Qualification details

ACM30210 - Certificate III in Animal Technology (Release 2)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to ACM30217 - Certificate III in Animal TechnologyUpdated to meet Standards for Training Packages 28/Nov/2017
Supersedes RUV30104 - Certificate III in Animal Technology 10/Nov/2010

ReleaseRelease date
2 (this release) 09/Mar/2012
(View details for release 1) 11/Nov/2010

Units of competency

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ACMVET203A - Assist with surgery preparationAssist with surgery preparationSupersededN/A
ACMATE304A - Conduct non-surgical procedures on animalsConduct non-surgical procedures on animalsSupersededN/A
ACMSPE306A - Provide basic care of marine fishProvide basic care of marine fishSupersededN/A
MSL933001A - Maintain the laboratory/field workplace fit for purposeMaintain the laboratory/field workplace fit for purposeSupersededN/A
ACMSPE304A - Provide basic care of dogsProvide basic care of dogsSupersededN/A
ACMSPE312A - Provide basic care of rodents and rabbitsProvide basic care of rodents and rabbitsSupersededN/A
ACMSPE308A - Provide basic care of marine aquatic invertebratesProvide basic care of marine aquatic invertebratesSupersededN/A
ACMGAS302A - Provide enrichment for animalsProvide enrichment for animalsSupersededN/A
MSL973002A - Prepare working solutionsPrepare working solutionsSupersededN/A
ACMSPE309A - Provide basic care of terrestrial and freshwater invertebratesProvide basic care of terrestrial and freshwater invertebratesSupersededN/A
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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 514 Certificate III 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Animal Care and Management 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Animal Technician 

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 514 Certificate III 11/Nov/2010 
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Modification History

Updated imported Units:

  • RTC3310A replaced with AHCMOM305A
  • HLTFA301B replaced with HLTFA301C


This qualification is the industry qualification for persons operating at a junior or assistant level and undertaking animal technology functions within a biomedical research or production environment. It is highly recommended that whilst undertaking this qualification, the learner should have access to an animal technology workplace through either paid employment or significant periods of work placement or work experience blocks.

Job roles 

Job roles and titles covered by this qualification include:

  • Animal technician
  • Laboratory animal technician
  • Technical officer
  • Field technician.

Pathways Information

Pathways  into the qualification 

Pathways for candidates considering this qualification include:

  • direct entry
  • after achieving ACM20110 Certificate II in Animal Studies
  • vocational training, work experience or skills recognition.

This qualification is suited to Australian Apprenticeship pathways.

Pathways  from the qualification 

After achieving this qualification candidates may undertake ACM50110 Diploma of Animal Technology that defines higher level job functions.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Regulatory compliance with the Australian Code of Practice for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes applies to some units of competency. In addition, individual units of competency may specify relevant licensing, legislative and/or regulatory requirements.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Employability Skills Summary


Employability Skill 

Industry /enterprise requirements for this qualification include :


  • complete standard documentation
  • confirm relevant industry and workplace requirements
  • provide relevant work-related information to others
  • ensure records are accurate and legible
  • establish effective working relationships with colleagues
  • support team communication practices
  • understand personal and team requirements of relevant industry and workplace standards, regulations and policies
  • use communication technologies efficiently.


  • demonstrate and encourage others in working cooperatively with people of different ages, gender, race or religion
  • monitor work team tasks in accordance with regulatory and workplace requirements
  • provide support to team members
  • undertake appropriate and effective communication with team members.

Problem solving

  • evaluate skill requirements of work tasks
  • identify risks and implement risk control measures
  • implement animal care and management procedures
  • monitor and anticipate problems that may arise during workplace operations, including hazards and risks and take appropriate action to report or solve the problems within scope of responsibilities
  • provide problem solving support to team members
  • use assertive communication and/or conflict resolution skills to manage situations with clients who are distressed or in conflict with animal welfare or care directions
  • use problem solving techniques to determine work requirements.

Initiative and enterprise

  • contribute to and promote continuous improvement processes
  • identify non-conformance to standards and take appropriate action
  • identify, assess and act on existing and potential risks
  • monitor and adjust activity in response to operational variations
  • rectify problems promptly and appropriately
  • seek and provide feedback on procedures and processes.

Planning and organising

  • contribute to continuous improvement and planning processes
  • determine work requirements in order to complete in appropriate timeframes
  • ensure work equipment, materials and tools are ready and available for required tasks
  • plan work tasks for self and others as required
  • report and assist with implementing contingency plan promptly when incidents occur.


  • conduct regular housekeeping activities to maintain a clean and hygienic work area
  • identify and apply safety procedures, including the use of personal protective equipment
  • maintain currency of relevant, work-related information
  • manage work load priorities and timelines
  • monitor information in work area
  • monitor own work against quality standards and identify areas for improvement
  • understand own work activities and responsibilities.


  • ask questions to expand own knowledge
  • maintain skill and knowledge currency
  • participate in meetings to inform work practices
  • recognise limits of own expertise and seek skill development if required.


  • use information technology devices as required
  • work with technology safely and according to workplace standards.

Packaging Rules

Packaging Rules 

A total of eighteen  (18 ) units  of competency must be achieved as specified below.

  • Complete twelve  (12 ) CORE units
  • Complete six  (6 ) ELECTIVE units.

CORE : Complete the following twelve  (12 ) units 


Work within an animal technology facility


Carry out institution containment and exclusion procedures


Prepare for and monitor anaesthesia in animals


Conduct non-surgical procedures on animals


Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing


Provide enrichment for animals


Plan for and provide nutritional requirements for animals


Carry out simple breeding procedures


Contribute to occupational health and safety processes


Provide basic care of rodents and rabbits


Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices


Perform aseptic techniques

ELECTIVE : Complete six  (6 ) units from within ACM10 or from any other nationally endorsed Training Package or accredited course . Units selected must be aligned to Certificate II, III or IV and be relevant to work undertaken in the animal technology sector. Suggested units are:


Conduct euthanasia of research animals


Provide basic care of amphibians


Provide basic care of birds


Provide basic care of common native mammals


Provide basic care of dogs


Provide basic care of domestic cats


Provide basic care of marine fish


Provide basic care of freshwater fish


Provide basic care of marine aquatic invertebrates


Provide basic care of terrestrial and freshwater invertebrates


Provide basic care of mammals


Provide basic care of non-venomous reptiles


Assist with surgery preparation


Apply first aid


Record and present data


Maintain the laboratory/field workplace fit for purpose


Perform basic tests


Prepare working solutions


Perform microscopic examination


Perform histological procedures


Operate specialised machinery and equipment