liability.

Deputy Sheriffs and Police Officers make numerous public contacts during their shifts, but Animal Control Officers make four (4) times as many contacts during the same time period. Result: 4 times the exposure equals 4 times the possible liability.

An effective program is no accident. No program was ever successful without well trained personnel. Personnel cannot be held accountable for making mistakes if they have not been instructed on what they are to do and trained how to do it properly.

The National Animal Care & Control Association (NACA) was formed in 1978 for the express purpose of assisting its members in performing their duties in a professional manner. One method of accomplishing this goal is to make personnel training programs available. This training must be designed to prepare animal control personnel for the challenges of solving the animal/people problems in today’s world.

Coming Soon

  • On-line Animal Control Officer Training Academy
  • Academy for Credible Leadership
  • Certified Humane Law Enforcement Professional (CHLP)
  • Certified Animal Control Professional (CACP)
  • Certified Animal Care Specialist (CACS)

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NACA’s NEW On-Line
Basic ACO Academy & Certification Program

We are in the final development stage of our new on-line Basic Animal Control Officer Academy & Certification program.

The online ACO Academy is being developed for those that are not able to attend our Flagship program The National Animal Control & Humane Officer Academy (NACHO).