Florida State Statute 828.27 mandates that animal control officers successfully complete a 40 hour minimum standards training course. At this time, the FACA Animal Control Officer Certification course is the only course approved for this purpose in the state of Florida. 

This course is open to the general public, including those students who hope to find job placement in the animal protection field. Most employers are looking for applicants with a combination of related education and animal handling experience. The successful completion of this course is one way to improve your chances of being hired. The subject matter is difficult to fully cover in 40 hours, therefore students are encouraged to purchase and review the current FACA ACO Training Guide in advance to help them prepare for the program.       





August 20th – 23rd, 2018

Gulf Coast State College
Abbott Building, Room 103
637 W. Hwy 2300
Panama City, FL 32409

Registration Fee:     $495.00 for FACA Member Agencies
                                   $595.00 for all other students

For additional details and to register:     FACA Officer Training 8-20-18



October 1st – 5th, 2018

Daytona State College
School of Emergency Services
1770 Technology Blvd.
ATC Campus
Daytona Beach, FL 32117

Registration Fee:     $475.00 for all students

For full details:     2018 ACO Course Flyer spring & fall




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