Product Description

Course Code


Fee Type

Government Funding, Concession, Full Fee


1 Year

Program Overview

The Certificate III qualification reflects the role of individuals required to apply a broad range of knowledge and skills in varied contexts and undertake skilled work. Certificate III is suitable for experienced operators, technicians and trades workers. Certificate III serves also as a pathway for further learning.

Program Structure

Units of Competency

The Certificate III in Companion Animal Services requires 15 units of competency.

Core Units

ACMCAS301A – Work effectively in the companion animal industry
ACMSUS201A – Participate in the environmentally sustainable work practices
ACMOHS301A – Contribute to occupational health and safety processes
ACMGAS203A – Complete animal care hygiene routines
ACMINF301A – Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal work
ACMGAS301A – Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing

Elective Units

ACMCAS302A – Provide advice on companion animal selection and general care
BSBCUS301 – Deliver and monitor a service to customers
BSBWOR204 – Use business technology
ACMGAS303A – Plan for and provide nutritional requirements for animals
ACMCAN311A – Care for young animals
ACMGAS302A – Provide enrichment for animals
ACMSPE304A – Provide basic care of dogs
ACMSPE305A – Provide basic care of domestic cats
ACMSPE312A – Provide basic care of rodents and rabbits

Credit Transfer and RPL offered: Recognition of prior learning and skills assessment


Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification. However students are expected to satisfy the TMG admission requirements.

Learning (ACSF Level 2), reading (ACSF Level 2), writing (ACSF Level 2), oral communication (ACSF Level 2+) and numeracy (ACSF Level 2+) are desirable to participate in the course



TThe further study pathways available to learners who undertake this qualification include:

  • ACM40417 Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services

Your Career

The following employment pathways are available to learners who complete this qualification:

  • Pet shop/aquarium assistant
  • Kennel attendant
  • Cattery attendant
  • Assistant dog trainer
  • Pet exerciser
  • Assistant grooming attendant


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