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Certificate II in Animal Studies

Career Area:Animal & Equine Studies National Code:ACM20110
Certificate II in Animal StudiesThis course is for people wanting to gain experience in working with animals.
It is an entry point into the animal care industry and prepares you for job
roles such as an animal attendant in a kennel, cattery, animal shelter or pet
shop.

The course enables you to develop skills and knowledge required for the
care and maintenance of animals in a variety of workplaces. You will learn about
the animal care industry and careers available in its many sectors.

Whilst undertaking this course it is highly recommended that you seek to gain
a period of work experience in an animal care workplace. This will allow you to
practise what you have learnt and experience what it is like to work with others
in an animal care facility.

By completing the course, you will be able to catch and handle a range of
animals, feed and water animals, complete animal care hygiene routines, assist
in the health care of animals and communicate effectively with supervisors and
colleagues.

Pathways from this course include higher level qualifications in animal studies
animal technology, captive animals, companion animal services and veterinary
nursing.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualifiation.

Pathways into the qualification
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Pathways for candidates considering this qualification inlude:

- direct entry, including VET in Schools
- after achieving ACM10110 Certificate I in Animal Studies
- limited vocational training and/or work experience

This qualification is suited to Australian Apprenticeship pathways.

It is recommended that whilst undertaking this qualification, the learner have
access to an animal care workplace.

Career Pathways

Animal attendant, animal carer.

Prior Learning

For further information please refer to the Recognition area of the Hunter TAFE website.

Students with Disabilities

If you are considering studying with Hunter TAFE and are unsure what impact your disability may have on your study, please feel free to contact Disability Services to find out!

Delivery Locations, Important Dates, Study Options and Timetables

Gosford Campus

Course Availability

Start Date Study Options How to Enrol Proposed Timetable Fees & Charges Units of Competency Important Information
05-02-2018 Part Time Day
8hrs/Week for 18 weeks
This training is subsidised by the NSW Government.

Students are required to attend one enrolment session to finalise their enrolment.

Date: Tuesday, 14 November 2017
Time: 4.00pm
Or
Date: Wednesday, 15 November 2017
Time: 10.00am
Or
Date: Thursday, 18 January 2018
Time: 10.00am

Location: Gosford Campus, Building C, Third Floor, Room 6 (C.3.06)

Students who cannot attend the enrolment session please make an online enquiry or contact us on 131 225.

Details of eligibility for subsidised training are available here.

A valid Unique Student Identifier (USI) is required. Create your USI.

The following evidence is required to support your application for a training subsidy and must be provided at the time of enrolment:
- Australian green Medicare Card
- An Australian or New Zealand Birth Certificate
- Australian or New Zealand Passport
- Naturalisation Certificate or
- For Permanent Residents or Humanitarian Visa holders, a Certificate of Evidence of Resident Status (CERS) or a Humanitarian Visa is required.

For a concession or exemption evidence required is either a:
- valid Centrelink Customer Reference Number (CRN) or DVA number with the date of grant or
- letter from a medical practitioner, appropriate government agency or specialised allied health professional indicating a clear additional need as a result of a disability.

Jobseekers are required to provide full details of:
- jobactive provider and
- personal jobseeker identification (JSID) number.

Non NSW residents need to provide confirmation of employment in NSW.

This course is also available as a Traineeship.

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Classes will run on Monday or Thursday 9.00am to 5.30pm. The 2018 Smart and Skilled prices are coming soon, as a guide the 2017 prices are:

First Qualification Fee is $1,120.00
Second Qualification Fee is $1,340.00
Concession Fee is $160.00.

Some students may be eligible for a fee exemption or a Fee-Free Scholarship.

Your enrolment is not complete and you are not entitled to attend class and/or participate in training until you have paid either the relevant student fee, a concession fee or have been exempted from the student fee. You may have the option to pay your student fee in more than one instalment. The first payment is due when you enrol. More information on your rights and responsibilities can be found here

If you do not qualify for training subsidised by the NSW Government, please do not hesitate to contact us on 131 225 to find out how we can assist you to achieve your study and career goals.

If your employer is covering the cost of your fees, a letter of authority or purchase order is required.

Costs associated with work experience and field trips such as food, transport and accommodation are at the student’s own expense.

This is an indication of what Units of Competency may be studied in this qualification, and will be confirmed prior to enrolment. To discuss with a member of our team, submit an enquiry online or call 131 225.


