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ACM30410 Certificate III in Companion Animal Services

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Nationally Recognised Training

If you really love animals and want to make working with them the focus of your career, you can now get the qualifications and training that will give you the competitive edge over other potential Animal Care employees.

The Animal Care industry can be competitive and potential employers look favorably on those with certified skills. The ACM30410 Certificate III in Companion Animal Services from Open Colleges is a way for you to stand out from the pack; it is a nationally recognised course that will give you real training and experience in working professionally with animals.

You can study this course online via the Open Space portal which allows you to meet and connect with other students doing the same course all over Australia. You can learn online at your own pace, with a wide choice of electives to get you working in the areas of Animal Care that really interest you, such as animal nutrition or native animals.

This specialist course also contains Structured Workplace Learning, to give you real hands-on experience under the guidance of someone who is working in the industry. You’ll make contacts, learn tips, tricks and skills and work with real animals in a practical setting. You will be taught how to handle animals patiently, gently and confidently, so when you graduate you'll be ready to hire.

If you want to work in a pet store, kennel or cattery, you can get this nationally recognised qualification and embark on the path towards a fulfilling and important dream career.

Partnership with AIRC

Open Colleges offers this qualification in association with Animal Industries Resource Centre (provider no: 31424). Nationally Recognised Certification for the ACM30410 Certificate III in Companion Animal Services is issued by Animal Industries Resource Centre.

Potential career outcomes:

  • Pet shop/aquarium assistant
  • Kennel attendant
  • Cattery attendant
  • Assistant dog trainer
  • Pet exerciser
  • Assistant grooming attendant

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  • Course number
    E0134
    Course duration
    Max 24 months
    Qualification Level
    Certificate III
    Study mode
    Continuous
    Delivery method
    Online with Work Placement in Australia
    Nationally recognised in Australia
    Yes
    National Code
    ACM30410
    Assessments
    Case Studies, Logbook, Short-Answer Questions, Workplace Demonstration
    Continuous Mode Awarded By
    Animal Industries Resource Centre (Provider number: 31424)
    Associated With
    Animal Industries Resource Centre
  • Open Colleges may make changes to the course from time to time to reflect changes introduced to the relevant Training Package or other regulatory requirements. Please download to the course guide for current information about the course and its status.
  • Entry requirements

    Minimum education

    • School Certificate or equivalent; or 
    • relevant qualifications (such as ACM20110 Certificate II in Animal Studies); or
    • relevant vocational experience.

    Minimum age

    Minimum age of 16 years. If you are under 18 your application must be signed by a parent or guardian.

    Computer requirements

    Students will need access to a computer and the internet. For students who do not have access to either a computer or the internet please contact a student support officer to discuss alternative methods of communication.

    Minimum specifications for the computer are:

    • Microsoft Office 2010 or equivalent
    • Broadband Internet connection
    • 2GB of RAM
    • CD-ROM or DVD drive
    • Adobe Reader XI or equivalent
    • Printer and associated software
    • Scanner and associated software
    • Digital imaging software
    • File compression software
    • Macromedia Flash player.

    Windows users:

    • Microsoft Windows 7 or higher (Windows 8 recommended)
    • 1 Ghz or faster processor (2GHz recommended)
    • Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher

    Mac OS users:

    • Mac OSX v10.5 or higher (Mac OSX v10.6 recommended)
    • 1 Ghz or faster processor (2GHz recommended)
    • Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher​

    English language requirements

    If English is your second language and you did not complete the last two years of secondary education in English to at least Australian Year 10 standard or equivalent, you are required to provide evidence of English language competency before enrolling into the course. Examples of appropriate evidence are listed below:

    Evidence

    Example

    IELTS Overall score of 5.5TOEFL530 (paper), 197 (computer) or 71 (internet)12 months in English-speaking employment (Testimonial, statutory declaration).

    Open Colleges will endeavour to provide additional assistance to students who experience difficulties with language, literacy and numeracy.

    Workplace requirements

    Students are required to complete a minimum of 120 hours of paid employment or volunteer work in a companion animal workplace.

    Examples of suitable workplaces would include veterinary practices, animal welfare organisations, pet shops, kennels and catteries. The workplace must provide the student with access to animals and equipment required for the delivery of the core units and also the elective units chosen by the student. This might require the student to obtain a work placement with more than one organisation.

    The workplace must provide a mentor with sufficient industry experience (usually at least three years) to supervise and guide the student.

    Your work placement will need to be completed in Australia, and you will be responsible for the costs of any travel, accommodation, statutory checks or other requirements related to your work placement.

    To receive a comprehensive guide to undertaking work placement for this course, submit your details in the enquiry box on this page.

    Additional requirements

    Students will require access to a video recording device. Students might need access to digital video editing or compression software. The maximum file size that can be submitted to OpenSpace is 100MB. Each video submitted as evidence of competency should demonstrate the specific skills required in no more than two-five minutes.

  • Students who successfully complete the ACM30410 Certificate III in Companion Animal Services may go on to study for their ACM40310 Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services.

