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Certificate II in Animal Studies

Starts: 1 May, 2017

Duration: Up to 12 months

Effort: 2 hours per week with 1 day a week work placement

Price: Up to $2480

National recognised training Course code: ACM20110

NSW Government subsidised

Certificate II in Animal Studies Certificate II in Animal Studies

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The certificate II in Animal Studies online 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.

Recommended pathways

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.

Articulation

Pathways after achieving this qualification candidates may undertake:

  • ACM30110 Certificate III in Animal Studies
  • ACM30210 Certificate III in Animal Technology
  • ACM30310 Certificate III in Captive Animals
  • ACM30410 Certificate III in Companion Animal Services
  • ACM30612 Certificate III in Pet Grooming
  • ACM40410 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

Expected outcomes

This qualification is a general pre-vocational qualification aimed for inclusion in a VET in Schools program or as an entry point into the animal care and management industry. It is highly recommended that whilst undertaking this qualification the learner should seek to gain a period of work placement or work experience in an animal care environment and/or workplace.
This qualification is suited to Australian Apprenticeship pathways.

Job role titles covered by this qualification may include:

  • Animal Care Attendant
  • Animal Shelter Attendant
  • Kennel Hand
  • Cattery Attendant
  • Pet Shop Attendant
  • Assistant Dog Groomer

Licensing/Regulatory Information

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.

KEY ALERT

On 1 January 2012 the Work Health Safety Act 2011 (WHS Act) was implemented in NSW. Delivery and assessment of this course must be based on this legislation.
Work Health and Safety (WHS) was referred to in NSW as Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) and in some countries people know it as Occupational Safety and Health (OSH). Please refer to the Work Health and Safety heading in Section B 6.1 Delivery Modes for more information.

TAFE NSW trainers and assessors must meet the requirements specified in the Standards for NVR Registered Training Organisations 2011: Part 2 SNR 4 & Part 3, SNR 15.

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

Pathways into the qualification

Pathways for candidates considering this qualification include:

  • 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.

INFORMATION SESSION

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

Wednesday 18 January between 9:30am and 4:30pm at Ultimo College Main Campus, Maryann Street, Ultimo, building D, level 6, room 44 (D6.44)

Indicative timetable:

This course is delivered completely online. Once enrolled you'll have up to 1 year to complete the course. You will be required to do approximately 2 hours of work such as reading and completing tasks each week.

How to enrol or apply:

GET YOUR UNIQUE STUDENT IDENTIFIER (USI)

Before you enrol you must have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). Visit http://www.usi.gov.au/students/create-your-usi to request a USI. Remember to add Sydney TAFE to your account via the Manage Permissions page (code: 90003, name: TAFE NSW - Sydney Institute).

Find out more about applying and enrolling: http://www.sydneytafe.edu.au/courses/applying-and-enrolling

Fee information:

RECOGNITION

Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Find out more about recognition: http://www.sydneytafe.edu.au/courses/recognition

READ BEFORE YOU ENROL

Fees, payment and refunds: http://www.sydneytafe.edu.au/courses/fees-and-charges

Financial assistance: http://www.sydneytafe.edu.au/courses/financial-assistance

Other Information:

You will be given 12 months to complete the qualification but must complete at least 6 of the units within 6 months of commencment. You may complete all units within the 6 months initial time period if you wish. You must arrange work placement in an animal care facility while undertaking this course.

Number Subject name
ACMGAS205A Assist in health care of animals
ACMVET203A Assist with surgery preparation
ACMVET202A Carry out daily clinic routines
ACMVET201A Carry out veterinary nursing reception duties
ACMGAS203A Complete animal care hygiene routines
ACMGAS204A Feed and water animals
ACMSUS201A Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
ACMOHS201A Participate in occupational health and safety processes
ACMGAS202A Participate in workplace communications
ACMGAS206A Provide basic first aid for animals
ACMGAS208A Source information for animal care needs
ACMGAS201A Work in the animal care industry

Your course fee depends on the qualification level of the course you choose and the course itself, and:

  • whether you have completed a previous qualification and what type of qualification it was
  • whether you live in NSW and are an Australian citizen or permanent resident; or you are an international student or temporary resident
  • whether you’re offered a Government subsidised (Smart and Skilled) or full-fee place.

There are various concessions or exemptions available for eligible students as well as opportunities to receive financial assistance.

See here for more information about fees, payments and refunds.

Browsers

For the best and most secure online learning experience, we recommend updating to the latest version of your browser.

