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Offering Info

Certificate II in Animal Studies

  • National Course Code: ACM20117
  • TAFE NSW code: ACM20117-01V02-22BKS-220

Location – Bankstown

Attendance

Full Time

Delivery

On campus

Course Start Date

19 Jul 2022

Study Commitment

14 Hours per week

Duration

18 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This course is superseded.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.

WORKPLACEMENT IS NOT REQUIRED FOR THIS OFFERING see below
To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • A good level of physical fitness to perform the job role required as industry needs. Animal handling, physical strength and mobility are required for WHS reasons.
  • Work placement is NOT mandated for this course as simulated workplace activities and practical's are provided using a custom designed / built laboratory, surgery and reception area and boarding / kennelling area.
  • Equipment and facilities are provided onsite for each task.

Discover the skills you need, for the job you want at a TAFE NSW Information Session.

STUDY COMMITMENT

This is a part time, on campus course. You must attend approximately 14 hours of class. You may also be required to complete approximately 10 hours of additional study. This additional study could include private study, work placements and research.

The course will run 2 days a week for 18 weeks.

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

The way you learn may change during your enrolment to ensure the best learning experience or to keep you safe as COVID-19 restrictions change, and some of our face to face classes may change to online or virtual classroom learning. Also, to ensure that we keep you safe while studying, we may modify our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, there may be a modification or delay in the planned timeframe due to COVID-19 impacts. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is currently scheduled on Tuesday and Friday with Day classes. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.

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?

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

There is an equipment and materials charge for this course. The following additional charges may apply to this course:

Equipment $100

  • Animal Studies Starter Pack
  • Bandaging and first aid materials
  • PPE kit
  • Patient care (syringe and swabs)

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

Enrolling 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. Enrol and pay online via our secure payment gateway to secure your place. As you progress through the 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
ACMGAS202 Participate in workplace communications
ACMGAS203 Complete animal care hygiene routines
ACMGAS204 Feed and water animals
ACMGAS205 Assist in health care of animals
ACMGAS206 Provide basic first aid for animals
ACMSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
ACMWHS201 Participate in workplace health and safety processes
Elective Units
Number Title
ACMGAS208 Source information for animal care needs
ACMGAS209 Provide information on companion animals, products and services
ACMSPE304 Provide basic care of domestic dogs
ACMSPE305 Provide basic care of domestic cats

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

Bankstown
Phone 131 601

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