Congratulations on your new position! All animal control officers (ACOs) are required to complete 30 credit hours in their first year, including the Core Competencies course, which is worth 16 credit hours.
If you have taken a comprehensive course with the National Animal Care and Control Association (NACA), New England Animal Control/Humane Academy (NEACHA) or the Animal Control Officers Association of Massachusetts (ACOAM) at any point in your career, you are not required to complete the remaining 14 hours in your first year.
If you have not completed one of the above-mentioned comprehensive courses, you are required to complete both the Core Competencies course and an additional 14 credit hours by December 31, 2017.
In 2018 and beyond, you will be required to take 8 continuing education credit hours (CEs) per calendar year.