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Certificate II in Animal Studies

  • National Course Code: ACM20117
  • TAFE NSW code: ACM20117-01V01-20DUB-002

Location – Orange, Forest Road

Study Type

Blended

Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

5.7 Hours per week

Duration

38 Weeks

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government

Course Details

Take the nationally accredited Certificate II in Animal Studies and start your career as a pet groomer or animal attendant in animal shelter or veterinary clinic. Turn your passion for animals into a career as you gain practical skills and build industry relationships.

LEARN NEW SKILLS

Through theoretical and practical course work, you will learn to:

  • Provide care to a range of animals

  • Monitor and maintain animal health

  • Practice hygiene and infection control

  • Respond to expectations of pet owners

  • Understand what is required in running a small companion animal business

DEVELOP YOUR TALENT

Develop the personal qualities that will help you get ahead:

  • Calm and empathetic nature
  • Ability to follow directions and work independently
  • Good communication skills
  • A reasonable level of fitness to safely handle animals and manual lifting

ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS

Completing this course will provide you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate II level
  • Strong foundation to continue your studies

Career opportunities:

  • Pet groomer
  • Animal attendant

GROW YOUR CAREER

Take your career further:

  • Certificate III Animal Studies
  • Certificate III Companion Animal Services
  • Certificate III Pet Grooming
  • Certificate III Captive Animals
  • Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing
  • Certificate IV Companion Animal Services

INDUSTRY DEMAND

Demand for animal care workers is booming with growth driven by consumer expectations on how their furry companion should be cared for. These greater expectations is leading to employers to need workers who are qualified and experienced. The animal care field is broad and highly competitive. The course equips you with diverse range of skills to put you ahead of the pack in a skills shortage climate. It is also the official pre-requisite for the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.

When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible for this course, you must:

  • Have access to an animal care facility where you can gain hands-on skills
  • In some areas across NSW this course is in high demand. Depending on your campus location, you may need to go through an application process to secure your position.

TAFE NSW also offers the Certificate II in Animal Studies as a traineeship. To be eligible for this course as a trainee, you must:

  • Meet the above entry requirements
  • Be employed in the animal studies industry as this course is delivered in th workplace
  • Have a signed traineeship contract

Thinking about a traineeship? Enquire today.

WORK PLACEMENT

At TAFE NSW we provide training that includes hands-on, practical experience. Work placement ensures you have the job ready skills to achieve competency in this course.

Depending on your location, you must secure a minimum of one day or 8 hours of work placement per week with a suitable industry employer, before enrolling in this course.

Work placement can involve paid or volunteer arrangements. We recommend you choose a work placement that aligns with your career goals. For example, a veterinary clinic if you would like to be a veterinary nurse, or a wildlife park if you would like to be a ranger.

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 with your resume in hand. TAFE NSW will cover your workplace insurance while you are actively enrolled and on placement. Detailed information regarding this is provided to you upon enrolment.

IS THIS COURSE RIGHT FOR YOU?

To be prepared for this course, it is recommended that you have:

  • A passion for animals and their welfare
  • A reasonable fitness level to handle animals and carry out manual lifting

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.

LICENSING REQUIREMENTS

Licensing, legislative, regulatory and certification requirements that apply to this qualification can vary between states, territories, and industry sectors. Refer to SafeWork Australia Licensing requirements and guidelines prior to applying to study this qualification.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

It is advantageous, but not compulsory that whilst undertaking this qualification the learner should seek to gain a period of work placement or work experience in an animal care environment and/or workplace.

Flexible delivery students must organise at least 1 day of work placement in an animal care business within the animal care industry. Businesses may include, pet stores, pounds, RSPCA or for vet nurse students ? veterinary clinics. Flexible delivery classes also have access to the simulated workplaces (campus animal houses) on TAFE premises. The simulated environment is accessed at residential schools when practical activities are taught and assessed.
Demonstration of skills and performance evidence requirements in a simulated environment on TAFE premises, will reflect current industry standards and activities.

INFORMATION SESSIONS

There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course

STUDY COMMITMENT

This is a Part Time Day Class course. You will need to attend approximately 5.7 hours of class, over 1 day a week, for 38 weeks.
You may also be required to complete approximately 9.5 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including Private Study, research, assignment preparation and work experience.

