Important changes to Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing (ACM40412 update to ACM40418) and in Animal Studies
Updates and proposed updates to the National Training Package, Animal Care and Management (ACM) have been released and have a direct impact on all AVT National Qualifications. Updates were released by the organisation that is responsible for review and development of the ACM Training Package in November 2017.
Changes to the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
The ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing qualification has recently been updated by the organisation responsible for the development and review of the ACM Training Package. The replacement qualification is ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. As a result of the update, there are two significant changes to the way this qualification is offered:-
ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary nursing now has a pre-requisite requirement: Students must hold a Certificate II in Animal Studies OR hold a relevant Certificate III or higher level qualification in an animal science discipline OR can demonstrate equivalent skills and knowledge in a relevant animal science discipline to any of the above qualifications.
ACM40418 will not be directly equivalent to the current ACM40412 qualification.
What happens if I am already studying ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing?
Students who are already enrolled in ACM40412 will need to complete their entire qualification within the timelines established at the commencement of their studies but no later than January 2021. No extensions can be granted after this date. Students who are unable to complete by this date will be required to transition to the new course (fees may apply).
I currently hold the ACM40412 Certificate IV in Vet Nursing qualification. Do I need to update to ACM40418 to be qualified in Australia?
Veterinary nurses who hold the ACM40412 Certificate IV in Vet Nursing (or prior equivalent qualification) will continue to be qualified in Australia and ACM40412 will still be recognised as a national qualification. Therefore, upgrading to ACM40418 is not necessary and entirely at the discretion of the individual.
I want to start my veterinary nursing studies now, what should I do?
There are three options:-
If you wish to study via our eLearning option and if you think you meet the pre-requisite requirements for ACM40418 Cert IV in Vet Nursing (ie you have ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies or ACM30117 Certificate III in Animal Studies OR you can demonstrate equivalent skills and knowledge in a relevant animal science discipline to any of the above qualifications) then visit our course entry page and follow the prompts to complete our online application wizard HERE.
Changes to Certificate II and III in Animal Studies
For the majority of the qualifications in the new ACM Training Package, the changes have been minor updates with the competency outcomes of the qualification remaining unchanged, and as such, these qualifications have been deemed equivalent to the superseded versions. The qualification codes have been updated to reflect that they are the most current version.
The notable changes for our qualifications codes are:
ACM20110 Certificate II in Animal Studies has changed to ACM20117 Certificate II in Animals Studies
ACM30110 Certificate III in Animal Studies has changed to ACM30117 Certificate III in Animal Studies