Certificate III in Companion Animal Services

Course Code ACM30417
Course Title Certificate III in Companion Animal Services
Location Melbourne City Campus
Intake Dates Monthly
Fee Type Government Funding, Concession, Full Fee
Duration Traineeship: 2 Years
Non-Traineeship: 1 Year
SBAT: 1 Year
Mode of Delivery

Classroom-Blended, Workplace

Course Overview

The ACM30417 Certificate III in Companion Animal Services is the industry qualification for persons operating within a companion animal organisation. Job roles covered by this qualification may include: pet shop/aquarium assistant, kennel attendant, cattery attendant, assistant dog trainer, pet exerciser, assistant grooming attendant.

Course Structure

Units of Competency

The ACM30417 Certificate III in Companion Animal Services requires 15 units of competency.

Core Units

ACMCAS301 – Work effectively in the companion animal industry
ACMSUS201 – Participate in the environmentally sustainable work practices
ACMWHS301 – Contribute to workplace health and safety processes
ACMGAS203 – Complete animal care hygiene routines
ACMINF301 – Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work
ACMGAS301 – Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing

Elective Units

ACMCAS302 – Provide advice on companion animal selection and general care
BSBCUS301 – Deliver and monitor a service to customers
BSBWOR204 – Use business technology
ACMGAS303 – Plan for and provide nutritional requirements for animals
ACMCAN311 – Care for young animals
ACMGAS302 – Provide enrichment for animals
ACMSPE304 – Provide basic care of domestic dogs
ACMSPE305 – Provide basic care of domestic cats
ACMSPE312 – 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. Applicant will be required to successfully complete an ACSF language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) assessment.

Learning, reading, writing, oral communication and numeracy (ACSF Level 3) are desirable to participate in the course.



The 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


Fee Types

Government Funding Concession Government Contribution Full Fee VETis Fee
Non-Traineeship  $242.00 (605 hours x $ 0.40)  $48.40 (605 hours x $ 0.40 x 20%)  $6,050.00 (605 hours x $ 10.00)  $6,292.00
Traineeship  $242.00 (605 hours x $ 0.40)  $48.40 (605 hours x $ 0.40 x 20%)  $6,050.00 (605 hours x $ 10.00)  $6,292.00
SBAT  $242.00 (605 hours x $ 0.40)  $48.40 (605 hours x $ 0.40 x 20%)  $6,050.00 (605 hours x $ 10.00) $2,000.00


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*This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. TMG College Australia encourage individuals with disabilities to access training subsidised through the Skills First Program. People with disabilities are encouraged to apply for this training. ** Eligibility Criteria 1. You must be an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident or New Zealand Citizen. 2. You must not have completed the same AQF level qualification or higher than the course you wish to enrol in, unless under 20 years of age on 1 January this year. 3. You must not have commenced or be scheduled to commence more than two Victorian Government subsidised courses this year; and 4. You must not be currently enrolled in two or more Victorian Government subsidised courses. ***Traineeship incentives may be applicable on full time/ part time basis, subject to eligibility. Enrolment fees apply.