Certificate III in Animal Studies

Course Code: ACM30117
Study Area:
Agriculture, Horticulture and Land Management

Start date: February 2020

End date: July 2020

Have you always cared for your pets and thinking of pursuing a career in this direction? An animal studies course leads to working with a range of animals providing basic care, maintenance and monitoring health care and wellbeing of animals.

  • Bendigo Charleston Road Campus
Course Structure
  • Full time - Blended - 8 - Month/s


This qualification is nationally recognised

Possible careers
  • Animal care receptionist
  • Animal care support officer
  • Animal control and regulation assistant
  • Animal health officer in indigenous communities
  • Animal shelter assistant
  • Assistant animal welfare officer

  • Individual interview
  • Language, literacy and numeracy assessment

Course overview

This qualification is a general industry qualification for persons operating at an assistant level and undertaking animal care functions in an animal care workplace. It is highly recommended that whilst undertaking this qualification, the learner should have access to a companion animal workplace through either paid employment or substantial periods of work placement or work experience blocks. Job role titles covered by this qualification may include: • Animal care receptionist and support officer • Animal control and regulation assistant • Animal health officer on indigenous communities • Animal shelter assistant • Assistant animal welfare officer. There is no direct link between this qualification and licensing, legislative and/or regulatory requirements. However, an individual unit of competency may specify relevant licensing, legislative and/or regulatory requirements.

How to apply
Online application direct to Bendigo TAFE

Selection process
  • Interview and a 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
  • Assignment
  • Written test
  • Observation

Learning options
  • Blended

Key study areas
Animal care, animal hygiene, nutrition.

Further study opportunities
  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing


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*$1,808.10
Concession - average total course fee*$361.62
Full fee - average total course fee*$7,384.30
B.   Materials average fee**$78.40
C.   Consumables average fee**$254.80
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 4:48 PM

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