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Course Details - ACM30117 Certificate III in Animal Studies - Northern Adelaide Senior College

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NASSSA TitleCertificate III in Animal Studies (FIP)
QualificationACM30117 Certificate III in Animal Studies
RTOAnimals on Course Pty Ltd (National Code 40688)
Host OrganisationNorthern Adelaide Senior College
Course Length2 Semesters (1 year)
Course 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 • Undertake 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 • Workplace 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. 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.
Entry RequirementsStudents must have completed Certificate II in Animal Studies.
Other 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 an exercise book and pen to every session.
Delivery Location(s)Northern Adelaide Senior College, Woodford Road, ELIZABETH, SA, 5112
Northern Adelaide Senior College, The Hub, 2 Woodford Road, Elizabeth
Dates and Times35 weekly sessions at Northern Adelaide Senior College on Thursdays from 09:00 until 15:30.
Commencement date 10/02/22.
Students are not to leave NASC without approval.
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. 70 SACE credits (unless some of these units have been completed as part of an earlier qualification in which case number of credits may be reduced).
Units Of Competency
CoreACMGAS202Participate in workplace communications20 nominal hours
 ACMGAS203Complete animal care hygiene routines30 nominal hours
 ACMGAS301Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing50 nominal hours
 ACMGAS303Plan for and provide nutritional requirements for animals60 nominal hours
 ACMINF301Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal work60 nominal hours
 ACMWHS301Contribute to workplace health and safety processes50 nominal hours
 ACMSUS201Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices20 nominal hours
 ACMSPE304Provide basic care of dogs40 nominal hours
 ACMSPE305Provide basic care of domestic cats40 nominal hours
 ACMGAS205Assist in health care of animals40 nominal hours
 ACMGAS302Provide enrichment for animals40 nominal hours
 ACMGAS208Source information for animal care needs40 nominal hours
Nominal hours are used for SACE purposes and are not reflective of actual delivery hours
Training Cost$550.00 including GST
$550 is the ‘gap’ fee. This course is a Flexible Industry Pathway subsidised by the Department for Innovation and Skills

The training cost of $550 includes money for consumable used during the course for example, gloves, shoe covers etc
Cost NotesDepartment for Education Non-NASSSA students enrolling will incur a $50.00 additional Administration fee (Full year course – pro rata for semester/term courses). Non-Department for Education students enrolling will incur a $250.00 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.
Number Of StudentsMinimum    To be advised
Maximum   5
Selection ProcessAn interview is required and students must meet VETRO criteria
Orientation DetailsCourse orientation occurs during the first training session.
Public TransportNorthern Adelaide Senior College is centrally located in Elizabeth and is walking distance from Elizabeth Shopping Centre and the Elizabeth train station.
Contact PersonMs Laura Brady, Phone 7285 1600, Mobile 0417 417 058, Email
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