CAACO Certification

The following information is for The Colorado Association of Animal Control Officers ceritification test. The certification test is given twice a year during the Spring Training Conference and again, at the Fall Training Conference.


You must have the following requirements to take the Certification Test.

  • Have a high school diploma or GED.
  • You must be currently employed by an animal control/care agency or facility within the State of Colorado.
  • Have at least six months experience in animal control/humane work.
  • On Department Letterhead and signed by an immediate supervisor - Bring proof of the successful completion of a minimum of 30 hours of formal training in animal control/humane officer related topics that has been successfully completed within the last two years. In lieu of 30 hours of formal training, you may substitute or intermix (1) year of on the job experience for (5) hours of training.
    • Example: 25 hours of training and 1 year of on the job training = 30 hours OR
      6 years of on the job experience and no formal training = 30 hours
  • Submit a pre-paid fee of $35.00

If you do not meet all of the above requirements, you will not be allowed to take the test. Upon successful completion of testing, a certificate will be mailed to the applicant.

Areas of Study

  • Breed Identification
  • State Laws
  • Search and Seizure Law
  • Amendments : 4th,6th, and 14th
  • Courtroom Behavior
  • Investigation
  • Canine Behavior
  • Small and Large Animal Capture & Restraint
  • Chemical Capture
  • Euthanasia
  • Zoonoses
  • Sanitation
  • Vehicles & Equipment
  • Report Writing & Record Keeping
  • Animal First Aid
  • Dog Fighting
  • Disaster Planning
  • PAFCA – Pet Animal & Care Facility Act

Sources for Certification Test

  • NACA Training Guide - obtained through NACA
  • PACFA Rules & Regulations – obtained through the Dept of Agriculture
  • Rabies Prevention & Control Policy – obtained through the Colorado Dept. of Health
  • AKC – The Complete Dog Book - obtained through local bookstore
  • C.R.S. : Colorado Peace Officer Handbook - obtained through a police equipment supply store
  • Illegal Animal Fighting – obtain through HSUS
  • Simon & Schuster’s Guide to Dogs - obtained through local bookstore
  • FEMA Courses:
    IS-10 Animals in Disasters Module A
    IS-11 Animals in Disasters Module B
    IS-100.a Introduction to Incident Command System, ICS-100
    All are accessible online at:

The CAACO Certification Test that will be given starting at the 2011 Spring Conference will include revisions using the New NACA Training Guide-obtained through NACA.

NACA Training Guides are available for $35.00 each for those of you preparing to take the Colorado State ACO Certification test, order direct from NACA.

Please contact the CAACO President (e-mail) or Vice President (e-mail) for any additional study resources for the certification test.