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Certificate II in Animal Studies

  • National Course Code: ACM20117
  • TAFE NSW code: ACM20117-01V02-22OTE-200

Location – TAFE Digital

Attendance

Self paced

Delivery

Online

Course Start Date

Anytime

Study Commitment

11 Hours per week

Duration

1 year

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

Course Details

The nationally accredited Certificate II in Animal Studies will kickstart your career in animal care. Channel your passion as you develop foundational skills to work as an animal attendant in shelters or veterinary clinics while building strong industry relationships in your local community.

LEARN NEW SKILLS

Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, 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 attributes to help you get ahead:

  • A passion for animals and their welfare
  • A calm nature
  • Attention to detail
  • Good communication abilities
  • The ability to work as part of a team

ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS

Completing this course provides you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate II level
  • A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities

Career opportunities:

  • Animal attendant or trainer
  • Trainee veterinary nurse

GROW YOUR CAREER

Take your career further with the:

  • Certificate III in Animal Studies
  • Certificate III in Companion Animal Services
  • Certificate III in Pet Grooming
  • Certificate III in Captive Animals
  • 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This course is superseded.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.

Depending on your campus location:

  • You may need to secure work placement in a suitable animal care facility to fulfill the practical skills part of this course, or
  • You may need to go through an application process to secure your position

Please check your preferred study location for any campus-specific entry requirements.

Traineeship

TAFE NSW also offers the Certificate II in Animal Studies as a traineeship. To be eligible for this course as a trainee, you must:

  • Be employed in the animal care industry as this course is delivered in the workplace
  • Have a signed traineeship contract

Thinking about a traineeship? Enquire today.

WORK PLACEMENT

Work placement provides you with opportunities to respond to situations and circumstances that cannot be replicated in a learning or simulated environment. Work placement strengthens your training and supports continued learning and assessment in the workplace.

Work placement is not required in this course. However, depending on your campus location, you may need to undertake work placement with a suitable industry employer. Please check your preferred study location for any campus-specific work placement requirements.

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.

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.

Before applying:

Your host workplace needs to be able to provide you with access to the tasks, equipment and resources necessary to develop your skills and undertake your workplace assessment tasks. Suitable facilities for the Certificate II in Animal Studies may include:
boarding kennels/catteries
groomers/mobile dog washing services
pet sitting services/doggy day care
animal rescue groups/Animal Welfare League/RSPCA/local council pound
petting zoos
pet shops
veterinary clinics.

Some units require you to demonstrate skills with several different types of animals. If your workplace only deals with one species or does not cover all the tasks in the unit, you will be required to do some work placement at another facility.

Once this has been done complete your application.

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

STUDY COMMITMENT

This is a self paced, online course. You must attend approximately 11 hours of class. You may also be required to complete approximately 6 hours of additional study. This additional study could include private study, work placements and research.

The course will run for 1 years.

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?

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
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
ACMGAS207 Provide reception services for an animal care facility
ACMINF301 Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work
ACMVET202 Carry out daily practice routines
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

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

TAFE Digital
Phone 131 601

Fees information

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