Poultry Welfare Auditor Course (PAACO)

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Registration open shortly for the In-person session
being held in Edmonton, Alberta 
November 1 - 2, 2022
The cost will be $845.00 USD for Canadian and International attendees.

Join us in person for poultry-specific training in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. This training will cover Broilers, Turkeys and Layers. Attendees must meet PAACO education and experience requirements to attend. Following successful completion of training and passing the online exam, attendees will still be required to complete two (2) full shadow audits. 

To register and further details, please refer to the Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization website.  Be sure to select "international pricing" if you are from outside of the US. To download general course information a save the date flyer will be posted shortly. 

For Certified Auditors, please note that PIC’s education and extension sessions are on the list of approved continuing education opportunities and can be utilized as credits to maintain your PAACO Auditor status.

Click Here for a pdf of the certification requirements.

Course Goal

To train potential poultry welfare auditors using as a basis the welfare criteria and standards generally found and accepted in industry audits for broilers, turkeys and egg layers. This training is designed to affect the quality of auditing by individuals who perform poultry industry welfare audits. Training will address and educate on factors contained in welfare audits utilized in the broiler, layer and turkey industries.

Course Overview

The Poultry Welfare Auditor Course conducted by the Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization (PAACO) is the certification course for broiler, layer and turkey auditors. All participants must apply and meet PAACO’s education & experience requirements. PAACO is an organization of eight professional animal organizations with extensive expertise on best management practices and current science in animal agriculture. The organization’s purpose is to promote the humane treatment of animals through education and certification of animal auditors as well as the review and/or certification of animal audit instruments, assessments and programs. The current organizations are:

American Association of Avian Pathologists (AAAP)
American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP)
American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV)
American Dairy Science Association (ADSA)
American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS)
American Society of Animal Science (ASAS)
Poultry Science Association (PSA)
American Meat Science Association (AMSA)
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Once approved for training, trainees will attend the onsite training that is taught by industry
professionals who are experts within their field. At the end of training, attendees must complete and pass a comprehensive exam. If the exam is not passed, trainees are offered one retake of the exam with an approved proctor. Initial and retake failure of the exam will require the trainee to retake the entire course over at full price.

Step 1: Participate in a 3-day education and  instruction course including production site  experience.

Step 2: Be tested at the end  of the 3-day course and pass an examination. Successfully completing the course and test results in moving to a shadow phase of  training.

Step 3: Once training is completed and the exam is passed, auditors are required to perform shadow audits. All shadow audits must be completed with a PAACO Certified Auditor in that species. Two shadow audits must be conducted and complete within either a broiler, table egg or turkey production setting under the supervision of a PAACO poultry certified auditor of your choice within 12 months of the course.

Step 4: Upon the completion of satisfactory ratings by the certified auditor(s) in Step 3, an official endorsement as a PAACO “Certified Poultry Welfare Auditor” will be issued and your information included in a data base of certified auditors.

PAACO reserves the right to limit class size and registrations to qualified individuals.

Basic Requirements:
  • Course instruction is in English, understanding and reading English is required, Test will be offered in both English and French
  • Walk unassisted in a poultry production and processing plant environment
  • Trainees must not have had contact with poultry, water fowl or pet birds for 72 hours prior to 1st site visit (no contact after 5 PM )
Education & experience requirements:

To be qualified for certification, a minimum education level with combined relevant experience is required. Requirements are as followed:

  • Master’s, Ph.D., DVM – 2 years of relevant livestock experience within the past 5 years
  • Associate or Bachelor’s degree – 3 years of relevant livestock experience within the past 7
  • High school diploma – 5 years of relevant livestock experience within the past 10 years
  • A condensed resume must be sent to pic@poultryindustrycouncil.ca upon registration for screening.
  • Please note individuals who do not meet the requirements below are still eligible to participate in the course, but will not qualify for certification.


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Three Day Course: $633.75 USD for Canadian and International attendees, $845.00 USD for U.S. attendees. 

For Canadian and International atttendees, when prompted request the international discount.  

Full registration includes the 4-part Poultry 201online course, 3-day training course, classroom materials, and site visits. Pending approval, your registration acceptance will be emailed to you by PAACO along with instructions for the prerequisites and course information.

Note: Due to USD value fluctuations, some international discounts may be available by contacting PAACO.
A limited number of discounted grad/DVM student seatsare available by application and approval.

If you are already certified, you may attend any of the 3days for Continuing Education (CE).
Rate for CE: $100/day or $250 for all three.

Registration is done through the PAACO website.  Please note that this is a two step process, first you will be required to create a login, then log on to register for the course.

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Specific times to be included in sequential agenda all times are Mountain Standard Time (MST)


IMPORTANT NOTE: Poultry 201 is a 4-part online and will be required as a Prerequisite. This will provide an
understanding of industry and production structure as well as background of modern production methods and welfare programs. You must take the online trainings and pass the quizzes to attend onsite training. These trainings are included in the registration fee and located on your account page, My Online Trainings tab. They

DAY 1: November 1, 2022
8:30 am: - 4:00 pm mst: INTRO & TURKEY AUDITING

DAY 2: November 2, 2022
8:30 am: - 4:00 pm mst: BROILER AUDITING

DAY 3: November 3, 2022
8:30 am: - 4:00 pm mst: LAYER AUDITING & EXAM

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Instruction Site: The University of Alberta, North Campus, 116 St & 85 Ave, Edmonton, AB T6G 2R3.

Airport: Closest airport is Edmonton International Airport (YEG) and is located approximately 30 km (18 mi) or about 30 minutes to the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Personal ground transportation is not provided.

Audit Demonstration Sites:
Farms and processing plants will be used for on-site audit demonstrations. Specific location information will be provided to trainees at a later date. Upon registration, trainees will rank their preference to be placed into either the broiler, layer or turkey group. Each trainee will only be placed into one species group.

Site Transportation:
Group transportation to audit demonstration sites will be provided and is included in the course fee. However, transportation to the classroom instruction site is the responsibility of each participant.

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Each attendee is responsible for their own lodging. A block of rooms will be made available at a group rate for participants.  Participating hotel information will be posted early summer. 

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Registration deadline will be determined. Completed registration, payment and resume are due at time of submission. Registration will be done online. Class size is limited, and registrations will be processed on a first come, first served basis. Refunds can be made (less a $75 cancellation fee) until two weeks prior to course start date. If a participant fails to qualify for certification, no cancellation fee will be charged. No refunds will be granted after two weeks prior to course start date.

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After an auditor has achieved certification, they will be required to recertify on an annual basis. Prior to the one year anniversary of auditor certification, each auditor must complete 12 hours of Continuing Education (CE). CE requirements are as followed:

  • 12 total hours of contact time of relevant classes, seminars or meetings
    • 4 can be auditing hours w/ a PAACO Certified Auditor or performing a shadow audit• 4 can be auditing hours w/ a PAACO Certified Auditor or performing a shadow audit
    • 8 hours of CE (online and/or in person)

All CE events must be approved by PAACO.  A list of approved, but not all inclusive, CE events are listed on the website. The first year after attending training, while completing shadow audits, does not require recertification or CE.

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Additional Information:

Questions: Contact 

Amelia Woods, PAACO Poultry Training Manager
awoods@animalauditor.org | 833.839.1823

Jennifer Woods, PAACO Training Specialist
jwoods@animalauditor.org | 833.839.1823

Please note:
PIC/PAACO reserves the right to deny registration to any party not affiliated with PIC/PAACO.

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