    • Chris Hosking

      Chris Hosking

      Chris Hosking is the Program Manager for Animal Care. Since 2004 he has had experience working with native and exotic invertebrates, fish, frogs, reptiles’ birds, and mammals. From 2008 to 2014 Chris coordinated the Australian Museum’s Live Exhibits where he undertook animal management, staff training and developed content about the live displays for the Museum’s programs. Chris remains a member of the Australian Museum’s Animal Care and Ethics Committee and a member of the Australasian Society of Zoo Keeping. Chris has a Bachelor of Arts from Flinders University and Certificate IV in Captive Animals.

    • Amber Barnier

      Amber Barnier

      Amber has worked as a Veterinary Nurse for more than 14 years. She undertook the Veterinary Nursing Certificate with Tamworth TAFE while working within a busy mixed animal practice. Amber has also worked as a Pound Officer and spent some time employed as an Environmental Health Officer in a remote community where she worked alongside the RSPCA in Community Animal Health programs. Amber has been part of the VET sector for 6 years as a teacher of Animal Studies, Companion Animal Services and Equine Nursing with TAFE NSW and gained a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Amber has recently completed her Diploma of Veterinary Nursing General Practice.

    • Catherine Ford

      Catherine Ford

      Catherine has been a veterinary nurse for over 30 years and has been involved in many areas of the industry and worked with many different species. Her first position in the industry was working with the Animal Welfare League as an animal attendant, where she enrolled in a course called Animal Care, today known as Animal Studies, and Veterinary Nursing.

      Catherine’s career has included working at a variety of specialist hospitals, as well as Waratah Park, Abbott Animal Health and TAFE. She is also involved in the Greyhound Adoption Program.

    • Fiona Kelly

      Fiona Kelly

      Fiona’s career has taken many twists over the past 30 years. Working in hotel management, public relations, event production and finally education, Fiona decided to follow her passion for animals by gaining a Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services. Now owning a dog training, grooming and pet care business and working as an in-house trainer/behaviourist at a Sydney veterinary hospital, Fiona is able to combine her ‘human’ training qualifications and experience with her passion for animals. Fiona is a qualified and accredited Delta positive dog trainer and an active member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) of Australia.

    • Lauri Steel

      Lauri Steel

      After seven years of veterinary nursing, Lauri changed her focus to the vocational training sector. She decided to follow her passion for training and educating up and coming veterinary nurses and animal carers. Lauri holds a variety of qualifications including a Cert II and III in Animal Studies, Cert III and IV in Companion Animal Services, Cert IV and Dip (ECC) in Veterinary Nursing, Cert IV in TAE and Diplomas in Vocational Education and Training, Training Design and Development, Business Admin, Management and Business.?

    • Meghann Beckley

      Meghann Beckley

      Meghann is a surgical, anaesthesia and critical care veterinary nurse with 18 years’ experience at various specialist hospitals across Sydney. Being a mature age, online tertiary student herself, she has always been passionate about adult education, and is very excited to have joined the education sector. Her in-depth experience within the veterinary industry enables her to create and maintain relationships with animal-based organisations across Australia. She enjoys challenging herself mentally and physically, and is currently studying a Bachelor of Science majoring in Genetics and Biotechnology.

    • Robyn Bardsley

      Robyn Bardsley

      Robyn has principally worked as a Veterinary Nurse and as a Receptionist for 23 years. She undertook the Veterinary Nursing Certificate with Tamworth TAFE while working at the South Tamworth Animal Hospital Referral practice. Robyn worked at the Coffs Harbour Veterinary Hospital, and the Koala Hospital, moving further to the mid-north coast to the Macksville Veterinary Clinic. Throughout her working life, Robyn has undertaken numerous correspondence courses related to various disciplines

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Certificate III in Companion Animal Services

ACM30410 Certificate III in Companion Animal Services

Work with animals in roles such as a veterinary assistant. Get an accredited online animal care qualification that includes a practical work placement.
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  • Duration: Max 24 months
  • How you learn: Online with Work Placement
  • Qualification Level: Certificate III
  • Assessments: Case Studies, Logbook, Short-Answer Questions, Workplace Demonstration
  • Study Mode:
    Continuous
  • Continuous Mode Awarded by: Animal Industries Resource Centre (Provider number: 31424)
  • Course Description

    If you really love animals and want to make working with them the focus of your career, you can now get the qualifications and training that will give you the competitive edge over other potential Animal Care employees.

    The Animal Care industry can be competitive and potential employers look favorably on those with certified skills. The ACM30410 Certificate III in Companion Animal Services from Open Colleges is a way for you to stand out from the pack; it is a nationally recognised course that will give you real training and experience in working professionally with animals.

    You can study this course online via the Open Space portal which allows you to meet and connect with other students doing the same course all over Australia. You can learn online at your own pace, with a wide choice of electives to get you working in the areas of Animal Care that really interest you, such as animal nutrition or native animals.

