Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
To apply for this course you must meet the Smart and Skilled eligibility criteria: http://www.sydneytafe.edu.au/courses/smart-skilled
GET YOUR UNIQUE STUDENT IDENTIFIER (USI)
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
SMART AND SKILLED FEES
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.
PAYMENT OPTIONS AND ASSISTANCE
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
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.
|Number||Subject name||Nominal hours|
|ACMINF301A||Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal work||30|
|ACMCAS404A||Develop enrichment strategies for companion animals||40|
|ACMACR403A||Identify and respond to animal behaviour||40|
|ACMSUS301A||Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices||30|
|ACMGAS301A||Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing||30|
|ACMOHS401A||Maintain occupational health and safety processes||30|
|ACMCAS401A||Manage compliance in the companion animal industry||40|
|ACMCAS302A||Provide advice on companion animal selection and general care||30|
|ACMSPE304A||Provide basic care of dogs||20|
|ACMSPE305A||Provide basic care of domestic cats||20|
|ACMSPE311A||Provide basic care of non-venomous reptiles||20|
|ACMCAS407A||Provide professional companion animal grooming services||40|