Minimum Browser Requirement

Device

Browser

Desktop (Desktop, Laptop)

  • Chrome  v30.0 or later

  • Safari v6.0 or later

  • Internet Explorer v9.0 or later

  • Firefox v25.0 or later

Mobile (Tablet, Mobile)

  • Chrome  v30.0 or later

  • Safari v6.0 or later

  • Firefox v25.0 or later

  • Internet Explorer v9.0 or later

Screen Reader

Two on-screen readers are supported by the LMS:

Browser

Screen Reader

Minimum Version

Internet Explorer

Jaws

15

Firefox

NVDA

2014.1

JavaScript

Javascript enables interactivity on the web. Our courses and portals will often use Javascript for activities and class material. Blocking javascript may cause you to miss vital functions and information. Be sure to allow javascript in your browser.

http://activatejavascript.org/en/instructions/ie#instructions

Screen Size

Apart from the reliable old standards such as desktops and laptops, for viewing on tablets, we recommend a minimum screen size of 7” for an optimal experience of the LMS and its contents.  Examples of these would be iPad mini, or Samsung Galaxy Tablet.

Operating System

For the best experience, we recommend updating to the latest version of your operating system. We can only offer support for the latest versions.

Minimum functionality requires Mac OS 10.0 and above, or Windows 9 and above.

Cookies

A cookie is a tiny piece of data sent from a website and stored in your web browser. Every time the user loads the website, the browser sends the cookie back to the server to notify the user's previous activity.

This function helps us keep track of your activities and keep all your settings the way you left them.

Be sure to enable cookies in your browser settings.

PDF Viewer

Some of your course material will be available as a pdf file.  You will also need a PDF viewer to view and print your certificate when completing a course.

Some newer browsers will have a built-in PDF viewer, however you can download the free Adobe Acrobat viewer from the Adobe website if required.

Multi Devices Support

For the best online learning experience we recommend screen resolution no smaller than 1024 x 768 pixels.

Services and support

Get the most out of your studies with specialised support to meet your study goals. From career counseling, to learning support, child care and disability support, TAFE NSW offers a broad range of student support services to help you every step of the way.

FAQ

FAQ - Enrolments

How do I enrol in TAFE for an online course?

All enrolments happen via the website - click on the enrol / apply button and follow the instructions. If you need assistance with the process, you may wish to contact the course enrolment centre or send an email - the details are on the website

Are there applications for online courses?

For Diploma level courses you are required to apply first before enrolling. Also, some courses require prospective students to provide additional information like a portfolio - these details are found in the course description and application information.

Are there applications for online courses?

For Diploma level courses you are required to apply first before enrolling. Also, some courses require prospective students to provide additional information like a portfolio - these details are found in the course description and application information.

Is there a limit to enrolments for online courses?

Teachers set a maximum number of enrolments that can be accepted into a course.

Where do I find online enrolment dates?

The website provides all the enrolment dates. If there is no date, it is advisable to fill in the online form and you will be contacted about when the next intake of the course will be open for enrolments.

FAQ - Career advice

Is there career guidance at TAFE NSW?

Yes, there is free career advice available. If you are thinking of enrolling at TAFE NSW, our counsellors can help you with: making good course choices; planning your career and re-training; how to apply for credit to gain entry to a course or reduce the time spent finishing a course; and other concerns or questions about returning to study. More information here.

Is there free counselling for students?

Yes, there is free counselling available. TAFE NSW Counsellors are available at every stage of your learning journey with us. See Learning support and Personal counselling for more information about how a TAFE Counsellor may assist you.

How do I get free legal advice as a TAFE NSW student?

Yes, free legal advice is available to members of the Student Association.

Are TAFE NSW courses career orientated?

Yes. Courses are constantly fine-tuned after consultation with industry so you learn real-world skills.

FAQ - Fees

Can I get a TAFE NSW fee exemption?

Some students are eligible for an exemption from paying fee, including:

1.) Students who are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and are studying at any level

2.) People with a disability.

3.) Dependent children, spouses or partners of a Disability Support Pension recipients.

What about online courses and fees for international students and students overseas?

If you are from overseas and are here in Australia on an international student visa, your visa covers face-to-face learning only.

If you are living overseas and want to do a TAFE NSW online course from overseas, you are able to do our fully online courses but you will pay full commercial fees.

What are online fees in 2017?

Course fees vary from course to course. Please check the website for each course’s fees.

What does Smart and Skilled fees mean?

Courses are ‘Smart and Skilled’ if they appear on the NSW Skills List. They are subsidised by the NSW  government, so you only contribute a portion of the course fee

Courses on the NSW Skills List are linked to careers and industries that have jobs that will be in demand in the future.

Are all certificate fees, diploma fees and advanced diploma fees different?

Fees for different courses and qualification levels vary. Always check the website for fees.

FAQ - Government funded courses

What are government-funded courses?

If the online course you want to study is linked to an occupation on the NSW Skills List then it will partly government-funded. These are known as ‘Smart and Skilled’ courses.

What does a government-subsidised course mean?

A government-subsidised course is the same as a ‘government-funded course, and the same as a Smart and Skilled course.

What are Smart and Skilled courses?

