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  • ACM20117

Certificate II in Animal Studies

At a glance

At a glance

Kick start your career in the animal care industry and get qualified to work as an assistant dog groomer, veterinary assistant, or animal shelter attendant.

JOB PROSPECTS
  • Assistant Dog Groomer
  • Animal Shelter Attendant
  • Veterinary Assistant
COURSE OUTCOME

ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies

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Course overview

Course overview

Kick start your career in the animal care industry with this entry-level course. This qualification will qualify you to provide care for animals in kennels, catteries, animal shelters, sanctuaries and veterinary clinics. 

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 an introduction to the animal care industry and teach you how to conduct animal care work practices in an ethical and humane manner. Learn how to complete animal care hygiene routines, feed and water animals, provide basic first aid, and assist in the health care of animals. You'll also gain essential workplace skills in effective workplace communication, workplace health and safety, and environmentally sustainable work practices. 

Successful completion of this course will qualify you to seek work as an assistant dog groomer, veterinary assistant, or animal shelter attendant. You'll also be well positioned to continue with further studies in this area. 

Units

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 4 elective units listed below.  You will also be required to undertake 6 days of work experience in an approved setting. 

Upgrade to a dual award
In addition to the above, by completing further elective units listed below (Darling Downs and South West - 5 units / Greater Brisbane - 3 units), you may be eligible to also receive the Certificate III in Animal Studies. You will also be required to complete an additional 3 days of practical activities on campus.

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
ACMGAS201
Work in the animal care industry
ACMWHS201
Participate in workplace health and safety processes
ACMGAS205
Assist in health care of animals
ACMGAS204
Feed and water animals
ACMGAS206
Provide basic first aid for animals
ACMGAS202
Participate in workplace communications
ACMSUS201
Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
ACMGAS203
Complete animal care hygiene routines

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
Darling Downs and South West
HLTAID003
Provide first aid
ACMGAS207
Provide reception services for an animal care facility
ACMGAS303
Plan for and provide nutritional requirements for animals
ACMGAS301
Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing
Greater Brisbane
ACMSPE304
Provide basic care of domestic dogs
ACMINF301
Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work
ACMSPE305
Provide basic care of domestic cats
ACMGAS209
Provide information on companion animals, products and services
Dual award upgrade units - Darling Downs and South West
ACMSPE304
Provide basic care of domestic dogs
ACMINF301
Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work
ACMWHS301
Contribute to workplace health and safety processes
ACMSPE302
Provide basic care of birds
BSBINM301
Organise workplace information
Dual award upgrade units - Greater Brisbane
ACMWHS301
Contribute to workplace health and safety processes
ACMGAS303
Plan for and provide nutritional requirements for animals
ACMGAS301
Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

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Ways to study

Ways to study

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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.

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  • James Cook University
  • Southern Cross University
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland
Payment options

Payment options

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.

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Important Information
Important Information

Important Information


Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Placement

You be required to undertake 6 days of work experience in an approved setting and will be required to make your own way to and from the work experience site.

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, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for use at all TAFE Queensland locations. You are welcome to bring own laptops to class.

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.

Clothing requirements:
You must purchase a TAFE Queensland polo shirt which is to be worn on work experience as per industry requirements. You will be required to wear dark long pants e.g. black or dark denim (no holey denim), closed in comfortable shoes, minimal jewellery to all practical classes e.g. watch and one pair of stud earrings with long hair tied up.

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.

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.

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How to apply

How to apply

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. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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If you have read and understood the student rules, refund policy, understand your fees and payment options, have a Unique Student Identifier (USI) and checked you meet the entry requirements and selection criteria for this course, you're ready to get started.

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
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland