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Certificate II in Animal Care

ACM20121

Certificate II in Animal Care ACM20121

Course Overview

Turn a passion for animals into a career with the Certificate II in Animal Care. This qualification give students the skills and knowledge to enter the animal care industry.

Students will learn to care for the welfare of animals, including feeding, watering, hygiene routines, and basic care for domestic cats and dogs. Students will also learn to provide basic animal first aid, prepare animals for surgery, and carry out daily practice routines.

The course can be delivered on-campus, online, as a school-based traineeship, in the workplace, as an adult trainee, or through the VET Delivered to Secondary Schools (VETDSS) program. Students interested in undertaking this course via VETDSS need to enrol through their school. Please refer to the Attendance and Commitment tab for more details on each cohort.

Please note: the information on this page is relevant for 2023 enrolments.

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

During COVID‐19 lockdown periods, this course will have the majority of the training delivered using online methods of teaching and communication while students engage from home with their trainers. Any required practical components of the course will be moved to a more appropriate time later in the year.

Career Pathways

This course prepares students to work in the animal care and management industry, in workplaces such as animal shelters, kennels, catteries, sanctuaries and veterinary clinics. Weekend work may be involved and a level of fitness is required that allows for safe handling of a range of animals.

Duties within this industry can involve:

  • Feeding and watering animals
  • Administering medication
  • Exercise and enrichment activities
  • Cleaning and disinfection
  • Grooming
  • Customer service
  • Documentation

Further Study

After graduating, students might like to undertake further study in:

  • ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
  • ACM30121 Certificate III in Animal Care Services
  • ACM30121 Certificate III in Animal Care Services (Pet Grooming)

Course Dates & Times

Wangaratta - Tone Road

Trainees - Open from 14/02/2022 - Workplace / 2022

Workplace Based - Open from 14th Feb - Workplace / 2022

On Campus - Starts on 12th July - On Campus Mon & Tue - 9am to 4pm / 2022

Online - Starts on 14th July - Online / 2022

Traineeship - Open from 6th Feb - Workplace /2023

Workplace Based - Open from 6th Feb / 2023

Public - Oncampus - Starts 7th Feb - 2 days (Mon-Tue) - 9am-3.30pm / 2023

Public - OnLine - Start 16th Feb - Webinar Thu inc Prac W/shop- 9am-3.30pm/ 2023

1. Subsidised Standard
$3,124.00
2. Subsidised Standard (Concession)
$625.00
3. Subsidised Trainee
$2,266.00
4. Subsidised Trainee (Concession)
$453.00
5. Full Fee
$4,818.00
Course Materials
$506.00
Student Services Fee (per year)
$90.00

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.

Please note that the fees on this webpage, for this particular course:

  • are correct at the time of publishing for those enrolling in 2023 and may change without notice.
  • will be discussed with applications as part of the application process to ensure it is understood what is being paid for and which fee rates they may be eligible for.

Course Fees consist of three different components:

  1. Student Tuition Fee - cover the costs of training and assessment. These fees vary across courses and are calculated based on a rate per nominal hour enrolled in. The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Circumstances may include:
    a) an individual’s eligibility for Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    b) an individual’s eligibility for concession rates on Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    c) ineligible individuals who are required to pay the full fees for tuition and other costs
  2. Material Fee - where applicable, cover the costs of classroom consumables, handouts and booklets, e-Learning resources and associated license access fees and excursions
  3. Student Services Fee (SSF) – contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF is a non-refundable annual fee that does not apply to short course participants.

Additionally, some courses require students to purchase or supply textbooks, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your course information session, induction session, or during the pre-training review Interview.

GOTAFE offers a range of payment options to help you pay your fees.
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Training package entry requirements

There are no training package entry requirements for this qualification.

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 Basic Key Skills Builder (BKSB) online test to ensure the required literacy & numeracy levels for the course are met. (excluding VETDSS Students).
  • Have the physical stamina to safely handle a variety of animals.
  • It is recommended that all successful applicants be immunised against tetanus..
  • VETDSS: Please ask your school's VET coordinator or Careers advisor to apply for this course.
  • Trainees: Please apply through an Apprenticeship Network Provider with your employer to organise your apprenticeship/traineeship contract prior to applying for this course.
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Technology students will have their suitability determined by CSU - a minimum ATAR of 70 is required.

