Animal Control Officer Academy
The Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission (WSCJTC) and Washington Animal Control Association (WACA) have partnered together to offer the Animal Control Officer Academy. This 80-hour intensive course is held at the WSCJTC center in Burien, Washington and is specifically designed for Animal Control Officers. Instructors consist of WACA personnel who will cover a variety of topics to satisfy Washington state’s Animal Control Officer requirements.
- Upcoming classes are listed below in Training Sessions.
- To register for the course, contact your Training Manager to assign the training to you via Acadis
Topics Covered in 80-Hour Course:
Animal Control and Care:
- Capture & Restraint
- Wildlife Identification & Handling
- State & Local Animal Laws
- Animal Diseases and First Aid
- Blood Sports
Traditional Law Enforcement:
- Court Room Procedures
- Crisis Intervention
- Criminal Law
- Search & Seizure
Relevant Animal Control Codes in Washington State
RCW Chapter 16.52 – Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
RCW 16.52.011 – Definitions and Principles of Liability
RCW 16.52.015 – Enforcement—Law enforcement agencies and animal care and control agencies.
RCW 16.52.025 – Humane societies—Animal control officers.
RCW 16.52.80 – Transporting or confining in unsafe manner—Penalty.
RCW 16.52.85 – Removal of animals for feeding and care—Examination—Notice—Euthanasia.
RCW 16.52.100 – Confinement without food or water-–Intervention by others.
RCW 16.52.200 –Sentences—Forfeiture of animals—Liability for costs—Penalty—Education, Counseling.
RCW 16.52.300 – Dogs or cats used as bait—Seizure—Limitation.
RCW 16.52.340 – Leave or confine any animal in unattended motor vehicle or enclosed space—Class 2 civil infraction—Officers' authority to reasonably remove animal.
If classes are full, or not available, please complete the Course Interest Survey. This is not a waiting list, but instead helps us see if there is enough interest to create another class. If we schedule a session, we will contact everyone who has completed the survey and request that registration be completed.
- Must be active & employed animal control officer.
- Must have, at a minimum, a limited commission.
- A Criminal Records Check Form is required prior to class, completed, and signed by an appointing authority of the applying agency.
Who can attend our classes?
Class is only open to active animal control officers who meet the prerequisites.
- Gym clothes for physical activity days
- Black pants
- Black duty boots or shoes
Visitors attending training at the WSCJTC are encouraged to wear their agency logo shirt/uniform or agency ID badge while on campus. Polo shirts will be provided.
Classes will be held 0800 – 1700 Monday through Friday.
Dates and locations will vary by session.
Deadline to cancel is 7 days prior to class. Please send an email to email@example.com to cancel your registration.
There is a $450 no show or late cancellation fee.
|Session||Session Title||Dates & Hours||Location||Status||Cost|
|2390-1||Animal Control Officer Academy||9/12/2022 - 9/23/2022
0800 - 1700
19010 1st Avenue South
Burien, WA 98148