QUALIFICATION

Certificate II in Animal Studies


National Code: ACM20117
TAFE SA Code: TP01101


Description

Gain essential skills and knowledge to work in a variety of entry level positions in animal care, including in animal shelters, kennels, catteries, sanctuaries and veterinary clinics. You’ll learn about animal care, communication, hygiene, feeding and watering, animal health care and workplace safety.

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Up to 12 months 
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Course Admission Requirements

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.
Total Fees for the 12 month course
Subsidised
$190
JobTrainer
$95

This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's Subsidised Training initiative. Assessing your eligibility may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. Concessions may apply to Subsidised Training.

This course also has an incidentals cost of $35.00 for Laboratory Coat.

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary.

    • 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.
    • Reading, writing and numeracy skills are assessed using the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA). This assessment is used to determine whether you will be required to undertake additional support units alongside your qualification or undertake a pathway course before commencing your chosen qualification. If you receive an offer, more information will be provided at your enrolment session.
  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    This is a general qualification for entry into sectors of the animal care and management industry, where workers provide care for animals in workplaces such as animal shelters, kennels, catteries, sanctuaries and veterinary clinics. At this level, work takes place under direct supervision within clearly defined guidelines for work activities. 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 (ACM20117)
    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 8 core units and 4 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.

    88%*
    of TAFE SA graduates find jobs or continue studying.
    85%*
    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.



    * 2019 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.

    Core

    Name Nominal Hours
    Assist in health care of animals 40
    Complete animal care hygiene routines 30
    Feed and water animals 40
    Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices 20
    Participate in workplace communications 20
    Participate in workplace health and safety processes 40
    Provide basic first aid for animals 30
    Work in the animal care industry 30

    Elective

    Name Nominal Hours
    Investigate job opportunities in animal care and related industries 10
    Provide information on companion animals, products and services 40
    Provide reception services for an animal care facility 30
    Source information for animal care needs 40
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