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. This book will also be provided on the first day of class as part of your tuition fee, so advance purchase is not required.

Please note, students who are employed with FACA Member Agencies will usually receive a $100 discount on their tuition, with the exception of those who attend St. Petersburg College or Daytona State College. Unfortunately, these 2 colleges are unable to offer a discount, therefore FACA will contribute $100 into the “Small Organization Support Fund” for each applicable student who attends their class. This extra portion of your tuition fee will be used to support the training needs of our small agency members. For more information on the program:  SOS Grant Application 2019             





March 30, 2020 – April 3, 2020

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

Registration Fee:     $475.00 For All Students

For Full Details:    2020 ACO Course Flyer SPRING



March 30 – April 2, 2020

Gulf Coast State College
North Bay Campus
637 Hwy 2300
Panama City, FL 32409

Registration Fee:     $495.00 For Students from FACA Member Agencies
                                 $585.00 For All Other Students

For Full Details:    FACA ACO March 2020



July 27, 2020 – July 31, 2020

Valencia College
School of Public Safety

8600 Valencia College Lane – Room 227
Orlando, FL 32825

Registration Fee:     $485.00 For Students from FACA Member Agencies
                                   $585.00 For All Other Students

For Full Details:    Animal Control Flyer-2020



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