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Certificate II in Animal Studies ACM20117

Overview

This qualification is a general pre-vocational qualification aimed for inclusion in a VET in Schools program or as an entry point into the animal care and management industry, where workers provide care for animals in workplaces such as animal shelters, kennels, catteries, sanctuaries and veterinary clinics.

Qualification: Certificate II in Animal Studies ACM20117
Program No: C2-HS28
Campus: CIT Bruce 
Duration: 1 semester, 2 days per week.
Cost Info:

Enrolment fees for this course are based on the costs per subject as indicated below. In addition, a Service and Amenities fee of $40 will be payable each semester. Further information is available at Course fees and assistance

Indicative Cost: $860
Likely Job Outcome: - Animal care attendant
- Animal shelter attendant
- Kennel hand
- Cattery attendant
- Pet shop attendant
- Assistant dog groomer
Enrolment Type: Standard
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Entry Requirements / How to Apply

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Subject Information

Complete 12 subjects (8 Core and 4 Electives)

Core - complete all 8

  • ACMGAS201 Work in the animal care industry
    • CIT Code: ANIM235
      Cost: $60.00
      Description: This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to conduct animal care work practices with consideration to animal needs in an ethical and humane manner. This unit is applicable to new entrants to the animal care and management industry. Animal care may occur in a wide variety of workplaces, including retail pet stores, kennels and catteries, shelters, veterinary practices, zoos, animal research facilities and others. This unit applies to individuals who work under general supervision and exercise limited autonomy. They undertake defined activities and work in a structured context. No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements are known to apply to this unit at the time of publication. NOTE: The terms 'occupational health and safety' (OHS) and 'work health and safety' (WHS) generally have the same meaning in the workplace. In jurisdictions where the national model WHS legislation has not been implemented, RTOs must contextualise the unit of competency by referring to current OHS legislative requirements.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • ACMGAS202 Participate in workplace communications
    • CIT Code: ANIM236
      Cost: $40.00
      Description: This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to participate in workplace communications in an animal care and management environment. This unit applies to new entrants to the animal care and management industry. Animal care may occur in a wide variety of workplaces, including retail pet stores, kennels and catteries, shelters, veterinary practices, zoos, animal research facilities and others. The unit applies to individuals who work under general supervision and exercise limited autonomy with some accountability for their own work. They undertake defined activities and work in a structured context. No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements are known to apply to this unit at the time of publication.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • ACMGAS203 Complete animal care hygiene routines
    • CIT Code: ANIM237
      Cost: $60.00
      Description: This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to provide daily care of animals, including the cleaning of animal housing, and grooming or cleaning of animals under supervision. This unit is applicable to new entrants to the animal care and management industry. Animal care may occur in a wide variety of workplaces, including retail pet stores, kennels and catteries, shelters, veterinary practices, zoos, animal research facilities and others. This unit applies to individuals who work under general supervision and exercise limited autonomy. They undertake defined activities and work in a structured context. No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements are known to apply to this unit at the time of publication. NOTE: The terms 'occupational health and safety' (OHS) and 'work health and safety' (WHS) generally have the same meaning in the workplace. In jurisdictions where the national model WHS legislation has not been implemented, RTOs must contextualise the unit of competency by referring to current OHS legislative requirements.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • ACMGAS204 Feed and water animals
    • CIT Code: ANIM238
      Cost: $80.00
      Description: This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to prepare, present and distribute food and water for animals under supervision and according to animal dietary requirements. This unit is applicable to new entrants to the animal care and management industry. Animal care may occur in a wide variety of workplaces, including retail pet stores, kennels and catteries, shelters, veterinary practices, zoos, animal research facilities and others. This unit applies to individuals who work under general supervision and exercise limited autonomy with some accountability for their own work. They undertake defined activities and work in a structured context. No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements are known to apply to this unit at the time of publication.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • ACMGAS205 Assist in health care of animals
    • CIT Code: ANIM239
      Cost: $80.00
      Description: This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to provide assistance to experienced staff in the capture, restraint and assessment of animals and the preparation, application and documentation of treatments. This unit applies to new entrants to the animal care and management industry. Animal care may occur in a wide variety of workplaces, including retail pet stores, kennels and catteries, shelters, veterinary practices, zoos, animal research facilities and others. In this context, individuals work under general supervision and exercise limited autonomy with some accountability for their own work. They undertake defined activities and work in a structured context. No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements are known to apply to this unit at the time of publication.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • ACMGAS206 Provide basic first aid for animals
    • CIT Code: ANIM240
      Cost: $60.00
      Description: This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to provide essential first aid for animals by recognising and responding to an emergency using basic first aid measures. The first aider is not expected to deal with complex casualties or incidents, but to provide an initial response where first aid is required. This unit is applicable to new entrants to the animal care and management industry. Animal care may occur in a wide variety of workplaces, including retail pet stores, kennels and catteries, shelters, veterinary practices, zoos, animal research facilities and others. This unit applies to individuals who work under general supervision and exercise limited autonomy. They undertake defined activities and work in a structured context. No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements are known to apply to this unit at the time of publication. NOTE: The terms 'occupational health and safety' (OHS) and 'work health and safety' (WHS) generally have the same meaning in the workplace. In jurisdictions where the national model WHS legislation has not been implemented, RTOs must contextualise the unit of competency by referring to current OHS legislative requirements.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • ACMSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
    • CIT Code: ANIM262
      Cost: $40.00
      Description: This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to measure current resource use effectively, and to carry out improvements, including those that will reduce the negative impacts of work practices on the environment. This unit applies to individuals who work under general supervision and exercise limited autonomy with some accountability for their own work. They undertake defined activities and work in a structured context. Work routines meet organisational and compliance requirements for ethical handling and welfare of animals, environmental sustainability, work health and safety, and biosecurity appropriate to the work role. No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements are known to apply to this unit at the time of publication.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • ACMWHS201 Participate in workplace health and safety processes
    • CIT Code: ANIM266
      Cost: $80.00
      Description: This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to work safely and participate in work health and safety processes in an animal care environment. This unit applies to individuals who require knowledge of work, health and safety to carry out their own work, either under direct supervision or with some individual responsibility. No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication. NOTE: The terms 'occupational health and safety' (OHS) and 'work health and safety' (WHS) generally have the same meaning in the workplace. In jurisdictions where the national model WHS legislation has not been implemented, RTOs must contextualise the unit of competency by referring to current OHS legislative requirements.
      Prerequisites: Nil

