Animal Industries Resource Centre

Personalised and Professional Education and Training

Build your career with ACM20117
Certificate II in Animal Studies
for Companion Animal Industries

Nationally recognised trainingGain a range of basic animal care skills tailored for work in the companion animal industries

Course Overview

Are you volunteering or working in a pet store, kennel or cattery? Do you want to advance your core knowledge to assist you in carrying out your role? If you answered YES, ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies is the course for you. We also offer this certificate with a program of study that is tailored to roles in veterinary nursing.

Certificate II Companion Animal Industry




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Course Delivery Information

ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies is a nationally recognised course conducted as part-time correspondence based study. You will be given a study timetable upon enrolment which outlines your units of study and due dates for assessments. Assessments consist of written case studies, online examinations and a practical assessment. Upon completion of all required course content, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion and an Academic Transcript which documents your individual outcomes.

Countries Offered

This course is available in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and United Arab Emirates. If you are in a different country, please contact us to discuss availability.

Who is this suitable for?

ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies for the comanion animal industry is a nationally accredited and recognised course providing a structured tutoring program intended for individuals who are employed or seeking paid employment in a companion animal organisation such as kennels, catteries, pet shops and other areas of the animal care industry.

Entry Requirements

The pre-requisites for this course include:

  • Must have completed Year 10 or be a mature aged student
  • Arrange to have a minimum of 8 hours per week of volunteer or paid employment in a pet store, kennel or cattery

We accept enrolments to this course on a weekly basis. To find out more information, please contact us.


Companion Animal Course

Units of Study

A total of 8 core units and 4 elective units must be completed.

(All 8 units must be completed)

ACMGAS201 Work in the animal care industry

  • This unit of competency covers the terminology, culture and working conditions of an animal care workplace when working on an individual basis and with others.

ACMGAS202 Participate in workplace communications

  • This unit of competency covers the process of effectively participating in workplace communications in an animal care and management environment.

ACMGAS203 Complete animal care hygiene routines

  • This unit of competency covers the responsibilities and procedures required to provide daily care of animals, including the cleaning of animal housing and grooming or cleaning of animals under supervision.

ACMGAS204 Feed and water animals

  • This unit of competency covers the process of preparing, presenting and distributing food and water for animals under supervision and according to workplace diet requirements.

ACMGAS205 Assist in health care of animals

  • This unit of competency covers the process of providing assistance to experienced staff in the capture, restraint and assessment of animals and the preparation, application and documentation of treatments.

ACMGAS206 Provide basic first aid for animals

  • This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to provide essential first aid for animals by recognising and responding to an emergency using basic first aid measures.

ACMSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

  • This unit of competency covers the process required to measure current resource use effectively and to carry out improvements, including those that will reduce the negative environment impacts of work practices.

ACMWHS201 Participate in workplace health and safety processes

  • This unit of competency covers the process required for an entry level employee to participate in workplace health and safety (WHS) processes in the workplace, in order to ensure their own health and safety at work, as well as that of others in the workplace who may be affected by their actions.

(You MUST complete the first three units plus CHOOSE ONE unit from the list)

You MUST complete these three units:

ACMGAS208 Source information for animal care needs

  • This unit of competency covers the processes required to gather information on medications and services for animals and relate these to individual animal requirements and audience needs.

ACMGAS209 Provide information on companion animals, products and services

  • This unit of competency covers the process of providing basic information to customers on companion animal training, grooming and/or breeding establishments, and on products and services in a range of companion animal settings.

ACMINF301 Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work

  • This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care workplaces and relevant field locations.

Plus CHOOSE ONE unit from this list (which best represents your specialised field):

ACMSPE302 Provide basic care of birds

  • This unit of competency covers the process of identifying birds and their behavioural and physical needs, providing daily care requirements, assisting with behavioural requirements and basic preventative health measures.

ACMSPE303 Provide basic care of common native mammals

  • This unit of competency covers the process of identifying common native mammals, their behavioural and physical needs, providing daily care requirements, assisting with behaviour requirements and basic preventative health measures.

ACMSPE304 Provide basic care of dogs

  • This unit of competency covers the process of identifying dogs and their behavioural and physical needs, providing daily care requirements, assisting with behavioural requirements and basic preventative health measures.

ACMSPE305 Provide basic care of domestic cats

  • This unit of competency covers the process of identifying domestic cats and their behavioural and physical needs, providing daily care requirements, assisting with behavioural requirements and basic preventative health measures.

ACMSPE312 Provide basic care of rodents and rabbits

  • This unit of competency covers the process of identifying rodents and rabbits and their behavioural and physical needs, providing daily care requirements, assisting with behavioural requirements and basic preventative health measures.

Fees

Please contact the Animal Industries Resource Centre to have your individual pricing evaluated.

Fees are payable by credit card, bank transfer, money order, bank cheque or personal cheque. Ezypay Payment Plans can be arranged to meet your personal needs.

Students in some states may be eligible for Australian Government Traineeships or Incentives. For further information see our section on traineeships.

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Get started by enrolling

You can get started today by enrolling online below.

Before you start...

Can you answer 'yes' to all these questions?:

rranged to have a minimum of 8 hours per week of volunteer or paid employment in a veterinary clinic

If you are unsure about anything please contact us and one of our friendly enrolments team members will guide you.

Because you can't save a partially completed form and return to it later, you will need to have all the necessary information ready at hand before you start. You will need:

Because you can't save a partially completed form and return to it later, you will need to have all the necessary information ready at hand before you start. You will need: