Certification & Continuing Education

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

ACO I Certification
Must Complete the Basic Online ACO I Academy
Must Pass Proctored Exam with a score of 80%
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ACO II Certification
Must Complete the Online ACO II Academy
Must Pass Academy Exam with a score of 80%
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Certification Term & Recertification

  • 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
Other 5 CEUs per year As approved by NACA