Certificate II in Animal Studies

Course Code ACM20117
Campus Wangaratta - Tone Road
Duration 420 hours

Course Overview

The ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies is a general qualification for entry into sectors of the animal care and management industry, where workers provide care for animals in workplaces such as animal shelters, kennels, catteries, sanctuaries and veterinary clinics.

At this level, work takes place under direct supervision within clearly defined guidelines for work activities.

The course is delivered in the following ways:

  • On Campus at the Wangaratta Regional Study Centre
  • In the workplace
  • As a school based apprenticeship/traineeship
  • As a VCE Vocational Training Program Approved by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority
  • As a TCE Vocational Training Program Approved by the Tasmanian Department of Education

Please speak with the Course Coordinator listed below to discuss which delivery model is most suitable to your needs.

You will be enrolled into a current qualification.

Pathways / Employment Opportunities

The ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies is designed for those wishing to further their knowledge and skills to seek employment in the animal care and management industry.

Working in this industry may involve weekend work, and requires a level of fitness that allows for safely handling of a range of animals. General duties for animal attendants and junior veterinary nurses may include:

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

Further studies
After gaining the ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies, you might wish to undertake further study in:

  • ACM30417 Certificate III in Companion Animal Services
  • ACM30617 Certificate III in Pet Grooming
  • ACM40417 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
  • ACM30217 Certificate III in Animal Technology
  • ACM30317 Certificate III in Captive Animals
Sessions - Dates/Times

Campus Times
Wangaratta – Tone Road Starts 21st Jan – 2 Days a Week – 9am to 4pm – Semester 1 / 2019
Wangaratta – Tone Road Workplace/Flexible Learning; Starts 1st July – 9am to 4pm – Semester 2 / 2019

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.

You must commit to attending all on campus classes/workshops and work placement requirements.

Course Co-ordinator

Name: Lesley Sanderson
Location: Wangaratta Regional Study Centre

Fee Information
Type Average Enrolled Hours Hourly Fee Rate Indicative Tuition Fee Hourly Govt Subsidy Rate Total Govt Contribution
Govt Subsidised-Standard 420 $4.20 $1,764.00 $8.00 $3,360.00
Govt Subsidised-Standard Concession 420 $0.84 $352.80 $8.00 $3,360.00
Govt Subsidised-Trainee 420 $4.20 $1,764.00 $8.00 $3,360.00
Govt Subsidised-Trainee Concession 420 $0.84 $352.80 $8.00 $3,360.00
Full Fee 420 $8.61 $3,616.20 N/A N/A
Course Materials 420 $1.00 $420.00 N/A N/A

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

You will receive an Indicative Fee Statement when you decide upon your course. A finalised invoice will be issued upon enrolment. Students will be invoiced for the components of the course that they are enrolled into for each year or semester.

Material fees cover costs associated with the following where applicable, and not limited to:

  • Classroom activity consumables, handouts and booklets
  • E-Learning resources and associated license access fees
  • Excursions

Additionally some courses require students to purchase or supply text books, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Book Shop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your Course Information session or during the Pre-Training review Interview.

Entry Requirements

Training package entry requirements
There are no mandated training package entry requirements.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements
Before being accepted into the course applicants must:

  • Undertake a Pre-training Review to document previous work experience and qualifications and assess suitability for the course
  • Complete a Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) test to ensure the required language, literacy and numeracy levels are met for the course (excluding VETis Students)
  • Register with the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (Trainees only)
  • Attend an interview (excluding VETis Students)
  • Must be 16 years and over.

It is also desirable that applicants:

  • have at least an intermediate level of digital literacy to undertake the online component of the course, as well as access to computer with internet access including YouTube.
  • have physical stamina to safely handle a variety of animals, it is recommended that all successful applicants be immunised against tetanus.
Units of Competency

ACM20117 – Core Units

ACMGAS205 – Assist in health care of animals
ACMGAS203 – Complete animal care hygiene routines
ACMGAS204 – Feed and water animals
ACMSUS201 – Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
ACMGAS202 – Participate in workplace communications
ACMWHS201 – Participate in workplace health and safety processes
ACMGAS206 – Provide basic first aid for animals
ACMGAS201 – Work in the animal care industry

ACM20117 – Elective Units

ACMVET203 – Assist with surgery preparation
ACMVET201 – Assist with veterinary nursing reception duties
ACMVET202 – Carry out daily practice routines
ACMGAS308 – Communicate effectively with clients and team members
ACMINF301 – Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work
ACMWHS301 – Contribute to workplace health and safety processes
ACMSPE305 – Provide basic care of domestic cats
ACMSPE304 – Provide basic care of domestic dogs
ACMGAS209 – Provide information on companion animals, products and services
ACMGAS208 – Source information for animal care needs

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods may include:

  • Written assignments
  • In class and/or online discussion forums
  • Short answer questions
  • Animal recognition photographs
  • Practical skills demonstration
  • Oral assessment – this may be conducted face to face or via skype/phone/zoom
  • Third Party reports
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

For further information regarding this course please call 1300 468 233.


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 468 233 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?

If you need any further clarification of the information provided please contact one of our client service officers on 1300 468 233 who can assist you or click Enquire Now.