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Certificate III in Companion Animal Services

Career Area:Animal & Equine Studies National Code:ACM30417
Certificate III in Companion Animal ServicesThis qualification is the industry qualification for persons operating within a companion animal organisation.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication. However, an individual unit of competency may specify relevant licensing, legislative and/or regulatory requirements. Specific determination should be sought through the relevant State or Territory.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

Career Pathways

pet shop/aquarium assistant
kennel attendant
cattery attendant
assistant dog trainer
pet exerciser
assistant grooming attendant

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
06-02-2019 Part Time Day
8hrs/Week for 36 weeks
Enrolling with us is easy, though the exact process does depend on your course and any prerequisites that go with it.

Be sure to read your chosen course information carefully to make sure it is the right qualification, location and study type for you.

Enrol and pay online via our secure payment gateway to secure your place.

As you progress through the enrolment process you will be prompted to provide additional information.

19GOS-115

Classes are currently scheduled to run on Wednesday, 9.00am to 5.30pm. You will also need to attend some Fridays for tutoring/practical activities. Smart and Skilled Second Qual: $2,620.00

A range of criteria apply for course fees and to access government subsidised training.

Remember, TAFE NSW provides a range of easy and flexible payment options for students or a nominated third party (If a nominated third party is covering the cost of your fees, a letter of authority or purchase order will be required).

Use the Calculate Your Fee button for your indicative course fee and to check if you qualify for government subsidised training, including an exemption or concession.

When your enrolment is complete, and you have paid the applicable fees, you will be entitled to attend class, participate in training, sit for examinations, receive educational awards, use amenities and services and receive an active TAFEcard (which provides access to library resources).

In addition to your course fee, there may be some additional charges to cover the costs of undertaking this training.

Costs associated with work experience and field trips such as food, transport and accommodation are at the students 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.


  • ACMCAS301 - Work effectively in the companion animal industry
  • ACMCAS302 - Provide advice on companion animal selection and general care
  • ACMCAS306 - Provide grooming services for companion animal comfort
  • ACMCAS307 - Provide companion animal hydro-bathing services
  • ACMGAS203 - Complete animal care hygiene routines
  • ACMGAS301 - Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing
  • ACMGAS302 - Provide enrichment for animals
  • ACMGAS303 - Plan for and provide nutritional requirements for animals
  • ACMINF301 - Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work
  • ACMSPE302 - Provide basic care of birds
  • ACMSPE304 - Provide basic care of domestic dogs
  • ACMSPE305 - Provide basic care of domestic cats
  • ACMSPE312 - Provide basic care of rodents and rabbits
  • ACMSUS201 - Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • ACMWHS301 - Contribute to workplace health and safety processes
Other Information

Attend an information session to meet with the teaching staff, discuss the course and get more information about enrolment and next steps.

Date: Tuesday, 27 November 2018
Time: 1.00pm
Location: Gosford Campus, Building C, Third Floor, Room 6 (C3.06)
or
Date: Wednesday, 5 December 2018
Time: 10.00am
Location: Gosford Campus, Building C, Third Floor, Room 6 (C3.06)
or
Date: Wednesday, 23 January 2019
Time: 1.00pm
Location: Gosford Campus, Building C, Third Floor, Room 6 (C3.06)
or
Date: Tuesday, 29 January 2019
Time: 10.00am
Location: Gosford Campus, Building C, Third Floor, Room 6 (C3.06)

Students who cannot attend the Information Session please make an online enquiry or contact us on 131 601 for more information about the course.

A message for young people under 17 years of age - If you are under 17 years and wish to enrol you will need to have completed Year 10 or have special permission from school and TAFE NSW to do so.

Apply NowEnquire Now
Gosford Campus campus
Semester: Semester 06-02-2019,
Study Options: Part Time Day, 8hrs/Week, 36W weeks
How to Enrol: Enrolling with us is easy, though the exact process does depend on your course and any prerequisites that go with it.

Be sure to read your chosen course information carefully to make sure it is the right qualification, location and study type for you.

Enrol and pay online via our secure payment gateway to secure your place.

As you progress through the enrolment process you will be prompted to provide additional information.
Proposed Timetable: Classes are currently scheduled to run on Wednesday, 9.00am to 5.30pm. You will also need to attend some Fridays for tutoring/practical activities.
Information Session:
Fees & Charges: Smart and Skilled Second Qual: $2,620.00

A range of criteria apply for course fees and to access government subsidised training.

