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Certificate II in Animal Studies

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

Location – Taree

Study Type

Full Time

Course Start Date

04 Feb 2020

Hours Per Week



1 Semester

  • 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: - To competently complete all 12 units

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

Date: Wednesday 11th December 2019
Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm
Location: Taree Campus, Building K, Level G, Room 15


Date: Wednesday 22nd January 2020
Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm
Location: Taree Campus, Building K, Level G, Room 15


This is a part time day, face to face course. You will need to attend approximately 7 hours of class a week, over 1 day per week, for 6 months. As well as the in-class component, there is 6 hours of other study per week.

You can also expect approximately 4 hours of additional study each week including reading in preparation for the following weeks activities and assessments outside of class hours.


This course offering is designed for people who:

  • Are seeking employment within the animal care industry. This is a preparatory qualification that provides a defined and limited range of basic skills and knowledge used in the animal care field. Learners enrolling in this course are likely to have limited existing experience or knowledge as this is an entry level pathway.
  • Are pre-employment, school leavers and unemployed people managed by agencies in regional areas and older learners wanting to retrain.

    Local animal shelters, pet shops and boarding kennels support the delivery of this training as it educates students in the skills they are looking for in a new employee.

    Units selected for general cohort reflect the local needs expressed by staff of animal shelters, pet shops and boarding kennels in consultation with the section staff.

    Units selected for Pre-Veterinary Nursing cohort reflect direction towards further studies in this area.

    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 from 9:00am to 4:00pm. The timetable is subject to change and will be confirmed by your teacher on your first day.


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?


You will need to provide for yourself the following resources which you will keep when you complete your study:


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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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Be sure to read your chosen course information carefully to make sure it is the right qualification, location and study type for you.
As you progress through the enrolment process you will be prompted to provide additional information.
If you are interested in studying as a Trainee please call 131 601 for full details.

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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
ACMVET202 Carry out daily practice routines
ACMSPE305 Provide basic care of domestic cats
ACMSPE304 Provide basic care of domestic dogs
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

Montgomery Crescent, Taree
Phone 131 601

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