Animal Control Officer Academy

The 80 hour Animal Control Officer Academy is specifically designed for the professional Animal Control Officer.  It is an intensive course, with the curriculum instructed by CJTC instructors and Animal Care and Control instructors. Topics covered in this training include, but not limited to: 

  • Animal hoarding & psychology of a hoarder
  • Basic investigations & animal cruelty investigations
  • Blood sports
  • Canine body language & breed identification
  • Animal capture & restraint
  • Cat behavior
  • Crisis intervention
  • Court room procedures
  • Criminal law overview
  • Dangerous dog laws
  • Equine & livestock handling
  • Ethics
  • Officer safety & self defense
  • Report writing
  • Identifying wildlife, reptiles & exotics
  • Search & seizure
  • State & local law review
  • Zoonosis, rabies and pet first aid

To register for the course, contact your Training Manager to assign the training to you via LMS.

Upcoming classes are listed below.  Registration does not guarantee acceptance into the class.  Selections will be completed four weeks prior to the class; those accepted into the class will receive a notification at that time.

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.

Attendees must have at a minimum a limited commission status and employed by an animal control agency. 
Bob Graham (CIT Statewide and Traffic Program Manager)

(206) 835-7302

Who can attend our classes?

Class is only open to active animal control officers who meet the prerequisites.

Required Equipment

  • Gym clothes for physical activity days
  • Black pants
  • Black duty boots or shoes

Dress Code

Visitors attending training at the WSCJTC are encouraged to wear their agency logo shirt/uniform or agency ID badge while on campus. 

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.  Send an email to to cancel your registration.

$450 no show or late cancellation fee.


All applicants must submit the Criminal Records Check Form and their size for their class shirt.