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Offering Info

Certificate II in Animal Studies

  • National Course Code: ACM20117
  • TAFE NSW code: ACM20117-01V02-21OTE-014

Location – TAFE Digital

Attendance

Self paced

Delivery

Online

Course Start Date

Anytime

Study Commitment

17 Hours per week

Duration

48 Weeks

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • This training is fully government-subsidised under JobTrainer

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.

This is a fully government-subsidised JobTrainer course.

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.

This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.

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 be enrolled in this course, you need to be able to provide evidence of:

  • a suitable work placement.

Before applying:

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • to be self directed in your learning
  • have good Internet access
  • be comfortable typing, using the Internet and Email, chatting to your teachers or others online, reading course content online, using common software and uploading your assessments including video files.

Work Placement is a requirement of this course. You will need to:

  • complete a minimum 140hrs of work placement in order to complete the practical aspects of the course
  • aim for a minimum of 4 hours work placement per week for the duration of the course
  • be reasonably physically fit, as the tasks and activities involve handling animals and may involve manual lifting
  • ensure the workplace provides a range of services to a variety of animal species, or several workplaces can be used.

Suitable workplaces include: kennels, animal shelters, grooming parlours, veterinary practices, and animal hospitals.

INFORMATION SESSIONS

There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course.

STUDY COMMITMENT

This is a online course. You will need to complete approximately 11 hours of online study, each week, for your enrolment duration of 48 weeks.
You can increase the hours of online study per week to complete the course sooner.

You may also be required to complete approximately 6 hours of additional study each week outside of online study hours, including work placement, private study, research and gathering evidence for assessment tasks.

IS THIS COURSE RIGHT FOR YOU?

This course offering is designed for people who:

  • have no industry experience, may not have not studied online before or completed previous qualifications

This is a general entry level course, which will provide you with entry level skills to either proceed into a higher level course, or look for employment, or volunteer work in various sectors of the animal care industry such as:

  • animal shelters
  • kennels & catteries
  • pet shops or other facilities with animals

SERVICES AND STUDY SUPPORT

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

  • your course Education Support Officer (ESO) offers one on one assistance by phone, online or by Email, to assist you to understand the learning materials and to navigate the course and assessment requirements as required.

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)
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • 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

An individual training plan will be provided when you enrol in this course. Your plan will outline the recommended study timetable and detail your units and assessments.

This is a fully government-subsidised JobTrainer course. Eligibility criteria applies.

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?

You may continue with an enrolment into this course if you are not eligible for subsidised training, however the full training fee will be applicable. There are conditions to enrolment if you are a Temporary Visa Holder. To discuss your visa status and eligibility to enrol please phone 131 601.

For further information on fees and charges please see https://www.tafensw.edu.au/get-started-at-tafe-nsw/fees-information

Please ensure you also read and understand the associated fee policies and conditions related to withdrawal from a course, applying for a refund of fees, applying for a deferral to your studies and if you are behind in payment of instalments.

READ BEFORE YOU ENROL

Learn about TAFE NSW Fees

Learn about TAFE NSW Payment/Funding

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

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.

For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

If you are interested in studying as a Trainee please call 131 601 for full details. (only if available as a trainee)

Core Units
Number Title
ACMGAS201 Work in the animal care industry
ACMWHS201 Participate in workplace health and safety processes
ACMGAS202 Participate in workplace communications
ACMGAS204 Feed and water animals
ACMGAS203 Complete animal care hygiene routines
ACMSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
ACMGAS205 Assist in health care of animals
ACMGAS206 Provide basic first aid for animals
Elective Units
Number Title
ACMGAS209 Provide information on companion animals, products and services
ACMSPE302 Provide basic care of birds
ACMSPE304 Provide basic care of domestic dogs
ACMSPE305 Provide basic care of domestic cats
ACMSPE307 Provide basic care of freshwater fish
ACMGAS207 Provide reception services for an animal care facility
ACMINF301 Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work
ACMGAS208 Source information for animal care needs

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.

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Course Location

OTEN (Open Training Education Network)
51 Wentworth Rd, Strathfield
Phone 131 601

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