Certificate II in Animal Studies

Certificate II in Animal Studies

Course Code
Food and Fibre
Study Area(s)
Veterinary Nursing, Animal Studies
Course Length
Full-time(20 weeks)

Start Date(s): 15 July 2019
End Date(s): November 2019
Days and Time: 2 days per week. Days to be advised.

Course Overview

This qualification is a general pre-vocational qualification aimed for inclusion in a VET in Schools program or as an entry point into the animal care and management industry. It is a requirement that whilst undertaking this qualification the learner seek to gain a period of work placement or work experience in an animal care environment and/or workplace.

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Module CodeModule TitleNominal Hours
ACMGAS201Work in the animal care industry30
ACMGAS202Participate in workplace communications20
ACMGAS203Complete animal care hygiene routines30
ACMGAS204Feed and water animals40
ACMGAS205Assist in health care of animals40
ACMGAS206Provide basic first aid for animals30
ACMGAS207Provide reception services for an animal care facility30
ACMGAS208Source information for animal care needs40
ACMSPE305Provide basic care of domestic cats40
ACMSUS201Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices20


Module CodeModule TitleNominal Hours
ACMSPE312Provide basic care of rodents and rabbits40
ACMWHS201Participate in workplace health and safety processes40

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed to show that you have achieved the skills and knowledge required by the course. Assessment may include written, oral or practical assessment methods. You will know in advance about the type of assessment and how it will operate. There is the opportunity for reassessment and appeal and you will be given this information. Will include work placement.

Additional comments

This course is currently a prerequiste course for the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

What will I study?

See list of modules.

For course information, please call 13 TAFE (13 8233) or fill our enquiry form.

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This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Are you eligible for Government Subsidised fees? Find out now!

You may be eligible for concession. Find out now!

The fees listed below relate to 2019 courses and are indicative pricing only as total costs vary depending on the units you elect to study.

Concessions for Diploma and Advanced Diploma course categories are only available to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.

Payment plans are available. Click here to find out more.
Course availability is subject to enrolment numbers.

Your total course fee will typically include your tuition fee (table 1), any applicable consumables and/or material fees (table 2) and non-tuition fees such as student support fees (table 3).

Table 1

Enrolment type
Government Subsidised
Indicative total tuition fee#
Indicative total tuition fee#
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Full Fee
Indicative total tuition fee#

Table 2

Average course
material fees*


Average course
consumable fees*

# The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.
* Materials/Consumables fees may vary for each individual based on the units they are studying.
Average tuition fees are based on the typical number of student contact hours undertaken by a student to complete this course. Average fees displayed are purely indicative and may not be your actual fee. Fees vary based on the number/hours of electives chosen by the student.

Click here to view maximum tuition fees. We strongly urge you to contact us for a more exact calculation of your fees. Additional fees may apply such as the Student Support Fee. 

2019 Student Services Fee (Table 3)

 Type of cohort:

Eligible full fee paying student (more than 125 SC hours) Non eligible/FFS  full fee paying student (more than 125 SC hours) Special cohort classes:
  • Concession card holders
  • Apprentices
  • Trainees
  • Work based students (100% off campus delivery)
  • Full online delivery (100% off campus delivery)
Any students studying less than 125 hours in the full year
Domestic student services fees for 2019: $0.40 per student contact hour. $60 min total to $200 max total $0.40 per student contact hour. $60 min total to $200 max total $60 fixed fee None


The following fee categories are exempt from the SSF -
ASH: Asylum Seeker Or Victim Of Human Trafficking Concession
ASZ: Asylum Seeker Or Victim Of Human Trafficking Non-concession
X: Community-based Orders/Judy Lazarus Transition Centre
OZ: International Student
M: Prisoner
YTC: Young People Transitioning From Care – Concession
YTN: Young People Transitioning From Care - No Concession
Short courses

student contact hours

Total hours^ Indicative hours* Government Subsidised $/SCH Indigenous Concession $/SCH Full fee $/SCH
410 410 $3.40 $0.68 $11.00

^This is based on the maximum number of student contact hours for the total duration of the course. Hours may vary depending on electives chosen by the student.

*This is based on the maximum number of student contact hours for the calendar year of 2019. Hours may vary depending on electives chosen by the student. If you have to undertake training as part of Skills Recognition, your tuition fees are charged according to the applicable rate per Student Contact Hour depending on your eligibility for government subsidised, concession or full fees.

For more information about our fees structure, click here.

What costs and other fees should I expect?

Contact the Contact Centre on 13 TAFE (13 8233) or enquiries@kangan.edu.au for a fee schedule. There may be extra costs for reference books, protective clothing or specialised materials.

Can I apply?

There are no set prerequisites for this course. However it is recommended that you have satisfactory numeracy and literacy skills to undertake this course.

Where and how can I study?

You will study at the Broadmeadows campus.

What employment opportunities will I have?

This course may lead to employment in the animal care industry. Job role titles covered by this qualification may include:
•    Animal care attendant
•    Animal shelter attendant
•    Kennel hand
•    Cattery attendant
•    Pet shop attendant
•    Assistant dog groomer

What skills will I have when I complete this course?

You will gain skills in Animal Care Management, reception duties, communication, basic animal care, hygiene, animal welfare, nutrition, Occupational Health and Safety, team work, animal handling.

What qualifications will I receive?

On successful completion of the course you will be awarded the Certificate II in Animal Studies (ACM20117). As part of the Australian Qualifications Framework this program is nationally recognised.

What opportunities for further studies will I have?

Upon successful completion of this qualification you may continue to study the following:
•    Certificate III in Animal Studies (ACM30117)
•    Certificate III in Animal Technology (ACM30217)
•    Certificate III in Companion Animal Services (ACM30417)
•    Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing (ACM40412)

How do I apply?

To apply for this course you must complete an online application by clicking the 'apply here' tab above or for further information call our Contact Centre on 13 TAFE (13 8233) or email enquiries@kangan.edu.au. This course has a mid-year intake.

How will I be selected for this course?

You will be interviewed by our teachers to assess your suitability for the course.