Animal Industries Resource Centre

Personalised and Professional Education and Training (RTO Code 31424)

Certificate 3 Guarantee Program

Available for Queensland residents only to study ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies Veterinary Nursing

ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies is a nationally accredited course and upon completion you will be considered a qualified veterinary nurse in Australia.

You may be eligible to enrol in this qualification under the Certificate 3 Guarantee funding program.

Certificate 3 Guarantee Program Queensland

The Certificate 3 Guarantee program is a Queensland Government initiative. It offers funded training for qualifications identified as providing high level skills, meeting employment and business demands in priority industries.

The aim is to assist Queenslanders in securing employment, career advancement or transition to university. You can read more about the program policy on the Certificate 3 Guarantee | Department of Employment, Small Business and Training website ( The Department also has a fact sheet available for students on the website; “Certificate 3 Guarantee – Student fact sheet (PDF, 70KB)“.

Students can only receive access to the Certificate 3 Guarantee program subsidy once, so before you enrol, make sure you have considered your options before committing to this course.

Applicability and Eligibility

To be eligible to receive funding under the Certificate 3 Guarantee program, you must be:

  • a Queensland resident
  • over 15 years of age and not at school
  • an Australian citizen, or a New Zealand citizen, or an Australian permanent resident, or a temporary resident with the necessary visa and work permits on the pathway to permanent residency
  • not be enrolled in or have completed a Certificate III or a higher level qualification. This excludes qualifications completed while at school and foundations skills training.

You will need to supply documentary evidence of your eligibility.

Program Cost

While the program is subsidised, the student is still required to pay a co-contribution fee. This fee can be paid by the student, their employer, or a third party.

The total cost of the program is $756 for non-concessional students, or $114 for concessional students. Eligibility for concession includes:

  • Aboriginal students
  • Health Care Card or Pensioner Card holder, or be a dependent of someone holding a card and is named on the card
  • The co-contribution fee is charged on a unit basis, for the units to be studied in the semester. Each unit is $63 or $9.50 for concessional students. Please note: The full break-down of each instalment can be found in section 9 of the enrolment form (“Course Structure and Payments”).

Students will only have access to units paid for. No fees will be charged for credit transfers.

Our refund policy can be found in the Student Handbook.

Entry Requirements

To enrol in Certificate II in Animal Studies, students are required to be working as a veterinary nurse for a minimum of 8 hours per week in paid employment. Employment must be maintained for the duration of the course. If the student changes workplaces, a “Change of details” form is available online, on the course website.

Entry into this qualification is open to individuals who:

  • Are working for a minimum of 8 hours per week as a veterinary nurse, animal attendant, or kennel hand in paid employment in a veterinary practice.