Caring and training our furry friends can be a fun and rewarding career. In our companion animals course you will learn how to provide daily care for companion animals or pets.

In this course, you will learn about animal behaviour and training, health and well being as well as nutrition and enrichment. You will acquire practical handling across a range of different species and gain the knowledge to enter the companion animal industry in a variety of ways, including, basic training, animal shelters, boarding facilities, pet shops and other companion animal organisations.

Essential understanding of animal welfare and workplace health and safety procedures within an animal care environment will also be developed.

National Code ACM40317
Study Areas Animal Studies
Companion Animals
Study Level Certificate IV
Study Type Local
Study Mode

FT: 12 months
PT: 2+ years,

Course Type Victorian TAFE Course
Campuses Box Hill, Lilydale

Tuition Fee Type Estimated Annual Fee
Gov. Subsidised - Standard $2,965.00
Gov. Subsidised - Concession $593.00
Full Tuition Fee $10,665.00
Service Fees Estimated Annual Fees
Service & Amenities* $155.00
Core Skills Support** $75.00
Annual Material Fees $1,031.80
Retain Course Items*** $60.00

* Does not apply to VETiS or Short course students.

** Does not apply to VETiS, International students, Short Courses, Graduate Degrees , or re-enrolling students who re-enrol in the same course.

***Retained Course Items are purchased by the student once prior to commencing. The course items bought by the student become the property of the student. Such items retain a generic application for other purposes outside the student's course of study (e.g. textbooks).

Annual student tuition & material fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees listed are for 2019 and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. Advertised start dates and delivery locations are subject to viable student numbers. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

This training is provided to eligible individuals with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments

February 2019 (Elgar and Lilydale campus) 

July 2019 (Elgar Campus Only)

Full time: 12 months 

Part time: approximately 2 years (the time taken may vary depending on the individual and timetable availabilities)

Box Hill, Lilydale

You must have:

  • successfully completed year 10 or equivalent
  • the physical ability to undertake practical work placement in the industry
  • supply evidence of your current tetanus vaccination


To assist prospective students to determine whether a course is suitable and appropriate for the individual needs the Institute and CAE will assess all students’ language, literacy and numeracy and digital literacy by asking you to undertake a self-assessment review prior to the enrolment.

A course advisor will discuss the outcomes of the review and make recommendations about whether the course is suitable for you, and identify additional support where required.

After successful completion, you can apply to study animal technology or other related animal courses at a higher level.

VTAC and direct entry

Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 4

After successful completion, you may wish to apply for a range of employment opportunities in pet retail, pet boarding facilities, retail aquariums, animal rescue centres, animal training facilities and welfare organisations.

This course will also provide you with the foundation skills required in other animal related industries e.g. animal technology and veterinary nursing.

To achieve this qualification, competency must be demonstrated in 13 units (including 3 core units and 10 elective units with 2 electives specialising in behaviour and training).





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Last updated: February 22, 2019 12:55pm