Companion Animal Services

About the Course

This qualification is the industry qualification for persons operating within a companion animal organisation.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication. However, an individual unit of competency may specify relevant licensing, legislative and/or regulatory requirements. Specific determination should be sought through the relevant State or Territory.

NSW Skills List

This qualification is on the NSW Skills List. The NSW Government will subsidise eligible students to undertake this qualification. For more information see Smart and Skilled

Available as a traineeship

This course is targeted to people who have access to workplaces which will provide experiences and learning to support the agreed units for the qualification.

Qualification Certificate III
National Code ACM30417
Where can I study?

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

Career Opportunities

pet shop/aquarium assistant
kennel attendant
cattery attendant
assistant dog trainer
pet exerciser
assistant grooming attendant

Study Options

Recognition of Prior Learning

Student Hubs

TAFE Western Connect - Choose how or where you study:

  • Online - Study using TAFE Western's online learning website
  • Workplace - Study at work supported by your supervisor and TAFE Western
  • Blended Learning - Study via a combination of online, workshops, web/video conferencing and mobile training units

On Campus - Study at a TAFE campus

You may have skills, knowledge, previous training or experience which is relevant to this course. If so, you may wish to have this recognised. This may also reduce your training time. For further information, visit Recognition and RPL

Our Student Hubs are a great place to study, relax and find out more about how you can get the most out of your studies.

Where can I study?


  Starts Anytime


  Blended Learning

Enrolment Code: ACM30417-01V01-19DUB-020


How will I study?

Location to be advised depending on student locations - Dubbo or Bathurst and usually commence at 9.30am and finish at 3.00pm and participate in workplacement organised by the student in a business within the animal care business (options may include, pet stores, RSPCA, welfare organisations and grooming parlours).

Workplacement is to be organised by the student and proof of workplacement via an acceptance letter needs to be brought to the first residential school day. Workplacement needs to consist of at least a 7 hours per week for the course duration of 18 months.

The Certificate III in Companion Animal Services is an entry course into the companion animal care industry. This covers animal care including subject areas on; identification, handling, feeding and nutrition, WHS, workplace communications, health care of animals. There are many potential job roles at this level in the animal care industry for those willing and able to do the physical side of the work eg:- boarding kennels, Animal shelter attendant, Kennel hand, Cattery attendant, Pet shop attendant, groomers etc.

The Certificate III Companion Animal Services also offers a pathway for further learning such as; Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services, ACM30617 Certificate III in Pet Grooming and ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

There are no entry requirements for this qualification however, local entry requirements do exist for this course are that whilst undertaking this qualification the learner is required to source one working day per week in a suitable animal care workplace in order to gain the practical skills required. This must be source prior to enrolment.

This program includes activities which are to be completed in your own time.

When will I study?

This is a blended delivery option which means you are required to study at home, attend 1 day face to face residential schools throughout the course.

Course length: 15 hours per week for 18 Months

Classes start at 9:30 AM and end at 3:00 PM

What will I pay?

There is a student resource charge of $45 for course materials.

The amount you pay will depend on your individual circumstances.

TAFE NSW Government-subsidised fee (for eligible students): $TBA

Please contact your nearest TAFE Western campus or call us on 1300 823 393 for a personal fee assessment and to find out if you are eligible for a government subsidised place. If you do not gain a subsidised place you may be able to enrol and pay the non-government subsidised fee.

A payment must be made towards your course fee (if applicable) at the time you enrol or your place in the class will not be confirmed and you will not be able to access any of your learning resources.

Additional Costs

There is an additional cost for Materials of $45.00.

Who can I talk to?

Please contact the TAFE West Region Hotline 131601