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ACM30122 | 110617G

Certificate III in Animal Care Services

Kick start your career with animals with this entry-level course that will give you the skills to work as an animal attendant or trainer.

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NEXT INTAKE On campus: Ashmore Start date: 04 Oct 2022 Duration: 1 year
STUDY LOCATIONS Greater Brisbane Gold Coast
WAYS TO STUDY On campus International
WHAT YOU'LL PAY
JobTrainer
$0
Concession
$3,010
Subsidised
$3,760
Full Fee
$7,260
International
$10,800
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Course overview

Start your career working with animals with this entry-level course. This qualification will give you the skills you need to work as an animal attendant or trainer. It is also the perfect foundation course for people looking to move into specialised streams in the field.

According to the Australian Government's Job Outlook service, the number of people working as animal attendants and trainers is expected to grow strongly in the future. There are likely to be around 12,000 job openings in this growing occupation over the next five years.

This course will give you broad skills in basic care and the capture, handling and transportation of companion animals, as well as specialised skills in either behavioural sciences or veterinary nursing. Our passionate team of industry professionals are the best in the business and will give you the one-on-one guidance you need to succeed in your studies.

Successful completion of this course will qualify you to work as an animal trainer or health officer, or trainee veterinary nurse. It will also give you the knowledge required to complete further studies in the field.

What can I do?

  • Animal Control and Regulation Assistant
  • Animal Health Officer
  • Animal Technician
  • Animal Trainer
  • Kennel or Shelter Attendant

Course outcome:

ACM30122 Certificate III in Animal Care Services

JobTrainer funded course

This course is eligible for JobTrainer funding, meaning it could be free for eligible school-leavers, young people and job seekers looking to develop new skills. Training is proudly delivered by TAFE Queensland and jointly funded by the Australian Government and Queensland Government. Learn more >

Strong industry partnerships

As part of your course, you get valuable experience in real workplaces. Our strong partnerships mean you will use the skills you are learning to care for animals in different settings within your community, while also getting to know potential future employers.

What you will study

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 10 elective units from the list below.

  • UNIT CODE
  • UNIT NAME

  • UNIT CODE
  • ACMBEH301
    Identify behaviours and interact safely with animals
    UNIT CODE :
    ACMBEH301
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to identify and interpret behaviour and safely handle, interact and respond to animals in a range of animal care facilities and environments. It can be applied to a range of animal species.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Identify behaviours and interact safely with animals

  • UNIT CODE
  • ACMGEN303
    Assess the welfare status of an animal
    UNIT CODE :
    ACMGEN303
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to assess the welfare status of an animal using an industry recognised animal welfare assessment framework or model and tool.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Assess the welfare status of an animal

  • UNIT CODE
  • ACMGEN304
    Promote positive wellbeing in self and others in animal care workplaces
    UNIT CODE :
    ACMGEN304
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to manage personal wellbeing and psychological health and safety in workplaces involving animals. It includes identifying the hazards and challenges of the work, developing a proactive self-care action plan and contributing to positive support strategies.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Promote positive wellbeing in self and others in animal care workplaces

  • UNIT CODE
  • ACMGEN309
    Provide basic animal first aid
    UNIT CODE :
    ACMGEN309
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to provide essential first aid for animals. The first aider is not expected to deal with complex cases or incidents, but to provide an initial response where first aid is required.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Provide basic animal first aid

  • UNIT CODE
  • ACMGEN315
    Communicate effectively with clients and team members
    UNIT CODE :
    ACMGEN315
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to communicate effectively with clients, a supervisor, team members and industry representatives.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Communicate effectively with clients and team members

  • UNIT CODE
  • ACMINF301
    Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work
    UNIT CODE :
    ACMINF301
    Unit description :

    This unit of competency covers the process required to comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care workplaces and relevant field locations.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work

  • UNIT CODE
  • ACMWHS301
    Contribute to workplace health and safety processes
    UNIT CODE :
    ACMWHS301
    Unit description :

    This unit of competency covers the process required by an employee to contribute to workplace health and safety processes where there is responsibility for own work outputs and possibly limited responsibility for the work output of others.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Contribute to workplace health and safety processes

