Your start to a great future
Many secondary school students aspire to work with animals and the certificate II and III in animal studies are excellent pre-vocational courses that can lead to a wide variety of career pathways in the animal care industry.
Combining online learning with industry practical placements, our courses provide students with both the underpinning knowledge and practical skills needed to enter the workplace or move on to higher qualifications.
Students can nominate a work placement from a wide range of industry establishments.
We offer the following certificates for VET in schools. Select the following links for a full course description of each certificate:
Your Study Pathway in Animal Studies
Step 1. ACM20110 Certificate II in Animal Studies
We strongly recommend you begin your study pathway towards a career working with animals by enrolling in the Certificate II in Animal Studies. This certificate is a general pre-vocational qualification aimed as an entry point into the animal care and management industry.
Step 2. ACM30110 Certificate III in Animal Studies
On successful completion of Certificate II, students can progress and study towards the Certificate III in Animal Studies. This certificate allows the student increased opportunities for employment in the animal care industry and gives recognition towards entry into further studies at a Certificate IV level (eg Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services or Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing).
Direct entry into the Certificate III in Animal Studies
Direct entry into the Certificate III is available, however we strongly recommend beginning this career pathway at the Certificate II level.
Students who would be eligible and suitable candidates for direct entry into the Certificate III in Animal Studies would be those students who have either:
- Successfully completed an equivalent Certificate II in another industry and wishes to now consider a career in the animal care industry OR
- Proven academic ability to study at this level with the recommendation from their VET Co-ordinator
Work placement – blending practical experiences with theory
Practical placements are arranged by the student and/or the VET co-ordinator. We provide a comprehensive help guide to assist with this process and associated introductions and forms for the workplace supervisor.
Students can nominate a work placement from a wide range of industry establishments. Some examples would include pet shops, doggy day care centres, agistment centres and other equine establishments, veterinary hospitals, boarding kennels, animal shelters, wildlife centres including the zoo, as well as fauna rehabilitation centres.
This practical training may be completed during nominated VET school days, on weekends and/or during school holidays, depending on the student’s availability.
Our fees are inclusive of:-
- Online supported e-learning delivery making access to course materials and assessments quick and easy
- Downloadable study materials and practical skills worksheets
- Comprehensive help guide to finding a work placement in the animal industry
- Access to tutors via email, telephone or Skype
- Workplace practical insurance
- Dedicated student support officer available to assist with students’ needs (this may include academic and learning support, IT support, work placement coaching, one-on-one support)
ACM20110 Certificate II in Animal Studies for VET in Schools: $1,495
ACM30110 Certificate III in Animal Studies for VET in Schools: $2,300
Flexible payment options are available.
Recognition of prior learning (RPL)
Students who successfully complete our Certificate II in Animal Studies and wish to progress and study towards the Certificate III in Animal Studies, will receive credits towards 6 units of competency and as such the Certificate III would be significantly reduced in cost to reflect the units already completed.
Looking for more information?
Want to find out more about course duration, work placements, course content and a bunch more? Make sure you visit the individual qualifications pages:-
|Certificate II in Animal Studies – VET in Schools|
|Certificate III in Animal Studies – VET in Schools|