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Certificate II in Animal Studies (ACM20110)

Course summary

The Certificate II in Animal Studies is an ideal entry point into the animal care and management industry. This course is for those wanting to gain experience in working with animals. This qualification prepares students for job roles such as an animal attendant in a kennel, cattery, animal shelter or pet shop.

The Certificate II in Animal Studies is a pathway into other qualifications such as the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.

Course details

Course Type Qualification
Student Availability
  • - Domestic
Application Mode
  • Direct To University
Study Area
  • - Science and Environment
Skill Area
AQF Level Level 2: Certificate II

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements, however, Mathematics, English and Science to a Year 10 level will be helpful for the content covered in the Certificate II in Animal Studies.

It is recommended students have an organised work placement, work experience or casual work whilst undertaking this qualification as there are practical assessments. 

Student Outcomes, Career Opportunities and Occupations

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.

Course Structures

Please select a Course Structure from the options below:

Standard Course Structure

ACMGAS201A Work in the animal care industry
ACMGAS202A Participate in workplace communications
ACMGAS203A Complete animal care hygiene routines
ACMGAS204A Feed and water animals
ACMGAS205A Assist in health care of animals
ACMOHS201A Participate in occupational health and safety processes
ACMSUS201A Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
Electives - Group A
ACMGAS206A Provide basic first aid for animals
ACMGAS208A Source information for animal care needs
ACMGAS209A Provide information on companion animals, products and services
Electives - Group B
ACMSPE304A Provide basic care of dogs
ACMSPE305A Provide basic care of domestic cats
Study Sequence

Enrol into one unit at a time in the following order:

  1. ACMGAS201A
  2. ACMGAS204A
  3. ACMSPE304A
  4. ACMSPE305A
  5. ACMOHS201A
  6. ACMGAS203A
  7. ACMGAS205A
  8. ACMGAS202A
  9. ACMGAS208A
  10. ACMGAS209A
  11. ACMSUS201A
  12. ACMGAS206A

Course Availabilities

Distance Education

Enrolments are taken throughout the year on a continuous basis.

Duration and dates
Maximum of 2 years.

Twelve (12) units must be successfully completed – seven (7) core units and five (5) elective units.


Distance students require strong self motivation and must have 4-6 hours per week available for study for each unit. This course is self paced so students must have sound literacy and numeracy skills. This course is delivered by distance education so students must have access to a computer and the internet. Students are allocated 13 weeks from enrolment to complete each unit.

Students not currently employed in the industry will need to complete a Practical Placement. Please see the More Details tab for further information.

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Practical Placement Information

Each unit in this course has a practical component. Students who are not already working in the industry will be required to undertake voluntary work experience to complete the workplace observations and third party reports.

These observations and reports will need to be signed off by a qualified or experienced supervisor.