Ways to study
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Loganlea
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Veterinary Nursing stream: Full time 2 days per week
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $3,010
  • Subsidised: $3,760
  • Full fee: $7,260
Loganlea
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Behaviour stream: Full time 3 days per week
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $3,010
  • Subsidised: $3,760
  • Full fee: $7,260
Mt Gravatt
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Behaviour stream: Full time 3 days per week
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $3,010
  • Subsidised: $3,760
  • Full fee: $7,260
Mt Gravatt
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Veterinary Nursing stream: Full time 2 days per week
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $3,010
  • Subsidised: $3,760
  • Full fee: $7,260
Grovely
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Veterinary Nursing stream: Full time 2 days per week
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $3,010
  • Subsidised: $3,760
  • Full fee: $7,260
Grovely
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Behaviour stream: Full time 3 days per week
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $3,010
  • Subsidised: $3,760
  • Full fee: $7,260
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Ashmore
04 Oct 2022
1 year
Full time - Theory sessions conducted 1 day per week (online/face to face), weekly workshops 2 days per week (face to face), total 3 days per week
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
Mixed mode
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $3,010
  • Subsidised: $3,760
  • Full fee: $7,260
Ashmore
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Full time - Theory sessions conducted 1 day per week (online/face to face), weekly workshops 2 days per week (face to face), total 3 days per week
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $3,010
  • Subsidised: $3,760
  • Full fee: $7,260
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Ashmore
04 Oct 2022
1 year
Full time - Theory sessions conducted 2 days per week (online/face to face), weekly workshops 1 day per week (face to face), total 3 days per week Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
Mixed mode
  • International: $10,800
Ashmore
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Full time - Theory sessions conducted 2 days per week (online/face to face), weekly workshops 1 day per week (face to face), total 3 days per week Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
Mixed mode
  • International: $10,800
Ashmore
17 Apr 2023
1 year
Full time - Theory sessions conducted 2 days per week (online/face to face), weekly workshops 1 day per week (face to face), total 3 days per week Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
Mixed mode
  • International: $10,800
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Loganlea
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Veterinary Nursing stream: Full time 2 days per week
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $3,010
  • Subsidised: $3,760
  • Full fee: $7,260
Loganlea
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Behaviour stream: Full time 3 days per week
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $3,010
  • Subsidised: $3,760
  • Full fee: $7,260
Mt Gravatt
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Behaviour stream: Full time 3 days per week
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $3,010
  • Subsidised: $3,760
  • Full fee: $7,260
Mt Gravatt
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Veterinary Nursing stream: Full time 2 days per week
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $3,010
  • Subsidised: $3,760
  • Full fee: $7,260
Grovely
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Veterinary Nursing stream: Full time 2 days per week
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $3,010
  • Subsidised: $3,760
  • Full fee: $7,260
Grovely
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Behaviour stream: Full time 3 days per week
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $3,010
  • Subsidised: $3,760
  • Full fee: $7,260
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Ashmore
04 Oct 2022
1 year
Full time - Theory sessions conducted 1 day per week (online/face to face), weekly workshops 2 days per week (face to face), total 3 days per week
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
Mixed mode
  • JobTrainer: $0
  • Concession: $3,010
  • Subsidised: $3,760
  • Full fee: $7,260
Ashmore
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Full time - Theory sessions conducted 1 day per week (online/face to face), weekly workshops 2 days per week (face to face), total 3 days per week
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $3,010
  • Subsidised: $3,760
  • Full fee: $7,260
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Ashmore
04 Oct 2022
1 year
Full time - Theory sessions conducted 2 days per week (online/face to face), weekly workshops 1 day per week (face to face), total 3 days per week Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
Mixed mode
  • International: $10,800
Ashmore
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Full time - Theory sessions conducted 2 days per week (online/face to face), weekly workshops 1 day per week (face to face), total 3 days per week Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
Mixed mode
  • International: $10,800
Ashmore
17 Apr 2023
1 year
Full time - Theory sessions conducted 2 days per week (online/face to face), weekly workshops 1 day per week (face to face), total 3 days per week Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
Mixed mode
  • International: $10,800

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Certificate III in Animal Care Services (ACM30122)

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Certificate III in Animal Care Services

COURSE CODE: ACM30122
Payment Options

How can I pay for this course?

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what’s right for you, get in touch. We’re here to help. 

Payment plan

If you have difficulty paying for the full cost of a course upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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Upfront payment

This may be the full fee for the course, or the student contribution amount if you are eligible for a subsidy or concession.

