Offering Info

Certificate III in Animal Studies

  • National Course Code: ACM30117
  • TAFE NSW code: ACM30117-01V01-21OTE-024

Location – TAFE Digital


Self paced



Course Start Date


Study Commitment

25 Hours per week


1 Year

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

Course Details

The nationally recognised Certificate III in Animal Studies turns your love of animals into a vibrant career, as you work towards an assistant or sole business owner in the animal services industry. Provide world-class care, and collaborate with like-minded peers to nurture and care for animals.


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to:

  • Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing
  • Maintain hygiene and infection control
  • Provide basic care to a range of companion animal species
  • Contribute to occupational health and safety processes
  • Meet animal nutrition requirements


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Collaboration skills
  • A passion for animal care and welfare
  • The ability to work in high pressure situations
  • A calm demeanour
  • A reasonable level of fitness to safely handle animals and manual lifting


Completing this course provides you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate III level
  • Skills and knowledge to start your own sole trader business
  • A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities

Career opportunities:

  • Animal care receptionist
  • Animal carer
  • Animal control and regulation assistant
  • Pet shop assistant
  • Animal attendant
  • Animal welfare officer


Take your career further with 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This course is superseded.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.


To be selected for a place in this course, you need to demonstrate the following:

  • Access to an animal care facility where you can gain practical skills, evidenced through a signed letter with photos

Please check your preferred study location for any additional entry requirements.


TAFE NSW also offers the Certificate III in Animal Studies as a traineeship. In addition to meeting the above requirements, trainees must:

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

Thinking about a traineeship? Enquire today.


Work placement provides you with opportunities to practice responding 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.

During your course you may undertake a mandatory 8 hours of work placement with a suitable industry employer.

You are responsible for arranging your own work placement. Our team can offer support and guidance to assist you.


To be prepared for this course, we recommend you have:

  • Passion for animals and their welfare
  • Reasonable level of fitness to handle animals and carry out manual lifting
  • Experience working with and caring for animals
  • A calm demeanour

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options


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 that you:

  • have a suitable work placement

Before appyling for the course:

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

  • a minimum 210 hrs of paid employment or volunteer work
  • demonstration of skills with different types of animals. If your workplace only deals with one species, or does not cover all of the tasks, you will be required to do some placement at another facility.

The following facilities are suitable for all units, except ACMVET202, Carry out daily clinic routines, (for progress to Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing), which must be done in a veterinary clinic or animal hospital. If you cannot find a clinic or animal hospital placement, a replacement unit can be substituted to allow you to complete the course.

  • boarding kennels/catteries
  • animal rescue groups
  • Animal Welfare League, RSPCA
  • local council pound
  • petting zoos
  • veterinary clinics (limited placements available)

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • a computer with good Internet access
  • Microsoft Word for assessment tasks. You can access Microsoft Office 365 for free
  • a digital video recording device and associated software to save and upload video and image files. A smart phone is suitable for this. Assessment of practical skills requires you to provide video of yourself performing practical tasks in the workplace.
  • to be reasonably physically fit to undertake work placement, as the tasks and activities associated involve handling animals, and may involve manual lifting


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course.


This is an online course. You will need to complete approximately 12 hours of online study, each week, for your enrolment duration of 1 year.
You can increase the hours of online study per week, to complete the course sooner.

You may also be required to complete approximately 13 hours of additional study each week outside of online study hours, including work placement, private study, research, and gathering evidence for assessment tasks.


This course offering is designed for people who:

  • are self-directed learners
  • have good computer skills
  • have completed a Certificate II in Animal Studies

The course provides a good pathway to Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, ACM40418. If you do not hold any animal qualifications, have not studied online or at a Certificate III level or higher previously, you are advised to enrol in the Certificate II in Animals Studies, ACM20117, instead.


There is a new version of this course (ACM30121 Certificate III in Animal Services) coming soon. If it is available before you complete your studies, you will be notified of your options and may be transferred to the new course.


Additional learning and study tools available for this course, include:

  • an Education Support Officer (ESO) offers 1 on 1 assistance by phone, online, or Email, to assist you to understand the learning materials, 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
  • 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.


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

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.


Learn about TAFE NSW Fees

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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.

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
ACMGAS202 Participate in workplace communications
ACMGAS203 Complete animal care hygiene routines
ACMGAS301 Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing
ACMGAS303 Plan for and provide nutritional requirements for animals
ACMINF301 Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work
ACMSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
ACMWHS301 Contribute to workplace health and safety processes
Elective Units
Number Title
ACMGAS207 Provide reception services for an animal care facility
ACMGAS302 Provide enrichment for animals
ACMGAS307 Identify animal anatomy and physiology for animal care work
ACMGAS308 Communicate effectively with clients and team members
ACMSPE301 Provide basic care of amphibians
ACMSPE302 Provide basic care of birds
ACMSPE303 Provide basic care of common native mammals
ACMSPE304 Provide basic care of domestic dogs
ACMSPE305 Provide basic care of domestic cats
ACMSPE307 Provide basic care of freshwater fish
ACMVET202 Carry out daily practice routines
SIRRINV001 Receive and handle retail stock
SIRRMER001 Produce visual merchandise displays
SIRXSLS002 Follow point-of-sale procedures

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Animal care receptionist and support officer
Animal control and regulation assistant
Animal health officer on indigenous communities
Animal shelter assistant
Assistant animal welfare officer

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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