ACM20121 - Certificate II in Animal Care

DurationThere are multiple durations. Please refer to Course Structure below.
Location
Online
Next intakeMarch, 2024
Study modeOnline
Total units12
Low-Fee course for eligible applicants.

Overview

Is the animal kingdom your preferred habitat? The Certificate II in Animal Care is an ideal entry point into the animal care and management industry.

This qualification describes the skills and knowledge for entry level and support roles in the animal care and management industry, where workers provide care for animals in workplaces such as animal shelters, boarding/day care facilities, sanctuaries and veterinary clinics. The work activities are routine, performed under supervision and within clearly defined guidelines.



This is a nationally recognised accredited course.

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Career Opportunities

Students completing ACM20121 Certificate II in Animal Care can enter the workforce in a supervised role as a Kennel Hand, Pet Shop Assistant, Animal Attendant or similar role

Structure & Availability

Standard Course

Duration:

12 months (example: Commencing February each year - Completing by February the following year / Commence July each year - Completing by July following year)


Cluster One - Introduction to the Animal Care Work Environment

Unit CodeUnit Name
BSBCMM211Apply communication skills
ACMWHS201Participate in workplace health and safety processes
ACMGEN201Work in the animal care industry

Cluster Two - Introduction to Animal Husbandry

Unit CodeUnit Name
ACMGEN202Complete animal care hygiene routines
ACMGEN203Feed and water animals
ACMGEN204Assist in health care of animals

Cluster Three - Introduction to Customer Experience and Sustainability

Unit CodeUnit Name
ACMGEN205Source and provide information for animal care needs
BSBOPS203Deliver a service to customers
ACMSUS201Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

Cluster Four - Intermediate Animal Knowledge and First Aid

Unit CodeUnit Name
ACMGEN314Identify Animal Anatomy and Physiology for Animal Care Work
ACMSPE320Provide general care of mammals
ACMGEN309Provide basic animal first aid

Start TAFE Now (STN - High School) Grade 11 only

Duration:

12 months (example: Commencing February each year  - Completing by February the following year / Commence July each year - Completing by July following year)


Cluster One - Introduction to the Animal Care Work Environment

Unit CodeUnit Name
BSBCMM211Apply communication skills
ACMWHS201Participate in workplace health and safety processes
ACMGEN201Work in the animal care industry

Cluster Two - Introduction to Animal Husbandry

Unit CodeUnit Name
ACMGEN202Complete animal care hygiene routines
ACMGEN203Feed and water animals
ACMGEN204Assist in health care of animals

Cluster Three - Introduction to Customer Experience and Sustainability

Unit CodeUnit Name
ACMGEN205Source and provide information for animal care needs
BSBOPS203Deliver a service to customers
ACMSUS201Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

Cluster Four - Intermediate Animal Knowledge and First Aid

Unit CodeUnit Name
ACMGEN314Identify Animal Anatomy and Physiology for Animal Care Work
ACMSPE320Provide general care of mammals
ACMGEN309Provide basic animal first aid

Start TAFE Now (STN - High School) Grade 12 only

Duration:

12 months (example: Commencing February each year - Completing by February the following year / Commence July each year - Completing by July following year)

Important: Year 12 students, should not undertake this course for QCE points as the duration of the course exceeds the school year learning period.


Cluster One - Introduction to the Animal Care Work Environment

Unit CodeUnit Name
BSBCMM211Apply communication skills
ACMWHS201Participate in workplace health and safety processes
ACMGEN201Work in the animal care industry

Cluster Two - Introduction to Animal Husbandry

Unit CodeUnit Name
ACMGEN202Complete animal care hygiene routines
ACMGEN203Feed and water animals
ACMGEN204Assist in health care of animals

Cluster Three - Introduction to Customer Experience and Sustainability

Unit CodeUnit Name
ACMGEN205Source and provide information for animal care needs
BSBOPS203Deliver a service to customers
ACMSUS201Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

Cluster Four - Intermediate Animal Knowledge and First Aid

Unit CodeUnit Name
ACMGEN314Identify Animal Anatomy and Physiology for Animal Care Work
ACMSPE320Provide general care of mammals
ACMGEN309Provide basic animal first aid

Start TAFE Now (STN - High School) Grade 12 only

IntakeLocations
February, 2024Online

Start TAFE Now (STN - High School) Grade 11 only

IntakeLocations
February, 2024Online
March, 2024Online
July, 2024Online
August, 2024Online

This course has no residential schools.

  • Students who are not already working in the industry will be required to undertake work experience to complete their practical assessment. Co-assessment with a supervisor is required.

Requirements

There are no current Training Package entry requirements into this qualification, however, CQUniversity does require students to provide a signed Vocational Placement Agreement as part of the application process.

CQUniversity entry requirements:

• Prior to admission, students are to engage with their local area Animal Industry Care providers to find suitable work placement

• Important information related to Vocational Placement can be found in this document link Vocational Placement Host Employer Pack

As part of the application process, students must upload a copy of the signed Vocational Placement Agreement (see linked document above, pages 7 and 8)

Students are also required to:

• Complete the bksb (Basic key Skills Builder) online literacy and numeracy assessment prior to enrolment unless they have completed an equal or higher-level course.

• Have reasonable reading and writing skills, as well as basic numeracy skills to complete workbooks, assignments, learning activities and assessment tasks.

• Access a computer / tablet / smartphone with internet access, camera, microphone and speakers.

• Access Microsoft Teams, to attend weekly Microsoft Team tutorials.

• Use Microsoft Teams for online assessment components.

• Handle live animals and require a reasonable level of physical fitness to be able to complete the practical components of the course.

Please note: Students may be exposed to injured/deceased animals in photo and video footage during the online learning and may be required to handle them during their work placement.

Fees & Scholarships

2024 Indicative Fees

Fee TypeFees
Fee for service$3,732
Fee for service per unit$311
TAFE Priority Skills Fund/Training Program fee per unit$5
Co-Contribution Fee$948
Co-Contribution Concessional Fee$252
Co-Contribution Fee per unit$79
Co-Contribution Concessional Fee per unit$21
RPL Fee for service per Unit$156

Please refer to the VET student fees price lists, eligibility criteria applies for subsidised funding.

For high school students you may be eligible for the Queensland Government’s VET in Schools (VETiS) program which is fee-free. Course specific costs may be applicable, an example would be high vis clothes and safety boots for trade courses.

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How to apply

Step 1: Get a Unique Student Identifier (USI)

Visit usi.gov.au to create a USI or find an existing one.

Step 2: Prepare your eligibility documentation

So that we can assess your application and eligibility for Government funding options, you’ll need to upload documentation as part of your application. This includes proof of your:

  • Queensland Residency and Date of Birth. (e.g. Queensland Driver’s License photo must be of the back and front of the license)
  • Australian or New Zealand citizenship or Australian permanent residency (e.g. Medicare Card or Birth Certificate)

For further information on eligible documentation, visit Apply for TAFE Certificates and Diplomas.

To fast-track your application, make sure you provide a clear photo showing all the information and upload it with your application.

Step 3: Start TAFE Now Application Documents

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