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ACM20121 Certificate II in Animal Care

Love Pets and Animals? Get Qualified in Animal Care

Turn your love for animals into a career with the ACM20121 Certificate II in Animal Care. Gain the skills needed for a fulfilling animal care role.

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Start Date
Start anytime.
Study for a minimum of 15.5 hours per week to complete modules in 18 months.
100% online with 320 hours of work placement, which will be completed in addition to your weekly study blocks.

Course Overview

Course Modules

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Career Outcomes

  • Animal care attendant in Animal shelter, Boarding facility, Doggy day-care facilities, Veterinary clinics and Sanctuaries
  • Assistant Animal Groomer 
  • Cattery Attendant

Course Fees Include

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Work Placement

You will be required to complete a minimum of 120 hours of work placement in an approved host organisation. This should be completed in 2 blocks after successful completion of Modules 1-6 and Modules 8-13. If you'd like to learn more about the work placement component of this course, please enquire now.

Course Entry Requirements

This course does not require specific formal education qualifications. However, you must be a minimum of 18 years old to enrol. Please note that this course is not open to student visa holders. For personalised assistance and more information, please enquire now.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

The course provider values the diverse skills and expertise you may have gained from various sources. These experiences can be acknowledged through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process. For a more comprehensive understanding of the RPL procedure or to discuss your RPL options, please enquire now.

About The Course

Kickstart Your Dream Career Making a Difference in the Lives of Animals in Need

Are you fascinated by all kinds and species of animals? Do you wish to have a career where you can turn your fascination into a career that makes a positive impact on the lives of animals? If you want to pursue your dream career of working and caring for animals but don’t how to get qualified, the ACM20121 Certificate II in Animal Care will provide you with the necessary skills and knowledge you need to get started.

This nationally recognised certificate course contains units that are meticulously crafted to educate you about the essentials of animal care. You'll begin with foundational units like 'Work in the Animal Care Industry', where you'll learn about the various roles and responsibilities in this field, and 'Communicate Effectively as a Workplace', which focuses on developing your communication skills for effective teamwork and client interactions. The curriculum also includes practical units such as 'Participate in Workplace Health and Safety Processes', equipping you with the knowledge to maintain a safe working environment. 'Complete Animal Care Hygiene Routines' and 'Feed and Water Animals' are integral parts of the course, teaching you the daily care practices for maintaining animal health and wellbeing. Additionally, 'Assist in Health Care of Animals' and 'Provide Basic First Aid for Animals' will empower you with the skills to assist in routine animal treatments and respond to health emergencies.

Upon completing the course, you can look forward to roles such as an animal care attendant in animal shelters, boarding facilities, doggy daycare facilities, veterinary clinics, and sanctuaries. Other opportunities include becoming an assistant animal groomer or a cattery attendant. These roles not only offer a chance to work closely with animals but also to contribute significantly to their care and welfare.


"Easy to apply, the communication was great whenever I needed help and the content was relevant to my future career. Easy payment plans available, which helped me a lot." - Michelle