2020 Training Schedule

National Animal Control & Humane Officer Academy (NACHO)

COVID-19 Response & Update
Code 3 Associates and NACA remain committed to keeping the safety and health of those involved in our trainings at the forefront of all we do.  We continue to monitor the ever-changing impacts of COVID-19 as well as federal, state and local restrictions that guide if and how we can safely conduct classes.

We are hopeful that travel and gathering limitations will ease enough by July to hold classes with precautionary measures in place.  In addition to our previously scheduled classes, we have added three additional NACHO classes to our schedule, locations and dates have been added below. Please stay tuned to our websites and social media for more information; we will post updates as we know more. Thank you for your understanding and continued interest in our training.

Dates and Locations
To register for a class, review the schedule below or from our event calendar and click on the appropriate registration link.

Module A June 8-12, 2020 Cleveland, OH Cancelled  
Module A July 13-17, 2020 Longmont, CO Download Flyer Register Online
Module A October 12-16, 2020 Reno, NV Download Flyer  
Module A November 2-6, 2020 Chicago, IL Download Flyer  
Module A November 9-13, 2020 Jackson, MS Download Flyer  
Module A Nov 30-Dec 4, 2020 Las Vegas, NV Download Flyer  
Module B June 1-5, 2020 Longmont, CO Cancelled  
Module B August 10-14, 2020 Longmont, CO Download Flyer Register Online
Module B September 21-25, 2020 Marietta, GA Download Flyer  
Module B October 19-23, 2020 Seattle, WA Download Flyer  
Module B November 16-20, 2020 Westland, MI Download Flyer  
Module C September 14-18, 2020 Kannapolis, NC Download Flyer  

If there is space available, registrations will be allowed after the listed deadlines (unless FULL); however, if the training is hosted at a hotel, the hotel room blocks are released and any contracted room rates may not be available after the deadline.

We recommend registering early to ensure your place in class, and to ensure the class you want to attend is confirmed as soon as possible.

Class locations are tentative at this time and may be subject to change. Check back periodically for location confirmation and registration information.


The National Animal Control & Humane Officer Academy (NACHO) provides law enforcement and animal welfare/animal control personnel with training that equips them with the tools needed, not only for duties in animal control, but also animal cruelty investigations.

The NACHO Academy, consisting of 120 hours total, will provide instruction in most aspects of animal control and animal cruelty investigations. Module A should be taken first, but can be followed by the remaining modules in any order.

 Module A Topics May Include

  • The Professional & Ethical Officer
  • Dog & Cat Identification
  • Search & Seizure, including Juveniles & Liability
  • Biosecurity & Zoonotic Diseases
  • Rabies & Quarantine
  • Vet Evaluations and Injury Assessment
  • Investigative Report Writing
  • Authority, Laws & Ordinances, Policies & Procedures
  • Interview & Behavior Analysis
  • Animal Capture & Handling
  • Companion Animal Behavior

Module B Topics May Include

  • Photography
  • Animal Fighting
  • Animal Hoarders (with tabletop exercise)
  • Cruelty Scene & Evidence Processing
  • Tense Argument & Confrontation Tactics
  • Basic Nutrition
  • Livestock ID & Behavior
  • Livestock Investigations
  • Case and Trial Preparation
  • Sworn Testimony (Practical)
  • Body Condition Scoring
  • Situational Awareness and Stress Management

Module C Topics May Include

  • Large Scale Impounds
  • Disaster Planning (with tabletop exercise)
  • Clandestine Labs Awareness
  • Hazardous Materials Awareness
  • Leveraging Social Media
  • Gender & Sexuality Awareness
  • The Cycle of Violence
  • Identifying Exotics, Non-traditional Pets & Wildlife
  • Handling Exotics, Non-traditional Pets & Wildlife (with hands-on practical)
  • Exotic Animal Investigations


Upon completion of Modules A, B, and C participants will have nationally recognized dual certification as a Code 3 Associates Certified Animal Cruelty Investigator and a NACA Certified Animal Control Officer. The NACA certification requires successful completion of only Modules A and B.

This academy is taught in partnership with Colorado State University for certification, upon successful completion, students will receive a certificate and are eligible to apply for continuing education credits from Colorado State University. Veterinary professionals may apply to receive CEUs from Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

 Euthanasia Certification Workshop


Location Dates Status Online Registration  Informational Flyer 




This course is not currently available  





 Chemical Immobilization Certification Workshop


Location Dates Status Online Registration  Informational Flyer 
        This course is not currently available.     







Looking for NACA Level 1, Level 2, Level 3 or Level 4 and can't find them?

You've probably noticed that the old NACA training classes are no longer listed above, so you're asking yourself two questions:

1. Where did the NACA classes go?

In September of 2014, we announced a collaborative effort with Code 3 Associates to deliver a new higher standard in animal care and cruelty investigation training by combining the NACA Training Academy with the Code 3 Cruelty Investigators Academy to create the new National Animal Control and Humane Officer (NACHO) Training Academy. This partnership streamlines the way animal control, law enforcement and humane officers receive training and certification in the animal care and control field by allowing participants to earn both the NACA Animal Control Officer Certification and the Code 3 Cruelty Investigator Certification at the same time.

As part of the curriculum streamlining process, the old NACA Level 1, Level 2 and Level 4 courses, and the old Code 3 Animal Cruelty Investigation Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 courses have been combined into three completely new courses, and are no longer offered on their own.

The new NACHO courses are as follows:

NACHO Module A

NACHO Module B

NACHO Module C

2. Which training class should I take?

In simple terms, NACHO Modules A, B and C have replaced the NACA Level 1, 2 and 4, and Code 3 Level 1, 2 and 3, respectively. However, please remember these are new courses, with the old curricula distributed across the three new NACHO modules.

Here is where we recommend you start: 

If you are new to training, we would recommend that you start with NACHO Module A.

If you have completed NACA or Code 3 Level 1, we recommend that you take NACHO Module B.

If you have completed NACA or Code 3 Level 2, we recommend that you take NACHO Module A.

If you have completed NACA or Code 3 Level 1 and Level 2, we recommend that you take NACHO Module C.

For any other combination of prior NACA or Code 3 classes, or if you have questions, please call 913-768-1319, and we'll talk you through the options. 

Additional information about the new NACHO Training Academy and certification can be found on https://nacatraining.org/

Location Dates Status Online Registration
Informational Flyer
 Longmont, CO  June 22-23, 2016 Space Available Longmont Registration Longmont Flyer
 Jackson, MS  September 14-15, 2016 Space Available Jackson Registration Jackson Flyer
 Sioux Falls, SD
 October 12-13, 2016
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