Remember, TAFE NSW provides a range of easy and flexible payment options for students or a nominated third party (If a nominated third party is covering the cost of your fees, a letter of authority or purchase order will be required).

Use the Calculate Your Fee button for your indicative course fee and to check if you qualify for government subsidised training, including an exemption or concession.

When your enrolment is complete, and you have paid the applicable fees, you will be entitled to attend class, participate in training, sit for examinations, receive educational awards, use amenities and services and receive an active TAFEcard (which provides access to library resources).

In addition to your course fee, there may be some additional charges to cover the costs of undertaking this training.

Costs associated with work experience and field trips such as food, transport and accommodation are at the students 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.


  • ACMCAS301 - Work effectively in the companion animal industry
  • ACMCAS302 - Provide advice on companion animal selection and general care
  • ACMCAS306 - Provide grooming services for companion animal comfort
  • ACMCAS307 - Provide companion animal hydro-bathing services
  • ACMGAS203 - Complete animal care hygiene routines
  • ACMGAS301 - Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing
  • ACMGAS302 - Provide enrichment for animals
  • ACMGAS303 - Plan for and provide nutritional requirements for animals
  • ACMINF301 - Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work
  • ACMSPE302 - Provide basic care of birds
  • ACMSPE304 - Provide basic care of domestic dogs
  • ACMSPE305 - Provide basic care of domestic cats
  • ACMSPE312 - Provide basic care of rodents and rabbits
  • ACMSUS201 - Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • ACMWHS301 - Contribute to workplace health and safety processes
Important Information: Other Information

Attend an information session to meet with the teaching staff, discuss the course and get more information about enrolment and next steps.

Date: Tuesday, 27 November 2018
Time: 1.00pm
Location: Gosford Campus, Building C, Third Floor, Room 6 (C3.06)
or
Date: Wednesday, 5 December 2018
Time: 10.00am
Location: Gosford Campus, Building C, Third Floor, Room 6 (C3.06)
or
Date: Wednesday, 23 January 2019
Time: 1.00pm
Location: Gosford Campus, Building C, Third Floor, Room 6 (C3.06)
or
Date: Tuesday, 29 January 2019
Time: 10.00am
Location: Gosford Campus, Building C, Third Floor, Room 6 (C3.06)

Students who cannot attend the Information Session please make an online enquiry or contact us on 131 601 for more information about the course.

A message for young people under 17 years of age - If you are under 17 years and wish to enrol you will need to have completed Year 10 or have special permission from school and TAFE NSW to do so.

Kurri Kurri Campus

Course Availability

Start Date Study Options How to Enrol Proposed Timetable Fees & Charges Units of Competency Important Information
05-02-2019 Part Time Day
8hrs/Week for 36 weeks
Enrolling with us is easy, though the exact process does depend on your course and any prerequisites that go with it.

Be sure to read your chosen course information carefully to make sure it is the right qualification, location and study type for you.

Enrol and pay online via our secure payment gateway to secure your place.

As you progress through the enrolment process you will be prompted to provide additional information.

19KUR-116

Classes are currently scheduled to run on Tuesday, 9.00am to 5.30pm. Smart and Skilled Second Qual: $2,620.00

A range of criteria apply for course fees and to access government subsidised training.

Remember, TAFE NSW provides a range of easy and flexible payment options for students or a nominated third party (If a nominated third party is covering the cost of your fees, a letter of authority or purchase order will be required).

Use the Calculate Your Fee button for your indicative course fee and to check if you qualify for government subsidised training, including an exemption or concession.

When your enrolment is complete, and you have paid the applicable fees, you will be entitled to attend class, participate in training, sit for examinations, receive educational awards, use amenities and services and receive an active TAFEcard (which provides access to library resources).

In addition to your course fee, there may be some additional charges to cover the costs of undertaking this training.

Costs associated with work experience and field trips such as food, transport and accommodation are at the students 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.


