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Course Details - ACM20121 Certificate II in Animal Care - Northern Adelaide Senior College

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NASSSA TitleCertificate II in Animal Care (FIP)
QualificationACM20121 Certificate II in Animal Care
RTOAnimals on Course Pty Ltd (National Code 40688)
Host OrganisationNorthern Adelaide Senior College
Course Length2 Semesters (1 year)
Course DescriptionThis qualification describes the skills and knowledge for entry level and support roles in the animal care and management industry, where workers provide care for animals in workplaces such as animal shelters, boarding/day care facilities, sanctuaries and veterinary clinics. The work activities are routine, performed under supervision and within clearly defined guidelines. The Certificate II in Animal Care 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. 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. This course will involve a range of assessment tasks including on-line activities, written assignments and practical assessments. Students must complete 10 days of work experience.
PathwaysAfter achieving this qualification, candidates may undertake specific industry stream qualifications at Certificate Ill, Certificate IV or Diploma level that define higher-level job functions.
Entry RequirementsBasic literacy and numeracy is essential. To meet the requirements of the VETRO application, students must demonstrate prior career planning evidence. For example, work experience. The course is developed for entry to employment or further education.
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 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. Students are required to bring an exercise book and pen to every session. Regular attendance in class and ability to complete work on time is essential. Students must be prepared to complete work at home if required.
Delivery Location(s)Northern Adelaide Senior College, Woodford Road, ELIZABETH, SA, 5112
The Hub, 2 Woodford Road, Elizabeth (Building T8)
Dates and Times36 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. All courses will be finished by week 6, Term 4 (week beginning 21 November) and exclude school holiday breaks or public holidays
Work Placement10 days
The qualification requires the equivalent of two weeks (75 hrs) 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. This will be negotiated with the student and the VET Leader of the students home school.
SACE DetailsSACE Stage 1, 65 SACE credits
460 Nominal Hours. Credits granted to the student is dependant on the units of competency completed by the student toward the qualification
Units Of Competency
CoreACMGEN201Work in the animal care industry30 nominal hours
 ACMGEN204Assist in health care of animals40 nominal hours
 ACMSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices20 nominal hours
 ACMWHS201Participate in workplace health and safety processes40 nominal hours
 BSBCMM211Apply communication skills40 nominal hours
 ACMGEN202Complete animal care hygiene routines30 nominal hours
 ACMGEN203Feed and water animals40 nominal hours
 ACMGEN205Source and provide information for animal care needs40 nominal hours
 BSBOPS203Deliver a service to customers40 nominal hours
 ACMINF201Handle companion animals following infection control guidelines60 nominal hours
 ACMSPE316Provide general care of domestic dogs40 nominal hours
 ACMSPE317Provide general care of domestic cats40 nominal hours
Nominal hours are used for SACE purposes and are not reflective of actual delivery hours
This training package has been updated.
Training Cost$350.00 including GST
$350 is the 'gap' fee. This course is a Flexible Industry Pathway subsidised by the Department for Innovation and Skills

The training cost of $350 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). This will provide the home school VET Leader access to WebVET. Enrolments for both these groups of students MUST be done through the WebVET Administrator.
Number Of StudentsMinimum    10
Maximum   22
Selection ProcessPre screening assessment/ interviews, and VETRO assessments will be conducted Friday 29th October and Monday and Wednesday 1st and 3rd November, 2021 (Weeks 3 and 4, Term 4)
Orientation DetailsCourse orientation and induction occurs during the first training session by the trainer with host school VET Leader support. All home schools are required to conduct WorkPRO (or similar) prior to students commencing a course.
Public TransportNorthern Adelaide Senior College is located close to the Elizabeth Interchange.
Contact PersonMs Laura Brady, Phone 7285 1600, Mobile 0417 417 058, Email
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