Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services

Certificate IV   NRT
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  • Companion Animal Services course details

    Course description and aims

    This course is for people wanting to build on their existing skills in the care
    of a variety of animals in a companion animal facility. It is also suitable for
    those already employed in small companion animal businesses. Job roles generally
    involve supervisory responsibility and include pet shop manager, companion
    animal behaviourist, animal groomer, kennel or cattery manager, animal shelter
    supervisor, mobile hydro-bath operator.

    This course enables you to build on your skills and knowledge for the care of
    companion animals and the operations of a companion animal facility. It is
    essential that whilst undertaking this course you have access to a companion
    animal workplace through either paid employment or significant periods of work
    placement or work experience. This will allow you to practise what you have
    learnt and increase your experience working with others in an animal care

    By completing this course you will be able to manage compliance in the
    companion animal industry; monitor and maintain animal health and wellbeing;
    maintain work health and safety processes for the enterprise; and
    undertake business-related duties. There are several options to specialise
    including the care of specific species, operating hydro-bathing
    operations, preparing and delivering care education programs and animal

    Pathways from this course include graduate level study to provide advanced
    skills and knowledge for further advancement.

    Course outcomes and careers

    Companion animal worker.


    Pathways from the Qualification
    After achieving this qualification, candidates may undertake higher level study
    for further pathway advancement.

    Expected Outcomes

    This qualification is the industry qualification for persons operating within a
    companion animal organisation. 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 of work
    placement or work experience blocks.

    Job roles
    Job roles and titles covered by this qualification may include:

    - Pet shop/aquarium manager
    - Companion animal trainer/behaviorist
    - Companion animal breeder
    - Companion animal groomer
    - Boarding kennel or cattery manager
    - Animal shelter supervisor/manager
    - Pet minding and exercise operator
    - Mobile hydro-bathing operator.

    Licensing/Regulatory 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.

    Entry requirements

    There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

    Pathways into the Qualification
    Pathways for candidates considering this Qualification include:
    - direct entry
    - after achieving ACM30110 Certificate III in Animal Studies
    - after achieving ACM30310 Certificate III in Companion Animal Services
    - 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 a companion animal workplace.

    Enrol at any location

    Course start:
    Mon 5 Feb 2018
    Course duration:
    1 Year
    Financial Assistance:
    Smart & Skilled
    12 Hours per week
    Smart and Skilled First Qual:
    Smart and Skilled Second Qual:
    Course Fee:
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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 6 December 2017 or Wednesday 24 January 2018 at 11:00am or 5:00pm at Ultimo College, Main Campus, 651-731 Harris Street Building D, Level 7, Room 49.

    Indicative timetable:

    This course is delivered online and through workshops. An indication of how your schedule may look is 12 hours per week of online study and work placement of 8 hours per week for 30 weeks.

    How to enrol or apply:

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


    Before you enrol you must have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). Visit http://www.usi.gov.au/students/create-your-usi to request a USI. Remember to add Sydney TAFE to your account via the Manage Permissions page (code: 90003, name: TAFE NSW - Sydney Institute).

    Find out more about applying and enrolling: http://www.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 flexible online course with occassional practical skills workshops at Ultimo TAFE. 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 commencement. 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. You should also 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
    ACMINF301AComply with infection control policies and procedures in animal work30
    ACMCAS404ADevelop enrichment strategies for companion animals40
    ACMACR403AIdentify and respond to animal behaviour40
    ACMSUS301AImplement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices30
    ACMGAS301AMaintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing30
    ACMOHS401AMaintain occupational health and safety processes30
    ACMCAS401AManage compliance in the companion animal industry40
    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
    ACMCAS407AProvide professional companion animal grooming services40



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