Animal Control Officer
The Animal Control Officer (ACO) course is approved by the New Jersey Department of Health for state certification.  Over the course of seven Saturdays, students will have the opportunity to be taught by, interact with, and build relationships with the foremost experts in the State of New Jersey regarding animal control and animal welfare.

Anyone interested in animal welfare personally or as a profession may and should attend.  This includes kennel managers and staff, shelter workers, rescue group personnel, volunteers, and those seeking a rewarding career in animal control.  There is no requirement for prior experience or training to attend this course.  Completion of the course requires attendance at all classes.

Successful completion of this course meets the requirements of the N.J.A.C. 8:23A-2.2 for appointment as an ACO by a New Jersey Municipality.  Additionally, this is the only Certified ACO course whose graduates receive certification by the Emergency Care and Safety Institute for Pet First Aid and Incident Command Systems 100 and National Incident Management 700 by the National Wildlife Fire Coordinating Group.

In addition to the classroom component, students will arrange for and complete a 20-hour field training component in order to receive certification.

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