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Statement of Attainment in Implant Microchip in Cats and Dogs

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Overview About this course

This course is designed explicitly for the animal care industry to help you gain specialised skills that will complement your career. Learn to implant microchips in cats and dogs to apply as an Authorised Identifier with the Office of Local Government (OLG) NSW.

Outcomes What You'll Gain

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Handle different animal temperaments and behaviours

  • Provide basic First Aid relating to microchipping

  • Implant microchips under the skin of animals

  • Handle animals safely using restraint techniques

  • Follow microchip compliance regulations

  • Talk to owners about the implantation procedure

Course Outcomes

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

  • A nationally accredited Statement of Attainment

  • The ability to apply to become an authorised identifier through the Office of Local Government (OLG) NSW

  • A sound understanding of implantation techniques, procedure and pre or post care

  • The ability to deal with concerned owners

  • Credit towards one unit of the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

Suitability Is This Course Right For You?

Entry requirements

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

  • At least 18 years of age by course start as evidenced by a valid form of ID

  • A letter of support from a registered veterinary practitioner who is able to supervise you implanting microchips. This letter should document the following information:

  • That the veterinarian is an authorised implanter,

  • The veterinarian will supervise the microchip implantation of a total of 10 animals, which consists of 3 dogs (one of which must be conscious) and 3 cats (one of which must be conscious), with the remaining 4 either being a dog or cat and either conscious or unconscious, and

  • You have access to an animal care facility, veterinary practice or shelter

Entry recommendations

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

  • A strong interest in animal management

  • The ability to maintain confidentiality

  • Attention to detail

  • Excellent record keeping skills

  • Confidence handling cats and dogs of any size

  • No fear of needles

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:

Veterinary Nurse

Veterinary Nurses care for animals under treatment and in temporary residence at veterinary facilities and assist Veterinarians to perform procedures and operations.

  • Full-time share Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).


  • Employment size Employment size is the number of workers who do this as their main job.

    5,100 workers

  • Average age This is the average age of all workers in this job.

    31 years

  • Weekly pay Median earnings are shown for full-time, non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate, before tax or any amounts that are salary sacrificed. These figures are a guide to earnings only and should not be used to determine a wage rate.


  • Average full-time The average full-time hours that people in this role work each week.

    40 hours

  • Skill level rating Skill level ratings are based on the range and complexity of job roles. In general, the higher the skill level, the more formal education and training, previous experience or on-the-job training needed to be good at the job.


  • Gender share

    96% female

  • Future growth The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business estimates the likely change in number of workers in this role, or industry, over the next 5 years. Future growth is the likely percentage change compared to all other job roles.


Other jobs include: council ranger , dog and cat breeder and companion animal worker.


The NSW Government requires microchip implanters to have a licence. Upon successful completion of this course, you may apply to the Office of Local Government (OLG) within NSW to gain status as an Authorised Identifier. You must be at least 18 years old. TAFE NSW will forward evidence that you have completed this course to the OLG. They will issue the microchip identifiers licence, and you will be officially classed as a licensed implanter, at no additional cost. This is only applicable for residents of NSW.

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 Statement of Attainment in Implant Microchip in Cats and Dogs does not have any pre-requisite courses.

Further study 1 Course

Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

Related study 0 Courses

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

The Statement of Attainment in Implant Microchip in Cats and Dogs 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

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.

  • Implant microchip in cats and dogs ACMMIC401

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