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Certificate II in Animal Studies

This course provides general training for people seeking employment in the animal care industry and foundation skills and knowledge for those who wish to pursue further studies in this area.

Instruction around day to day duties and care will include feeding, maintaining hygiene and housing, grooming, observation and ensuring animal safety and well-being. There is an element of customer service, as well as providing information on products and services.

Watch the video below to learn more about the course and see the kinds of activities you are required to do when you take part.

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Application form

BHI Course Information Brochure

NB: Applications close 5 weeks prior enrolment day

P 03 9224 2286

What does the course involve?

This is a highly intensive course that runs over approximately 15 weeks.

Face-to-face delivery is held at RSPCA Burwood East and will involve working hands-on with a variety of animals including dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, sheep, guinea pigs,  goats, horses, cows, chickens and even a goose.

A large component of this course is delivered via an online learning platform and requires students to independently manage their study.  There is a commitment of an estimated 3-4 hours per week required to meet all assessment requirements.

Participants will be assessed via completion of online tasks and skill demonstrations: ie written and verbal assignments, practical work, class participation and projects and/or written tests.

This course comprises a total of twelve (12) units of competency. Students must successfully complete seven (7) core units and five (5) non core units.

Core Units

  • ACMOHS201A Participate in the OH&S process
  • ACMGAS201A Work in the animal industry
  • ACMGAS202A Participate in workplace communication
  • ACMGAS203A Complete animal care hygiene routines
  • ACMGAS204A Feed and water animals
  • ACMGAS205A Assist in the healthcare of animals
  • ACMSUS201A Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

Non Core Units

  • ACMGAS206A Provide basic first aid for animals
  • ACMGAS209A Provide information on companion animals products and services
  • ACMGAS208A Source information for animal care needs
  • ACMSPE304A Provide basic care of dogs
  • ACMSPE305A Provide basic care of domestic cats


You must attend:

  • Seven intensive teaching days (at RSPCA Burwood East)
    These run Monday to Friday, 8am to 430pm.                                             
  • Three days practical workplace training and assessment
    These days run from 8am to 4pm and are held on weekdays. The practical work placement and assessment will include physical activities such as walking dogs, cleaning a variety of animal enclosures, feeding, packing and unpacking goods, grooming farm and companion animals, store room work and paddock care.
  • Assessment day
    Held on a weekday during normal business hours and times are confirmed closer to the day.

Important Information

  • This program is not a VETiS Program
  • This program does not provide credits towards the ATAR score for VCE students
  • This program does provide credit points towards VCAL (this is calculated on the basis of 1 credit point per 90hrs up to a maximum of 2 credit points).
For a further information please click here.

More information
Application form

BHI Course Information Brochure

NB: Applications close 5 weeks prior enrolment day

P 03 9224 2286

Application process

This course has a significant practical component with a focus on employability skills. Applicants must possess the communication skills and physical ability to perform practical work placement in the animal care industry.

Vocational education and training for animal assistants is work-based. Work placement is provided at the RSPCA Burwood East and is necessary in order to provide access to an appropriate animal workplace, a qualified workplace supervisor, exposure to appropriate workload and practice in the skills necessary to successfully complete this course.

You must:
  • have completed year 10
  • be available to attend classes at RSPCA Burwood East
  • available to participate in weekday work placement at RSPCA Burwood East
  • have access to your own Wi-Fi device to access online resources and assessments
After your written application has been received a phone interview will be undertaken with one of our Education Officers. Your application will then be assessed and you will be notified of the outcome.

Please note: If you are under the age of 17, additional paperwork needs to be completed prior to application – please email

Enrolment fees

Valid Government Concession Holders (who meet government funding placement requirements): $903.70
Government Subsidised place: $2,658.50
Full fee paying place: $5,938.50

Eligibility to a government subsidised place depends on meeting certain criteria. For information regarding eligibility for a government subsidised place please review the Box Hill Institute TAFE Fees and Charges. All students' fees
are determined by Box Hill Institute and are payable at time of enrolment.

Please note that currently enrolled high school students are not eligible for a government subsidised place.

NB: these costs are estimates only and an increase to these may occur.

More information
Application form

BHI Course Information Brochure

NB: Applications close 5 weeks prior enrolment day

P 03 9224 2286

2017 program dates

This program of delivery will be dependent on student demand. Dates will be confirmed closer to the scheduled enrolment date.

Program 1, 2017 (applications closed)
@ Box Hill Institute, Box Hill
Tuesday 31st January
@ RSPCA, Burwood East

All sessions run
8am - 430pm  
Tuesday 7th February


Tuesday 7th      Wednesday 8th
Tuesday 14th    Wednesday 15th
Tuesday 21st     Wednesday 22nd

@ RSPCA, Burwood East
Thursday 20th April, 9am - 3pm
@ RSPCA, Burwood East
Tuesday 23rd May

Program 2, 2017 (applications closed)
@ Box Hill Institute, Box Hill

Tuesday 28th March
@ RSPCA, Burwood East

All sessions run
8am - 430pm  
Tuesday 18th

Tuesday 16th         Wednesday 17th
Wednesday 24th    Thursday 25th
Tuesday 30th         Wednesday 31st

@ RSPCA, Burwood East
Thursday 29th June, 9am - 3pm
@ RSPCA, Burwood East
Tuesday 1st August

Program 3, 2017
@ Box Hill Institute, Box Hill
Tuesday 6th June
@ RSPCA, Burwood East

All sessions run
8am - 430pm  

Tuesday 20th
Tuesday 18th         Wednesday 19th
Tuesday 25th         Wednesday 26th
Wednesday  2nd         Thursday 3rd

ASSESSMENT DAYThursday 31st August
FINAL DAYTuesday 10th Oct

Program 4, 2017
@ Box Hill Institute, Box Hill
Wednesday 26th July
@ RSPCA, Burwood East

All sessions run
8am - 430pm  
Wednesday 9th

Tuesday 5th         Wednesday 6th
Tuesday 12th       Wednesday 13th
Tuesday 19th       Wednesday 20th

ASSESSMENT DAYThursday 19th October
FINAL DAYTuesday 14th November

Please note: 
It may be necessary to cancel or postpone courses due to insufficient enrolments or funding changes. This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government Funding.

More information
Application form

BHI Course Information Brochure

NB: Applications close 5 weeks prior enrolment day

P 03 9224 2286

Possible career pathways

After completing this course many students go on to study a Certificate II in Animal Technology, Certificate III in Captive Animals, Certificate III in Grooming, Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services or Certificate IV in Veterinary at Box Hill Institute.

Below are examples of roles at the RSPCA, and the key responsibilities as well as training that you might need to undertake.

Further Study through Box Hill Institute

Box Hill Institute has a number of courses to further your studies, experience and knowledge. More information can be found on their website, Box Hill Institute.

Below you will find a summary of some of the courses they have on offer.

Short Courses

Certificates and Diplomas

This list is not exhaustive, please visit Box Hill Institute for further course information.

Further information

Further courses which you may be interested in include;
  • Certificate II & III in Equine Industry
  • Certificate III in Animal Studies
  • Certificate III & IV in Companion Animal Services
  • Certificate IV in Animal Control and Regulation
  • Certificate IV in Captive Animals
  • Certificate IV in Equine Dentistry
  • Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience
  • Bachelor of Animals Science and Management
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science

Again, this list is not exhaustive.

More information
Application form

BHI Course Information Brochure

NB: Applications close 5 weeks prior enrolment day

P 03 9224 2286

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