If you have a passion for working with animals and want to ensure they receive the best care and welfare this course is designed for you.
ACM30122 Certificate III in Animal Care Services provides the skills and knowledge to work in a broad range of roles in animal care facilities and services, including boarding/day care, breeding, shelters, pet grooming, pet sitting and other animal businesses. This is the ideal foundation course for people looking to move into specialised streams in the animal care industry and is also a natural progression for those who have already completed a Certificate II qualification in a related field.
Students enrolled in this course have a choice of two specialisations:
Students must select their specialisation at the point of enrolment.
The Animal Care sector in Australia is experiencing significant growth, contributing in excess of $12 billion to the Australian economy annually and employing more than 50,000 workers. The industry continues to see strong growth in areas such as pet grooming, animal health care, and the nursing, rehabilitation and treatment of animals. There are a wide variety of emerging long term career pathways in assistance, companion and therapy animals, animal rescue and captive animal management.
Key tasks and functions this qualification will prepare you for include:
17 units of competency – seven core units and 10 elective units.
Students may elect to complete the Animal Care specialisation or the Pet Grooming specialisation.
*Please note that Traineeship students undertaking the Animal Care Specialisation complete ACMGEN308 Walk and exercise dogs instead of ACMSPE322 Provide general care of rodents or rabbits.
The Australian Qualifications Framework determines that the duration of this qualification is 1 – 2 years, however with both face-to-face training, and flexible online learning, learners are typically completing within the first 6 – 12 months. How quickly an individual is able to complete the course will depend on how fast they work through the content, their commitment to learning and their level of competence.
To achieve the best practical experience from this course it is recommended that you work in an environment where you can use the skills learnt. This is not a pre-requisite for the course.
Learners not employed in a suitable animal care service undertake vocational work placement and need to locate a suitable animal care facility that they can access to complete their practical assessments. Most students should expect to be able to complete their practical assessments in a suitable workplace environment within 60 hours. Contact us for further details and information.
On successful completion of the course, and depending on the specialisation you have followed, you will receive one of the following nationally recognised qualifications:
The qualification is awarded by Skills Generation RTO 41008, with training and assessment delivered by Skills Generation or an approved Third Party training provider on behalf of Skills Generation.
The Commonwealth Government requires all learners undertaking nationally recognised, accredited training courses to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). Learners are unable to enrol without their USI.
If you are currently working, or have previously worked in a relevant industry, you may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). RPL applies where you have workplace experience/competency that can be formally assessed against the units of competency in this course. If you wish to undertake an RPL process, please discuss with our Student Services enrolments team.
This course currently attracts government funding for eligible students. Students who access funded training pay a co-contribution fee that represents a small fraction of the total course fee!
Eligibility criteria for funding can be found on our Funding and Fees page or contact us to discuss your circumstances and determine your eligibility.
Students who are not eligible for subsidised training pay the full course fee.
Payment Plans are available through the PaySmart payment platform making it easy for students to make weekly, fortnightly or monthly payment instalments.
On completion of this course, you may be interested in enhancing your skills, knowledge, and job promotion prospects by going on to study higher-level qualifications in Animal Care, Business or other related areas. See the full range of courses we offer or speak to our Student Services Team about courses that may meet your interests and personal and professional needs.
Skills Generation proudly partners with select Australian Universities to provide pathway options for university study. University pathways include guaranteed entry and credit for Skills Generation graduates of Certificate IV and Diploma qualifications.
If you need more information about a course, want to see if you qualify for government funding or have any other questions, we’re here to help!