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Certificate III in Companion Animal Services

  • National Course Code: ACM30417
  • TAFE NSW code: ACM30417-01V01-21WLB-171

Location – Wollongbar

Study Type

Full Time

Course Start Date

12 Jul 2021

Study Commitment

24 Hours per week


18 Weeks

  • 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.


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 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


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This course is superseded.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.


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.


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 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.


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.


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:

  • completed the current Animal Care application form. Applications are screened by the Head Teacher.
  • successfully completed ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies (or equivalent) prior to applying for this course.
  • secured a minimum of 8 hours per week work placement in a suitable companion animal care facility for the duration of this course. Applicants must provide a work placement confirmation letter in support of their application form.

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • good health and fitness (ability to carry out physical work in indoor and outdoor environments).
  • to wear enclosed footwear for practical training.
  • access to a computer and internet service for carrying out distance and self-paced study.

Work Placement:
Applicants must complete a minimum of 144 hours of work placement (8 hours per week) in a suitable companion animal facility for the duration of the course.
The workplace must be appropriate to the course requirements (companion animal enterprise) and must be approved by the head teacher. TAFE NSW will provide safety information documents to the student and workplace prior to commencement.

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


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course.


This is a full time course. You will need to attend approximately 12 hours of class, over 2 days a week, for 18 weeks. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 12 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 8 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including revision and assessment preparation.


This course offering is designed for people who:

  • have a desire to gain employment as an animal attendant, working in a companion animal facility.
  • have already completed ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies or equivalent.

This is a high demand course therefore an application process is 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

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 Thursday and Friday from 9.00am to 3.30pm. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.

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?


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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
ACMCAS301 Work effectively in the companion animal industry
ACMGAS203 Complete animal care hygiene routines
ACMGAS301 Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing
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
ACMCAS302 Provide advice on companion animal selection and general care
ACMCAS304 Capture, handle and transport companion animals
ACMCAS307 Provide companion animal hydro-bathing services
ACMGAS302 Provide enrichment for animals
ACMGAS303 Plan for and provide nutritional requirements for animals
ACMGAS308 Communicate effectively with clients and team members
ACMSPE304 Provide basic care of domestic dogs
ACMSPE305 Provide basic care of domestic cats
ACMSPE312 Provide basic care of rodents and rabbits

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

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Course Location

Sneaths Road, Wollongbar
Phone 131 601

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