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             






July 29th – August 1st, 2019

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

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

For Full Details:   ACO Class



July 29th – August 2, 2019

Valencia College
School of Public Safety
8600 Valencia College Lane
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 Summer 2019



October 21, 2019 – October 25, 2019

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:      Animal Control Flyer Fall 2019



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