Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services

Course Code: ACM40317
Study Area:
Animal Studies

Start date: February 2020

End date: December 2020

  • Broadmeadows Campus
  • Bendigo Charleston Road Campus
Course Structure
  • Flexi mode - Classroom - 2 - Year/s
  • Full time - Blended - 1 - Year/s


This qualification is nationally recognised

Possible careers
  • Pet shop/aquarium manager
  • Companion animal trainer/behaviourist
  • Companion animal breeder
  • Companion animal groomer
  • Boarding kennel or cattery manager
  • Animal shelter supervisor/manager
  • Pet minding and exercise operator

  • Individual interview
  • Language, literacy and numeracy assessment
  • 15 years of age or older

Course overview

Do you have a passion for animals and want to gain more experience handling and working with them in a compassionate environment? In this course you will learn about the ethical and legal responsibilities in relation to animals and animal handling, and how to handle animals in a gentle way that minimises their stress. As part of this course you will also be required to undertake work experience in an animal care facility or related area. You will also have the opportunity to undertake a dual qualification with the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing (ACM40412).

How to apply
Online application direct to Bendigo TAFE

Selection process
  • Interview and literacy and numeracy evaluation.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) may be given for skills and knowledge gained through previous study or other relevant experience.  Further information refer to RPL

Assessment Methods
  • Field Work
  • Assignment
  • Written test

Learning options
  • Blended

Key study areas
Animal Health and Well Being, Compliance, Basic care of Animals,

Further study opportunities
  • Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma courses


Your fees are made up of four parts.
  1. Course enrolment type
  2. Materials
  3. Consumables
  4. Student Support Fee.   
Once you have determined the fees applicable to your situation you will be able to calculate a indicative total fee for your qualification.

Are you eligible for Government subsidised fees? Check for your eligibility here
Are you eligible for concession? Check for your eligibility here
Concessions for Diploma and Advanced Diploma course categories are only available to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.

A.   Course enrolment type:Standard
Government subsidised - average total course fee*$2,952.00
Concession - average total course fee*$590.40
Full fee - average total course fee*$16,864.00
B.   Materials average fee**$464.00
C.   Consumables average fee**$496.00
Indicative pricing for:

*The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment and details of any other fees including but not limited to student services, amenities, goods or materials and consumables.
**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. Read more on fees and charges

D.  Student Support fees
The Student Support fee is a non-tuition fee for Government subsidised (eligible) students and full fee paying (ineligible) students. Read more. Student support fees are non refundable . Student support fees are payable annually for the duration of your course, over and above tuition fees.

This page was last updated on 24/02/2020 4:50 PM

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