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Certificate II in Animal Studies

RSPCA Victoria’s Certificate II in Animal Studies, in conjunction with Box Hill Institute (RTO ID: 4687), offers students a meaningful learning experience with our expert leaders in animal welfare. This qualification has given countless participants the life-changing opportunity to enter the animal care industry.

Given the ongoing health crisis, RSPCA Victoria, together with Box Hill Institute, is reimagining this course to align with current Government requirements around social distancing. Our aim is to continue delivering industry-standard course material whilst prioritising the health and safety of our staff and students.

Most of our content will now go online in an easy to use, interactive forum. Students will have the flexibility to study from the comfort of their home. This means they won’t be required to attend RSPCA Victoria’s Burwood facility as regularly.

However, there are practical elements of the course that need to be completed in person. We will be delivering this content in smaller classes that allow more one-on-one time with our highly qualified staff.

This course comprises a total of twelve units of competency. Students must successfully complete eight core units and four non-core units.

Assessments will be conducted via a range of methods including, but not limited to, completion of online tasks and skill demonstrations: i.e. written and verbal assignments, practical work, class participation and projects and / or written tests.








More information

We are currently accepting registrations of interest for programs running in 2021. 




BHI Course Information Brochure



P 03 9224 2286
E vocational@rspcavic.org.au

 


What does the course involve?

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

This is a blended delivery course which will include a combination of online, remote and face to face delivery. Blended learning can involve a range of online programs and resources including StudentWeb, Microsoft Teams, Cisco Webex, Skype, specific industry platforms, pre-recorded sessions, assigned reading, tutorials, discussion boards, and online activities. Blended learning also involves face-to-face attendance at classes or practical placements.

Your study pattern is ten(10) days of remote delivery classes followed by 3 assessment days at RSPCA Burwood East and 1 assessment day at Box Hill Institute Elgar campus. Classes and assessments are held on weekdays. Teaching staff are also available for study groups/tutorial sessions once per week.

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.

Practical work will involve working hands on with a variety of animals including dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, sheep, guinea pigs, rats, goats, horses and cows.

This course comprises a total of twelve (12) units of competency. Students must successfully complete eight (8) core units and four (4) non core units.

Core Units

  • ACMWHS201 Participate in workplace health and safety processes
  • ACMGAS201 Work in the animal care industry
  • ACMGAS202 Participate in workplace communication
  • ACMGAS203 Complete animal care hygiene routines
  • ACMGAS204 Feed and water animals
  • ACMGAS205 Assist in the healthcare of animals
  • ACMSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • ACMGAS206 Provide basic first aid for animals

Non Core Units

  • ACMGAS209 Provide information on companion animals products and services
  • ACMGAS208 Source information for animal care needs
  • ACMSPE304 Provide basic care of domestic dogs
  • ACMSPE305 Provide basic care of domestic cats

Attendances

You must attend:

  • All teaching sessions
    Held either via the online learning platform or at RSPCA Burwood East.
  • Practical workplace training and assessment days
    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.

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).


More information

We are currently accepting registrations of interest for programs running in 2021. 


BHI Course Information Brochure 



P 03 9224 2286
E vocational@rspcavic.org.au




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:
  • be 17 years or older
  • have internet and access to a device to participate in online sessions, download resources and complete assessments
  • be available to attend ALL required teaching sessions
  • available to participate in practical training and work placement at RSPCA Burwood East
After your application has been received you may also be required to undertake a phone interview with one of our Education Officers. Your application will then be assessed and you will be notified, via email, of the outcome.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Mature minors (all students under the age of 18) are required to supply written consent giving permission for BHI Group (Box Hill Institute) and RSPCA Victoria staff to communicate with a nominated adult on their behalf.

2020 Course fees

Valid Government Concession Holders: $1,121
Government Subsidised: $3,115
Full fee: $6,395
*A full break down of fees can be found here.

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

We are currently accepting registrations of interest for programs running in 2021. 



BHI Course Information Brochure


P 03 9224 2286
E vocational@rspcavic.org.au

2020 program dates

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

Program 2 (applications closed)

TEACHING SESSIONS   

June:
Day 1 – Mon 15th    Day 2Tue 16th
Day 3 – Mon 22nd    Day 4Tues 23rd 
D
ay 5 – Mon 29th    Day 6 – Tues 30th    

July:      
Day 7 – Mon 6th      Day 8Tues 7th
Day 9 – Mon 13th    Day 10 – Tues 14th

ASSESSMENT DAYS


August 3rd  September 11th 
NB: Attendance dates will confirmed with students after enrolment


FINAL DAY

Thursday 24th September
 
 Program 3 (applications closed)
TEACHING SESSIONS   

August
Day 1 – Mon 10th    Day 2 – Tue 11th
Day 3 – Mon 17th    Day 4 – Tues 18th  
D
ay 5 – 
Mon 24th    Day 6 - Tues 25th
Day 7 – Mon 31st

September:      
Day 8 – Mon 1st   
Day 9Mon 7th     
Day 10Tues 8th

 
ASSESSMENT DAY


September 28
th  -  November  6th 
NB: Attendance dates will confirmed with students after enrolment

 
FINAL DAY



Friday 20th 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

We are currently accepting registrations of interest for programs running in 2021. 



BHI Course Information Brochure


P 03 9224 2286
E vocational@rspcavic.org.au






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.

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

We are currently accepting registrations of interest for programs running in 2021. 



BHI Course Information Brochure



P 03 9224 2286
E vocational@rspcavic.org.au






 
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