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Texas Certified Cruelty Investigator Course

In 2011, TACA was asked to take over the training programs formerly offered by the Association of Certified Cruelty investigators. ACCI wanted to improve the training it was providing by making the courses specific to each of the states they were currently teaching in. ACCI recognized TACA as the leading agency in Texas for animal control and welfare and knew TACA's history and stability made them the ideal candidate to continue providing this much needed training to the benefit of TACA's members and the animals they protect. TACA's board recognized the value the courses provided to its membership and unanimously approved taking over the courses. This new training became known as the Texas Certified Cruelty Investigator courses and provides the highest level of specialized training for those tasked with performing these duties.

TACA's Texas Certified Cruelty Investigator courses are designed to provide the knowledge and skills needed to handle all aspects of a cruelty investigation, from reportwriting to courtroom procedures. Cruelty cases are often won or lost based upon the credentials of the expert witnesses. Defense attorneys will often attempt to have testimony from ACOs thrown out or disallowed if they can't prove that they have specific experience in cruelty investigations. Certification as a TCCI provides tangible proof that you have the training and experience needed to handle these unique cases and will make sure that your voice is recognized as the expert testimony it should be. 

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Course Outline

TCCI 101 

DUE TO COVID-19 RESURGENCE IN TEXAS, THE AUGUST 23RD-25TH COURSE IN WACO HAS BEEN CANCELLED!  Attendees who have paid for the class have 3 options available:

Option 1 - Leave funds in your account and apply them to membership.
Option 2 - Leave funds in your account and apply them to next year’s TCCI 101 class.
Option 3 - Full refund.  You will need a copy of your paid invoice.

Please click HERE to download the Funds Dispersal Form.  You must submit the form.  
NOTE! If you do not submit the form by 5:00 pm on August 3rd, your funds will default to the First Option of being applied to your membership.

Approved for 17 CE hours by TDSHS
Topics covered include the correlation between animal cruelty and human violence, bloodsports, and animal husbandry of domestic pets and livestock.  

Next available offering:

To be announced for 2021.

Class Location: DFW Area

Please click here to download the necessary information for this course (members only). 

Note!  This course is a half-day followed by two full days.

Cost:  $150.00 for Members, $200.00 for Non-Members (Includes Membership)

REGISTRATION NOT YET OPEN

TCCI 201

Approved for 13 CE hours by TDSHS
Topics covered include basic investigation techniques, legal aspects, search warrants, writing reports, warrants, and affidavits, and a mock trial.  This Course is not required for Certified Peace Officers, although they may attend if they wish.

Next available offering:

To be announced in 2021.

Registration Deadline TBA
Payment must be made prior to class.

Class Location: DFW Area

Please click here to download the necessary information for this course (members only).

Cost:  $150.00 for Members, $200.00 for Non-Members (Includes Membership)

REGISTRATION NOT YET OPEN

CI 301


Approved for 6.5 CE hours by TDSHS
Topics covered include Texas cruelty laws, on-scene evidence collection, processing evidence in the shelter, puppy mills, and animal hoarding.

This class also contains a 2-hour TCCI Re-certification Class.

Next available offering:

November 2021
Embassy Suites, San Marcos

REGISTRATION NOT YET OPEN


All courses are approved by the Texas Department of State Health Services for continuing education hours for Animal Control Officers. 

All courses are approved by the Texas Veterinary Medical Association for continuing education hours for Certified Veterinary Technicians.

CI 101 and 301 are accepted by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) for continuing education hours for law enforcement personnel.

Please click here to download a brochure and registration form. 

Cost:  $75.00 for Members, $150.00 for Non-Members (Includes Membership)

Please note!  any registrations or payment sent by USPS mail must be sent to:

TCCI
4206 Selina Ct.
Arlington, TX  76016

Certification Requirements

Animal Control Officers must satisfactorily complete all three courses.  Certified Peace Officers must satisfactorily complete Courses 101 and 301.

Courses do not have to be taken in any particular order; however certification is not transferred until all courses are successfully completed as required. 

Officers who have successfully completed a cruelty investigations course given by the National Animal Control Association, the Law Enforcement Training Institute, or the Association of Certified Cruelty Investigators may be certified as a TCCI if they email proof of training for consideration and approval.  Officers who have successfully completed prior training may get credit for CI 101 and/or CI 201 and only be required to complete CI 301 for certification.

All Officers certified as TCCI must obtain and maintain an annual membership with TACA.  Officers whose memberships lapse will be required to pay all back dues owed before they may be reinstated as a Texas Certified Cruelty Investigator.

All Officers certified as TCCI must successfully complete a renewal course at least once every three years.  Renewal courses will be provided each year at TACA's Annual Training Conference. To register for renewal, please contact Jay Sabatucci.


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