Course Type:
Accredited Course; Traineeship
Study Mode:
10 months
Starting Date:
Ongoing enrolments
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Course Overview

Are you already working in a job with animals, but don’t have all the qualifications you need? Or do you have a staff member with huge potential you want to keep, but they just need that little bit of upskilling? If yes, this traineeship is the perfect course both you (the employer), and your employee.

Available to people who currently work in the animal care sector, a Certificate III in Companion Animal Services (Traineeship) will help students learn all the skills and gain the qualifications they need to care for a wide range of pets, offering crucial assistance to owners, groomers, pet stores and trainers.

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You’ll also learn handling techniques that will make yourself and the animal more comfortable. You’ll be an integral part of any companion animal organisation as you learn to maintain and monitor the health of animals, look after their hygiene and provide basic care.

You will also receive scheduled workplace visits by our Animal Studies teachers as well as regular phone calls and emails. Students are required to complete a workplace diary and each course unit has an online component for research and assessments.

When undertaking this course, we recommend that you work or volunteer in a companion animal organisation while you finish your studies. It will help you get hands-on and theoretical experience while you turn your passion for animals into the possibility of a career.

Individuals can apply directly, or a business owner can enrol an employee as a way of developing staff knowledge, skills and experience.

At the end of course, students will be eligible to take their study further and apply for the ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. This course will provide even greater opportunities to work in the sector, as you work and study at the same time – meaning you’ll be putting what you’re learning into practice, making you more confident and increasing your employment opportunities.

So, if you’re needing to upskill in your current industry, we’re here to help you get the qualifications you need to grow in the job you love.


Trainees are expected to be employed full time in the workplace.

All practical skills sessions occur at Baw Baw Skills Centre.
Theory delivery is conducted 4pm- 6pm on Wednesdays
Teacher supported study session Thursdays 4pm - 6pm

Qualifications and Recognition

Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Certificate III in Companion Animal Services (Traineeship).

Career Opportunities

  • Pet shop/aquarium assistant
  • Kennel attendant
  • Cattery attendant
  • Assistant dog trainer
  • Pet exerciser
  • Assistant grooming attendant

Opportunities for Further Study

After achieving this Qualification, candidates may undertake ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing that defines higher level job functions.

Further Information

Course and Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Recommended entry requirements

  • It is recommended that the student owns or has access to a minimum of two different species of animals throughout the duration of this course, in order to meet their learning needs and support the achievement of assessment outcomes.
  • To enter this course individuals must be employed as a trainee in an animal care workplace
  • This qualification may be accessed by direct entry, often as a part time or full time traineeship


Not Applicable

Online requirement

Not Applicable


Course Cost

VET Student Loans

Not Applicable for this course

Help with Fees

Specialist Course Information

Specialist Course Information



Whilst the qualification does not specify a workplace requirement, there is a requirement to assess three units of competency in the workplace. It is recommended that the student completes a minimum of 80 hours of work placement in the animal care industry
Placement is arranged by: Student

Pathway to Industry Licence

Not Applicable

Material and Equipment supplied by students

Not Applicable

Student Services

Support is available for students at every stage of the study journey. Please speak to any of our friendly reception or teaching staff.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Many TAFE Gippsland courses offer Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Click to learn more about RPL and how it can benefit you.

Course Structure

Sample course units

Course units
ACMCAN309 Develop institutional husbandry guidelines
ACMGAS206 Provide Basic First Aid For Animals
ACMGAS208 Source Information For Animal Care Needs
ACMGAS205 Assist In Health Care Of Animals
ACMSUS201 Participate In Environmentally Sustainable Work Practices
ACMSPE310 Provide Basic Care Of Mammals
ACMINF301 Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work
ACMGAS203 Complete Animal Care Hygiene Routines
ACMCAS302 Provide Advice On Companion Animal Selection And General Care
ACMWHS301 Contribute to workplace health and safety processes
ACMSPE312 Provide basic care of rodents and rabbits
ACMSPE304 Provide basic care of domestic dogs
ACMGAS303 Plan for and provide nutritional requirements for animals
ACMGAS301 Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing
ACMCAS301 Work effectively in the companion animal industry


Assessment for this course will include a combination of competency based assessment methods.