Certificate III in Animal Technology

Certificate III in Animal Technology

Course Code
Food and Fibre
Study Area(s)
Veterinary Nursing, Animal Studies
Course Length
Full-time(1 year)

Start Date(s): 12 February 2019
End Date(s): 25 September 2019
Days and Time: 2 days per week. Days to be advised.

Course Overview

This is the industry qualification for those undertaking junior level animal technology functions within a biomedical research or production environment. It is highly recommended that whilst undertaking this qualification, you should have access to an animal technology workplace through either paid employment or significant periods of work placement.

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Module CodeModule TitleNominal Hours
ACMATE301Work within an animal technology facility30
ACMATE302Carry out institution containment and exclusion procedures40
ACMATE303Prepare for and monitor anaesthesia in animals60
ACMATE304Conduct non-surgical procedures on animals60
ACMGAS301Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing50
ACMGAS302Provide enrichment for animals40
ACMGAS303Plan for and provide nutritional requirements for animals60
ACMGAS304Carry out simple breeding procedures40
ACMINF301Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work60
ACMSPE307Provide basic care of freshwater fish40
ACMSPE310Provide basic care of mammals40
ACMSPE312Provide basic care of rodents and rabbits40
ACMSUS201Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices20
ACMVET203Assist with surgery preparation40
ACMWHS201Participate in workplace health and safety processes40
MSL922001Record and present data40
MSL973004Perform aseptic techniques40
MSL973007Perform microscopic examination40

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.

Practical placement will be done on the job and simulated where possible.

What will I study?

Please see course module list above.

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
805 805 $3.50 $0.70 $3.00

^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.

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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?

While there are no set prerequisites for this course, it is recommended that you have employment or work experience in the Animal Technology industry or have achieved the Certificate II in Animal Studies (ACM20117).

It is also 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 as an:
• Animal technician
• Laboratory animal technician
• Technical officer
• Field technician

What qualifications will I receive?

On successful completion of the course you will be awarded the (full course title). As part of the Australian Qualifications Framework this program is nationally recognised.

What opportunities for further studies will I have?

You may want to go on to complete studies in a certificate IV or diploma level program, such as the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing (ACM40412) or the Diploma of Animal Technology (ACM50110).

How do I apply?

To apply for this course you must fill in a direct application form which can be obtained from the institute by calling the Contact Centre on 13 TAFE (13 8233) or email enquiries@kangan.edu.au.

How will I be selected for this course?

All applicants will be interviewed by our teachers to assess their suitability for the course.