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International student payment

Our preferred payment method is telegraphic transfer or credit card using Western Union Global Pay for Students or the Flywire Payment Portal. Western Union and Flywire both allow you to complete your payment in your own currency using a telegraphic transfer with no processing fees or delays. 
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Important Information

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Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Selection criteria

Domestic students
This course has no formal entry requirements however, TAFE Queensland requires the following:

  • Year 10 or equivalent;
  • Sound level of computer and literacy skills;
  • valid and appropriate email account;
  • be prepared to attend compulsory work experience in an animal care facility; and
  • physically, emotionally and mentally "fit for practice" for the purpose of work experience.


Greater Brisbane
As there is a high demand for this program, TAFE Queensland Brisbane region has introduced an application process which requires all applicants to complete a questionnaire, submit a current resume and undertake the Basic Key Skills Builder (BKSB) Literacy and Numeracy assessments prior to enrolment into this program. Each of the questions on the questionnaire have been weighted and applicants will be shortlisted based on their responses to these questions.

Shortlisted applicants will be asked to complete the BKSB assessment – further details regarding dates/times for the BKSB sessions will be emailed to you at a later date and you will be required to book into one of these sessions.   Applicants who achieve an Exit Level 2 Working at Level 3 or higher (in both literacy and numeracy) on the BKSB will receive a higher ranking.

The BKSB is an approved online skills review tool used by TAFE Queensland to determine your reading and numeracy levels within the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF).  This will assist in ensuring you have the right skills and support to be successful in your course.  The BKSB also helps us identify any areas where you may need additional support to help you achieve your goals.   Further information on the BKSB can be found here: https://tafeqld.edu.au/study-with-us/entry-requirements/basic-key-skills-builder.html

International students
The following selection criteria requirements apply only to International students:

  • You must be at least 18 years of age to enter into this course;
  • English Language Proficiency: Academic IELTS 6.0 (no individual band less than 5.5) or ISLPR 3 on all skills or other - View a list of all English Language test accepted by TAFE Queensland International; and
  • Academic Requirements: Completion of Year 10 (or equivalent). Non school-leavers must have relevant work experience or qualification that indicates likely success of course completion. For more information on the international education achievement levels equivalent to Year 10 and 12.


Applicants should be a minimum of 17 years of age and turning 18 during the first year of study with TAFE Queensland. International students who are under 18 years of age and are applying for a student visa are required by the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs to have adequate welfare arrangements in place.  TAFE Queensland has entered an agreement with Union Institute of Language (UIL) to facilitate the provision of the welfare services (fees apply).

Resources required

It is recommended that you have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system Connect, and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat Reader. This equipment and software is available for use at all TAFE Queensland locations.

You may be required to undertake pre-reading or purchase textbooks. If this applies, you will be provided with a recommended reading list and/or required textbooks during orientation or at the start of each unit. The purchase of these resources may incur additional costs, or you may be able to borrow them from the TAFE Queensland library network.

You may also be required to purchase uniform items, including TAFE Queensland branded items. These details will be provided after enrolment or during orientation. The purchase of these uniform items may incur additional costs up to the value of $80.00.

You must have the required Animal Studies shirt prior to attending Work Experience (including the AWL, RSPCA), or you will unable to participate.

Need to know

Working in certain jobs increases your exposure to some vaccine-preventable diseases. The National Health and Medical Research Council recommends the following vaccinations in line with the Queensland Government’s occupational immunisations for veterinary students;

  • Rabies
  • Q-fever
  • Influenza
  • Tetanus vaccine

Please note: Vaccination and serology evidence requirements may alter during your studies in accordance with changes to industry requirements and/or Australian Immunisation Guidelines. For further information please contact TAFE Queensland.

Assessment Methods

Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning. Read more about assessment methods.

Pathways

University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about University Pathways

  • James Cook University
  • Southern Cross University
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • Federation University
  • University of Southern Queensland

How to Apply

Direct application

If you're ready to get started, simply hit the Apply Now button on your preferred course information page and get your application underway online. 

For International students

International students can either apply directly through our TAFE Queensland International Application portal, or through one of our education agents. Our registered agents can assist you with your visa application and guide you through the enrolment process. If you are from this list of countries, you will need to apply through an agent.
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Course Disclaimer

All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolment numbers. Timetable information is subject to change prior to commencement and/or during the duration of your course.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit transfers

Fast track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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