Additional Resources for Code 3 Trainings and Academies

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Certified Animal Control and Cruelty Investigation Training

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.

COVID-19 Response & Update

We 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.

Special Announcement

As some of you may have seen over the past few weeks, the official partnership between NACA and Code 3 Associates will be ending September 2020. Many questions and concerns have been expressed by the students and agencies we both serve, and we hope to provide a positive direction as we move forward into new and exciting endeavors. Although the official partnership is dissolving, both NACA and Code 3 are dedicated to providing exceptional training nationwide.

Patrons can look forward to refreshed training programs, new learning opportunities through online training, and new perspectives from agency independent programs. NACA and Code 3 mutually agree to continue our efforts to network our resources in the future when applicable to provide a support system to the Animal Control Officers and Animal Welfare Professionals that continue to expand their skills and knowledge.

We look forward to your continued participation in both NACA and Code 3 programs, and we look forward to bringing you new training opportunities in the near future!


“This school is great and very in depth. It hit points that I would never have guessed about. It was very thorough and broadened my horizons of what an ACO is and can do.”

—Linda D

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Module A Topics May Include

  • The Professional & Ethical Officer
  • Canine & Feline Identification
  • Search & Seizure, including Juveniles & Liability
  • Biosecurity & Zoonotic Diseases
  • Rabies & Quarantine
  • Injury Assessments & Veterinary Evaluations
  • Investigative Report Writing
  • Authority, Laws & Ordinances, Policies & Procedures
  • Interview & Behavior Analysis
  • Companion Animal Capture & Handling
  • Canine & Feline 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

Many of the topics included in this academy can be taught as stand-alone courses, please contact us if you are interested.



This academy is taught in partnership with Colorado State University. 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.

Upon completion of Modules A, B, and C participants will be credentialed as a Code 3 Associates Certified Animal Cruelty Investigator. Since this course is updated from the former NACHO Academy, those credits may apply towards credentialing.

This training is accepted by Texas DHS for their ACO certification. If your state requires official approval of training to meet your certification needs, please contact us so we may pursue gaining appropriate approval.


The faculty may include Charlotte J. Robinson D.V.M., Janee Boswell, Jim Boller, John Howley, Brett Huff, Jace Huggins, Krista Kurvers, Belinda Lewis M.S., CAWA, Debby MacDonald, Nan M. Stuart, and Jeff Wohler.

Dates and Locations

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Module A June 8-12, 2020 Cleveland, OH Cancelled
Module A July 13-17, 2020 Longmont, CO Download Flyer Register Online
Module B August 10-14, 2020 Longmont, CO Download Flyer Register Online



You may register online with Code 3 Associates or download and submit a registration form.

Module A October 12-16, 2020 Reno, NV Download Flyer Register Online
Module A November 2-6, 2020 Chicago, IL Download Flyer Registration Coming Soon
Module A November 9-13, 2020 Jackson, MS Download Flyer Registration Coming Soon
Module A Nov 30-Dec 4, 2020 Las Vegas, NV Download Flyer Registration Coming Soon
Module B September 21-25, 2020 Marietta, GA Download Flyer Register Online
Module B October 19-23, 2020 Seattle, WA Download Flyer Registration Coming Soon
Module B November 16-20, 2020 Westland, MI Download Flyer Registration Coming Soon
Module C September 14-18, 2020 Kannapolis, NC Download Flyer Register Online



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Or if you’re in a position to help sponsor an officer, we thank you for your valuable contribution!