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Certificate I in Animal Studies


Certificate I in Animal Studies – ACM10117

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Course Overview

Get a head start in the Animal Care industry with a Certificate I in Animal Studies.

You'll learn to provide care to a range of animals, including feeding and water, and catching and handling quiet animals.

You'll learn animal hygiene routines, and gain an understanding of workplace health and safety processes.

This course is offered as part of either the Victorian or Tasmanian VET in Schools program and provides a pathway into a variety of animal careers:

  • Victorian students undertake 3 single day workshops at the Wangaratta Regional Study Centre in April, July and September school holidays
  • Tasmanian students undertake a 4 day residential program at the Wangaratta Regional Study Centre in March

Career Pathways

This course prepares you for an entry-level role in the Animal Care industry. You may find work in an Animal Shelter, Kennel/Cattery, or Veterinary Clinic performing any of the following duties:

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

Further Study

After graduating, you might like to undertake further study in the ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies or the ACM30617 Certificate III in Pet Grooming.

Course Dates & Times

Currently there are no upcoming sessions available for this course. To register your interest in this course, click the "Register Your Interest" button at the top of this page.

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 of workplace learning
  • Have reliable access to a computer, internet and email in order to undertake the online components of the course
  • Have a current Tetanus immunisation

The entry process will involve the student’s school VET coordinator who will approve the student engaging in this VETiS program and confirm the students LL&N suitability.

Core Units
Participate in workplace health and safety processes
Participate in workplace communications
Catch and handle a range of quiet animals
Investigate job opportunities in animal care and related industries
Assist in the care of animals
Elective Units
Complete animal care hygiene routines
Feed and water animals

Assessment methods may include:

  • Written assignments
  • Quizzes
  • Practical demonstrations
  • Completion if workshop workbooks

All students will be required to undertake 40 hours of structured workplace learning.

Students require reliable internet including access to YouTube to access their learning materials and webinars.

Lesley Sanderson

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.

Students complete online study by logging onto the online campus at least twice a week to complete self paced learning activities.

Students are expected to attend the weekly webinars, these are recorded and uploaded to the online campus so students who miss the live webinar are able to view the webinar.

All students must also complete 40 hours of structured workplace learning in an animal care facility.

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.

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.

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.

Learn more about support services

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.

Further information is provided at course induction.

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

Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.

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.

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