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Certificate III in Companion Animal Services


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Learn to care for companion animals effectively in a range of settings, from animal shelters to pet shops. Build a skillset that spans animal selection through to animal behaviour.

There are multiple ways to study Certificate III in Companion Animal Services with Open Colleges

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Entry Requirements
Year 10

One, some or all of these entry requirements must be met. Check with the provider before enrolling.

Nationally recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework.
Case Studies, Demonstrations, Multiple Choice Questions, Presentations, Projects, Short-Answer Questions, Workplace Assessments, Written Reports
Work Placement
100 hours

Course Overview

This nationally recognised qualification can be completed at your own pace, online and could potentially lead to employment in the animal services industry.

The Animal Care industry can be competitive and potential employers look favourably on those with certified skills. The ACM30410 Certificate III in Companion Animal Services from Open Colleges is a way for you to stand out from the pack; it is a nationally recognised course that will give you real training and experience in working professionally with animals.

You can study this course online via the Open Space portal which allows you to meet and connect with other students doing the same course all over Australia. You can learn online at your own pace, with a wide choice of electives to get you working in the areas of Animal Care that really interest you, such as animal nutrition or native animals.

This specialist course also contains Structured Workplace Learning, to give you real hands-on experience under the guidance of someone who is working in the industry. You’ll make contacts, learn tips, tricks and skills and work with real animals in a practical setting. You will be taught how to handle animals patiently, gently and confidently, so when you graduate you'll be ready to hire.

If you want to work in a pet store, kennel or cattery, you can get this nationally recognised qualification and embark on the path towards a fulfilling and important dream career.

  • Animal Attendant
  • Aquarium Assistant
  • Pet Shop Worker
  • Animal Attendant (Veterinary Clinic)
  • Animal Attendant (Animal Shelter)
  • Assistant Animal Groomer
  • Pet Exerciser

Course Content

To obtain a Certificate III in Companion Animal Services with Open Colleges, you’ll need to complete some or all of the following units of study successfully. Units may vary or change so check with the provider before enrolling.

A total of 15 Study Units must be completed to attain this qualification.

Core Units

6 Core Units must be completed to attain this qualification.

  • Work effectively in the companion animal industry

  • Complete animal care hygiene routines

  • Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing

  • Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal work

  • Contribute to occupational health and safety processes

  • Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

Elective Units

9 Elective Units must be completed to attain this qualification.

  • Identify and respond to animal behaviour

  • Provide advice on companion animal selection and general care

  • Capture, handle and transport companion animals

  • Provide grooming services for companion animal comfort

  • Participate in workplace communications

  • Feed and water animals

  • Provide basic first aid for animals

  • Provide reception services for an animal care facility

  • Provide enrichment for animals

  • Provide basic care of dogs

  • Provide basic care of domestic cats

  • Provide basic care of rodents and rabbits

Course Provider

Open Colleges has been delivering quality education for over 100 years. During this time, we have honed our unique learning model to become Australia’s leader in online learning. We’ve achieved this by continuously evolving our approach to meet the needs of our learners by offering flexible, accessible, affordable and supportive courses.

So far, we’ve have helped over 700,000 people gain the skills to launch, change or take the next step in their careers. All of us at Open Colleges put the student at the centre of everything we do, whether that’s helping you find the right course, designing a new course, making improvements to our online campus or giving you the support you need to reach your goals.

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