The Certificate II in Animal Studies is an introductory course into the animal care industry. This covers basic animal care including subject areas on; identification, handling, feeding, WHS and workplace communications. There are many potential job roles at this level in the animal care industry for those willing and able to do the physical side of the work e.g.:- Animal shelter attendant, Kennel hand, Cattery attendant, Pet shop attendant.

The Certificate II Animal Studies also offers a pathway for further learning such as; ACM30117 Certificate III in Animal Studies, ACM30417 Certificate III in Companion Animal Services, ACM30617 Certificate III in Pet Grooming and ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.

There are no entry requirements for this qualification however, local entry requirements do exist for this course which include; it is highly recommended that whilst undertaking this qualification the learner should seek to gain a period of work placement or work experience in an animal care environment and/or workplace. Students enrolled in the blended delivery option are required to source one working day per week in a suitable animal care workplace.

IS THIS COURSE RIGHT FOR YOU?

This course offering is designed for people who are entry-level students, some may have a disability. Disability consultants will be contacted if student indicates they may need assistance during the course. Communication is undertaken with disability consultant, section and student to determine this. During this communication aspects such as reasonable adjustment will be discussed for both delivery and assessment.
Students in this group are wishing to enter the Animal Care industry. Some students are studying this as a pre-requisite to ACM40412/ ACM40418 Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing.

SERVICES AND STUDY SUPPORT

There are additional learning and study tools available for this course, including -

  • Support is based on discussion with students and enrolment details.
  • A one-on-one interview can be undertaken and if deemed applicable, a meeting will be arranged to discuss the LLN assistance that TAFE NSW can provide to the learner, with a view to creating an individual training and learning plan that best addresses the learner?s LLN needs.
  • Every effort is made by TAFE NSW staff to ensure a successful outcome for enrolled learners. TAFE NSW offers a free tutorial support service to all TAFE NSW learners and further support services include:
  • Easy computing online short courses and Library Resources
  • Work Placement Support including helping the student identify and secure a work placement, supportive conversations with a teacher or Assessor/ESO, debriefing/ mentoring by an Assessor/ESO etc

We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com)
  • Studiosity - online access to a real life tutor
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

To keep you safe while studying, some of our face to face classes may be replaced with online or connected learning. We have also modified our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. As restrictions ease, the way you attend your class may change again. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, due to the impacts of COVID 19 there may be a delay or modification in being able to undertake these aspects of your course in the planned timeframe. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is run 2 hours per week with teacher contact or 5.5 hours at residential schools, 1 eight hour day residential over duration of course (dates to be confirmed)

SMART AND SKILLED FEES

This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process. Payment plans are available through TAFE NSW for Smart and Skilled eligible qualifications.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?

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RECOGNITION

Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Enquire now for Semester 2 2020 and be notified when enrolments open.

TAFE NSW is open for business so to find out more information on this course including when it will start and how it will be delivered (face-to-face, in a virtual classroom, self-paced, online or a mixture), submit an online enquiry by clicking the Enquire Now button on this page. You can also call 131 601 during business hours* to chat with a member of our friendly customer service team.

* Our customer service team are available from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm AEST.

Core Units
Number Title
ACMGAS201 Work in the animal care industry
ACMGAS202 Participate in workplace communications
ACMGAS203 Complete animal care hygiene routines
ACMGAS204 Feed and water animals
ACMGAS206 Provide basic first aid for animals
ACMGAS205 Assist in health care of animals
ACMSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
ACMWHS201 Participate in workplace health and safety processes
Elective Units
Number Title
ACMGAS209 Provide information on companion animals, products and services
ACMVET202 Carry out daily practice routines
ACMVET203 Assist with surgery preparation
ACMGAS207 Provide reception services for an animal care facility
ACMGAS302 Provide enrichment for animals
ACMSPE310 Provide basic care of mammals

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.
  • Pet groomer
  • Animal attendant

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

Course Location

Orange, Forest Road
1587 Forest Road, Orange
Phone 131 601

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