Certificate II in Animal Care

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  • Awarded by

    Open Colleges (RTO: 90796)

  • Qualification

    Certificate II

  • Study Mode


  • Payment Options

    Payment planUpfront payment

  • Duration

    Self paced - maximum 12 months

  • Start Date

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  • Course Fee

    Price may vary

  • Career Outcomes

    Animal Attendant | Pet Groomer | Animal Hospital Assistant | Animal Care Attendant | View all

This course meets the Nationally Recognised Training standards. It is listed on the Australian government's National Register for Vocational Education and Training (VET). Studying this course leads to a qualification that's recognised throughout Australia, and lets employers know that you have the right skills for the job.

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  • In a Nutshell

    Always wanted to work with animals but don't know where to start? This ACM20121 Certificate II in Animal Care qualification from Open Colleges is designed to provide a solid foundation for individuals passionate about promoting animal welfare and interested in pursuing a career in animal care.

    The course covers a wide range of topics related to animal care, including animal behavior, nutrition, health, and welfare, as well as providing a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the animal care industry, with 120 hours of structured workplace learning. Throughout the course, students will learn from experienced trainers who are passionate about the industry and have years of practical experience.

    As a 100% online course, it offers the flexibility and convenience of being able to fit the study around your personal schedule. With comprehensive support and guidance from industry experts, students will be well-equipped to pursue a career in the animal care industry after completing this program.

    PLEASE NOTE - Open Colleges is a privately-run RTO, not government-run like a TAFE, so they cannot offer government funding. Please check eligibility requirements before beginning an enrolment with Open Colleges.

  • What You'll Need to Get In

    While there are no mandatory requirements for this course, it is recommended that students:

    • Be over 16 years of age (note students under 18 will need permission from a parent or guardian to enrol);

    • Have language, literacy and numeracy skills that would be required to successfully complete school year 10 or ACSF Level 2;

    • Have access to a modern computer with Microsoft Office and high-speed internet;

    • Have access to a digital video recording device to save and upload video/image files.

  • Subject Breakdown

    While completing the ACM20121 Certificate II in Animal Care qualification from Open Colleges, you may study the following subjects:

    • ACMGEN201 - Work in the animal care industry
    • BSBCMM211 - Apply communication skills
    • ACMWHS201 - Participate in workplace health and safety processes
    • ACMGEN202 - Complete animal care hygiene routines
    • ACMGEN203 - Feed and water animals
    • ACMGEN204 - Assist in health care of animals
    • ACMSPE316 - Provide general care of domestic dogs
    • ACMSPE317 - Provide general care of domestic cats
    • ACMGEN309 - Provide basic animal first aid
    • ACMSUS201 - Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
    • ACMGEN310 - Provide reception services for an animal care facility
    • ACMGEN205 - Source and provide information for animal care needs
  • Why Open Colleges?

    RTO 90796
    Open Colleges has been helping Australians realise their potential for over 125 years, and they're now one of Australia's leaders in online education. In the last decade alone, they've helped over 450,000 students gain the skills to launch, change or take the next step in their careers.

    When you study with OC, you’ll graduate with a nationally recognised qualification that’ll help you find work across Australia. Their nationally recognised courses are designed by vocational experts, and you’ll learn job-ready skills from industry specialists.

    Online learning is all about flexibility, so they’ve designed their learning platform to be as flexible as possible. It’s available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so you can access it anytime you want. It’s designed to work around your lifestyle, not the other way around, so you can easily fit your study in with your other commitments.

    The common misconception is that studying online means that you’re studying alone, but at Open Colleges, they take great pride in the superior support provided to their students. They make it easy for you to get support when you need it with their student support team available Monday to Friday via email, phone and Live Chat and on the weekends, via Live Chat (when available). They’re here, in tandem with trainers and assessors, to make sure you’re supported the whole way through your course, from the time you enrol right through to your graduation.


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  • Where will this course take you?

    On completion of this course, you will be awarded a nationally recognised ACM20121 Certificate II in Animal Care qualification from Open Colleges. You will have all the skills and knowledge required to confidently take your first steps in the animal care industry, and will be set up for a rewarding career in the animal care sector.

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    Open Colleges offers a number of flexible payment models to suit your lifestyle and preferences:

    Pay in Full

    • Pay up-front and receive a 10% discount

    Pay 50% & Payment Plan Combo

    • Pay 50% up-front and remainder through a payment plan

    Payment Plan

    • Pay in weekly or fortnightly installments.
    • All Open Colleges payment plans are interest free.

    BPAY available

    Enquire now for more details and course costs.

    PLEASE NOTE - Open Colleges is a privately-run RTO, not government-run like a TAFE, so they cannot offer government funding. 

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