You cannot enroll in the B.A.R.C. course unless you have been referred by an approved agency and that referral has been approved. Once a referral is approved, you will receive the username and password required to enroll. For more information, visit www.BARCeducation.org
Course Fee: $199 (You must complete the course within 6 months of the time of enrollment. If needed, you may apply for one 2-month extension for an additional $75.)
Optional Webcam: $25 for PC-compatible or $45 for Mac-compatible (shipping included). The computer you use to take the course must have a 3-megapixel / 720p or better webcam internally or attached externally. You have the option of purchasing an external webcam during registration; it will be shipped within 1-2 business days from receipt of your order via 2 to 3-day priority mail.
B.A.R.C. is an informative and engaging animal cruelty prevention course that uses video, images, articles, and text in a dynamic online format to create a positive and enjoyable learning experience. The course highlights the legal, moral, financial, and practical day-to-day commitments required of those who own or keep animals. Students learn that animals of all species, like humans, experience a range of emotions, and are capable of experiencing physical and psychological pain and suffering. Specific forms of abuse, such as intentional cruelty, neglect, illegal animal fighting, and hoarding, are addressed in depth. The course also covers such topics as changes in society’s attitudes towards animals; the growing involvement of law enforcement agencies in animal protection; a description of the various laws that exist to protect animals; the responsible care of animals; the pros and cons of pet ownership; and when and how it is acceptable to relinquish a pet.
LENGTH: 16 Classes. (On average, the course takes approximately 8 hours to complete; actual time may be more or less depending on your reading speed because a significant amount of the course includes reading assignments.)
STUDENTS: You can only register for the B.A.R.C. course if you are an adult or juvenile age 15-17 and have been referred to B.A.R.C. by either a member of the criminal justice system, an animal control professional, a social services agency, an educational institution, or a mental health professional.
COMPUTER REQUIREMENTS: To take the course, you will need a desktop computer or a laptop PC or MAC computer; the course cannot be taken with a phone or tablet. The computer must have a high-speed Internet connection (1Mbps or higher). When you log in and take the course, you must always use the latest version of Google Chrome Browser. If you do not have the Chrome browser on your computer, you can download it for free at: https://www.google.com/chrome/browser/desktop/.
WEBCAM: Facial recognition technology is used to authenticate your identity and monitor your participation during the course. The computer you use to take the course must have a 3-megapixel / 720p or better webcam internally or attached externally. If you need a webcam, you will have the option to purchase one during enrollment at a cost of $25 for a PC-compatible webcam or $45 for a Mac-compatible webcam. The webcam will be shipped within 1-2 business days from receipt of your order via 2 to 3-day priority mail. You will not be able to start the course until your computer has a working webcam.
CONSENT TO BIOMETRIC TECHNOLOGY: During enrollment, you will be required to consent and agree to the use of biometric technology to conduct biometric facial recognition. This technology will be used to verify that you, the registered student, are the individual participating in the course. The technology will also be used to conduct spot checks and reporting. The facial recognition system may record your image or the image of unauthorized course participants. By providing consent, you will also be releasing B.A.R.C. from all liability, including liability for negligence, associated with the facial biometric user verification undertaken pursuant to these policies.
CONSENT TO RELEASE CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION: During enrollment, you will be required to consent and agree to the release of verbal and written communication between B.A.R.C. administration and your referring agency so that we can share course-related information with the agency, including but not limited to enrollment, progress, identity authentication results, and successful or unsuccessful completion of the course.
24/7 ONLINE ACCESS: The B.A.R.C. course is taken completely online and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You may work at your own pace and your progress will be saved as you progress. You must, however, complete the course within 6 months of enrollment. One 2-month extension is available for an additional $75 fee.
Identity Authentication with Facial Recognition Technology: B.A.R.C. uses eProktor, an advanced facial recognition technology that works with your webcam to automatically authenticate your identity when you log in to the course, take a quiz or the final exam, and throughout the course to monitor your ongoing participation. This facial recognition technology ensures that the person taking the course is the same person who was referred to the course and that the referred student actively participates in and completes the entire course. Upon initial login, the program will create your online digital ID through an array of photo captures. The program will authenticate your identity throughout the course by comparing photos of the person taking the course to your online digital ID. If someone else takes the course with your login information or you are not actively participating throughout the entire course, you will receive a failed authentication, which could result in you being terminated from the course without a Certificate of Completion. You will have the opportunity to appeal any termination decision. You must always log in and take the course using the latest version of the Google Chrome Browser; if you do not use this browser, the program may not work correctly and you could fail authentication. If you do not have the Chrome browser on your computer, you can download it for free at: https://www.google.com/chrome/browser/desktop/.
Proof of Enrollment, Progress Reports, and Certificate of Completion: After enrolling in the B.A.R.C. course, you will be sent an email that will serve as proof of enrollment. You will also be able to download Progress Reports throughout the course that will show how much of the course you have completed. After successfully completing the course and passing the final exam, you will be able to download a Certificate of Completion. The Progress Reports and Certificate of Completion will have a photo of you taken by the facial recognition program using your webcam.
Quizzes and Final Exam: You will be given quizzes throughout the course. You must pass each quiz in order to move forward to the next section; you will be required to retake sections until you pass the corresponding quiz. You will also be required to pass a final exam with an 80% grade in order to receive a Certificate of Completion. If you do not pass the final exam after 3 attempts, you must retake and successfully complete the entire course before you will be given another chance to retake and pass the final exam. The quizzes and final exam should be easy to pass if you have actively paid attention and participated in all sections of the course.
Technical Support: You will have access to technical support via phone or email, Monday through Friday, during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PST (excluding all bank recognized holidays). Requests for support received during non-business hours will receive a response within 8 hours the next business day. For answers to frequently asked technical support and computer-related questions, visit the Technical Support page on the B.A.R.C. website at www.BARCeducation.org/TechnicalSupport.
Technical support or computer-related questions:
Phone: (844) 332-8522
Phone: (844) 522-2272