Certificate II in Animal Studies

Duration Up to 6 months Part Time
National CodeACM20110
TAFE SA CodeTP00008
Example Career ProfileAnimal AttendantAnimal Attendant
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This course has been designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge to work in a variety of entry level positions across the companion animal industry.



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Course Admission Requirements

  • No course admission requirements, however, students wishing to access WorkReady funding will be required to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills.
    If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by Date of application
    If you have a verified disability/medical condition and require additional support to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills please contact Student Services prior to applying to discuss your needs. To be eligible for support you must provide medical documentation to verify your disability/medical condition.

    Important Information

    • PLEASE NOTE: This course is intended for people who are not attending high school / secondary school. If you are currently still enrolled in high school or a Flexible Learning Option (FLO) student, please contact the Veterinary and Applied Science Centre on 8207 1240 and ask to speak with someone regarding the VET for Schools programs.
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    Employment Outcomes

    This qualification is a general pre-vocational qualification aimed as an entry point into the animal care and management industry. It is highly recommended that whilst undertaking this qualification students should seek to gain a period of work placement or work experience in an animal care environment and/or workplace. Job role titles covered by this qualification may include Animal Care Attendant, Animal Shelter Attendant, Kennel Hand, Cattery Attendant, Pet Shop Attendant, Assistant Dog Groomer.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Certificate II in Animal Studies (ACM20110)
    This course provides skills in animal care, communication, hygiene, feeding and watering, animal health care and workplace safety. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 7 core units and 5 elective units.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full Qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.


    The TAFE SA qualification is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's WorkReady initiative. To access subsidised training through WorkReady, your suitability to complete the qualification will be assessed. This may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment.