Certificate II in Animal Studies

This qualification is a general pre-vocational qualification aimed for inclusion in a VET in Schools program or as an entry point into the animal care and management industry. It is highly recommended that whilst undertaking this qualification the learner should seek to gain a period of work placement or work experience in an animal care environment and/or workplace.

Job roles

Job role titles covered by this qualification may include:

Animal care attendant

Animal shelter attendant

Kennel hand

Cattery attendant

Pet shop attendant

Assistant dog groomer.


Packaging Rules

A total of twelve (12) units of competency must be achieved as specified below.

Complete seven (7) CORE units

Complete three (3) ELECTIVE units from Group A

Complete two (2) ELECTIVE units from Group A and/or Group B

CORE: Complete the following seven (7) units

add topic ACMOHS201A

Participate in occupational health and safety processes

add topic ACMGAS201A

Work in the animal care industry

add topic ACMGAS202A

Participate in workplace communications

add topic ACMGAS203A

Complete animal care hygiene routines

add topic ACMGAS204A

Feed and water animals

add topic ACMGAS205A

Assist in health care of animals

add topic ACMSUS201A

Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices


Group A: Complete three (3) units from the following list

add topic ACMGAS206A

Provide basic first aid for animals

add topic ACMGAS207A

Provide reception services for an animal care facility

add topic ACMGAS208A

Source information for animal care needs

add topic ACMGAS209A

Provide information on companion animals, products and services

add topic ACMGAS210A

Prepare for and conduct a tour or presentation

add topic ACMVET201A

Carry out veterinary nursing reception duties

add topic ACMVET202A

Carry out daily clinic routines

add topic ACMVET203A

Assist with surgery preparation

add topic HLTFA301C

Apply first aid

Group B: Complete two (2) units from within ACM10 or from any other nationally endorsed Training Package or accredited course. Units selected must be aligned to Certificate II or III and be relevant to work undertaken in the animal care and management sector. Suggested units are:

add topic ACMSPE301A

Provide basic care of amphibians

add topic ACMSPE302A

Provide basic care of birds

add topic ACMSPE303A

Provide basic care of common native mammals

add topic ACMSPE304A

Provide basic care of dogs

add topic ACMSPE305A

Provide basic care of domestic cats

add topic ACMSPE306A

Provide basic care of marine fish

add topic ACMSPE307A

Provide basic care of freshwater fish

add topic ACMSPE308A

Provide basic care of marine aquatic invertebrates

add topic ACMSPE309A

Provide basic care of terrestrial and freshwater invertebrates

add topic ACMSPE310A

Provide basic care of mammals

add topic ACMSPE311A

Provide basic care of non-venomous reptiles

add topic ACMSPE312A

Provide basic care of rodents and rabbits


    Pathways into the qualification

    Pathways for candidates considering this qualification include:

    direct entry, including VET in Schools

    after achieving ACM10110 Certificate I in Animal Studies

    limited vocational training and/or work experience.

    This qualification is suited to Australian Apprenticeship pathways.

    Pathways from the qualification

    After achieving this qualification candidates may undertake:

    ACM30110 Certificate III in Animal Studies

    ACM30210 Certificate III in Animal Technology

    ACM30310 Certificate III in Captive Animals

    ACM30410 Certificate III in Companion Animal Services

    ACM40410 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

There is no direct link between this qualification and licensing, legislative and/or regulatory requirements. However, an individual unit of competency may specify relevant licensing, legislative and/or regulatory requirements.

Employability Skills


Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


apply numeracy skills to workplace requirements

communicate information about problems with work

communicate information relating to OHS

complete work forms and required written documentation

demonstrate effective and appropriate interpersonal skills

interpret and apply workplace procedures and instructions

share workplace information

use communication and information technologies to support work operations.


assist with monitoring the health and welfare of animals

identify own role and responsibilities within a team

identify team goals

maintain health and safety of work area for self and others

provide assistance to others in the work area

share work-related information

work as part of a team

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

Problem solving

check performance of machines and equipment and identify signs of faulty operations

identify and apply health and safety issues relating to work in the animal care and management industry

identify and report any workplace hazards

identify workplace problems and make contributions to their solution

monitor workplace activities and identify and report non-compliances

report difficulties in handling animals.

Initiative and enterprise

ask questions regarding requirements and expectations

assess quality of work on an ongoing basis

gather and interpret information to support safe and efficient work

make suggestions for continuous improvement

provide feedback on procedures and processes

record basic information on the quality and other indicators of work outcomes.

Planning and organising

identify and report issues affecting ability to meet work outcomes

identify and use relevant personal protective equipment

identify work requirements and work load priorities

organise work area to maintain housekeeping standards

plan work activities to meet daily work requirements

select and organise relevant equipment and tools.


accept responsibility for quality of own work

apply safe animal handling and work practices

identify personal responsibilities

keep the work area clean and tidy at all times

monitor own work and maintain work efficiency

participate in OHS practices

plan to meet required work outcomes of self and team

recognise own shortcomings and seek advice and assistance from supervisors.


ask questions to expand own knowledge

assess own competencies in meeting job requirements

attend training or skill development activities

identify own skill requirements and seek skill development if required

listen to feedback and advice of supervisors.


use information technology devices as required

use manual handling technologies in the workplace

use work tools, machines and equipment safely and effectively.