Professional training for regulatory and enforcement officers

Current Course Delivery: Online 

Next intake April 2021 (updated 10.2020)

Practical and relevant Animal Care and Control training for working enforcement officers, and those wishing to enter the industry*. 

A top priority of all officers who work in this field is personal safety, safety of the public, and the well-being of the animals in their community. With this in mind, we have revamped the delivery of the curriculum to a 70 hour online, distance learning format delivered by professional, skill specific, industry leaders.

For entry requirements and to download an application form visit Langara ACBT Application

More information

Earn a Langara College CS certificate in the field of Animal Control.  The first public post-secondary institution in BC to offer training in this area.

Langara College Continuing Studies Animal Control Basic Training program (ACBT) is designed to assist the animal control profession, and to advance the knowledge, techniques, ethics, and attitudes of those who work in this field.

The program curriculum was created with industry input ensuring that the knowledge and skills you gain are relevant to your job. Receive a strong practical and theoretical foundation for understanding the physical and behavioural aspects of companion animals; the control, restraint, and apprehension of animals; animal welfare and abuse; a practical overview of legislation, investigation, note-taking, and court proceedings with respect to animals and the fundamentals of effective interaction with animal owners.  Langara instructors and guest speakers who are currently working in the industry, or have previous industry knowledge will share their knowledge and experience.  Certificate program includes:

  • Animal Control Industry 

  • Animal Identification                    

  • Companion Animal Behaviour

  • Humane Care and Treatment of Animals

  • Investigative Process & Techniques

  • Animal Specific Legislation

  • Safety Skills and Procedures

  • Field Activities and Practices

  • Community Engagement

Admission Process

Before registering for this program, please read the full application process. Students must meet the required prerequisites, as outlined on the enrolment form. You are encouraged to complete all requirements for entry as early as possible. Seats are limited and assigned as prerequisites are met, and on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Upcoming Intake

  • Location: ONLINE, scheduled and non-scheduled hours (see below)

  • Dates: April 5 to May 1, 2021 


  • Application fee: $40 (non-refundable)

  • Program fee: $1,471. An early bird discount of 10% is available (see application form for details)

  • Cancellation/refund policy may be found in the helpful information tab on this webpage

Online Schedule:

  • Self Paced online traning:  Deadline driven training videos, preparatory reading, and comprehension quizzes: April 5 to April 30, 2021 (40 hours)

  • Scheduled online training: Industry expert led sessions synthesising self-paced content to real life scenarios and group experiences: April 8 to April 30, 2021. Schedule TBA (20 hours)

  • Self Directed Projects: Homework assignments to include relevant comprehension exercises with community based outcomes: April 19 to May 1, 2021 (8 hours)

  • Online Exam: May 1, 2021 10:00am-12:00pm (2 hours open book), plus optional review the Thursday prior.

Application Deadline

  • Application deadline for the 2021 intake is March 5, 2021 for enforcment officers, and February 26, 2020 for non-enforcement officers (or until program is full). After this date, registration requests must be made in writing to

  • 10% discount deadline: Applications must be received by Jauary 20, 2021.

  • Payment due, or company invoice sent upon acceptance into the program. 

  • Registration for enforcement officers is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

  • *limited seats available to those wishing to enter the industry.

  • Applications for non-enforcement applicants are processed according to the steps identified on the Admission Process on this website.

Course Details

See ACBT Curriculum Tab and the FAQ page for more details

Registration for the Spring 2021 intake will open mid March 2021. Most courses to be offered online.

Students must register in all 6 courses plus the exam to be enrolled in the Professional Dog Walker Certificate.

First Aid** program must be completed to apply for your certificate. 

Current Course Delivery: Online (except Practical session)

Discover that there is more than just loving dogs and holding a leash to being successful; there is a protocol to ensure that dog handlers conduct themselves in a professional manner, one that is respectful of the dogs in their care, other park/street users, and the environment.

Whether you are a dog owner or a canine caregiver, this intensive program provides you with the essential components of dog walking. Learn from a practicing Animal Behaviourist and welfare scientist, and other industry experts. Instruction includes specific dog handling techniques, pet first-aid, personal and pet safety, legislation and by-laws, and how to start and run a dog walking business. Students are introduced to animal learning, dog behavior, and science-based concepts of canine behavior. Test this knowledge in a practical workshop and on your final exam.

Admission Requirements

  • 19 years of age and older
  • Fluency in written and spoken english (Grade 11 or equivalent)
  • Physical ability to walk distances, and to assist large dogs (control of, and lifting)


 All six courses plus the exam, and First Aid for Dogs are required for certificate completion.

  1. Typical Dog Behaviour
  2. Difficult Dog Behaviour
  3. City Bylaws and Dogs
  4. How to Run a Dog Walking Business
  5. Pet First-Aid**
  6. Dog Walking - Practical ^
  7. Risk Management for Canine Caregivers
  8. Dog Walker Exam

^ a signed informed consent must be provided to the instructor prior to participation in this course. Note course will be offerred offsite at UBC Endowment Lands if permitted. If not, class will be postponed until it is able to be offerred.

Program Costs:

  • $777**
  • additional fee for First Aid for Dogs**
  • NOTE: Employer group discounts available


Program is offered in the Spring and Fall terms. View current courses available for registration.

Certificate Requirements

Students must register in all 6 courses plus the exam to be enrolled in the Professional Dog Walker Certificate. There are no refunds once the program has begun. Students may register for First Aid** for Dogs separately.


1) This is an academic program, with most course content being theory and research based. No pets should be brought to class unless noted.

2) Only the Dog Walking practical involves actual work with animals. For this class students are required to bring a dog to this session (yours or a friends). Instructor will vet these dogs for appropriate behaviour prior to the practical.

3) **Currently due to COVID-19, Langara is not offering the course Pet First Aid, but it is still required to obtain your certificate. Online options are available elsewhere, including the DogSafe Pet First Aid course. Credit will be given to similar programs (please email the program coordinator to ensure it meets the requirements for credit ie. minimum 7-hours in length, and covers the same outcomes as the DogSafe class taught at Langara College).

Your pet first aid certificate must be current for a mimimum of 6-months after your date of application for the Professional Dog Walker Certificate. A copy of your certificate will need to be submitted along with your application for certificate once all your other course work is successfully completed.

Discover a career as an Animal Care and Control Officer.
This course is intended to provide industry specific insight into the field of Animal Control. Taught by experienced industry professionals, you will have the opportunity to explore key facets of the job of an Animal Control Officer, to determine if this is the correct career path for you. Hear tips and techniques to gain practical and theoretical experience, and an understanding of how to seek and apply for positions. This course may be taken for personal interest, or as one of the prerequisites for entry into the Animal Control Certificate Program. Details of the course may be found in the course description.

This course is offered multiple times throughout the year. View current terms offerings

Current Course Delivery: Online