  • 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
  • ACMGAS206A - Provide basic first aid for animals
  • ACMGAS207A - Provide reception services for an animal care facility
  • ACMGAS208A - Source information for animal care needs
  • ACMGAS210A - Prepare for and conduct a tour or presentation
  • ACMOHS201A - Participate in occupational health and safety processes
  • ACMSPE302A - Provide basic care of birds
  • ACMSPE303A - Provide basic care of common native mammals
  • ACMSPE304A - Provide basic care of dogs
  • ACMSPE305A - Provide basic care of domestic cats
  • ACMSUS201A - Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
Other Information

To plan for your enrolment session please refer to the Course Enrolment Guide.

Enquire Now
Gosford Campus campus
Semester: Semester 05-02-2018,
Study Options: Part Time Day, 8hrs/Week, 18W weeks
How to Enrol: This training is subsidised by the NSW Government.

Students are required to attend one enrolment session to finalise their enrolment.

Date: Tuesday, 14 November 2017
Time: 4.00pm
Or
Date: Wednesday, 15 November 2017
Time: 10.00am
Or
Date: Thursday, 18 January 2018
Time: 10.00am

Location: Gosford Campus, Building C, Third Floor, Room 6 (C.3.06)

Students who cannot attend the enrolment session please make an online enquiry or contact us on 131 225.

Details of eligibility for subsidised training are available here.

A valid Unique Student Identifier (USI) is required. Create your USI.

The following evidence is required to support your application for a training subsidy and must be provided at the time of enrolment:
- Australian green Medicare Card
- An Australian or New Zealand Birth Certificate
- Australian or New Zealand Passport
- Naturalisation Certificate or
- For Permanent Residents or Humanitarian Visa holders, a Certificate of Evidence of Resident Status (CERS) or a Humanitarian Visa is required.

For a concession or exemption evidence required is either a:
- valid Centrelink Customer Reference Number (CRN) or DVA number with the date of grant or
- letter from a medical practitioner, appropriate government agency or specialised allied health professional indicating a clear additional need as a result of a disability.

Jobseekers are required to provide full details of:
- jobactive provider and
- personal jobseeker identification (JSID) number.

Non NSW residents need to provide confirmation of employment in NSW.

This course is also available as a Traineeship.
Proposed Timetable: Classes will run on Monday or Thursday 9.00am to 5.30pm.
Information Session:
Fees & Charges: The 2018 Smart and Skilled prices are coming soon, as a guide the 2017 prices are:

First Qualification Fee is $1,120.00
Second Qualification Fee is $1,340.00
Concession Fee is $160.00.

Some students may be eligible for a fee exemption or a Fee-Free Scholarship.

Your enrolment is not complete and you are not entitled to attend class and/or participate in training until you have paid either the relevant student fee, a concession fee or have been exempted from the student fee. You may have the option to pay your student fee in more than one instalment. The first payment is due when you enrol. More information on your rights and responsibilities can be found here

If you do not qualify for training subsidised by the NSW Government, please do not hesitate to contact us on 131 225 to find out how we can assist you to achieve your study and career goals.

If your employer is covering the cost of your fees, a letter of authority or purchase order is required.

Costs associated with work experience and field trips such as food, transport and accommodation are at the student’s own expense.
Units of Competency:

This is an indication of what Units of Competency may be studied in this qualification, and will be confirmed prior to enrolment. To discuss with a member of our team, submit an enquiry online or call 131 225.


  • 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
  • ACMGAS206A - Provide basic first aid for animals
  • ACMGAS207A - Provide reception services for an animal care facility
  • ACMGAS208A - Source information for animal care needs
  • ACMGAS210A - Prepare for and conduct a tour or presentation
  • ACMOHS201A - Participate in occupational health and safety processes
  • ACMSPE302A - Provide basic care of birds
  • ACMSPE303A - Provide basic care of common native mammals
  • ACMSPE304A - Provide basic care of dogs
  • ACMSPE305A - Provide basic care of domestic cats
  • ACMSUS201A - Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
Important Information: Other Information

To plan for your enrolment session please refer to the Course Enrolment Guide.

Kurri Kurri Campus

Course Availability

Start Date Study Options How to Enrol Proposed Timetable Fees & Charges Units of Competency Important Information
05-02-2018 Part Time Day
8hrs/Week for 18 weeks
This training is subsidised by the NSW Government.