  • ACMCAS301 - Work effectively in the companion animal industry
  • ACMCAS302 - Provide advice on companion animal selection and general care
  • ACMCAS306 - Provide grooming services for companion animal comfort
  • ACMCAS307 - Provide companion animal hydro-bathing services
  • ACMGAS203 - Complete animal care hygiene routines
  • ACMGAS301 - Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing
  • ACMGAS302 - Provide enrichment for animals
  • ACMGAS303 - Plan for and provide nutritional requirements for animals
  • ACMINF301 - Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work
  • ACMSPE302 - Provide basic care of birds
  • ACMSPE304 - Provide basic care of domestic dogs
  • ACMSPE305 - Provide basic care of domestic cats
  • ACMSPE312 - Provide basic care of rodents and rabbits
  • ACMSUS201 - Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • ACMWHS301 - Contribute to workplace health and safety processes
Other Information

Attend an information session to meet with the teaching staff, discuss the course and get more information about enrolment and next steps.

Date: Tuesday, 4 December 2018
Time: 3.00pm
Location: Kurri Kurri Campus, Building AA, Room 12/13 (AA.G.12/13)
or
Date: Wednesday, 23 January 2019
Time: 3.00pm
Location: Kurri Kurri Campus, Building AA, Room 12/13 (AA.G.12/13)

Students who cannot attend the Information Session please make an online enquiry or contact us on 131 601 for more information about the course.

A message for young people under 17 years of age - If you are under 17 years and wish to enrol you will need to have completed Year 10 or have special permission from school and TAFE NSW to do so.

Apply NowEnquire Now
Kurri Kurri Campus campus
Semester: Semester 05-02-2019,
Study Options: Part Time Day, 8hrs/Week, 36W weeks
How to Enrol: Enrolling with us is easy, though the exact process does depend on your course and any prerequisites that go with it.

Be sure to read your chosen course information carefully to make sure it is the right qualification, location and study type for you.

Enrol and pay online via our secure payment gateway to secure your place.

As you progress through the enrolment process you will be prompted to provide additional information.
Proposed Timetable: Classes are currently scheduled to run on Tuesday, 9.00am to 5.30pm.
Information Session:
Fees & Charges: Smart and Skilled Second Qual: $2,620.00

A range of criteria apply for course fees and to access government subsidised training.

Remember, TAFE NSW provides a range of easy and flexible payment options for students or a nominated third party (If a nominated third party is covering the cost of your fees, a letter of authority or purchase order will be required).

Use the Calculate Your Fee button for your indicative course fee and to check if you qualify for government subsidised training, including an exemption or concession.

When your enrolment is complete, and you have paid the applicable fees, you will be entitled to attend class, participate in training, sit for examinations, receive educational awards, use amenities and services and receive an active TAFEcard (which provides access to library resources).

In addition to your course fee, there may be some additional charges to cover the costs of undertaking this training.

Costs associated with work experience and field trips such as food, transport and accommodation are at the students 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.


  • ACMCAS301 - Work effectively in the companion animal industry
  • ACMCAS302 - Provide advice on companion animal selection and general care
  • ACMCAS306 - Provide grooming services for companion animal comfort
  • ACMCAS307 - Provide companion animal hydro-bathing services
  • ACMGAS203 - Complete animal care hygiene routines
  • ACMGAS301 - Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing
  • ACMGAS302 - Provide enrichment for animals
  • ACMGAS303 - Plan for and provide nutritional requirements for animals
  • ACMINF301 - Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work
  • ACMSPE302 - Provide basic care of birds
  • ACMSPE304 - Provide basic care of domestic dogs
  • ACMSPE305 - Provide basic care of domestic cats
  • ACMSPE312 - Provide basic care of rodents and rabbits
  • ACMSUS201 - Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • ACMWHS301 - Contribute to workplace health and safety processes
Important Information: Other Information

Attend an information session to meet with the teaching staff, discuss the course and get more information about enrolment and next steps.

Date: Tuesday, 4 December 2018
Time: 3.00pm
Location: Kurri Kurri Campus, Building AA, Room 12/13 (AA.G.12/13)
or
Date: Wednesday, 23 January 2019
Time: 3.00pm
Location: Kurri Kurri Campus, Building AA, Room 12/13 (AA.G.12/13)

Students who cannot attend the Information Session please make an online enquiry or contact us on 131 601 for more information about the course.

A message for young people under 17 years of age - If you are under 17 years and wish to enrol you will need to have completed Year 10 or have special permission from school and TAFE NSW to do so.

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.