Assist in the care of animals

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 ACMGAS103A, 'Assist in the care of animals'.
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. Explore workplace activities and basic terminology

1.1. Industry terminology is used to describe and identify animal care workplace activities.

1.2. Animal care workplace tasks are identified and ranked in order of importance to animal wellbeing and general health.

1.3. Potential occupational health and safety (OHS) risks when working with animals are identified and reporting requirements confirmed.

1.4. Daily workplace information and documentation requirements are confirmed with supervisor.

2. Maintain a clean workplace

2.1. Floors benches and other flat areas are cleaned in accordance with workplace protocols.

2.2. Animal housing areas are cleaned in accordance with workplace protocols.

2.3. Waste and soiled bedding is disposed of in accordance with workplace protocols.

3. Assist in feeding animals

3.1. Food stuffs are identified and categorised for specific animal dietary needs.

3.2. Equipment used in food preparation and distribution is made ready for use.

3.3. Assistance is provided to experienced staff in the preparation and distribution of meals.

3.4. Equipment and materials are cleaned and stored in accordance with organisational policies and procedures.

4. Report basic animal behaviour and health status

4.1. Characteristics of animal behaviour are identified.

4.2. Signs of healthy, sick or distressed animals are identified and behaviour and health status is reported to supervisor.

Qualifications and Skillsets

ACMGAS103A appears in the following qualifications:

  • ACM10110 - Certificate I in Animal Studies