Students are required to attend one enrolment session to finalise their enrolment.

Date: Monday, 13 November 2017
Time: 10.00am
Location: Kurri Kurri Campus, Building AA
Or
Date: Thursday, 16 November 2017
Time: 4.00pm
Location: Kurri Kurri Campus, Building AA
Or
Date: Tuesday, 16 January 2018
Time: 10.00am
Location: Kurri Kurri Campus, Building AA

Students who cannot attend the enrolment session please make an online enquiry or contact us on 131 225.

Details of eligibility for subsidised training are available here.

A valid Unique Student Identifier (USI) is required. Create your USI.

The following evidence is required to support your application for a training subsidy and must be provided at the time of enrolment:
- Australian green Medicare Card
- An Australian or New Zealand Birth Certificate
- Australian or New Zealand Passport
- Naturalisation Certificate or
- For Permanent Residents or Humanitarian Visa holders, a Certificate of Evidence of Resident Status (CERS) or a Humanitarian Visa is required.

For a concession or exemption evidence required is either a:
- valid Centrelink Customer Reference Number (CRN) or DVA number with the date of grant or
- letter from a medical practitioner, appropriate government agency or specialised allied health professional indicating a clear additional need as a result of a disability.

Jobseekers are required to provide full details of:
- jobactive provider and
- personal jobseeker identification (JSID) number.

Non NSW residents need to provide confirmation of employment in NSW.

18KUR-123

Classes will run on Monday or Thursday 9.00am to 5.30pm The 2018 Smart and Skilled prices are coming soon, as a guide the 2017 prices are:

First Qualification Fee is $1,120.00
Second Qualification Fee is $1,340.00
Concession Fee is $160.00.

Some students may be eligible for a fee exemption or a Fee-Free Scholarship.

Your enrolment is not complete and you are not entitled to attend class and/or participate in training until you have paid either the relevant student fee, a concession fee or have been exempted from the student fee. You may have the option to pay your student fee in more than one instalment. The first payment is due when you enrol. More information on your rights and responsibilities can be found here

If you do not qualify for training subsidised by the NSW Government, please do not hesitate to contact us on 131 225 to find out how we can assist you to achieve your study and career goals.

If your employer is covering the cost of your fees, a letter of authority or purchase order is required.

Costs associated with work experience and field trips such as food, transport and accommodation are at the student’s own expense.

This is an indication of what Units of Competency may be studied in this qualification, and will be confirmed prior to enrolment. To discuss with a member of our team, submit an enquiry online or call 131 225.


  • 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
  • ACMGAS206A - Provide basic first aid for animals
  • ACMGAS207A - Provide reception services for an animal care facility
  • ACMGAS208A - Source information for animal care needs
  • ACMGAS210A - Prepare for and conduct a tour or presentation
  • ACMOHS201A - Participate in occupational health and safety processes
  • ACMSPE302A - Provide basic care of birds
  • ACMSPE303A - Provide basic care of common native mammals
  • ACMSPE304A - Provide basic care of dogs
  • ACMSPE305A - Provide basic care of domestic cats
  • ACMSUS201A - Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
Enquire Now
Kurri Kurri Campus campus
Semester: Semester 05-02-2018,
Study Options: Part Time Day, 8hrs/Week, 18W weeks
How to Enrol: This training is subsidised by the NSW Government.

Students are required to attend one enrolment session to finalise their enrolment.

Date: Monday, 13 November 2017
Time: 10.00am
Location: Kurri Kurri Campus, Building AA
Or
Date: Thursday, 16 November 2017
Time: 4.00pm
Location: Kurri Kurri Campus, Building AA
Or
Date: Tuesday, 16 January 2018
Time: 10.00am
Location: Kurri Kurri Campus, Building AA

Students who cannot attend the enrolment session please make an online enquiry or contact us on 131 225.

Details of eligibility for subsidised training are available here.

A valid Unique Student Identifier (USI) is required. Create your USI.

The following evidence is required to support your application for a training subsidy and must be provided at the time of enrolment:
- Australian green Medicare Card
- An Australian or New Zealand Birth Certificate
- Australian or New Zealand Passport
- Naturalisation Certificate or
- For Permanent Residents or Humanitarian Visa holders, a Certificate of Evidence of Resident Status (CERS) or a Humanitarian Visa is required.

