Certificate III in Animal Studies

Certificate III   NRT
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Start date:
Fri 14 Jul 2017
 –   Ultimo
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  • Animal Studies course details

    Course description and aims

    This course is for people wanting to increase their experience in working with
    animals. It is a general animal care qualification to prepare you for job roles
    such as an animal care receptionist/support officer, animal control and
    regulation assistant, animal shelter assistant, animal health officer on
    indigenous communities or an assistant animal welfare officer.

    The course enables you to build on your animal care skills and knowledge and
    extend your experience in a variety of workplaces. 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 increase your experience working with others in an animal
    care facility.

    By completing the course, you will be able to complete animal care hygiene
    routines, maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing, plan for and provide
    nutritional requirements for animals and comply with infection control policies
    in animal work.

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

    Licensing Information

    There is no direct link between this qualification and licensing, legislative
    and/or regulatory requirements. However, an individual unit of competency may
    specify relevant licensing, legislative and/or regulatory requirements.

    Course outcomes and careers

    Animal care receptionist/support officer, animal control and regulation
    assistant, animal shelter assistant, animal health officer on indigenous
    communities or an assistant animal welfare officer.

    Expected Outcomes

    This qualification is a general industry qualification for persons operating at
    an assistant level and undertaking animal care functions in an animal care
    workplace. It is highly recommended that whilst undertaking this qualification,
    the learner should have access to a companion animal workplace through either
    paid employment or substantial periods or work placement or work experience

    This qualification is suited to Australian Apprenticeship pathways.

    Job roles
    Job role titles covered by this qualfication may include:
    - Animal care receptionist and support officer
    - Animal control and regulation assistant
    - Animal health officer on indigenous communities
    - Animal shelter assistant
    - Assistant animal welfare officer.

    Pathway from the qualification
    After achieving this qualification, candidates may undertake specific industry
    stream qualfications at Certificate IV or Diploma level that define higher-level
    job functions.

    On 1 January 2012 the Work Health Safety Act 2011 (WHS Act) was implemented in
    NSW. Delivery and assessment of this course must be based on this legislation.

    Work Health and Safety (WHS) was referred to in NSW as Occupational Health and
    Safety (OHS) and in some countries people know it as Occupational Safety and
    Health (OSH). Please refer to the Work Health and Safety heading in Section B
    6.1 Delivery Modes for more information.

    TAFE NSW trainers and assessors must meet the requirements specified in the
    Standards for NVR Registered Training Organisations 2011: Part 2 SNR 4 & Part 3,
    SNR 15.

    Entry requirements

    Pathways for candidates considering this qualification include:

    - direct entry
    - after achieving ACM20110 Certificate II in Animal Studies
    - vocational training and/or work experience across a range of work settings.

    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.

    Enrol at any location

    Course start:
    Fri 14 Jul 2017
    Course duration:
    1 Year
    Financial Assistance:
    Smart & Skilled
    2 Hours per week
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    About offering:


    Attend this information session to meet with the teaching staff, discuss the course and get more information about enrolment and next steps.

    Wednesday 21 June from 12:00pm to 1:00pm or 6:00pm to 7:00pm in Ultimo College, Main Campus, 651 - 731 Harris Street, Ultimo, Building D, level 7, room 49.

    Indicative timetable:

    Once enrolled you'll have up to 1 year to complete the course. You will be required to do approximately 2 hours of work such as reading and completing tasks each week.

    How to enrol or apply:

    To apply for this course you must meet the Smart and Skilled eligibility criteria: http://sydneytafe.edu.au/courses/smart-skilled


    Before you enrol you must have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). Create one and add Sydney TAFE to your account via the Manage Permissions page (code: 90003, name: TAFE NSW - Sydney Institute).

    Create your USI: https://www.usi.gov.au/students/create-your-usi

    Find out more about applying and enrolling: http://sydneytafe.edu.au/courses/applying-and-enrolling

    Fee information:


    This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to Sydney TAFE and the government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

    The fee category that will apply to you depends on your eligibility and your individual circumstances. Your fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process.

    For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit http://www.sydneytafe.edu.au/courses/smart-skilled.


    Instalment payment options are available for this course. For more information, see http://www.sydneytafe.edu.au/courses/fees-and-charges

    Find out more about financial assistance http://www.sydneytafe.edu.au/courses/financial-assistance


    Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

    Find out more about recognition: http://www.sydneytafe.edu.au/courses/recognition

    Other Information:

    This is a blended flexible online course with occassional workshops at Sydney TAFE. This online course will suit participants that are independant learners and those who do not require significant learning support. You may be asked to participate in online activities with your peers. You will be given 12 months to complete the qualification but must complete at least 6 of the units within 6 months of commencment. You may complete all units within the 6 months initial time period if you wish. You must arrange work placement in an animal care facility while undertaking this course. Participants must find a minimum of 100 hours work placement in an animal care facility while undertaking this qualfication. Participants must be reasonably physically fit to undertake this work placement. This can be paid or voluntary and if volunteering you will be covered by TAFE insurance while enrolled. Students will be required to submit assessments through Moodle our online learning system. You should have reasonable computer skills and have finished year 10.


    NumberSubject nameNominal hours
    ACMGAS203AComplete animal care hygiene routines20
    ACMINF301AComply with infection control policies and procedures in animal work30
    ACMOHS301AContribute to occupational health and safety processes30
    ACMGAS301AMaintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing30
    ACMSUS201AParticipate in environmentally sustainable work practices20
    ACMGAS202AParticipate in workplace communications20
    ACMGAS303APlan for and provide nutritional requirements for animals30
    ACMCAS302AProvide advice on companion animal selection and general care30
    ACMSPE304AProvide basic care of dogs20
    ACMSPE305AProvide basic care of domestic cats20
    ACMSPE311AProvide basic care of non-venomous reptiles20
    ACMGAS302AProvide enrichment for animals30



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