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

Basic ACO Certification:

The online Basic ACO program is filled with more than 20 hours of instruction, activities, and exercises designed to help you grow and succeed in your role. It is designed for the busy working professional. Each lesson is divided into 5-10 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.

After successful completion of the basic online ACO 1 Academy and Proctored Test, you will receive NACA’s Basic Animal Control Officer Certification.

After successful completion of the basic online ACO 2 Academy and Proctored Test, you will receive NACA’s National Animal Control Officer Certification.

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Your NACA Individual Membership includes a $100 Discount on this certification training!

NACA ACO I Certification Online Course

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.

Your NACA Individual Membership includes a $100 Discount on this training!

NACA ACO II Certification Online Course

Your online Basic ACO Certification Course is filled with more than 20 hours of instruction, activities and exercises designed to help you grow and succeed in your role.

Your NACA Individual Membership includes a $100 Discount on this training!

What is the Difference Between this OnLine Course and the 40-Hour NACHO Training?

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.

Certification Process

 ACO I Certification

Must Complete the Basic Online ACO I Academy

Must Pass Proctored Exam with a score of 80%

ACO II Certification

Must Complete the Online ACO II Academy

Must Pass Academy Exam with a score of 80%

 

Certification Term

Valid for three (3) years from the date of certification

Must Pursuing Continuing Education Opportunities (CEU) as Outlined below

Must complete a recertification application and submit proof of CEUs before certification expiration.

NACA members must recertify every 3 years after their initial certification. To remain certified, members must complete 10 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) per year to meet the 30 CEU requirement during the 3-year certification cycle.  All CEU activities must relate to the animal care & control profession, as defined by NACA.

 An individual, institution, organization, or agency responsible for the development, implementation, evaluation, record-keeping, of a quality continuing education activity may submit CEU activities for approval. The CEU activity must meet the NACA Guidelines and program definition of continuing education.

 

A CEU is 60 minutes of an organized learning activity. 

CEU Limits

Activity

CEU Hours Max

Proof

NACA Conference

10 CEUs per year

Proof of attendance/Certificate of Completion

Other Conferences

5 CEUs per year

Proof of attendance/Certificate of Completion

Classroom Trainings

10 CEUs per year

Proof of attendance/Certificate of Completion

Webinars

5 CEUs per year

Certificate of Completion, email

from presenter (included must

be course name, date,

organization, and length)

Online Training

10 CEU’s per year

Certificate of completion including proof of a successful quiz. Quiz developed by presenter on course content

Other

5 CEUs per year

As approved by NACA