Prepare and maintain animal housing

Formats and tools

Unit Description
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Assessment Tool
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Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver ACMCAN304A, 'Prepare and maintain animal housing'.
Google Links
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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Prepare housing appropriate to a particular species

1.1. Behavioural and physical requirements of the species being housed are identified.

1.2. Animal enclosures appropriate for specific species are identified.

1.3. Enclosure furniture requirements for the species are identified and assessed.

1.4. Animal housing is prepared for occupation in accordance with species-specific requirements and facility policies and procedures.

2. Implement animal housing maintenance routines

2.1. Activities to maintain enclosure in compliance with workplace and legislative requirements are identified and ranked as daily, weekly or longer term tasks.

2.2. Procedures to ensure the wellbeing of animals during maintenance activities are identified and followed.

2.3. Enclosure and exhibit security and safety procedures are followed in accordance with occupational health and safety (OHS) requirements and facility policies and procedures.

2.4. Aesthetic qualities and furniture of enclosures and exhibits are maintained in accordance with responsibility level and maintenance task schedule.

2.5. Areas requiring horticultural or maintenance attention are identified and reported to supervisor.

2.6. Responsibility levels for horticultural or maintenance tasks and work schedule timelines are established in consultation with supervisor.

3. Maintain enclosure hygiene and appearance

3.1. Cleaning regime for a section is prepared and implemented and regularly reviewed.

3.2. Enclosures, including equipment and furniture, are cleaned with minimum disturbance to animals and in accordance with OHS requirements and facility hygiene standards.

3.3. Pests are detected and reported to supervisor.

3.4. Assistance is provided to implement and manage environmentally safe and effective pest control procedures.

3.5. Tools and equipment are maintained in accordance with facility policies and procedures and manufacturers' requirements.

3.6. Enclosure and exhibit maintenance status is reported and records updated.

Qualifications and Skillsets

ACMCAN304A appears in the following qualifications:

  • ACM30310 - Certificate III in Captive Animals
  • ACM40210 - Certificate IV in Captive Animals