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Certificate III in Animal Care Services
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've always dreamed of a career based on working with animals, then this ACM30122 Certificate III in Animal Care Services qualification from the Pet Stylist Academy offers an excellent foundational platform for those seeking to launch their careers in the animal care and pet industry.

The objective of this certification is to prepare students for their prospective roles within diverse sectors of the animal care and management industry, including but not limited to pet stores, animal shelters, boarding kennels and catteries, grooming facilities, animal sanctuaries, and veterinary practices.

The curriculum of this course provides a comprehensive introduction to the animal care industry while emphasizing the importance of carrying out animal care duties in a manner that upholds ethical and humane standards. It encompasses training in key areas such as implementing animal hygiene practices, ensuring proper feeding and hydration of animals, providing elementary first aid, and assisting with general animal health care. In addition, the course is designed to build crucial professional competencies including effective intra-workplace communication, adherence to workplace health and safety protocols, and the promotion of environmentally sustainable practices within the work setting. Completion of this course will ensure students are not only skilled in providing quality animal care, but also well-versed in maintaining a safe, communicative, and sustainable workplace environment.

This course is available online with work placement. Work placement can be done either at an approved location of your choice, or at the Pet Stylist Academy on the Gold Coast.

Entry Requirements
To be eligible for this course, you must:
Be at least 16 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 ACM30122 Certificate III in Animal Care Services qualification from the Pet Stylist Academy, you will study the following subjects:

ACMBEH301    Identify behaviours and interact safely with animals
ACMGEN315   Communicate effectively with clients and team members
ACMGEN303   Assess welfare status of an animal
ACMGEN304   Promote positive wellbeing for self and others in animal care workplaces
ACMGEN309   Provide basic animal first aid
ACMINF301     Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work
ACMWHS301   Contribute to workplace health and safety processes
ACMGRM201   Bath, dry and brush domestic dogs
ACMSPE316     Provide general care of domestic dogs
ACMGEN310    Provide reception services for an animal care facility
ACMBEH302     Provide enrichment for animals
ACMGEN311    Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing
BSBCMM211    Apply Communication Skills
ACMGEN314    Identify animal anatomy and physiology for animal care work
ACMSPE317     Provide general care of domestic cats
ACMGEN205   Source And Provide Information for animal care needs
BSBOPS304     Deliver and Monitor a Service to Customers

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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 III in Animal Care Services 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 15 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 $4,500.

Students have a choice of payiment 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 (36 months) - $35 per week (30 months) - $43.50 per week (24 months) - $58 per week (18 months) - $87 per week (12 months)
  • Instalment Option: Pay in five (5) installments - 1st installment $500 enrolment fee plus 4 x $1000 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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