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Certificate II in Animal Studies

National Course Code: ACM20110

TAFE NSW Course Number: ACM20110-01V04


Study Type:
Full Time

Start Date:
7 Feb 2018


18 weeks

Nominal Hours:

Full Fee: $4,110
Max. Fee If Eligible For Subsidy: $1,340

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  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Government Subsidised
  • Traineeship

Contact by Training Services NSW

If your course has been funded by Training Services NSW under Smart and Skilled, you may be contacted by a Training Services NSW representative to discuss your experience at Western Sydney Institute.

This course is for people wanting to gain experience in working with animals. It is an entry point into the animal care industry and prepares you for job roles such as an animal attendant in a kennel, cattery, animal shelter or pet shop.

The course enables you to develop skills and knowledge required for the care and maintenance of animals in a variety of workplaces. You will learn about the animal care industry and careers available in its many sectors.

Whilst undertaking this course it is highly recommended that you seek to gain a period of work experience in an animal care workplace. This will allow you to practise what you have learnt and experience what it is like to work with others in an animal care facility.

By completing the course, you will be able to catch and handle a range of animals, feed and water animals, complete animal care hygiene routines, assist in the health care of animals and communicate effectively with supervisors and colleagues.

Pathways from this course include higher level qualifications in animal studies animal technology, captive animals, companion animal services and veterinary nursing.

This class is streamed towards a Companion Animals Career path, and learners require 1 day per week workplacement within a Companion Animal Facility for entry into the course.

PLEASE NOTE: Richmond College highly recommends that whilst undertaking this qualification, the learner has access to an animal care workplace through full-time or part-time employment or voluntary work experience for 1 day per week.

Employment and work experience opportunities are regularly posted on our WSI Richmond Animal Care Facebook page.

The Certificate II in Animal Studies is an entry level qualification for candidates wishing to pursue a career in the Animal Science Industry; employment opportunities upon completion of this qualification include animal attendant or carer in kennels/catteries, animal welfare centres, quarantine, animal parks, pet shops.

Applicants need to be aware that this class group is streamed according to a Companion Animals career path and does not provide entry into veterinary nursing.

Our Animal Studies students are provided with the opportunity to gain practical hands on experience in our Animal House, Aviaries, Cattery and Dog Grooming salon, located at Richmond College, whilst undertaking this course. Students are given the opportunity to attend varied industry excursions during their course. Our courses are designed in collaboration with industry, and our teachers are all employed in the Animal Care Industry.

To ensure you leave us with the most up to date qualification...

If during or after your enrolment, the course in which you are enrolled is updated in line with national industry standards, the Institute reserves the right to transition you into an alternate course. If this becomes necessary, the Institute will advise you of the change and the arrangements which will be available for you to complete your alternate course.

There are no entry requirements for this qualifiation.

Pathways into the qualification
Pathways for candidates considering this qualification inlude:

- direct entry, including VET in Schools
- after achieving ACM10110 Certificate I in Animal Studies
- limited vocational training and/or work experience

This qualification is suited to Australian Apprenticeship pathways.

It is recommended that whilst undertaking this qualification, the learner have access to an animal care workplace.

Credit (or recognition) for modules/units may be granted based on previous learning, studies, work and/or life experiences. Please discuss this with the teaching section when you enrol.

Animal attendant, animal carer.

ACMGAS206A Provide basic first aid for animals
ACMSUS201A Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
ACMGAS205A Assist in health care of animals
ACMSPE310A Provide basic care of mammals
ACMGAS201A Work in the animal care industry
ACMGAS209A Provide information on companion animals, products and services
ACMGAS203A Complete animal care hygiene routines
ACMGAS302A Provide enrichment for animals
ACMGAS202A Participate in workplace communications
ACMGAS210A Prepare for and conduct a tour or presentation
ACMGAS204A Feed and water animals
ACMOHS201A Participate in occupational health and safety processes

The above list includes units being offered at this campus and that are required to complete this qualification. Other colleges may offer different elective options. For some courses the electives will not be listed however they will be discussed during your first class. Please see www.tafensw.edu.au for the full list of elective units available within this course.

Smart and Skilled Student Fees

The cost of this course will vary based on your eligibility for a Smart and Skilled Student Fee. Eligibility criteria can be found on the Smart and Skilled website or you can call us on 131 870 for further information and advice.

First qualification$1,120
Second qualification$1,340
Non-government subsidised fee$4,110

Trainees: From 2016 if you are starting a traineeship that is on the NSW Skills List, your Smart and Skilled fee for the whole qualification will not be more than $1,000.

When enrolling under a Smart and Skilled entitlement and where you are eligible for 100% credit from previous studies, your student fee contribution will be zero. However, you will be required to pay an administration fee for the production of your testamur.

For full details on TAFE NSW fees and money matters please visit our Paying for Your Course page.

Start Date: 7 Feb 2018

Full Time: 12 hours per week x 18 Weeks

Wednesday and Friday from 9.30 am to 4 pm (subject to changes). Learners require two days attendence at college with 1 day per week within an Captive Animal facility for the duration of their course.

To register in this course, please use the Register option.

Richmond Animal Science is holding information sessions on

Tuesday, 5 December 2017 1 pm and 4 pm prior to enrolment.

Please attend our compulsory information/enrolment session on
Tuesday, 23 January 2018 to enrol 1 pm and 4 pm at

TAFE NSW - Richmond
Block J
Corner Blacktown Road and Campus Drive

A Unique Student Identifier is required prior to enrolment. To apply for your USI www.usi.gov.au .If you cannot remember your USI or if you have forgotten you have one, please visit the USI Website for assistance in retrieving your USI.

For further assistance, contact the WSI Service Centre on 131 870 to enrol.

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