Electives - complete 4 of 9

  • ACMGAS209 Provide information on companion animals, products and services
    • CIT Code: ANIM243
      Cost: $80.00
      Description: This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to provide basic information to clients on companion animal training, grooming, breeding establishments and on products and services in a range of companion animal settings. This unit is applicable to new entrants to the animal care and management industry. Animal care settings in this context may include pet shops and aquariums, breeding or boarding kennels or catteries, aviaries, companion animal training or grooming establishments, animal shelters or veterinary practices. This unit applies to individuals who work under general supervision and exercise limited autonomy. They undertake defined activities and work in a structured context. No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements are known to apply to this unit at the time of publication.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • ACMGAS210 Prepare for and conduct a tour or presentation
    • CIT Code: ANIM244
      Cost: $60.00
      Description: This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to prepare and conduct a tour or presentation within an animal care facility to meet the needs of a wide range of audiences. This unit is applicable to those working in animal care industry sectors where tours or presentations are conducted. The tour may be a regular part of business operations, such as in a captive animal facility, or it may be a promotional activity aimed at attracting new clients, such as at a boarding kennel. This unit applies to individuals who work under general supervision and exercise limited autonomy, who undertake defined activities and work in a structured context. No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements are known to apply to this unit at the time of publication. NOTE: The terms 'occupational health and safety' (OHS) and 'work health and safety' (WHS) generally have the same meaning in the workplace. In jurisdictions where the national model WHS legislation has not been implemented, RTOs must contextualise the unit of competency by referring to current OHS legislative requirements.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • ACMINF301 Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work
    • CIT Code: ANIM249
      Cost: $120.00
      Description: This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care workplaces and relevant field locations. This unit applies to animal care workers who have a duty of care to maintain infection control standards. No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements are known to apply to this unit at the time of publication.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • ACMVET202 Carry out daily clinic routines
    • CIT Code: ANIM264
      Cost: $80.00
      Description: This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to assist in providing treatments for patients (animals) on a daily basis, to maintain practice hygiene and assist with inventory and practice security. This unit applies to new entrants to the veterinary industry who work under the supervision of a qualified veterinary nurse or registered veterinarian, in a veterinary practice. Regulatory requirements apply to veterinary nurses but vary according to state/territory jurisdictions. Users must check with the relevant regulatory authority before delivery. NOTE: The terms 'occupational health and safety' (OHS) and 'work health and safety' (WHS) generally have the same meaning in the workplace. In jurisdictions where the national model WHS legislation has not been implemented, RTOs must contextualise the unit of competency by referring to current OHS legislative requirements.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • ACMSPE302 Provide basic care of birds
    • CIT Code: ANIM251
      Cost: $80.00
      Description: This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to identify birds and their behavioural and physical needs and provide daily care requirements. The unit applies to individuals working in the animal care industry where it may be necessary to care for commonly kept avicultural birds. This may include animal shelters or rehabilitation organisations, pet shops, breeding establishments, zoos or similar workplaces. In some cases, birds may have been rescued from the wild, and successful rehabilitation is required to restore bird health and wellbeing before releasing back to their natural environment. This unit applies to individuals who work under broad supervision and provide and communicate solutions to a range of predictable problems. Regulatory requirements apply to this unit but vary according to state/territory jurisdictions. Users must check with the relevant regulatory authority before delivery. NOTE: The terms 'occupational health and safety' (OHS) and 'work health and safety' (WHS) generally have the same meaning in the workplace. In jurisdictions where the national model WHS legislation has not been implemented, RTOs must contextualise the unit of competency by referring to current OHS legislative requirements.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • ACMSPE304 Provide basic care of domestic dogs
