Provide training advice to companion animal owners

Formats and tools

Unit Description
Reconstruct the unit from the xml and display it as an HTML page.
Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
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 ACMCAS409A, 'Provide training advice to companion animal owners'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Determine clients' needs

1.1. Training needs are discussed and determined in conjunction with clients.

1.2. Short and medium-term goals are set in conjunction with clients.

1.3. Initial assessment of animals is conducted.

1.4. Referral to an animal behaviourist or other relevant persons is offered as required.

2. Develop training plans

2.1. Behavioural traits and conditioning strategies for a range of breeds is researched.

2.2. Training strategies to achieve desirable behaviours for a range of breeds are determined.

2.3. Training plans are developed to achieve desirable behaviours for a range of breeds.

3. Conduct training

3.1. Appropriate training equipment is selected and used in accordance with training plan.

3.2. Initial training is explained to clients and conducted in accordance with training plans.

3.3. Training is conducted in accordance with industry best practice standards, including animal welfare and ethics requirements.

3.4. Training equipment is maintained, hygienically cleaned and stored in accordance with organisation policies and procedures and relevant manufacturers' guidelines.

4. Conduct ongoing assessments

4.1. Progress of animals is reviewed in accordance with training plans and discussed with clients.

4.2. Training plans are reviewed and modified accordingly.

4.3. Training records are maintained in accordance with industry standards.

5. Instruct client in ongoing management

5.1. Strategies to achieve short and medium-term conditioning objectives are discussed with clients.

5.2. Advice on longer-term objectives is provided to clients.

5.3. Advice is provided to clients on training plans, including dietary requirements, behavioural enrichment, exercise and maintenance.

Qualifications and Skillsets

ACMCAS409A appears in the following qualifications:

  • ACM40310 - Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services