VET in schools multiplies opportunities for students. They enable students to complete a nationally recognised vocational qualification as well as contribute towards their VCE or VCAL Certificate. Classroom learning is combined with structured hands-on training and practice in industry. Certificate II in Animal Studies has been developed to provide general training for people wanting to work in an animal care industry and for those wanting to improve their skills, knowledge and pursue further studies in this area. Instruction around day-to-day duties and care will include feeding, maintaining hygiene and housing, grooming, observation and ensuring animal safety and well-being. There is an element of customer service, as well as providing information on products and services. The course is an excellent opportunity of work with animals and familiarise yourself with the industry.
Course Code and Title
ACM20110 Certificate II in Animal Studies
- Venue: Frankston area TBC
- Time: Wednesday afternoons
Structured Workplace Learning
Structured Workplace Learning is an important part of any VET in schools program and provides:
- Enhancement of skills
- Practical application of industry knowledge
- Increased employment opportunities
The VCAA strongly advice students to undertake 40 hours of structured workplace learning. This provides the opportunity for students to demonstrate competencies acquired on - the- job.
Contribution to the VCE and VCAL
On completion of the program students are eligible for four credits towards their VCE or VCAL certificate, two at units 1 and 2 level. and a 3 and 4 sequence. Students who successfully complete the year 12 Unit 3-4 sequence will be eligible for a 10% increment towards their ATAR as a fifth or sixth subject.
Further information on the increment process can be found on the VCAA website: http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/vet/general/recognition/vetcredit.html
This program will also satisfy the learning outcomes for the VCAL Industry Specific and the Work Related Skills strand.
Units of Competency
Units delivered over 2 years may include:
Unit of Competency Name
|ACMGAS201A||Work in the animal care industry|
|ACMGAS202A||Participate in workplace communications|
|ACMGAS203A||Complete animal care hygiene routines|
|ACMGAS204A||Feed and water animals|
|ACMOHS201A||Participate in OHS processes|
Participate in environmentally sustainable work practice
|ACMGAS205A||Assist in the health care of animals|
|ACMGAS206A||Provide basic first aid for animals|
Employment opportunities such as:
- Animal Care Attendant
- Animal Shelter Attendant
- Kennel Hand
- Cattery Attendant
- Pet Shop Attendant
- Assistant Dog Groomer.
With additional training and experience, future employment opportunities may include
- Veterinary nurse
- Boarding kennel
- Cattery manager
- Pet Shop/Aquarium Manager
- Companion Animal Trainer/Behaviourist
- Pottery and Porcelain Restoration
- Craft (quilting, model making