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Certificate II in Animal Care
DENTOS Pet Stylist Academy RTO 2875
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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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Self Paced, up to 12 months
Delivery Mode:
Blended (Online & Work Placement)
Start Date: 
Enrol Anytime
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Payment Options:
Payment Plans & Upfront Payment
Nationally Recognised Qualification
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Course Overview

If you love working with animals and would like to pursue a rewarding career in the animal care industry, then this ACM20121 Certificate II in Animal Care qualification from the Pet Stylist Academy could be an ideal course to get you started.

This Certificate II in Animal Care qualification, available online with work placement, serves as an optimal entry point for aspiring individuals seeking to embark on a rewarding career in the animal care and management industry.

It equips students with the necessary knowledge and skills to excel in sectors such as pet shops, animal shelters, kennels, catteries, groomers, sanctuaries, and veterinary clinics. Throughout this course, students will gain a foundational understanding of the animal care industry, focusing on ethical and humane practices. From conducting animal care work routines to providing essential first aid and assisting in animal health care, learners will acquire practical skills. The program also emphasises vital workplace competencies, including effective communication, workplace health and safety, and environmentally sustainable work practices.

The Certificate II in Animal Care involves a minimum of 10 full days (80 hours) work placement, which can be conducted at an approved workplace of your choice. Alternatively, practical training can be arranged at the academy at a time that suits you, or on one of a handful of dates specified by the Pet Academy if you'd prefer to do the training on campus.

This course also provides a pathway to further study in the field through courses such as Certificate IV in Vet Nursing, Certificates III in Animal Care Services and Certificate IV Animal Behaviour and Training.

Entry Requirements
To be eligible for this course, you must:
Be at least 15 years old
Completed Year 10 or Equivalent
Access to a computer, laptop or tablet
Internet access and email address
Proficiency in speaking and writing in English
Physically capable of restraining animals, handling animal feed and standing for extended periods of time
Course Subjects (units)
While completing the ACM20121 Certificate II in Animal Care qualification from the Pet Stylist Academy, you will study the following subjects:

ACMGEN201    Work in the animal care industry
ACMGEN202   Complete animal care hygiene routines
ACMGEN203   Feed and water animals
ACMGEN204   Assist in health care of animals
ACMSUS201     Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
ACMWHS201   Participate in workplace health and safety processes
BSBCMM211    Apply communication skills

ACMGEN309   Provide basic animal first aid 
ACMGEN310   Provide reception services for an animal care facility
ACMGRM201   Bath, dry and brush domestic dogs 
ACMSPE316     Provide general care of domestic dogs
ACMSPE317     Provide general care of domestic cats

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Course Delivery
Students have up to 12 months to complete the course. However, many students are able to complete their study within this time frame based upon the amount of hours dedicated to study each week.

The course program is taught using a blended approach (Online & Work Placement).

The course is delivered online which means students are not required to attend classes or lectures. Students will receive access to our 'Learning Portal' where they will find the course materials, interactive learning materials, videos and assessments. In addition, students will also receive a hard copy of the Learner Resource.

While studying online, students will have access to our teaching support team via email, online chat or phone. Our teaching team will help support and guide students every step on their journey.

Work Placement
In order to acquire the necessary practical skills to successfully complete a Certificate II Animal Care qualification, a workplace-based training program (known as a Work Placement) is mandatory. Work placment can be paid employment OR volenteering. Students are required to complete a minimum of 10 full days of work placement.

It is the students responsibility to search and secure a work placement position that meets their location, schedule, and interests. If a student is currently working or volunteering in an animal- related business, they may be able to use their current employment or volunteering position for the workplace training.

The ideal work placement settings are kennels, catteries, day care centres, animal welfare shelters, pet shops (with access to animals), wildlife rehabilitation centers, or zoos. However, please note that access to both dogs and cats is necessary to complete some of the practical assessments. Therefore, if a student chooses a wildlife or zoo-related placement or a placement where you only have access to one species (either cat or dog), they will require an additional placement to complete their assessments.

In the animal and pet sectors, work placements are essential for students to acquire critical skills such as animal handling, animal care, effective communication with clients and customers, as well as teamwork.
Course Fees
The full fee for the course fee is $2,999.

Students have a choice of payment options that best suit their financial circumstances:

Payment Plans

For your convenience the Pet Stylist Academy offers two interest free payment plans, choose the one that best suits your lifestyle:
  • Direct Debit Options - $29 per week (24 months) - $38.50 per week (18 months) - $58 per week (12 months)
  • Installment Option - Pay in four (4) installments -1st installment: $299 enrolment fee plus 3 x $900 installments

Australian students may also be able to access government assistance through one of the following programs:
  • Youth Allowance (for students aged 16–24 years)
  • Austudy (for students aged over 25 years) 
  • ABSTUDY (for Indigenous or Torres Strait Islander students)
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