Certificate I in Animal Studies

This qualification covers work activities undertaken by a cross-section of animal care and management enterprises. It is a general pre-vocational qualification aimed for inclusion in a VET in Schools program or as an entry point into the industry.

Job roles

Job role titles covered by this qualification may include:

Assistant animal care worker

Assistant animal shelter attendant

Assistant kennel hand

Assistant cattery attendant.


Packaging Rules

A total of seven (7) units of competency must be achieved as specified below.

Complete five (5) CORE units

Complete two (2) ELECTIVE units

CORE: Complete the following five (5) units

add topic ACMGAS101A

Investigate job opportunities in animal care and related industries

add topic ACMGAS102A

Catch and handle a range of quiet animals

add topic ACMGAS103A

Assist in the care of animals

add topic ACMGAS202A

Participate in workplace communications

add topic ACMOHS201A

Participate in occupational health and safety processes

ELECTIVE: Complete two (2) units from ACM10 or from any other nationally endorsed Training Package or accredited course. Units selected must be aligned to Certificate I or II and be relevant to work undertaken in the animal care and management industry.


    Pathways into the qualification

    Pathways into this qualification may be:

    by direct entry and without prior animal care skill or knowledge

    through a school vocational studies program combined with work experience.

    This qualification is suited to Australian Apprenticeship pathways.

    Pathways from the qualification

    After achieving this qualification, candidates may undertake:

    ACM20110 Certificate II in Animal Studies.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

Licensing, Legislative, Regulatory or Certification Considerations

Units of competency in this qualification do not require a licence or certification.

Employability Skills


Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


apply numeracy skills to workplace requirements

communicate information about problems with work

complete all reporting as required

receive and relay oral and written messages

read and apply workplace procedures and instructions.


contribute to monitoring the health and welfare of animals

identify own role and responsibilities within a team

share workplace information

work as a team member

work with persons of different ages, genders, races, religions and political persuasion.

Problem solving

identify common problems and take required action

follow workplace safety and animal care and management procedures

recognise and report any workplace hazards

report difficulties in handling animals

verify/clarify work tasks or directions if unsure.

Initiative and enterprise

distinguish between urgent and non-urgent tasks

take appropriate corrective action to routine work problems

select appropriate equipment.

Planning and organising

identify work requirements

identify work priorities

identify and use relevant personal protective equipment

organise work area to maintain safe and hygienic standards

organise relevant equipment, materials and tools

plan work activities to meet daily work requirements.


follow OHS practices

identify personal responsibilities and work requirements

identify safety requirements for working in animal care industry

keep the work area clean and tidy at all times

manage time and plan activity to meet own work requirements

monitor the quality of own work against required workplace standards

seek assistance from other team members where appropriate.


ask questions to expand own knowledge

attend training or skill development activities

assess own ability to meet job requirements

check work outcomes against workplace standards and identify inconsistencies

identify own skill requirements and seek skill development if required

listen to feedback and advice of supervisors

self-check numerical information.


use information technology devices as required

use manual handling technologies in the workplace

use work tools, machines and equipment safely and according to workplace procedures.