Certificate III in Companion Animal Services

National Code: ACM30417
TAFE SA Code: TP01104


Develop the knowledge and skills to work in the companion animal care industry, such as a pet shop, aquarium, kennel or cattery, or as an assistant dog trainer, pet exerciser or grooming attendant. Gain skills in animal care hygiene, animal health and wellbeing, infection control and workplace safety.

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Up to 24 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 24 month course

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 $55.00 for disposable protective wear (PPE).

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

    • Existing worker applicants will be contacted by TAFE SA to verify employment status before offers are made. To access subsidised training you will be required to undertake the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA).
    • 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 qualification is the industry qualification for persons operating within a companion animal organisation. Job roles covered by this qualification may include pet shop/aquarium assistant, kennel attendant, cattery attendant, assistant dog trainer, pet exerciser, assistant grooming attendant.

    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 III in Companion Animal Services (ACM30417)
    This qualification provides skills in animal care hygiene, animal health and wellbeing, infection control and workplace safety. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 6 core units and 9 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.

    of TAFE SA graduates find jobs or continue studying.
    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.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Complete animal care hygiene routines 30
    Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work 60
    Contribute to workplace health and safety processes 50
    Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing 50
    Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices 20
    Work effectively in the companion animal industry 30


    Name Nominal Hours
    Plan for and provide nutritional requirements for animals 60
    Provide basic care of common native mammals 40
    Provide basic care of domestic cats 40
    Provide Basic Care of Domestic Dogs 40
    Provide basic care of non-venomous reptiles 40
    Provide basic care of rodents and rabbits 40
    Provide basic first aid for animals 30
    Provide enrichment for animals 40
    Provide reception services for an animal care facility 30
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