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Start your career working with animals with this entry-level course. This qualification will give you the skills you need to work as an animal attendant or trainer. It is also the perfect foundation course for people looking to move into specialised streams in the field.

This course will give you broad skills in basic care and the capture, handling and transportation of companion animals, as well as specialised skills in either behavioural sciences, veterinary nursing, or wildlife care. Our passionate team of industry professionals are the best in the business and will give you the one-on-one guidance you need to succeed in your studies.

Successful completion of this course will qualify you to work as an animal trainer or health officer, or trainee veterinary nurse. It will also give you the knowledge required to complete further studies in the field.

Pathways from this course include higher level qualifications in animal studies, animal technology, captive animals, companion animal services and veterinary nursing. Course details

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LOCATION/S

Gold Coast - Southport

Key dates and info

DURATION

Full time: 9 months

Course details

COST

  • Full Fee $4,475
  • Subsidised $1,871
  • Concession $1,313

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07 5581 8300

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Liz Asser

Qualify and be acknowledged for your experience within the workplace

I had been working within the health sector for 20 years before I committed to completing my Certificate IV in Mental Health. Currently a trainer with the Salvation Army, I knew the next step for me was to formalise my experience and training by completing the course with my fellow employees. Despite all my years of experience within the field, I was both amazed and humbled by my experience at TAFE Gold Coast. The highly qualified and empathetic nature of my teachers made me better understand how I can manage my clients in a more effective manner.

Liz Asser
Certificate IV in Mental Health

Thank you

A thank you to all our amazing students. We are so glad you enjoyed your time with TAFE Queensland Gold Coast.

Key dates

LOCATION START DATE WORKLOAD DELIVERY
Gold Coast - Southport 30 Jan 2018 Full time Classroom

Entry requirements

This qualification has no formal entry requirements however TAFE Queensland Gold Coast requires the following:

  • Year 10 or equivalent.
  • English literacy to a Year 10 level - if concerned please contact staff to discuss further.
  • Sound levels of computer and literacy skills.
  • A valid and appropriate email account.
  •  Be prepared to attend compulsory work experience in an animal care facility.
  • Students must be physically, emotionally and mentally "fit for practice" for the purpose of work experience.
  • If you are under 17 years of age, special enrolment conditions may apply. Please email sam.hogan@tafe.qld.edu.au for more information prior to enrolling.
  • To access Certificate 3 Guarantee funding for this course the prospective student must meet all the subsidy eligibility.
  • Further funding incentives apply to this course.  Please speak with a Customer Service consultant on (07) 5581 8300 to check your eligibility.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): For RPL enquiries please contact the RPL Team at rplcoordinator.goldcoast@tafe.qld.edu.au

Location/s

Gold Coast - Southport
91-99 Scarborough Street
Southport QLD 4215

Resources required

  • Students need to wear black protective waterproof work shoes and long, black, work pants/trousers for practical days and placement.
  • Students are required to purchase a black with blue trim polo shirt (with TAFE logo and the words animal science on it) directly from our supplier Gold Coast Uniforms, 55 Nerang Street, Southport ph: 5591 5199Hours: Monday-Thursday 9.00am-6.00pm and Friday 9.00am-5.00pm. Cost $35.00 (Prices are correct at time of printing and are subject to change).
  • It is recommended that students have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system Connect, and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for students to use at all TAFE Queensland locations.

Timetable

  • Face-to-face classes are held on Wednesdays from 8.00am-3.00pm at Southport for 9 months.
  • An additional 5-10 days will be held on-campus at TAFE Loganlea Campus or the Animal Welfare League (for practical component skills).
  • Self directed study is estimated to be 15 hours a week outside of class times.

Placement

  • All applicants must be willing to complete 48 hours compulsory work experience at the Animal Welfare League during the program.
  • TAFE Queensland Gold Coast will organise the work experience for all students.
  • Students need to organise their own transport to and from Loganlea TAFE and the animal care facility.