    • CIT Code: ANIM253
      Cost: $80.00
      Description: This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to identify dogs and their behavioural and physical needs, and provide daily care requirements. This unit applies to individuals working in the animal care industry where domestic dogs are bred, reared, trained, cared for or housed. This may include animal shelters, pet shops, breeding or boarding kennels, companion animal training or grooming establishments or similar workplaces. This unit applies to individuals who work under broad supervision and provide and communicate solutions to a range of predictable problems.Regulatory requirements apply to this unit but vary according to state/territory jurisdictions. Users must check with the relevant regulatory authority before delivery. NOTE: The terms 'occupational health and safety' (OHS) and 'work health and safety' (WHS) generally have the same meaning in the workplace. In jurisdictions where the national model WHS legislation has not been implemented, RTOs must contextualise the unit of competency by referring to current OHS legislative requirements.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • ACMSPE305 Provide basic care of domestic cats
    • CIT Code: ANIM254
      Cost: $80.00
      Description: This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to identify domestic cats and their behavioural and physical needs, and provide daily care requirements. This unit applies to individuals working in the animal care industry where domestic cats are bred, reared, trained, cared for or housed. This may include animal shelters, pet shops, catteries, or grooming establishments or similar workplaces. This unit applies to individuals who work under broad supervision and provide and communicate solutions to a range of predictable problems. Regulatory requirements apply to this unit but vary according to state/territory jurisdictions. Users must check with the relevant regulatory authority before delivery. NOTE: The terms 'occupational health and safety' (OHS) and 'work health and safety' (WHS) generally have the same meaning in the workplace. In jurisdictions where the national model WHS legislation has not been implemented, RTOs must contextualise the unit of competency by referring to current OHS legislative requirements.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • ACMSPE307 Provide basic care of freshwater fish
    • CIT Code: ANIM256
      Cost: $80.00
      Description: This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to identify freshwater fish and their behavioural and physical needs, and provide daily care requirements. This unit applies to individuals working in the animal care industry where it may be necessary to care for freshwater fish. This may include aquariums, pet stores, zoos, animal technology facilities, catchers and distributors or similar workplaces. This unit applies to individuals who work under broad supervision and provide and communicate solutions to a range of predictable problems. Regulatory requirements apply to this unit but vary according to state/territory jurisdictions. Users must check with the relevant regulatory authority before delivery. NOTE: The terms 'occupational health and safety' (OHS) and 'work health and safety' (WHS) generally have the same meaning in the workplace. In jurisdictions where the national model WHS legislation has not been implemented, RTOs must contextualise the unit of competency by referring to current OHS legislative requirements.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • ACMSPE311 Provide basic care of non-venomous reptiles
    • CIT Code: ANIM260
      Cost: $80.00
      Description: This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to identify non-venomous reptiles and their behavioural and physical needs, and provide daily care requirements. This unit applies to individuals working in the animal care industry where it may be necessary to care for non-venomous reptiles. This may include animal shelters or rehabilitation organisations, zoos or similar workplaces. In some cases, animals may have been rescued from the wild, and successful rehabilitation is required to restore animal health and wellbeing before releasing back to their natural environment. The unit applies to individuals who work under broad supervision and provide and communicate solutions to a range of predictable problems. Regulatory requirements apply to this unit but vary according to state/territory jurisdictions. Users must check with the relevant regulatory authority before delivery. NOTE: The terms 'occupational health and safety' (OHS) and 'work health and safety' (WHS) generally have the same meaning in the workplace. In jurisdictions where the national model WHS legislation has not been implemented, RTOs must contextualise the unit of competency by referring to current OHS legislative requirements.
      Prerequisites: Nil

Related Courses

Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing ACM40412
Certificate III Companion Animal Services ACM30417
Non-Accredited Training Basic First Aid for Dogs

More Information

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