Upcoming Training/Seminars

Training Calendar

The following list of training offers open enrollment. ACTS also offers “in-house” training (closed enrollment). In-house training allows your agency to have a “private” course for your staff only. By offering in-house training, we can more easily customize a course to the specific needs of your agency. Contact ACTS for additional information regarding in-house training.
Basic Animal Control Officer Certification
Hosted by the Town of Marana Animal Services
April 2-6, 2018
Marana, Arizona
Download the brochure here: Marana Training Brochure
Download the registration form here: Marana Registration Form

Schedule of Training 
Day 1 

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – State Laws, County Ordinances and City Codes
Day 2
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Tactical/Interpersonal Communication
Day 3 
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Officer Safety and Self-Defense
Day 4 
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Basic Animal Control Officer Investigations
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Evidence Law and Collection
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Courtroom Testimony and Report Writing
Day 5 
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Safe Handling of Aggressive and Dangerous Dogs
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Safe Animal Handling/Capture and Restraint Equipment

Each Day: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch





  • Mar. 26, 2018 – Mar. 30, 2018
  • The Pima County Animal Care Center
    4000 N. Silverbell
    Tucson, AZ 85745 directions to this event


Founded in 1990, the National Animal Cruelty Investigations School was the first of its kind, offering a combination of specialized veterinary and law enforcement training. Students from a range of backgrounds — including federal, state and local animal cruelty officers, humane society investigators and board members, police officers and sheriffs’ deputies, court personnel and other citizens — learn from experts about all aspects of animal welfare and safety.

The program has three different components (Professional-Advanced-Expert) that should be taken in order.

Registration preference will go to investigators with active investigations.  Due to the nature of the business, topics discussed and videos shown during the schools will have graphic content and may not be suitable for everyone.

Continuing Education – Participants with a grade of 70% or more on the written examination will receive a certificate of completion and 40 continuing education units.

COST: $650.00 per person

Online registrations require credit card payment or request for agency invoicing.
Check payment can be made with Printable Registration form.

  • Register 45 days in advance and receive 10% discount.
  • Group discount: Register three students from one agency additional registrations at 50 percent off full registration. Registrations must be submitted together, and all registrants must attend to qualify.
  • Agency Discount: Any agency that mandates the National Animal Cruelty Investigations Training in their policies and procedures will receive a 20% discount. Contact LETI@missouri.edu / 573-882-6021 for approval and discount code.
  • Scholarship Application

Advanced Animal Cruelty Investigator curriculum includes:

 Compassion Fatigue  Career Hacks
 Criminal Activity  Agricultural Animals & Confinement Operations
 Body Condition Scoring- including Practical  Equine Investigations
 Humane Euthanasia  Pet Stores
 Proactive Approach to Investigations  High-volume breeders
 Crime Scene Investigations  Officer Safety




The University of Florida has the Forensic Science Distance Education program which includes a 3-credit online course, “Animal Cruelty and Interpersonal Violence,” taught by Link authorities.




The National Center for the Prosecution of Animal Abuse, working with the ASPCA and the Animal Legal Defense Fund, offers free monthly webinars on topics of interest to the intersections of animal, child, elder and domestic violence maltreatment.



Court Mandated Animal Cruelty Education Class – ACE

The Animal Cruelty Education Program is a cooperative effort between The Humane Society of Southern Arizona and member organizations with the Animal Cruelty Taskforce of Southern Arizona. The program’s purpose is to provide adults with the educational background, access to services and day-to-day skills needed to make them better pet owners.

Participants in the program have all received citations or have been adjudicated of violations relating to the care and treatment of their or other animals, or have been referred to the program by the Pima County Justice Courts, Tucson City Courts, behavioral health care providers or other agencies. The program is not a court of law concerned with the determination of guilt or innocence, but an opportunity to learn the needs and problems confronting the animals that share our homes and lives.

The 90-minute educational class is held from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona.
All participants must be registered two days before they attend class. The $75 class fee is non-refundable upon registration for the class. Upon payment and attendance of the scheduled class, participants will receive a certificate of completion to present to the prosecutor.

Upcoming Classes

All classes are from 10:00am – 11:30 am


To register or make a payment over the phone please call 520-321-3704, ext. 142.