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Companion Animal Services Pathway

ACM20110 & ACM30410
  • Qualification:

    Certificate II + Certificate III

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  • Payment options:

    Payment plan
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    Self-paced; complete within 36 months

  • Start date:

    Anytime – start today!

  • Awarded by:

    North Coast TAFE (RTO 90010) & Open Colleges (RTO 90796)

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This course meets Nationally Recognised Training standards. It is listed on the Australian government's National Register for Vocational Education and Training (VET). Studying this course leads to a qualification that's recognised throughout Australia, and lets employers know that you have the right skills for the job.

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About this course

If you're interested in a career looking after animals then look no further than this unique study opportunity. Combining two qualifications from two of Australia's leading animal care course providers, this pathway will give you the skills to stand out from the crowd.

Study the Companion Animal Services Pathway and you will study two nationally recognised qualifications: the Certificate II in Animal Studies (ACM20110) and the Certificate III in Companion Animal Services (ACM30410).Through both qualifications, you will gain skills in basic first aid for animals, working in the animal care industry, transporting companion animals, monitoring animal health and wellbeing and complying with infection control policies.

With both qualifications under your belt, you'll have a comprehensive understanding of the animal care industry, including sustainable work practices, animal hygiene routines, basic care of cats and dogs, animal first aid and animal health and wellbeing.

Work placement

To successfully complete this course, you will need to complete 125 hours of practical work placement to ensure you graduate job ready. You are required to complete a minimum of 80 hours for the Certificate II in Animal Studies (ACM20110) and a minimum of 45 hours for the Certificate III in Companion Animal Services (ACM30410) in an animal care environment.


Applicants must be meet the following entry requirements:

  • Have completed English to Year 10 level; OR
  • Have completed a certificate II or higher qualification; OR
  • Have two years of relevant industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication

Areas of study

In this animal care course, the subjects you may study include: Certificate II in Animal Studies (ACM20110)

  • ACMGAS201A - Work in the animal care industry
  • ACMGAS202A - Participate in workplace communications
  • ACMOHS201A - Participate in occupational health and safety processes
  • ACMSUS201A - Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • ACMGAS204A - Feed and water animals
  • ACMGAS203A - Complete animal care hygiene routines
  • ACMSPE304A - Provide basic care of dogs
  • ACMGAS205A - Assist in health care of animals
  • ACMGAS206A - Provide basic first aid for animals
  • ACMGAS207A - Provide reception services for an animal care facility
  • ACMGAS209A - Provide information on companion animals, products and services
  • ACMGAS208A - Source information for animal care needs

Certificate III in Companion Animal Services (ACM30410)

  • ACMGAS301A - Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing
  • ACMCAS304A - Capture, handle and transport companion animals
  • ACMINF301A - Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal work
  • ACMOHS301A - Contribute to occupational health and safety processes
  • ACMCAS301A - Work effectively in the companion animal industry
  • ACMSPE305A - Provide basic care of domestic cats
  • ACMACR403A - Identify and respond to animal behaviour
  • ACMCAS302A - Provide advice on companion animal selection and general care
Open Colleges is one of the largest private education providers in Australia. It offers a wide variety of courses, from leisure courses to vocational and higher education courses, many of which are government-accredited and employer-recognised. Most courses are delivered online or via blended learning, allowing you to work at your own pace and around your own schedule. Studying with Open Colleges is perfect for people with busy lifestyles, and those wishing to work and learn for themselves.
As a student of Open Colleges, you will have access to a range of student and administrative support options. Your course trainers are available via email, messaging and through your online course forums in OpenSpace. You will also have access to help with study skills such as time management, essay writing and referencing.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Certificate II in Animal Studies (ACM20110) and Certificate III in Companion Animal Services (ACM30410) from North Coast TAFE and Open Colleges.

Take advantage of this unique pathway course and walk away with two qualifications, ensuring you'll have a competitive edge over other job applicants. Completion of this course will ready you for potential career outcomes such as animal care attendant, pet exerciser and pet shop employee.

Curious about where a career in animal care could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Animal Technician
  • Guide Dog Mobility Instructor
  • Animal Care Attendant
  • Pet Shop Assistant
  • Kennel Hand
  • Cattery Attendant
  • Assistant Dog Groomer
  • Animal Shelter Attendant
  • Pet Exerciser

Payment options & support

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