Technology requirements:

Students must have:

  • A laptop/computer with internet access, including access to YouTube.
  • Access to digital camera or video camera for visual and audio assessment tasks.
Core Units
ACMGEN201
Work in the animal care industry
ACMGEN202
Complete animal care hygiene routines
ACMGEN203
Feed and water animals
ACMGEN204
Assist in health care of animals
ACMSUS201
Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
ACMWHS201
Participate in workplace health and safety processes
BSBCMM211
Apply communication skills
Elective Units
ACMBEH302
Provide enrichment for animals
ACMGEN205
Source and provide information for animal care needs
ACMGEN309
Provide basic animal first aid
ACMGEN315
Communicate effectively with clients and team members
ACMSPE316
Provide general care of domestic dogs
ACMSPE317
Provide general care of domestic cats
ACMVET202
Carry out daily practice routines
ACMWHS301
Contribute to workplace health and safety processes
BSBOPS203
Deliver a service to customers

Assessment methods may include:

  • Knowledge questions
  • Demonstrations
  • Written assignments
  • In class and/or online discussion forums
  • Animal recognition photographs
  • Oral assessment – this may be conducted face to face or via Skype/phone/zoom
  • Third-party reports

Skye Rhodes-Mitchell

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 are provided with a study plan which outlines their course structure and they are also given an induction into the LMS-goLearn, where their learning materials and resources are provided. Weekly online or telephone support with trainers is available to all students over the duration of their training.

On-campus students:

  • Students attend classes at the Wangaratta Tone Road Campus 2 days per week (Monday and Tuesday) for 6 hours per class over a 6-month period.
  • 80% class attendance is required.
  • Students will work through their learning materials between classes, for around 6 hours per week.
  • In addition students are expected to complete some research and self-directed learning.
  • Students also undertake work placement for a minimum of 40 hours with a host employer completing prescribed tasks to develop skills and knowledge in the workplace. This placement is organised by the student.

Online students:

  • Students have a weekly webinar class (36 in total) over the course of a 12-month period.
  • 80% webinar attendance is required.
  • Each week students are expected to spend at least 10 hours working through their learning materials in goLearn.
  • In addition, students are expected to complete some research and self-directed learning of at least 2 hour per week.
  • Students must attend practical workshops at the end of each semester at the Wangaratta Tone Road Campus.
  • Students must complete their knowledge assessments via goLearn and it is anticipated that it will take 8 hours per unit to complete these.
  • Students also undertake work placement for a minimum of 40 hours with a host employer completing prescribed tasks to develop skills and knowledge in the workplace. This placement is organised by the student.

Trainee students:

  • This course is delivered to adult trainees via a blend of workplace delivery and online learning and assessment over the course of two years.
  • GOTAFE trainers visit students in the workplace four times per year over the duration of the course.
  • Students are provided with a webinar timetable with webinars scheduled at varying times throughout the day or evening to maximise face-to-face attendance and participation. There is 1 x 3 hr webinar per month (10 in total).
  • Students are required to undertake structured online learning through goLearn where they read learning materials, watch videos on You Tube and complete interactive learning activities related to the unit of study.
  • Students are required to spend time researching and undertaking assessments tasks in their own time. Students consolidate their knowledge and skills by undertaking practical tasks with animals.

VETDSS students:

  • This course is delivered to VETDSS students over two years, 1 day a week (Wednesday). This day consists of a 1-hour webinar and 5 hours of working through learning materials in goLearn.
  • Students attend campus practical days in the school holidays (I day per school holiday) at the Wangaratta Tone Road Campus.
  • Students also undertake work placement for a minimum of 40 hours with a host employer completing prescribed tasks to develop skills and knowledge in the workplace. This placement is organised by the student.
  • In addition students are expected to complete some research and self-directed learning of at least 1 hour per fortnight.
  • They complete their knowledge assessments via goLearn and it is anticipated that it will take 5 hours per unit to complete these.

School-based trainees:

  • Students are released from school for 2 days a week in order to complete 7 hours working in the Industry and 6 hours training over the course of two years.
  • Students attend six full day on-campus workshops at the Wangaratta Tone Road Campus each year.
  • Students are provided with a webinar timetable with webinars scheduled at varying times throughout the day or evening to maximise face-to-face attendance and participation. There is 1 x 3 hr webinar per month (10 in total).
  • Students are required to undertake structured online learning through goLearn where they read learning materials, watch videos on You Tube and complete interactive learning activities related to the unit of study.
  • Students are required to spend time researching and undertaking assessments tasks in their own time. Students consolidate their knowledge and skills by undertaking practical tasks with animals.

Workplace students:

  • Students have a weekly webinar class (36 in total) over the course of a year.
  • Each week students spend at least 10 hours working through their learning materials in goLearn.
  • In addition students are expected to complete some research and self-directed learning of at least 2 hour per week. Students will complete their skills assessments when they attend the Wangaratta Tone Road Campus for 2 full days of practical assessments.
  • They complete their knowledge assessments via goLearn and it is anticipated that it will take 5 hours per unit to complete these.
  • Students are based in the workplace (for a min of 15 hours per week) where they are able to consolidate the skills and knowledge they have learnt through their attendance at on campus sessions.

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  • Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification.
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