National code: ACM30417

Certificate III in Companion Animal Services at Wauchope

Class details

Schedule Pace and number of hours.

Full Time

Delivery Method of course delivery.



Course duration Total time required to complete a course.

4 months

Start date First day of attendance online or on campus.

Next intake

End date Final day of attendance online or on campus.

Time Commitment

Class time Dedicated hours required each week in either online or on campus classes.

14 hours

Additional study time The minimum recommended hours you will need to commit to your studies outside of class hours. This may could include private study, work placements and research.

7 hours

Fee details

Full fee This is the non-subsidised fee for the course. Payment plans may be available.


This course may be fee free, or available at a reduced cost.

Nationally Recognised Training


Mature Age Workers' Scholarship

You may be eligible for the NSW Smart & Skilled Fee-Free Traineeship which will be verified at enrolment

Proposed Timetable What time classes run

This course is currently scheduled on Monday and Tuesday via virtual classroom with day classes. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.

Additional Information Other things to know


Assessments give you the opportunity to demonstrate what you have learnt and to identify the knowledge or skills that may need further development.

  • Knowledge assessments: short answer, assignments, quizzes

  • Practical skills assessments: animal handling, feeding, basic grooming, conduct health checks and show competency in administering medications

  • You may be asked to complete a workplace logbook, as well as provide photo or video evidence of assessment tasks.

Work placement

Work placement provides you with opportunities to respond to situations and circumstances that cannot be replicated in a learning or simulated environment. Work placement strengthens your training and supports continued learning and assessment in the workplace.

  • We strongly recommend eight hours of work placement with a suitable industry employer. Work placement can involve paid or volunteer arrangements. You may find suitable work at boarding kennels, pet stores, animal shelters, pet grooming establishments, or animal rescue centers

  • The animal industry is highly competitive, so to ensure you secure placement we suggest you visit the facilities you are interested in and introduce yourself as a potential employee with your resume in hand. TAFE NSW will cover your workplace insurance while you are actively enrolled and on placement. Detailed information regarding this will be supplied to you upon enrolment

Materials needed

To complete this course, the following materials are required:

  • There are no materials needed for this qualification.

Additional requirements

To make sure this delivery option is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

  • There are no additional requirements for this qualification.

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

  • Contribute to workplace health and safety processes ACMWHS301

  • Complete animal care hygiene routines ACMGAS203

Course Delivery Combination Study

Learn through a combination of classroom based, online and/or workplace activity. For example, you may participate in scheduled classroom activity, have an element of self-directed learning with online content, and/or receive supervised training while on the job, doing work experience, or on placement.

Classroom activity will be scheduled, but online learning can provide more flexibility. Teacher support will be provided for all study. Access to a computer with an internet connection is required.


TAFE NSW Wauchope is located in the middle of Wauchope - a town known for its support of local forestry, dairy and beef industries and situated on the banks of the Hastings River. With a strong and proud history of contributing to local groups. art exhibitions, and horticultural and landscape projects, TAFE NSW Wauchope gives students the opportunity to extend their skills and creativity, earn a great qualification, and make a valuable difference to the local community.

Campus Address

Young Street Wauchope 2446

Parking on campus grounds is available.

Refer to your local bus timetables, visit transportnsw.info

Wauchope Station is 1000 metres from campus.


TAFE NSW campuses work closely with the community and industry to ensure you have access to the industry standard technologies, equipment and facilities.

  • Video conference room

  • Google Chromecast capabilities

  • Beauty training academy

  • Dedicated student computer labs

  • Learning support centre with computer labs

  • State-of-the-art carpentry and joinery workshop

  • Dedicated art and design studios

  • Specialised fashion suite

  • Horticultural workshop and greenhouse

Student Support

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  • Mon 9 AM - 5 PM
  • Tue 9 AM - 5 PM
  • Wed 9 AM - 5 PM
  • Thu 9 AM - 5 PM
  • Fri 9 AM - 5 PM
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed