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

As you learn about animal behaviour and training, health and well-being, and nutrition and enrichment, you’ll also:

  • acquire practical handling skills across a range of different species
  • develop essential understanding of animal welfare, and workplace health and safety procedures within an animal care environment
  • gain the knowledge to enter the companion animal industry in a variety of professional roles in basic training facilities, animal shelters, boarding facilities, pet shops and other companion animal organisations



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 $2,618.00
Gov. Subsidised - Concession $524.00
Full Tuition Fee $9,418.00
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

PRE-TRAINING REVIEW

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.

Following successful completion of our animal companion course you can apply to study animal technology or other animal-related 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

Our companion animal course positions you 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. Our course will also provide you with thefoundation skills required for other animal-related industries such as animal technology and veterinary nursing.

To complete 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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ACMCAS401 MANAGE COMPLIANCE IN THE COMPANION ANIMAL INDUSTRY 70.0

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ACMWHS401 MAINTAIN WORKPLACE HEALTH AND SAFETY PROCESSES 80.0

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ACMCAS406 MANAGE COMPANION ANIMAL BREEDING 80.0

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ACMGAS306 ASSIST WITH CONDITIONING ANIMALS 40.0

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ACMGAS301 MAINTAIN AND MONITOR ANIMAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING 50.0

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ACMACR403 IDENTIFY AND RESPOND TO ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR 60.0

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ACMGAS302 PROVIDE ENRICHMENT FOR ANIMALS 40.0

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ACMGAS303 PLAN FOR AND PROVIDE NUTRITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ANIMALS 60.0

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ACMSPE305 PROVIDE BASIC CARE OF DOMESTIC CATS 40.0

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ACMSPE307 PROVIDE BASIC CARE OF FRESHWATER FISH 40.0

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ACMSPE311 PROVIDE BASIC CARE OF NON-VENOMOUS REPTILES 40.0

ACMSPE312 PROVIDE BASIC CARE OF RODENTS AND RABBITS 40.0

ACMSPE302 PROVIDE BASIC CARE OF BIRDS 40.0


Last updated: June 14, 2019 10:25am