Certificate II in Animal Care

National Code: ACM20121
TAFE SA Code: TP01265


The Certificate II in Animal Care is your entry point to working with animals. Gain the essential skills and knowledge you need to work in a variety of settings such as animal shelters, kennels, catteries, sanctuaries, pet shops, and veterinary clinics. You’ll learn about animal care, communication, companion animals, hygiene, feeding and watering, animal health care and workplace safety. Become an animal care attendant, animal shelter attendant, kennel hand, cattery attendant, pet shop assistant, or assistant dog groomer. Once completed, you can choose to further your skills with a Certificate IV or Diploma.

PLEASE NOTE: This course is intended for people who are not attending high school / secondary school.

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6 months 

Part Time

Animal Attendant

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Information Session:

Tuesday 30th April 2024, 5:30pm to 6:30pm Gilles Plains campus, room VET16/17

Course Admission Requirements

  • No course admission requirements
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course.

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Industry Conditions and Skills
You will need to have good communication skills, the ability to complete basic numeracy calculations, ability to stand for extended periods of time and meet the physical demands of manual handling, basic computer skills and access to reliable internet, ability to manage own allergies relevant to animal industries.

Additional Uniforms, Equipment and Costs
$35.00 for a scrub top.

Total Fees for the 6 month course
You may be eligible for government subsidised training.
Subsidised training may require applicants to complete a Core Skills Profile Assessment (CSPA).
Full Fee

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary. Fee updates will be available prior to offers being made.

  • 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 Care (ACM20121)
    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.

    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.
    of TAFE SA graduates would recommend their training.

    * 2023 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective 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 elective units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply communication skills 40
    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 health and safety processes 40
    Work in the animal care industry 30


    Name Nominal Hours
    Explore job opportunities in animal care and related industries 10
    Provide basic animal first aid 40
    Provide enrichment for animals 40
    Provide reception services for an animal care facility 30
    Source and provide information for animal care needs 40
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