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.       





March 27th – 30th, 2017

Gulf Coast State College
Public Safety / E.O.C. Building Room 106
700 W. Hwy 2300
Panama City, FL 32409

Registration fee:   $485 for FACA Member Agency Employees
                                $585 for All Other Students

Click here for full details:   GULF COAST March 2017


May 8th – 12th, 2017

St. Petersburg College Allstate Center
3200 34th St. S.
St. Petersburg, FL 33711

Click here for full details:   ST PETERSBURG May 2017


July 24th – 28th, 2017

Valencia College
School of Public Safety Campus
8600 Valencia College Lane
Orlando, FL 32825

Registration fee:   $485 for FACA Member Agency Employees 
                                $585 for All Other Students

Click here for full details:   VALENCIA July 2017




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