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.
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.
Designed so you can study and work at the same time, this flexible 10-month course will give you hands-on experience in the industry you love, allowing you to work as a pet shop/aquarium assistant, a kennel attendant, a cattery attendant, an assistant dog trainer, a pet exerciser, an assistant grooming attendant, as well as enhancing your career opportunities.
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 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 stay 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 RecognitionUpon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Certificate III in Companion Animal Services (Traineeship).
- 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.
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
All students required to attend on-site learning must be fully vaccinated in line with TAFE Gippsland’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. Exceptions apply for valid medical reasons and students studying secondary school subjects.
Specialist Course Information
PlacementWhilst 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
Material and Equipment supplied by students
Student ServicesSupport 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 LearningMany TAFE Gippsland courses offer Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Click to learn more about RPL and how it can benefit you.
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Assessment for this course will include a combination of competency based assessment methods.