Code:
ACM30417
Course Type:
Accredited Course
Study Mode:
On Campus
Duration:
10 months
Starting Date:
12/07/2021
Location:
Online, Warragul Baw Baw Skills Centre
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Course Overview

Do you love spending time with cats, dogs, amphibians, fish, birds and pretty much every other type of animal? Then a career in animal services may be perfect for you.

Our Certificate III in Companion Animal Services will teach you to care for a wide range of pets, offering crucial assistance to owners, groomers, pet stores and trainers.

You’ll get your fix of adorable animals while learning handling techniques that will make yourself and the animal more comfortable. You’ll play a key 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.

Classes are taught both online and on campus, designed to fit effortlessly into your life by condensing classes into just a few days a week, because we know life is busy – so we’re making it easy!

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.

When you complete the course, you’ll be able to work in so many areas: pet shop/aquarium assistant, kennel attendant, cattery attendant, assistant dog trainer, pet exerciser, or an assistant grooming attendant – the possibilities are endless.

Not only will you be able to work in the sector, earning money and gaining experience, you’ll also be eligible to take your career even further.

Taking your career further would mean studying the ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. This qualification would allow you to work in higher level roles and enhance your employment opportunities.

So go on, come study with us and take the first steps into what is a very exciting and rewarding industry – not to mention a pretty cute and possibly fluffy one too!

Times

Monday and Thursday 9am to 3pm

Qualifications and Recognition

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

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 (2) different species of animals throughout the duration of this 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 that will support video conferencing (e.g. Zoom, Collaborate etc.)
  • Students must have access to a computer or tablet that will support course work to be completed in our Learning Management System Moodle. This also needs to include a headset (integrated microphone and earphones).

Pre-requisites

Not Applicable

Online requirement

Not Applicable

Fees

Course Cost

VET Student Loans

Not Applicable for this course

Help with Fees

Specialist Course Information

Specialist Course Information

N/A

Placement

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 240 hours of work placement in the animal care industry (Equivalent to 1 day per week (8 hours/day)over 30 weeks equals 240 hours).
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

Course Modules

Course units (Online (With on-campus workshops) Stream)
ACMCAN309 Develop institutional husbandry guidelines
ACMGAS305 Rescue animals and apply basic first aid
ACMGAS307 Identify animal anatomy and physiology for animal care work
ACMSPE304 Provide basic care of domestic dogs
ACMCAS301 Work effectively in the companion animal industry
ACMGAS301 Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing
ACMGAS303 Plan for and provide nutritional requirements for animals
ACMSPE312 Provide basic care of rodents and rabbits
ACMWHS301 Contribute to workplace health and safety processes
ACMGAS203 Complete Animal Care Hygiene Routines
ACMINF301 Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work
ACMSPE310 Provide Basic Care Of Mammals
ACMSUS201 Participate In Environmentally Sustainable Work Practices
ACMCAS302 Provide Advice On Companion Animal Selection And General Care
ACMGAS205 Assist In Health Care Of Animals
Course units (On campus stream)
ACMGAS209 Provide Information On Companion Animals, Products And Services
ACMCAS302 Provide Advice On Companion Animal Selection And General Care
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
ACMWHS301 Contribute to workplace health and safety processes
ACMSPE312 Provide basic care of rodents and rabbits
ACMSPE303 Provide basic care of common native mammals
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
ACMSPE304 Provide basic care of domestic dogs
ACMGAS307 Identify animal anatomy and physiology for animal care work
ACMGAS305 Rescue animals and apply basic first aid
ACMCAN309 Develop institutional husbandry guidelines

Assessment

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