Units

The successful achievement of this qualification requires the student to complete 12 units, 7 core and 5 electives.

UNIT CODE DESCRIPTION TYPE
ACMVET201A Carry out veterinary nursing reception duties Core
ACMGAS202A Participate in workplace communications Core
ACMGAS204A Feed and water animals Elective
ACMGAS208A Source information for animal care needs Elective
ACMGAS301A Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing Elective
ACMGAS302A Provide enrichment for animals Elective
ACMGAS303A Plan for and provide nutritional requirements for animals Elective
ACMINF301A Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal work Core
ACMGAS203A Complete animal care hygiene routines Core
ACMVET202A Carry out daily clinic routines Core
ACMSUS201A Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices Core
ACMOHS301A Contribute to occupational health and safety processes Core

Disclaimer

Not all electives available at all campuses

What are my financial options?

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland Gold Coast has a financial option to suit you. If you are unsure of what's right for you, call us on 07 5581 8300. We're here to help.

$4,475

FULL FEE

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$1,871

SUBSIDISED

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$1,313

CONCESSION

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Full fee

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Payment Plan

If you have difficulty paying the full cost of a course up front you might be eligible for a payment plan. This will allow you to pay for your course in instalments, rather than one upfront payment at the time of enrolment.

Subsidised

The Queensland Government will offset the cost of study for eligible students. You will still need to pay for a portion of your study costs. The amount above is what you will need to pay.

Certificate 3 Guarantee

You can receive a subsidy towards one certificate III qualification from a list of eligible courses. The amount provided depends on the demand for skilled workers in your chosen industry.

You're eligible for the Certificate 3 Guarantee if you:

  • are 15 years or older and no longer in school
  • live in Queensland full time
  • are an Australian or New Zealand citizen, permanent resident, or temporary resident with the necessary visa or work permits
  • and don't currently have (or are enrolled in) a certificate 3 or higher level qualification.

Give us a call to find out more.

Concession

You are eligible for the concession price of a course if you are eligible for subsidised training, and are listed on an Australian Government Low Income Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, if you are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, you hold a Department of Veterans' Affairs Pensioner Concession Card, or if you have a disability.

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Payment options explained

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland Gold Coast has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what's right for you, or just want someone to talk it over with, call us on 07 5581 8300. We're here to help.

Additional Costs

There are no additional costs to study this course.

Outcome

After achieving this qualification, candidates may undertake specific industry stream qualifications at Certificate IV level that define higher-level job functions including the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.

Job prospects

  • Animal Health Officer
  • Animal Technician
  • Kennel or Shelter Attendant
  • Animal Control and Regulation Officer
  • Animal Trainer

Liz Asser

Qualify and be acknowledged for your experience within the workplace

I had been working within the health sector for 20 years before I committed to completing my Certificate IV in Mental Health. Currently a trainer with the Salvation Army, I knew the next step for me was to formalise my experience and training by completing the course with my fellow employees. Despite all my years of experience within the field, I was both amazed and humbled by my experience at TAFE Gold Coast. The highly qualified and empathetic nature of my teachers made me better understand how I can manage my clients in a more effective manner.

Liz Asser
Certificate IV in Mental Health

Enrol now

You're ready if you have:

  • checked your important dates (under the course details tab)
  • checked you meet the entry requirements (under the course details tab)
  • checked your course costs and know which payment option is right for you
    (under the costs tab)
  • Read the student rules and refund policy
  • Created your Unique Student Identifier and can provide this code to TAFE Queensland

All done? Then you're ready to Enrol now

All done? Then head to the link below to complete your enrolment:
tafegoldcoast.edu.au/study-with-us/enrolment-fees/enrol

Orientation

8.00am-4.00pm on Tuesday 30 January 2018 at Southport, Level 4, Room 410 and 8.00am-4.00pm on Wednesday 31 January 2018 at Southport, Level 4, Room 406

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Note: All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolments.

Last updated on 29 November 2017

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