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ACM20121 Certificate II in Animal Care

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Next intake February 2023
LocationsWerribee Princes Campus
East Geelong Campus
Duration Part-time: 1 Year

Course description

This course is the ideal starting point if you’ve always dreamed of working with animals. You will learn how to care for animals in a range of environments and gain an understanding of the animal care industry, its products and services.

Take advantage of Job Trainer! Eligible Victorian students who elect to use their one Job Trainer opportunity Material and resources fees still apply. Follow the link for further information and to check the eligibility criteria.

This is a JobTrainer Priority Course. All students who meet the Skills First eligibility criteria can access free or reduced tuition fees for this course. Follow the link for further information and to check the eligibility criteria.

If you are a Gordon VCE student

This course is offered to Gordon VCE students. To enrol in this course as a Gordon VCE student you need to apply from the VET Delivered to Secondary Students (VETDSS) course list. Go to VETDSS courses to APPLY NOW!

For more information on VCE studies with a VET program please go to the VET Delivered to Secondary Students site. NOTE: Fees apply for Gordon VCE Students, see Fees section below.

Possible career outcomes

  • Animal care attendant
  • Animal shelter attendant
  • Kennel hand
  • Animal boarding assistant
  • Pet shop attendant
  • Assistant dog groomer
  • Animal shelter/sanctuary assistant

Wondering if this industry will suit you?

We have created a very short course quiz to help you gain a little more understanding of what is required and whether you might enjoy a role in this industry. Take the quiz here.


Applications & attendance

How to apply

  1. Follow our instructions for how to apply for a course.
  2. Apply online by selecting an intake from the Applications & attendance table below.

If you need help, visit Customer Service or request application support via email.
Submission of an application does not guarantee a place in the course.

IntakeApplicationsAttendanceClassesDuration 
2023 February
Werribee Princes Campus 
Open: 1 Aug 2022
Close: 8 Feb 2023 
Class DayStart: 6 Feb 2023
Thursdays 9am to 4pm
 
Part-time: 1 Year  Apply  
2023 February
East Geelong Campus 
Open: 1 Aug 2022
Close: 8 Feb 2023 
Class DayStart: 6 Feb 2023
Mondays 9am to 4pm
 
Part-time: 1 Year  Apply  

 

Students may need to complete some self-paced learning and assessment activities outside class time. This will be different for each course and will depend on a student’s level of skill and experience.

Class days and times in the above table are indicative. Prior to course commencement, changes may be necessary. Follow the link for more information on Attendance mode definitions. When you submit your application, please make sure you answer all the questions. Only successful applicants with complete applications will receive an offer. We issue offers as soon as possible. Follow the link for more information on Offer timing.

Many courses have limited places and high demand. We may close an intake before the date above. We recommend you apply early. If student numbers are insufficient we may cancel an intake or a course.

  • Applicants must be aged 16 or over at the time of course commencement
  • Any student under the age of 17 must provide a Transition from School form prior to undertaking this course.
  • Applicants are expected to have literacy and numeracy skills at Year 10 or Australian Core Skills Framework Level 2
  • Apprenticeship and traineeship applicants must be currently employed under a training contract and referred by their employer
  • You must reside in Victoria to access Victorian Government Subsidised Fees and any incentive such as Job Trainer. Full fees apply to all non-Victorian residents.

Each student must complete a pre-training review as part of their application. The outcome of your pre-training review assists our teachers and trainers to better understand your capabilities prior to training and enables you to be matched to the right program. Your literacy and numeracy skills will be evaluated and you may be required to undertake a separate assessment. Follow this link for more information about literacy and numeracy skills .

Practice tests

In order to prepare for your LLN, you may wish to attempt some practise tests in which you will find similar questions (with solutions too). These practice tests are not VSL approved but may be similar in question type and level of difficulty to what may be asked in the VSL approved LLN. Click here for practice tests. Please note, the VSL approved LLN cannot be resat within 3 months of undertaking it.

  • Applicants must be aged 16 or over at the time of course commencement
  • Any student under the age of 17 must provide a Transition from School form prior to undertaking this course.
  • Applicants are expected to have literacy and numeracy skills at Year 10 or Australian Core Skills Framework Level 2
  • Apprenticeship and traineeship applicants must be currently employed under a training contract and referred by their employer

Personal Learning Requirements

There are personal learning requirements for each qualification at The Gordon. These are essential personal capabilities and skills required to successfully complete the course and be ready to work in the industry.

Please review the requirements here and consider any challenges you may have in meeting them. When applying for your course, please let us know what support you may need.

Selection mode

Core Code Hours
Apply communication skills BSBCMM211 40
Assist in health care of animals ACMGEN204 40
Complete animal care hygiene routines ACMGEN202 30
Feed and water animals ACMGEN203 40
Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices ACMSUS201 20
Participate in workplace health and safety processes ACMWHS201 40
Work in the animal care industry ACMGEN201 30
Electives Code Hours
Provide enrichment for animals ACMBEH302 40
Provide general care of domestic cats ACMSPE317 40
Provide general care of domestic dogs ACMSPE316 40
Provide reception services for an animal care facility ACMGEN310 30
Source and provide information for animal care needs ACMGEN205 40

 

Please note that the listed electives are delivered by The Gordon but you may not need to complete all of these units to successfully complete this qualification. If you have previously completed any of the units of competency relevant to this course, you may be eligible for Credit Transfer (CT). Any previous relevant experience may qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Find out more about CT or RPL here.

Assessment is based on:

  • Hands-on projects
  • Written assignments

This course is eligible for Free TAFE!

Eligible Victorian students who elect to use their one Free TAFE opportunity will not incur any tuition fees. Material and resources fees still apply. Follow the link for further information and to check the eligibility criteria.

FeesRateUnitIndicative Course HoursIndicative Tuition Payable by StudentMax. Indicative Government Subsidy Total
Concession Tuition AUD $0.64 per hour 430 AUD $275.00 AUD $3,548.00
Standard Tuition AUD $3.20 per hour 430 AUD $1,376.00 AUD $3,548.00
Full Fee Tuition AUD $12.15 per hour 430 AUD $5,224.00

Add the costs below to your relevant tuition fee

Materials AUD $720.00
Education Levy AUD $64.50

 

All fees and charges are correct at time of publication but may change without notice. The student tuition fees are indicative only. Additional fees may apply. Where GST is applicable to any courses or materials, the fee displayed is inclusive of the GST.

Which fee will I pay?

Your fees will be charged according to your eligibility for government funding. For more information, visit our Fees & Payments pages.

Fee help and student loans

VET Student Loans are available for eligible students for tuition fees ONLY.
The current years maximum VET Student Loan Course Cap is $

Payment plans may be available for eligible students who need assistance to manage their fee payments.

Many Gordon courses offer pathways to higher qualifications within The Gordon and in some cases, to university degrees. Your Gordon course may provide credit points which could reduce further study time. Follow the link to find more information about pathways, or contact Customer Service.

Date published: 28/01/2023 2:02:56 PM
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