‘Smart and Skilled’ courses will also appear on the NSW Skills List. They are subsidised by the NSW  government, so you only contribute a portion of the course fee

Courses on the NSW Skills List are linked to careers and industries that have jobs that will be in demand in the future.

How do I find a free online course?

All free courses are advertised on the website. You will need to check whether the course you are interested in is an online or a face to face course.

FAQ - Open learning

How does TAFE NSW compare with private online colleges?

TAFE NSW is one of the largest and most respected education and training providers in Australia. It is government-backed and valued by industry. All TAFE NSW online courses are nationally accredited. All courses are facilitated by industry-experienced teachers. Students are able to access all the support services that non-online students value so highly.

Is the online learning platform up to date?

Yes, the contents and the platform are always kept up to date and course content is reviewed on a regular basis to ensure that it is current.

What are the main challenges of learning online?

Learning online requires a person to be self-disciplined and to be able to work independently. At TAFE NSW our facilitators are always willing to provide guidance, support and communicate regularly, but as an online student you need to be able to be manage your own workload by sticking to a study schedule and have the right technology to enable to study online effectively.

Is online learning the same as open learning and distance learning?

Open learning and distance learning refer to course work being provided in an online environment. This is different to doing an online course at TAFE NSW where studying online means using computer technologies to access learning materials and activities via the internet. These learning materials and activities may be presented in different ways, such as discussion forums, video presentations and demonstrations, blogs, wikis, electronic books or quizzes.

What are the benefits of online study?

Studying online at TAFE NSW means that you can study where you want, using a range of technologies to connect with your classmates, get feedback from your teacher and complete our work. It offers greater flexibility, enabling you to work around your other commitments.

Do you offer online degrees?

Not at the moment, but there will be online degrees offered in the future.

If I study online with TAFE NSW, how do I know the courses are career orientated?

All TAFE NSW online courses are constantly refined to offer the latest industry skills and techniques so graduates are work-ready.

FAQ - Pathways to university

Does online study offer a pathway to university?

TAFE NSW has hundreds of credit transfer agreements so you can link your online study to a bachelor degree at a university or another provider. Many diploma and advanced diploma courses will provide you credit towards your degree, usually up to one year’s credit.

I can go from TAFE to university; can I go from university to TAFE?

Thousands of university graduates study at TAFE NSW to make sure they gain work-ready skills that will qualify them for their dream job.

Are there online courses leading into degrees?

Yes. You may be able to use your study in a TAFE NSW Online course to gain credit towards a related university degree.

Do you offer online degrees?

Not at the moment, but there will be online degrees offered in the future.

FAQ - Open library

Is there a library fee?

If you are currently enrolled in a course there is no charge for any of the library resources or services

Do online courses have an online library?

The library has a range of online resources and information databases that provide useful resources for any of the courses being done.

Are there library late fees?

Late fees only refer to books that are borrowed. If you are studying online and live in proximity of a TAFE NSW library you are able to go there and borrow books / magazines. If you do not bring your books back on time you will incur a late fee. This does not apply to any online resources that you use.

Can I access the library after hours?

The online library is available from your computer or other device, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. If you want to visit a physical library, then you will need to check the opening hours as they differ between libraries.

Is there 24/7 library access?

The online library is available from your computer or other device, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. If you want to visit a physical library, then you will need to check the opening hours as they differ between libraries.

FAQ - USI number

Will I have a student number?

Yes, you will be given a student number.

What is the USI?

If you want to study nationally-recognised training at TAFE NSW you need a USI. Your USI links to an online account that contains all your training records and results (transcripts) which you can access whenever you need them, like when you’re applying for a job or enrolling in further study. Go to www.usi.gov.au and follow the instructions to create a USI.

Can I get USI help?
Do all TAFE students have a USI?

If you want to study nationally recognised training at TAFE NSW you need a USI.

What is a USI login?

After you get your USI, you will be able to login to your USI account.

FAQ - VET Student Loan

What is VET Student Loan?

VET Student Loan is a scheme funded by the Commonwealth Government to assist eligible students pay their course fees for selected Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas.

Does TAFE NSW offer VET Student Loan for online courses?

Yes, many TAFE NSW online courses are also VET Student Loan - eligible courses.

Am I eligible to VET Student Loan?

VET Student Loan eligibility criteria are available at http://sydneytafe.edu.au/courses/vet-student-loans

Where do I get more information on VET Student Loans?

For VET Student Loan information please go to https://www.tafensw.edu.au/vet-student-loans

Is a VET Student Loan right for me?

As with any loan you take, you must understand the terms and conditions before you make a commitment.

Please read the VET Student Loan information available on the Commonwealth Department of Education website https://education.gov.au/vet-student-loans and consider seeking independent financial advice.

FAQ - Moodle

What is Moodle?

Moodle is the name of the Learning Management System that may be used for your course. This means that the course content is structured and provided via this system.

Does TAFE NSW have open access Moodle?

No - The courses which are only available to enrolled students.

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