National code: ACM30417

Certificate III in Companion Animal Services

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Overview About this course

Turn your love for all pets, great and small, into a fun and rewarding career. Develop a wealth of practical experience and knowledge to graduate with confidence as you enjoy employment opportunities in animal shelters, boarding kennels, and pet stores.

This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.

Outcomes What You'll Gain

Learning Outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Provide basic care to companion animals

  • Respond to the needs of pet owners

  • Monitor and maintain animal health

  • Ensure high standards of animal welfare

  • Practice hygiene and infection control

  • Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

Course Outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • Apply practical skills in weekly workplace experiences

  • Create strong industry connections in your work placement

  • Depending on your location, you may participate in excursions to pet boarding and grooming facilities, animal shelters and animal welfare organisations

  • Skills and knowledge to start your own animal services business

  • Strong pathways to continue your studies and enhance your career opportunities

Suitability Is This Course Right For You?

Entry requirements

This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • You'll need to have secured work placement in an animal care facility, evidenced by a letter of support from your workplace

  • You'll need to provide a transcript of your Certificate II in Animal Studies

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • A passion for animals and their wellbeing

  • A calm and empathetic nature

  • Some experience working within the animal industry

  • Ability to follow directions in a fast-paced environment

  • A reasonable level of fitness as tasks and activities may involve handling animals and manual lifting

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future Career and Study Options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like: Animal attendant, Assistant animal groomer, Pet shop assistant and Pet sitting and dog-walking business owner

Study pathways

Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

Previous study 0 Courses

Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

The Certificate III in Companion Animal Services does not have any pre-requisite courses.

Further study 0 Courses

Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

The Certificate III in Companion Animal Services does not have any post-graduate courses.

Related study 0 Courses

Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.

The Certificate III in Companion Animal Services does not have any related courses.

Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Units taught in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate III in Companion Animal Services qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 15 Units of competency, including 6 core and 9 speciality units.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Work effectively in the companion animal industry ACMCAS301

  • Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing ACMGAS301

  • Complete animal care hygiene routines ACMGAS203

  • Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices ACMSUS201

TAFE NSW Services Facilities and Support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

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