Application Process

Application Process

Animal Control Program: Next intake March 2023

If you wish to be considered for an upcoming program, email your intent to

ACO Application Forms:

FORM A: Current Enforcement officer (see details below)

FORM B: Non-enforcement officer (see requirements below)

Admission Requirements noted in application forms, plus:

  1. 19 years of age or older;
  2. fluency in written and spoken English,
  3. meeting the qualifications as outlined in either of the two enrolment options (see Form A & B)

Required Prerequisites for Entry for current enforcement officers.

  • 19 years of age or older;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English1, and
  • Current or past employment (6 months recent^ experience minimum) as an Animal Control Officer, Bylaw Officer, or equivalent law or enforcement official and
  • Employer authorization on enrolment form, or letter from previous employer stating relevant experience 


Complete and submit ACBT Enrolment Request Form A (Current Officer) - 

Payment options on this form include:

  1. Employer invoice: payment will be accepted via cheque, money order, or visa upon receipt of invoice.
  2. Personal payment: If you qualify as 'current enforcement' and are personally paying your enrolment and application fee please use this form, and select the personal payment option. You will be contacted regarding payment process of your program fees. The $40 application fee is to be paid via the fee portal:  
    • Visit, and select Domestic Applications. You DO NOT need to submit the Domestic Application Form specified at this link, instead please upload the completed Enrolment A application form.
    • Then select Add to Cart for payment instructions. This will process your $40 application fee.
    • Wait 24 hours to ensure this has been entered, then call 604-323-5322 to pay your program fees. Please advise the registration office that you have applied as an Enforcement Officer for the Animal Control Certificate Program and that you are calling to pay your program fees. 

^ experience within the last calendar year

[1] Grade 12 English or equivalent language skills (ie.LET with a minimum level 3; LPI with a minimum 26 on the essay and 5 in English usage, 5 in sentence structure, or 10 in reading comprehension or equivalent; Duolingo with 105 minimum)

Entry for non-enforcement officers

If you are wishing to enter the field of Animal Control or Bylaws, and wish to take this certificate program, please note that currently only 3 spaces are allocated each intake to non-enforcement officers. There is a screening process for entry, and successful applicants who meet all requirements will be entered into a draw for these seats with notification being sent of status no later than one month prior to program start date.


  1. Review the Required Prerequisites for Entry below for non-enforcement officers.
  2. Complete and submit your application form for domestic or international students along with the required $40 application fee. Full directions for submission can be found here Please also upload your completed Non-officer Enrolment Form B. This form may be submitted prior to having completed all the prerequisites, however all supporting documents will need to be received no later than the application cut-off to be considered as a possible candidate.

  • NOTE: Successful candidates will be notified via email on or before the notification date identified on the application form. Program payment fees are due no later than 5 working days after notification of successful entry.


  • 19 years of age or older; fluency in written and spoken English1, and
  • The Langara one-day course "Introduction to Animal Control", and
  • A minimum of 2 documented Animal Control officer and/or a SPCA Officer ride-alongs (shadowing) within the last 6 months (or equivalent experience - see* below); and
  • Reference letter and a short personal summary of your reasons for enroling in this porgram, and
  • Successful completion of JIBC Bylaw Level 1 (or equivalent).

[1] Grade 12 English or equivalent language skills ie.LET with a minimum level 3; LPI with a minimum 26 on the essay and 5 in English usage, 5 in sentence structure, or 10 in reading comprehension or equivalent; Duolingo with 105 minimum

 * Alternate option for ride alongs is to provide two documented informational interviews with two separate working Animal Control Officers. Please download this document for details.