Qualification details

ACM10110 - Certificate I in Animal Studies (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to ACM10117 - Certificate I in Animal StudiesUpdated to meet Standards for Training Packages 28/Nov/2017
Supersedes RUV10104 - Certificate I in Animal Studies 10/Nov/2010

ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 11/Nov/2010


SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 361199 Animal Attendants And Trainers Nec 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 6399-15 Animal Attendant 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0611 Veterinary Studies 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 524 Certificate I 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Companion Animal Services 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Animal Attendant (Veterinary Clinic),Animal Attendant (Animal Shelter),Animal Attendant 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 361199 Animal Attendants And Trainers Nec 11/Nov/2010 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 6399-15 Animal Attendant 11/Nov/2010 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0611 Veterinary Studies 11/Nov/2010 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 524 Certificate I 11/Nov/2010 
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Modification History

Not applicable.


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.

Pathways Information

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.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Licensing , Legislative , Regulatory or Certification Considerations 

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

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Employability Skills Summary


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.

Packaging Rules

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 


Investigate job opportunities in animal care and related industries


Catch and handle a range of quiet animals


Assist in the care of animals


Participate in workplace communications


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.