TAFE Queensland

Certificate III in Animal Studies

TAFE Queensland

Course details

CRICOS course code: 101450

Level of study: Career Based/Vocational


According to the Australian Government's Job Outlook service, the number of people working as animal attendants and trainers is expected to grow strongly in the future. There are likely to be around 12,000 job openings in this growing occupation over the next five years.

This course will give you broad skills in basic care and the capture, handling and transportation of companion animals, as well as specialised skills in either behavioural sciences, veterinary nursing, or wildlife care. Our passionate team of industry professionals are the best in the business and will give you the one-on-one guidance you need to succeed in your studies.

Successful completion of this course will qualify you to work as an animal trainer or health officer, or trainee veterinary nurse. It will also give you the knowledge required to complete further studies in the field.


The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 5 elective units.

Assessment Methods

Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning.


ACM30117 Certificate III in Animal Studies


  • Animal Health Officer
  • Animal Control and Regulation Officer
  • Animal Technician
  • Animal Trainer
  • Kennel or Shelter Attendant

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Course opportunities

Tuition Fees (AUD $): 8,500 Per Year
Start date: 11 July 2022
23 January 2023
Duration: 6 months
Study mode: Self study / online (with attendance)

Ashmore Campus

Corner Heeb Street and Benowa Road
Gold Coast Queensland 4214

Entry criteria

Academic Requirements: Completion of Year 10 (or equivalent). Non school-leavers must have relevant work experience or qualification that indicates likely success of course completion.

Students should be a minimum of 18 years of age. Student visa applicants under the age of 18 will be accepted where they demonstrate that they will be accompanied by a parent, legal custodian or a suitable relative who is aged 21 or over. This arrangement requires the approval of the Department of Home Affairs.

English Language Proficiency: Academic IELTS 6.0 (no individual band less than 5.5) or ISLPR 3 on all skills or other. TOEFL PBT: 534; TOEFL iBT (internet based): 60; PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English): 50; Cambridge English: First (FCE): 169; International Second Language Proficiency Rating (ISLPR): 3 on all skills; Occupational English Test (OET): Pass at “C” level in each of four components.


TAFE Queensland
South Bank Campus
66 Ernest Street Brisbane Queensland 4101