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PACFA Qualifying and Continuing Education

The PACFA Qualifying/Continuing Education program ensures that all new applicants understand the Pet Animal Care Facilities Act, rules and regulations, physical facility standards, cleaning and sanitation, animal care, veterinary care, recordkeeping, and transportation and import requirements before being licensed. Providing this education will enhance the health, safety, and welfare of animals in pet care facilities and better protect consumers who use pet-related services in Colorado.  

 

As of November 1, 2021, all new applicants must complete the Qualifying Education Course, and current PACFA licensees must complete Continuing Education courses once every two years. 

Licensees will be contacted via email with announcements and updates regarding the Continuing Education Requirements. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Qualifying Education

All new PACFA applicants will be required to complete the QE course. 

This includes:

  • New businesses that do not currently hold a PACFA license
  • New Primary Business Contacts (PBCs)

If the applicant has completed the training at another facility, the training does not have to be repeated if the training can be verified. 

Continuing Education

All PACFA licensees, also known as the Primary Business Contact (PBC), are required to take a Continuing Education (CE) course once every two licensing periods after their first initial license period.

 

Under PACFA Rule 8 CCR 1202-15 Part 2.5.3, a pet animal facility licensed prior to October 30, 2021, is required to take the qualifying education course to satisfy the continuing education requirement in Part 2.5.2 by a date prescribed by the Commissioner, but no later than December 31, 2024.

 

Current PACFA licensees who still need to complete the Qualifying Education program will be required to complete the course by December 31, 2024, to fulfill the Continuing Education requirement.

PACFA will begin enrolling learners in batches in June 2024. Licensees will be emailed with announcements and updates regarding the Continuing Education Requirements. 

All courses will be delivered online through a Learning Management System (LMS) called Adobe Learning Manager. 

New applicants will be enrolled in the course after the application has been received and reviewed. At enrollment, Adobe Learning Manager will send a welcome email. This email provides a link unique to the user and may not be shared. 

Contact us with any questions or access issues

Email: cda_pacfa@state.co.us

PACFA Office: 303-869-9146

Yes! Please contact the PACFA office for early enrollment.
 

Most learners complete the training in 5-7 hours. It is divided into 4 modules and can be paused and resumed as needed. 

All applicants/licensees and their staff members have free access to the PACFA's QE and CE courses!

Yes! We encourage staff at licensed facilities to participate in education courses as a training tool to help your business be more PACFA compliant.

Click here to enroll staff in PACFA courses.


 

Failure to complete the CE requirement may result in disciplinary action.

No, there is no test. However, there are quizzes throughout the training to ensure you understand the content.
 

PACFA staff will be automatically notified that your training is complete. An inspector will be assigned to your business and will contact you to set up the pre-license inspection.


You may contact the office to confirm that the training is complete and request contact information for your inspector. 
 

Please contact the office or your assigned inspector with any questions. 

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PACFA QE & CE Contact Info

Animal Health Division — PACFA 
305 Interlocken Parkway 
Broomfield, CO 80021 

 

Licensing and Education Administrator: Becky Healy
Phone: (303) 869-9146
Fax: (720) 634-0934
Program Email: cda_pacfa@state.co.us