Northern Adelaide State Secondary Schools Alliance
Course Details - Certificate III in Animal Studies (Northern Adelaide Senior College)

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Course TitleCertificate III in Animal Studies
RegionNorthern Adelaide State Secondary Schools Alliance
Host OrganisationNorthern Adelaide Senior College
Course Length2 Semesters (1 year)
36 weeks (Thursdays and Fridays) 2 days per week
DescriptionThis qualification is a general industry qualification for persons operating at an assistant level and undertaking animal care functions in an animal care workplace. Job role titles covered by this qualification may include: • Animal care receptionist and support officer • Animal control and regulation assistant • Animal health officer on indigenous communities • Animal shelter assistant • Assistant animal welfare officer. The Certificate III in Animal Studies also requires a degree of physical fitness and ability, for example students will need to: • Use manual handling skills to lift animals and bags of feed • Work outdoors in a range of weather conditions • Work on uneven surfaces • Restrain animals • Undertaken a range of routine cleaning tasks including, sweeping, raking and shovelling Topics covered include: • Animal care, hygiene and infection control • Nutrition and the provision of appropriate food and water • Animal behaviour and environmental enrichment for animals • Occupational Health and Safety (including supervising others) • Working in an environmentally sustainable way • Working well in teams and providing good customer service • Workplace skills and communication Whilst there are weekly theory components (approximately 50%) the course is also practical and students must be prepared to get fully involved every week. Employability skills include: working with others or in a team, as well as working on your own and you will need to feel comfortable speaking with a range of different people. Expectations Students will be required to wear sturdy enclosed shoes, no long or acrylic nails or nail polish. Long hair must be tied back during practical work, no dangling jewellery can be worn and piercings may need to be removed or covered during practicals. Students must behave as they would in the work place and model best practice, professional behaviour especially when undertaking work experience and other industry visits. This course will involve a range of assessment tasks including on-line activities, written assignments and practical assessments. Students must complete 15 days of work experience.
PathwaysAfter achieving this qualification, candidates may undertake specific industry stream qualifications at Certificate IV or Diploma level that define higher-level job functions.
PrerequisitesStudents must have completed Certificate II in Animal Studies.
Special RequirementsStudents will be required to participate fully in all aspects of the course. They will need to dress appropriately for undertaking a range of animal care activities (includes respectable attire and appropriate footwear.) Students are required to bring exercise book and pen to every session.
Delivery Location(s)Northern Adelaide Senior College, Woodford Road, ELIZABETH, SA, 5112
Building T8
Dates and Times36 weekly sessions at Northern Adelaide Senior College on Thursdays from 08:50 until 15:05
Commencement date 08/02/18
36 weekly sessions at Northern Adelaide Senior College on Fridays from 08:50 until 12:40
Commencement date 09/02/18
Class is run all day Thursday (8:50am - 3:05pm) and 8:50am -12.40pm on Friday 36 Thursday sessions and 36 Friday Sessions (72 sessions) Commencement date is February 8th, 2018
Work Placement15 days
The qualification requires the equivalent of three weeks work placement in an approved animal care workplace – the course has been structured to ensure students are exposed to working in a real industry environment and will accumulate adequate experience.
SACE DetailsSACE Stage 2, 70 SACE credits
490 Nominal Hours
QualificationCertificate III in Animal Studies (National code ACM30110)
RTOAnimals on Course Pty Ltd (National Code 40688)
CompulsoryACMGAS202AParticipate in workplace communications   (20 nominal hours)
 ACMGAS203AComplete animal care hygiene routines   (30 nominal hours)
 ACMGAS301AMaintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing   (50 nominal hours)
 ACMGAS303APlan for and provide nutritional requirements for animals   (60 nominal hours)
 ACMINF301AComply with infection control policies and procedures in animal work   (60 nominal hours)
 ACMOHS301AContribute to occupational health and safety processes   (50 nominal hours)
 ACMSUS201AParticipate in environmentally sustainable work practices   (20 nominal hours)
 ACMSPE304AProvide basic care of dogs   (40 nominal hours)
 ACMSPE305AProvide basic care of domestic cats   (40 nominal hours)
 ACMGAS205AAssist in health care of animals   (40 nominal hours)
 ACMGAS302AProvide enrichment for animals   (40 nominal hours)
 ACMGAS208A Source information for animal care needs   (40 nominal hours)

12 Competencies: 7 Core & 5 Elective Units
Training Cost$2,100.00 including GST
Includes all delivery and assessment.
Other CostsTo be advised
Cost NotesDECD Non-NASSSA students enrolling will incur a $500.00 additional Administration fee (Full year course – pro rata for semester/term courses). Non-DECD students enrolling will incur a $1,000.00 administration fee. (Full year course – pro rata for semester/term courses) Enrolments for both these groups of students MUST be done through the WebVET Administrator at Paralowie R-12 School.
Number Of StudentsMinimum    To be advised
Maximum   5
Selection ProcessPossible interview and/or written task. Previous successful completion of Certificate II in Animal Studies.
Orientation DetailsA compulsory orientation session will occur on Friday, 2nd of February 2018 at Northern Adelaide Senior College. Parents and caregivers are welcome to attend this session to meet the teachers and become familiar with the school grounds and our policies and procedures.
Public TransportTrain to Elizabeth Interchange, then Bus 655 to Stop 33
Contact PersonMs Laura Brady, Phone 7285 1600, Mobile 0414 373 507, Email
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