Poultry Welfare Auditor Course (PAACO)

PIC’s live Canadian offering of the Poultry Welfare Auditor Course conducted by the Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization (PAACO) has been postponed.

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The live Poultry Welfare Auditor Training for Broilers, Layers, and Turkeys is postponed until further notice. 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. 

Please refer to the Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization website for registration and details.

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.

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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. 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)

Registration is postponed due to the impacts of COVID 19.


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: Conduct and complete two shadowed audits in 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:
  • Master’s, Ph.D., DVM – 2 years of relevant experience within the past 5 years
  • Associate or Bachelor’s degree – 3 years of relevant experience within the past 7
  • High school diploma – 5 years of relevant 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.

Condensed resumes must include the following:

  • Highest level of education
  • Number of years working with livestock
  • Number of years Poultry experience
  • Name of current employer/company


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Three Day Course: $1225.00 Cdn 
Full registration includes 3-day course, 3 lunches, classroom materials, travel to production sites and bio-security supplies. Your registration acceptance will be e-mailed to you by PIC along with the pre-course learning modules (will take appx 5 hours to complete) course agenda and information.

Continuing Education for PAACO Certified Auditors: $260.00 Cdn.  Certified PAACO poultry auditors can enroll for the first and/or second day of the training to contribute to their continuing education credit requirements.

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Instruction Site: TBA

Airport: Toronto Pearson airport (YYZ) is Canada’s largest airport and located 70 km east of the city of Guelph.  The Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF) is located 20 km west of the city of Guelph.

Audit Demonstration Sites:
Multiple hatcheries, 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 Holiday Inn for classroom instruction 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 the class room instruction site, once location is determined.

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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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For Additional Information:

For registration, hotel and course schedule information contact PIC at 519-837-0284 or pic@poultryindustrycouncil.ca

For PAACO information contact Collette Kaster at 833-829-1151 or ckaster@animalauditor.org

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