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Certificate II in Animal Studies

  • National Course Code: ACM20117
  • TAFE NSW code: ACM20117-01V01-20RMD-006

Location – Richmond

Study Type

Full Time

Course Start Date

04 Feb 2020

Hours Per Week



18 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 be enrolled in this course, you need to be able to provide evidence that you are: - Learners are required to have work placement arranged prior to enrolment into the CII Animal Studies Qualification. Workplacement for the Veterinary Nuring Stream must be a Veterinary Clinic. Evidence must be provided before enrolment - evidence can be an email or letter from the veterinary clinic.

To successfully complete this course, you will need: - Attend weekly classes, have industry work placement. Complete all required assessment events. Learners are also required to attend 150 hours in a Veterinary Clinic - log book provided during orientation session first day of class.

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This is a Full time course. You will need to attend approximately 16.3 hours of class a week, over 18 weeks. The timetable is subject to change and will be confirmed by your teacher on your first day.

As well as the in-class component, there is 12.1 hours of online study per week.

You can also expect approximately 1 day per week or 150 hours concurrently of workplacement in industry workplace. Private study, assessment preparation

To find out more about this course, meet our teachers and receive information about enrolment and next steps, attend an information session.

Tuesday, 10 December 2019 at 1.00 pm or 4.00 pm
Thursday, 12 December 2019 at 1.00 pm or 4.00 pm
Tuesday, 21 January 2020 at 1.00 pm or 4.00 pm
Thursday, 23 January 2020 at 1.00 pm or 4.00 pm

Location: Building J, Cumberland Room
Campus: Richmond

Learners must have prearranged Animal placement/work experience for practical skills component to gain entry into qualification.

Having this allows learner to learn in real life experiences as well as simulated in college gaining more employability skills to undertake this profession.

Pre course questionnaire to be completed by students.

Entry into the course is assessed and requires learners to have prearranged work placement in an animal facility.


This course offering is designed for people who: - Are interested in pursuing a career with Animals! This course is streamed toward a veterinary nursing career path and offers 3 specifc veterinary nursing electives. 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.

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 currently scheduled on Tuesday and Friday 9:30am to 4:30pm Learners are required to attend TAFE 2 days per week for 18 weeks and work placement with in an Animal Industry Workplace for 1 day per week (150 hours)


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 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.

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Applying with us is easy, though the exact process does depend on your course and any prerequisites that go with it. Be sure to read all course information carefully to make sure it is the right qualification, location and study type for you. As you progress through the application and enrolment process you will be prompted to provide additional information.

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Core Units
Number Title
ACMGAS205 Assist in health care of animals
ACMGAS203 Complete animal care hygiene routines
ACMGAS204 Feed and water animals
ACMSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
ACMGAS202 Participate in workplace communications
ACMWHS201 Participate in workplace health and safety processes
ACMGAS206 Provide basic first aid for animals
ACMGAS201 Work in the animal care industry
Elective Units
Number Title
ACMVET203 Assist with surgery preparation
ACMVET201 Assist with veterinary nursing reception duties
ACMVET202 Carry out daily practice routines
ACMGAS208 Source information for animal care needs

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

Cnr Blacktown & Campus Drive, Richmond
Phone 131 601

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