For a concession or exemption evidence required is either a:
- valid Centrelink Customer Reference Number (CRN) or DVA number with the date of grant or
- letter from a medical practitioner, appropriate government agency or specialised allied health professional indicating a clear additional need as a result of a disability.

Jobseekers are required to provide full details of:
- jobactive provider and
- personal jobseeker identification (JSID) number.

Non NSW residents need to provide confirmation of employment in NSW.
Proposed Timetable: Classes will run on Monday or Thursday 9.00am to 5.30pm
Information Session:
Fees & Charges: The 2018 Smart and Skilled prices are coming soon, as a guide the 2017 prices are:

First Qualification Fee is $1,120.00
Second Qualification Fee is $1,340.00
Concession Fee is $160.00.

Some students may be eligible for a fee exemption or a Fee-Free Scholarship.

Your enrolment is not complete and you are not entitled to attend class and/or participate in training until you have paid either the relevant student fee, a concession fee or have been exempted from the student fee. You may have the option to pay your student fee in more than one instalment. The first payment is due when you enrol. More information on your rights and responsibilities can be found here

If you do not qualify for training subsidised by the NSW Government, please do not hesitate to contact us on 131 225 to find out how we can assist you to achieve your study and career goals.

If your employer is covering the cost of your fees, a letter of authority or purchase order is required.

Costs associated with work experience and field trips such as food, transport and accommodation are at the student’s own expense.
Units of Competency:

This is an indication of what Units of Competency may be studied in this qualification, and will be confirmed prior to enrolment. To discuss with a member of our team, submit an enquiry online or call 131 225.


  • 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
  • ACMGAS206A - Provide basic first aid for animals
  • ACMGAS207A - Provide reception services for an animal care facility
  • ACMGAS208A - Source information for animal care needs
  • ACMGAS210A - Prepare for and conduct a tour or presentation
  • ACMOHS201A - Participate in occupational health and safety processes
  • ACMSPE302A - Provide basic care of birds
  • ACMSPE303A - Provide basic care of common native mammals
  • ACMSPE304A - Provide basic care of dogs
  • ACMSPE305A - Provide basic care of domestic cats
  • ACMSUS201A - Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
Important Information:

Muswellbrook Campus

Course Availability

Start Date Study Options How to Enrol Proposed Timetable Fees & Charges Units of Competency Important Information
06-02-2018 Part Time Day
8hrs/Week for 18 weeks
This training is subsidised by the NSW Government.

Students are required to attend one enrolment session to finalise their enrolment.

Date: Wednesday, 15 November 2017
Time: 10.00am
Location: Muswellbrook Campus, Building C, Ground Floor, Room 7 (C.G.07)

Students who cannot attend the enrolment session please make an online enquiry or contact us on 131 225.

Details of eligibility for subsidised training are available here.

A valid Unique Student Identifier (USI) is required. Create your USI.

The following evidence is required to support your application for a training subsidy and must be provided at the time of enrolment:
- Australian green Medicare Card
- An Australian or New Zealand Birth Certificate
- Australian or New Zealand Passport
- Naturalisation Certificate or
- For Permanent Residents or Humanitarian Visa holders, a Certificate of Evidence of Resident Status (CERS) or a Humanitarian Visa is required.

For a concession or exemption evidence required is either a:
- valid Centrelink Customer Reference Number (CRN) or DVA number with the date of grant or
- letter from a medical practitioner, appropriate government agency or specialised allied health professional indicating a clear additional need as a result of a disability.

Jobseekers are required to provide full details of:
- jobactive provider and
- personal jobseeker identification (JSID) number.

Non NSW residents need to provide confirmation of employment in NSW.

This course is also available as a Traineeship.

18MUS-130

Classes will run on Tuesday 9.00am to 5.30pm The 2018 Smart and Skilled prices are coming soon, as a guide the 2017 prices are:

First Qualification Fee is $1,120.00
Second Qualification Fee is $1,340.00
Concession Fee is $160.00.

Some students may be eligible for a fee exemption or a Fee-Free Scholarship.

Your enrolment is not complete and you are not entitled to attend class and/or participate in training until you have paid either the relevant student fee, a concession fee or have been exempted from the student fee. You may have the option to pay your student fee in more than one instalment. The first payment is due when you enrol. More information on your rights and responsibilities can be found here

If you do not qualify for training subsidised by the NSW Government, please do not hesitate to contact us on 131 225 to find out how we can assist you to achieve your study and career goals.

