Course Type:
Accredited Course
Study Mode:
On Campus, Online (With on-campus workshops)
On campus: 6 months
Online: 10 months
Starting Date:
On campus: 12/07/2021
Online/Blended: 13/07/2021
Online, Warragul Baw Baw Skills Centre
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Course Overview

If you love animals and the idea of working in an animal care role, this course is a great starting point.

Take the first steps in this rewarding industry by completing the nationally recognised Certificate in Animal Studies course, where you’ll gain the skills and knowledge to care for animals in workplaces such as animal shelters, kennels, catteries, sanctuaries and veterinary clinics.

Taught both on campus and online, this course gives you the opportunity to build your professional networks through meeting other students and industry specialist guest speakers.

But if the online class times don’t work for you, don’t worry, they’re recorded – meaning you can study when it suits you, without disrupting your other commitments.

Not only that, your learning will also be enhanced through excursions and industry visits. Learn through case studies, peer-to-peer learning and real-life experiences under the guidance of our specialist trainers. Sounds pretty good to us!

One thing we do recommend while undertaking this course is that you have access to at least two different species of animals, whether they’re your own, or a friend’s. This will help you in your learning needs and support the achievement of assessment outcomes – so if you don’t have any yet, it would be beneficial to look into it before applying.

Once you complete the course, you’ll be qualified to work in the companion animal care sector, earning money and gaining experience, while you decide where to take your career next.

Those next steps could be studying the ACM30117 Certificate III in Animal Studies or ACM30417 Certificate III in Companion Animal Services. Both of these courses will allow you to work in higher level workplaces and enhance your employment opportunities and we’ll be here to take you through everything you need to know when you’re ready.

There has never been a more exciting time to get your career started as an animal care professional.


On campus: Monday and Thursday 9:00am - 3:00pm. Classes are scheduled at Baw Baw Skills Centre campus in Warragul.

Online (With on-campus workshops): Online webinars are scheduled to run from 10am to 12pm every Tuesday via Zoom or Skype. Sessions are recorded for students who cannot attend.

2 hour tutorial scheduled for Tuesdays 2pm-4pm.  Face to face Practical skills workshops, incursions & excursions are scheduled at the Baw Baw Skills Centre (Warragul) throughout the duration of the course to enhance learning and meet assessment requirements.

Qualifications and Recognition

Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Certificate II in Animal Studies.

Career Opportunities

  • Assistant animal care worker
  • Assistant animal shelter attendant
  • Assistant kennel hand
  • Assistant cattery attendant.

Opportunities for Further Study

After achieving this qualification, candidates may undertake ACM30117 Certificate III in Animal Studies (Not on offer at TAFE Gippsland) or ACM30417 Certificate III in Companion Animal Services which define higher level job functions.

Further Information

Course and Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Recommended entry requirements

  • It is recommended that students own or have access to at least 2 different species of animals throughout the duration of the course, in order to meet their learning needs and support the achievement of assessment outcomes

Limitations to entry

  • Students must have access to a reliable internet connection.
  • Students must have access to a computer or tablet that will support course work to be completed in our Learning Management System Moodle. We recommend that this also includes a headset (integrated microphone and earphones).
  • This job role also requires candidates to have a good level of physical fitness to allow them to safely handle animals in the workplace. This includes the ability to bend, lift and be on their feet most of the day.


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


On campus students: Recommended to complete a minimum of 80 hours of work placement (equivalent to 4 hours per week over 20 week delivery)

Blended students: Recommended to complete a minimum of 160 hours of work placement (equivalent to 4 hours per week over 40 week delivery)

Placement is arranged by: Student

Pathway to Industry Licence

Not Applicable

Material and Equipment supplied by students

Materials required. Refer to department for further details.

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

Course Modules

Course units
ACMGAS209 Provide Information On Companion Animals, Products And Services
ACMSPE304 Provide basic care of domestic dogs
ACMGAS205 Assist In Health Care Of Animals
ACMSPE310 Provide Basic Care Of Mammals
ACMGAS206 Provide Basic First Aid For Animals
ACMGAS208 Source Information For Animal Care Needs
ACMGAS203 Complete Animal Care Hygiene Routines
ACMGAS201 Work in the animal care industry
ACMGAS204 Feed And Water Animals
ACMSUS201 Participate In Environmentally Sustainable Work Practices
ACMGAS202 Participate In Workplace Communications
ACMWHS201 Participate in workplace health and safety processes


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