Basic Animal Control Officer Certification

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AACIS Field Training Officer

Course Description

The Basic Animal Control Officer Certification course is a forty (40) hour course designed for new officers seeking general training and officers seeking state-mandated training requirements.  The course is comprised of lectures, hands-on training activities, and student presentations/discussions.

Prerequisite Courses

There are no prerequisite courses for this course.

Core Training Blocks

This course utilizes lectures from the core training blocks (CTB) of the American Animal Cruelty Investigations School’s Training Curriculum.  The required lectures are appropriately weighted in their respective CTBs as required for all ACO certifications.  CTBs for this course are: Legal Environment (10 hours), Animal Knowledge (10 hours), ACO Fundamentals (8 hours), Field Operations (6 hours), and Investigations (6 hours).

Completion Standards

Students must attend all lectures, participate in practical training exercises, and pass a written exam with a score of 75% or higher.  The exam is in multiple choice format and students have two-hours to complete the exam.


Students successfully passing this course will receive a BASIC ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER certification.  All AACIS certificates are issued with unique certification numbers that are used for verification of training.

Certified Humane Investigator Credit

This course qualifies as the first 40-hour block towards the Advanced Animal Control Officer certification.  This course also counts towards the 270-hour AACIS Certified Humane Investigator certification.

Course Features

  • Students 1 student
  • Duration40 hour
  • Skill levelall
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Re-take courseN/A


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Doug Eddins

Doug is a Florida native who received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Louisville in Louisville, KY. As a deputy sheriff and court-appointed cruelty investigator, Doug has conducted countless criminal investigations involving animal cruelty, child abuse, and various other crimes.
In 2014, Doug founded the American Animal Cruelty Investigations School (AACIS), a curriculum development and teaching institution that focuses on bringing law enforcement quality training to animal care and control professionals. In 2018, AACIS trained over 1,000 law enforcement and animal control officers across the United States.
Doug is also an adjunct instructor at Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, FL where he teaches the Florida ACO certification classes.
Doug’s animal-related experience over the last 20 years includes rehabilitating exotic birds and serving as a transport pilot for sick and/or rescued animals. His education, law enforcement background, and animal experience well-position him to help professionalize the field of animal control and how they conduct animal cruelty investigations.

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