If your employer is covering the cost of your fees, a letter of authority or purchase order is required.

Costs associated with work experience and field trips such as food, transport and accommodation are at the student’s own expense.

This is an indication of what Units of Competency may be studied in this qualification, and will be confirmed prior to enrolment. To discuss with a member of our team, submit an enquiry online or call 131 225.


  • 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
  • ACMGAS206A - Provide basic first aid for animals
  • ACMGAS207A - Provide reception services for an animal care facility
  • ACMGAS208A - Source information for animal care needs
  • ACMGAS210A - Prepare for and conduct a tour or presentation
  • ACMOHS201A - Participate in occupational health and safety processes
  • ACMSPE302A - Provide basic care of birds
  • ACMSPE303A - Provide basic care of common native mammals
  • ACMSPE304A - Provide basic care of dogs
  • ACMSPE305A - Provide basic care of domestic cats
  • ACMSUS201A - Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
Enquire Now
Muswellbrook Campus campus
Semester: Semester 06-02-2018,
Study Options: Part Time Day, 8hrs/Week, 18W weeks
How to Enrol: This training is subsidised by the NSW Government.

Students are required to attend one enrolment session to finalise their enrolment.

Date: Wednesday, 15 November 2017
Time: 10.00am
Location: Muswellbrook Campus, Building C, Ground Floor, Room 7 (C.G.07)

Students who cannot attend the enrolment session please make an online enquiry or contact us on 131 225.

Details of eligibility for subsidised training are available here.

A valid Unique Student Identifier (USI) is required. Create your USI.

The following evidence is required to support your application for a training subsidy and must be provided at the time of enrolment:
- Australian green Medicare Card
- An Australian or New Zealand Birth Certificate
- Australian or New Zealand Passport
- Naturalisation Certificate or
- For Permanent Residents or Humanitarian Visa holders, a Certificate of Evidence of Resident Status (CERS) or a Humanitarian Visa is required.

For a concession or exemption evidence required is either a:
- valid Centrelink Customer Reference Number (CRN) or DVA number with the date of grant or
- letter from a medical practitioner, appropriate government agency or specialised allied health professional indicating a clear additional need as a result of a disability.

Jobseekers are required to provide full details of:
- jobactive provider and
- personal jobseeker identification (JSID) number.

Non NSW residents need to provide confirmation of employment in NSW.

This course is also available as a Traineeship.
Proposed Timetable: Classes will run on Tuesday 9.00am to 5.30pm
Information Session:
Fees & Charges: The 2018 Smart and Skilled prices are coming soon, as a guide the 2017 prices are:

First Qualification Fee is $1,120.00
Second Qualification Fee is $1,340.00
Concession Fee is $160.00.

Some students may be eligible for a fee exemption or a Fee-Free Scholarship.

Your enrolment is not complete and you are not entitled to attend class and/or participate in training until you have paid either the relevant student fee, a concession fee or have been exempted from the student fee. You may have the option to pay your student fee in more than one instalment. The first payment is due when you enrol. More information on your rights and responsibilities can be found here

If you do not qualify for training subsidised by the NSW Government, please do not hesitate to contact us on 131 225 to find out how we can assist you to achieve your study and career goals.

If your employer is covering the cost of your fees, a letter of authority or purchase order is required.

Costs associated with work experience and field trips such as food, transport and accommodation are at the student’s own expense.

Units of Competency:

This is an indication of what Units of Competency may be studied in this qualification, and will be confirmed prior to enrolment. To discuss with a member of our team, submit an enquiry online or call 131 225.


  • 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
  • ACMGAS206A - Provide basic first aid for animals
  • ACMGAS207A - Provide reception services for an animal care facility
  • ACMGAS208A - Source information for animal care needs
  • ACMGAS210A - Prepare for and conduct a tour or presentation
  • ACMOHS201A - Participate in occupational health and safety processes
  • ACMSPE302A - Provide basic care of birds
  • ACMSPE303A - Provide basic care of common native mammals
  • ACMSPE304A - Provide basic care of dogs
  • ACMSPE305A - Provide basic care of domestic cats
  • ACMSUS201A - Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
Important Information:

Disclaimer

Courses will run subject to resources and demand. For the latest information, check with the appropriate campus, as course availability is subject to review and change.