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New England Federation of Humane Societies Annual Conference

Continuing education training opportunity available for all Maine Animal Control Officers.

The 2021 New England Federation of Humane Societies Conference will be held online this year on April 6, 7, and 8 of this year. The cost is only $21.00.

This conference is bringing together Animal Welfare professionals from around the region to discuss current trends and programs that have been seen throughout the animal welfare industry and how that could affect the shelters that Animal Control Officers work with daily. Attending any eight (8) of these presentations can be used toward the required continuing education credits that Maine Animal Control Officers are required to acquire every year. Register Online

Advanced Trainings for CE Credits

December 21, 2020 - Animal Welfare is granting an extension for the CE requirements for 2020. 

  • ACOs that completed training in 2020 will not need to take any further action for their 2020 CE credits. 
  • ACOs that were not able to complete their 8 hours of CE credits will need to complete these credit hours in 2021 in addition to the 8 hours of CE credits required for 2021.
  • ACOs that have not completed CE credits for 2020 and 2021 will be required to register for Phase I (online) and Phase II training to recertify. 

The Animal Welfare Program is looking into alternative training options for ACOs until distancing measures are lifted. Any additional training sessions that are approved by Animal Welfare will be posted here on our website

It is the responsibility of every ACO to fulfill the mandated yearly eight (8) hour training requirements, keep accurate records of their Animal Welfare Program-approved training, and have this documentation available for review if requested. CE credits need to be completed by the end of the calendar year, December 31, to meet the mandated requirements. ACOs that fail to maintain their yearly eight (8) hour training requirements will be required to complete Phase I (online) and Phase II training to recertify.

The Animal Welfare Program suggests the following online training to help fill the requirements until regular in-person training can be safely held again. The online programs listed below have been approved for CE.

If you know of a training that can benefit you and help you in the course of your duties as an ACO, please contact the Animal Welfare Program with the course information and ask for it to be considered for approval for CE credits.

Phase 1 ACO Training

Phase I training will consist of the core competencies that all ACOs will need to be aware of in order to perform their duties efficiently. Phase II training will consist of practical instruction and exercises to test the core competencies of the trainee and give real experience for ACOs.

  • All trainees will be required to register with an email address to receive the instruction for the online training.
  • Cost: $50
  • Registration Form (DOCX)

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