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 2020 Grant Application
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