    This specialist course also contains Structured Workplace Learning, to give you real hands-on experience under the guidance of someone who is working in the industry. You’ll make contacts, learn tips, tricks and skills and work with real animals in a practical setting. You will be taught how to handle animals patiently, gently and confidently, so when you graduate you'll be ready to hire.

    If you want to work in a pet store, kennel or cattery, you can get this nationally recognised qualification and embark on the path towards a fulfilling and important dream career.

    Partnership with AIRC

    Open Colleges, Australia’s leading online education provider, has partnered with Animal Industries Resource Centre (National Provider Code 31424) to promote and provide access to the ACM30410 Certificate III in Companion Animal Services .

    Potential career outcomes:

    • Veterinary assistant
    • Pet shop/aquarium assistant
    • Kennel attendant
    • Cattery attendant
    • Assistant dog trainer
    • Pet exerciser
    • Assistant grooming attendant
  • Requirements

    Entry requirements

    Minimum education

    • School Certificate or equivalent; or 
    • relevant qualifications (such as ACM20110 Certificate II in Animal Studies); or
    • relevant vocational experience.

    Minimum age

    Minimum age of 16 years. If you are under 18 your application must be signed by a parent or guardian.

    Computer requirements

    Students will need access to a computer and the internet. For students who do not have access to either a computer or the internet please contact a student support officer to discuss alternative methods of communication.

    Minimum specifications for the computer are:

    • Microsoft Office 2010 or equivalent
    • Broadband Internet connection
    • 2GB of RAM
    • CD-ROM or DVD drive
    • Adobe Reader XI or equivalent
    • Printer and associated software
    • Scanner and associated software
    • Digital imaging software
    • File compression software
    • Macromedia Flash player.

    Windows users:

    • Microsoft Windows 7 or higher (Windows 8 recommended)
    • 1 Ghz or faster processor (2GHz recommended)
    • Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher

    Mac OS users:

    • Mac OSX v10.5 or higher (Mac OSX v10.6 recommended)
    • 1 Ghz or faster processor (2GHz recommended)
    • Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher​

    English language requirements

    If English is your second language and you did not complete the last two years of secondary education in English to at least Australian Year 10 standard or equivalent, you are required to provide evidence of English language competency before enrolling into the course. Examples of appropriate evidence are listed below:

    Evidence

    Example

    IELTS Overall score of 5.5TOEFL530 (paper), 197 (computer) or 71 (internet)12 months in English-speaking employment (Testimonial, statutory declaration).

    Open Colleges will endeavour to provide additional assistance to students who experience difficulties with language, literacy and numeracy.

    Workplace requirements

    Students are required to complete a minimum of 120 hours of paid employment or volunteer work in a companion animal workplace.

    Examples of suitable workplaces would include veterinary practices, animal welfare organisations, pet shops, kennels and catteries. The workplace must provide the student with access to animals and equipment required for the delivery of the core units and also the elective units chosen by the student. This might require the student to obtain a work placement with more than one organisation.

    The workplace must provide a mentor with sufficient industry experience (usually at least three years) to supervise and guide the student.

    Your work placement will need to be completed in Australia, and you will be responsible for the costs of any travel, accommodation, statutory checks or other requirements related to your work placement.

    To receive a comprehensive guide to undertaking work placement for this course, submit your details in the enquiry box on this page.

    Additional requirements

    Students will require access to a video recording device. Students might need access to digital video editing or compression software. The maximum file size that can be submitted to OpenSpace is 100MB. Each video submitted as evidence of competency should demonstrate the specific skills required in no more than two-five minutes.

  • Subjects

    • ACMCAS301A: Work effectively in the companion animal industry
    • ACMGAS203A: Complete animal care hygiene routines
    • ACMGAS301A: Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing
    • ACMINF301A: Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal work
    • ACMOHS301A: Contribute to occupational health and safety processes
    • ACMSUS201A: Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
    • ACMCAS302A: Provide advice on companion animal selection and general care
    • ACMCAS303A: Provide advice on selection and care of aquatic animals
    • ACMCAS304A: Capture, handle and transport companion animals
    • ACMCAS305A: Maintain aquascapes and aquatic animals
    • ACMCAS306A: Provide grooming services for companion animal comfort
    • ACMCAS307A: Provide companion animal hydro-bathing services
    • ACMGAS302A: Provide enrichment for animals
    • ACMGAS303A: Plan for and provide nutritional requirements for animals
    • ACMSPE302A: Provide basic care of birds
    • ACMSPE303A: Provide basic care of common native mammals
    • ACMSPE304A: Provide basic care of dogs
    • ACMSPE305A: Provide basic care of domestic cats
    • ACMSPE307A: Provide basic care of freshwater fish
    • ACMSPE310A: Provide basic care of mammals
    • ACMSPE312A: Provide basic care of rodents and rabbits
    • ACMGAS207A: Provide reception services for an animal care facility
    • BSBINM301A: Organise workplace information
    • BSBCUS301B: Organise personal work priorities and development
    • BSBCUS301B: Deliver and monitor a service to customers
    • BSBWRT301A: Write simple documents
    • BSBSUS301A: Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices