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Offering Info

Certificate III in Companion Animal Services

  • National Course Code: ACM30417
  • TAFE NSW code: ACM30417-01V01-21DUB-045

Location – Dubbo, Narromine Road

Study Type

Blended

Course Start Date

Anytime

Study Commitment

8.6 Hours per week

Duration

15 Months

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

Course Details

The nationally accredited Certificate III in Companion Animal Services gives you the skills and knowledge to turn your love for pets, great and small, into a fun and rewarding career. Graduate with confidence as you work in animal shelters, boarding kennels and pet stores.

LEARN NEW SKILLS

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

  • Provide basic care to companion animals
  • Monitor and maintain animal health
  • Maintain good animal welfare
  • Practice hygiene and infection control
  • Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Respond to the needs of pet owners

DEVELOP YOUR TALENT

Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • An interest in animal welfare
  • A calm and empathetic nature
  • The ability to follow directions
  • Good teamwork skills and the ability to work independently
  • Great communication abilities

ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS

Completing this course provides you with:

  • Skills and knowledge to start your own business

Career opportunities:

  • Animal attendant
  • Assistant animal groomer
  • Pet shop worker
  • Pet sitting and dog-walking business

This course is superseded.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 need to demonstrate the following:

  • That you have secured work placement in an animal care facility, evidenced by a letter of support from your workplace
  • That you have achieved the Certificate II in Animal Studies as evidenced by a copy of your transcript or certificate

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

Traineeship

TAFE NSW also offers the Certificate III in Companion Animal Services as a traineeship. To be eligible to enrol 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.

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

You are responsible for arranging your own work placement. Our team can offer support and guidance to assist you. You may find suitable work placement at boarding kennels, pet stores, animal shelters, pet grooming establishments, or animal rescue centres.

IS THIS COURSE RIGHT FOR YOU?

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

  • A passion for animals and their wellbeing
  • A calm and empathetic nature
  • Some experience working within the animal industry
  • Ability to follow directions in a fast-paced environment
  • A reasonable level of fitness as tasks and activities may involve handling animals, and manual lifting

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

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 successfully complete this course you will need access to animals, a computer and the internet.

It is beneficial, but not mandatory that whilst undertaking this qualification the learner should seek to gain a period of work placement or work experience in an animal care environment and/or workplace.

Discover the skills you need for the job you want at the TAFE NSW Information Sessions, 21-25 June 2021.

"INFORMATION SESSIONS

There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course

STUDY COMMITMENT

This is a blended, flexible course. You will need to attend approximately 3.5 hours of class, over 1 day a week, 18 months. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 5.1 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 15.3 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including additional research or learning activities incuding-

  • Revision for exams, or practice for skills assessments and general research/reading for each unit.

    This course is offered by Connected Classroom.  This is just like a regular classroom, but teachers and students use the latest video conferencing technologies.

Your teacher can be in one TAFE location, and you can join the class from another TAFE location using video conferencing equipment or a mobile device. You can also join in from a venue in a participating regional community. You will be able to see and talk to your teacher and other students as though they were in the room with you. You will also have access to support to meet your learning needs.

IS THIS COURSE RIGHT FOR YOU?

This course offering is designed for people who are wishing to enter the Animal Care industry.

The learner target groups for Certificate II in Animal Studies are Predominantly Pre-employment.
Entry-level students, some may have a disability. TAFE Disability consultants will be contacted if a student indicates they may need assistance during the course. Communication is undertaken with disability consultant, section and student to determine this. During this communication aspects such as reasonable adjustment will be discussed for both delivery and assessment.

SERVICES AND STUDY SUPPORT

Support is based on discussion with students and enrolment details. A one-on-one interview can be undertaken and if deemed applicable, a meeting will be arranged to discuss the LLN assistance that TAFE NSW can provide to the learner, with a view to creating an individual training and learning plan that best addresses the learners LLN needs.
Every effort is made by TAFE NSW staff to ensure a successful outcome for enrolled learners. TAFE NSW offers a free tutorial support service to all TAFE NSW learners and further support services.

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

This course is currently scheduled on Thursday 9:30am to 12:00pm via Microsoft Teams and Wednesday 9:30am to 4:00pm face to face every 4 weeks . 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?

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

  • General stationary required to undertake the qualification (pens, paper, 2 ring binder and tabs).
  • PPE such as covered foot protection for example, covered in shoes/boots, hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.

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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
ACMINF301 Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work
ACMSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
ACMGAS203 Complete animal care hygiene routines
ACMWHS301 Contribute to workplace health and safety processes
ACMCAS301 Work effectively in the companion animal industry
ACMGAS301 Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing
Elective Units
Number Title
ACMGAS207 Provide reception services for an animal care facility
ACMGAS303 Plan for and provide nutritional requirements for animals
ACMSPE312 Provide basic care of rodents and rabbits
ACMCAS307 Provide companion animal hydro-bathing services
ACMSPE307 Provide basic care of freshwater fish
ACMCAS306 Provide grooming services for companion animal comfort
ACMSPE302 Provide basic care of birds
ACMGAS302 Provide enrichment for animals
ACMSPE304 Provide basic care of domestic dogs

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

pet shop/aquarium assistant
kennel attendant
cattery attendant
assistant dog trainer
pet exerciser
assistant grooming 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

Dubbo, Narromine Road
Mitchell Highway, Dubbo
Phone 131 601

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