Certificate I in Animal Studies

Course Code ACM10117
Campus Contact your local GOTAFE campus on 1300 GOTAFE (468 233) for full details
Duration TBA

Course Overview

The ACM10117 Certificate I in Animal Studies prepares you for work activities undertaken by a cross-section of animal care and management enterprises such as assistant animal care worker, assistant animal shelter attendant, assistant kennel hand and assistant cattery attendant.

This qualification is part of the Victorian VETiS and Tasmanian Secondary Schools Animal Studies Pathway Programs and is an excellent head start to fulfilling careers in animal care industries.

You will learn general animal care and work skills as an entry into a variety of animal care careers.

This is a nationally recognised qualification and successful completion in Tasmania may give you 20 TCE points.

You will be enrolled into a current qualification.

Pathways / Employment Opportunities

The ACM10117 Certificate I in Animal Studies is designed for those wishing to further their knowledge and skills to seek employment in the animal care industry.

Job roles may include:

  • Animal Attendant
  • Animal Attendant (Animal Shelter)
  • Animal Attendant (Veterinary Clinic)

Working in this industry may involve after hours and weekend work in workplaces such as animal shelters, kennels, catteries, sanctuaries and veterinary clinics. The work mostly takes place under direct supervision of a senior staff member or manager.

It also requires a level of fitness that allows you to safely handle a range of animals. General duties for animal attendants and junior veterinary nurses may include:

  • Cleaning and disinfection
  • Feeding animals
  • Exercising & enrichment activities
  • Grooming
  • Documentation

Further studies
After gaining the Certificate I in Animal Studies you might wish to undertake further study in:

  • ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies
  • ACM30617 Certificate III in Pet Grooming
Sessions - Dates/Times

Contact your local GOTAFE campus on 1300 GOTAFE (468 233) for full details

Attendance and Commitment

It is important that students commit to all course requirements, including study and assessments the student may need to complete outside their normal training sessions.

Over the duration of this course all students are required to complete a minimum of 40 hours in a workplace and undertake set practical tasks.

Course Co-ordinator

Name: Lesley Sanderson
Location: Wangaratta

Fee Information

Contact your local GOTAFE campus on 1300 GOTAFE (468 233) for full details

Entry Requirements

Training package entry requirements
There are no training package entry requirements for this course.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements
It is preferred that all students:

  • Are attending Secondary School in either Victoria or Tasmania
  • Have some experience with companion animals
  • Be over 15 years of age at time of commencement
  • Have a moderate level of physical fitness, agility and strength
  • Have access to animals and animal care work places in order to complete the required 40 hours in a workplace
  • Have reliable access to a computer, internet and email in order to undertake the online components of the course
  • Have current Tetanus immunisation

VET in School (VETiS) students will have their LL&N suitability confirmed by their VETiS coordinator.

The entry process will involve the student’s school VET coordinator who will approve the student engaging in this VETiS program.

VET in Schools students must receive the endorsement of their school to enrol into this course.

Units of Competency

ACM10117 – Core Units

ACMGAS103 – Assist in the care of animals
ACMGAS102 – Catch and handle a range of quiet animals
ACMGAS101 – Investigate job opportunities in animal care and related industries
ACMGAS202 – Participate in workplace communications
ACMWHS201 – Participate in workplace health and safety processes

ACM10117 – Elective Units

ACMGAS203 – Complete animal care hygiene routines
ACMGAS204 – Feed and water animals

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods may include:

  • Written assignments
  • Quizzes
  • Practical demonstrations
  • Annotated photographs
  • Video diary
  • Oral assessment
  • Workplace Observation
Skills Recognition

Skills Recognition is an assessment only process that may result in credits towards a part or full qualification.  There is no formal training involved, although you may choose to complete further training as a result of the assessment process.

You can apply for Skills Recognition before you enrol in the qualification you are seeking.  You can apply for Skills Recognition through one or both of the following processes:

  • Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for people who have relevant and current skills and knowledge that they have gained through non-formal or informal learning i.e. work or life experience.
Information Sessions

Please contact your VETiS coordinator for more information about this course.


Please note:  Eligible individuals who wish to access a government subsidised place, must participate in a Pre-training Review.  This will consider your:

  • Aspirations/career goals
  • Educational attainment and capability
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Suitability for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer
Individual Needs

Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 GOTAFE to enquire further.

Learner’s Rights

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.
Further information is provided at course induction.

Student Welfare Unit

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you will be welcome to access a variety of non-academic support services from the Student Welfare Unit. These services are designed to best support you to successfully complete your course.

Services include on campus supports and remote supports

  • Counselling
  • employment information
  • careers
  • activities etc.
Educational Support Services

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you may access a wide range of academic support services to assist you to meet the academic challenges of your course from our Learning Support Unit.

Where to from here?

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