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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


Course Start Date

05 Feb 2020

Hours Per Week



38 Weeks

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

Course Details

This is a general qualification for entry into sectors of the animal care and management industry, where workers provide care for animals in workplaces such as animal shelters, kennels, catteries, sanctuaries and veterinary clinics. At this level, work takes place under direct supervision within clearly defined guidelines for work activities.

No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication. However, individual units of competency may specify relevant licensing, legislative and/or regulatory requirements. Users of this qualification must refer to the relevant state or territory jurisdiction for details.

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.

There are no entry requirement for this qualication.

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.

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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.


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.


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
    • Studiosity - online access to a real life tutor
    • Easy computing online short courses
    • Access to local TAFE libraries

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)


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.

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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.

Animal attendant, animal carer.

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Course Location

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

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