Continuing Education Courses

spcaLA offers a series of training courses for Humane Societies, Animal Control, and Law Enforcement agencies. APS training courses are intended for professionals only, not the general public.* spcaLA courses are approved or certified by accrediting bodies, so that attendees may earn continuing education credits.

Please check back or email us at to be notified about upcoming scheduled courses.

Most Popular Courses:

Dog Behavior for Law Enforcement
Designed specifically to meet the needs of law enforcement.

    • Allows officers to effect more positive outcomes involving family dogs:
      • Reducing the number of deadly force incidents;
      • Recognizing and articulating detrimental behavior that puts officers in the position to use force.
    • POST-certified
    • CalAnimals approved

Courtroom Demeanor
Learn skills and techniques to perform well on the witness stand!

  • Take the fear out of testifying
  • Practice in a “mock” courtroom
  • Designed for law enforcement, ACOs, human officers, veterinarians and RVTs
  • CalAnimals approved

Disaster Sheltering for Companion Animals
Topics Covered Include:

  • Disaster animal sheltering planning
  • Memorandums of Understanding/Mutual Aid Agreements
  • Liability
  • Media and public relations
  • CalAnimals approved

Courses include realistic scenarios and role playing; animal handling with various species that may be encountered in the field; and hands-on training. Highly qualified instructors include veteran field officers, peace officers, veterinarians and attorneys. Contact spcaLA at for more information. Courses include all necessary materials.

Approved by the California State Humane Association, spcaLA courses may be used toward Humane Officer credentials. While our courses are geared toward entry-level positions and field officers, veterans and supervisors are encouraged to attend to update their training and review new laws.

Upcoming Courses (2020):
Jan 22 | Jan 29 | Feb 5 | Feb 12 | Feb 19 | Feb 26 | March 4
spcaLA Administrative Office
5026 W. Jefferson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016

All classes currently full. Check back later for more openings.