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Certificate III in Animal Studies

Interested in learning about wildlife? Or maybe you would like to learn these skills to help further your career and expand your knowledge in the care and rehabilitation of native Australian wildlife. 

The Certificate III in Animal Studies course is designed to provide students with the knowledge necessary for working with a range of native wildlife species. Program content includes rescuing animals and applying basic first aid, capture and restraint, providing nutritional requirements for various wildlife and monitoring animal health and wellbeing.

The emphasis of this program is on practical work, which will be delivered through an Animal Welfare Organisation. Students will gain hands on experience working with a variety of native species under the supervision of experienced and qualified staff. 


Alexandra Hills Off-Site

Career Opportunities Animal attendant/keeper, wildlife officer, pet shop or complete further study towards various roles in veterinary, captive animal, or companion animal sectors.
Entry Requirements
It is highly recommended that students successfully complete the Certificate II Animal Studies (ACM20110) before enrolling into the Certificate III.

Sound levels of computer and literacy skills are desirable.

We strongly encourage students to gain work experience in the animal care industry while completing this qualification.

Students under 17 years of age must meet enrolment requirements as specified in the Education (General Provisions Act) 2006.

Program Duration

6 months

Start Dates
February and July
Practical sessions within the course will be held at the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital on the Gold Coast.
Orientation will be at the Alexandra Hills Campus.
You can register your interest at any time of the year by calling the Customer Service Centre.
Program Articulation

5 units of competency from the Certificate II in Animal Studies Course provides credit towards ACM30110 Certificate III in Animal Studies.

If a student has successfully completed both Cert II and Cert III Animal/Companion Animal Studies at MSIT they will be eligible for 7 credits towards their Veterinary Nurse qualification and 6 credits towards their Zoo Keeping qualification.

 Veterinary Nurse and Zoo Keeping qualification currently not held at MSIT.

How to apply If attached, complete an enrolment form and return to Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE with the appropriate documentation. If an enrolment form is not attached, please call the Customer Service Centre staff who can help with all aspects of the enrolment process.

Certificate 3 Guarantee Program Entitlement is for students who commence a Certificate III course from 1 July 2013.

To be eligible a student must:

· not hold or be currently undertaking a certificate III or higher level qualification. This does not include
qualifications undertaken while at secondary school.
· be 15 years of age or older
· have finished secondary school or are no longer at school
· be an Australian or New Zealand citizen permanently residing in Queensland

For more information visit or speak to our Customer Service Centre on 1300 657 613.

The cost of this program may vary depending on the individual courses nominated per semester. Concession rates are available for holders of current concession cards presented at point of enrolment. Tuition fees do not include any materials or textbooks that may be required. Costs are subject to change without notice.
The costs given are approximate.
For students eligible for the Certificate 3 Guarantee Program Entitlement:
Full Rate: $1,223.00
Concession Rate: $794.00

For students not eligible for the Certificate 3 Guarantee Program Entitlement:

Fee charged $4,197.60

All information was accurate at time of printing; however, institute fees and details are subject to change without notice.


Additional Cost

Students must purchase their own leather, work boots or hiking boots (not steel capped) 

A compulsory MSIT Animal Studies shirt - $40.00. Students will be sent the information once enrolled.

Study Requirements
This program may offer delivery through the my.TAFE online system. Where this occurs you will participate in online units and activities. 
To access the learning platform my.TAFE you will require the following:
·         Computer running Mac OS X or Microsoft Windows 2000 or higher
·         Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 or Mozilla Firefox 3.6 or higher.
·         Microsoft Word & Excel 2003 or higher, or an equivalent productivity package.
·         Adobe Acrobat Reader
·         Adobe Flash Player
Financial Assistance

Financial assistance may be available in the form of:
Youth Allowance and Austudy 13 24 90
Newstart Allowance 13 28 50
Abstudy 13 23 17
If you will have difficulty meeting the full cost of the program at enrolment it may be possible to negotiate an instalment plan for some programs.
Please note your enrolment may be refused if you have either outstanding fees or an overdue debt.

Skills Recognition

Skills Recognition (Recognition of Prior Learning) recognises your existing experience gained through life or work which you may not have obtained a formal qualification for.
We will work with you to identify your existing skills, and assess if you can then achieve a full or part qualification. This also helps to avoid unnecessary duplication of training, saving you time and money.

Study Options We understand how busy your life is already and therefore offer you a variety of study options that give you the flexibility to train when and where you want.
Training can be provided on campus, online, at work or through a combination of all three*.

*Please note that not all options are available for each program. Ask a member of the Customer Service team what study options are available for this program
Contact Information
MSIT Customer Service Centre
1300 657 613
In Person
Alexandra Hills campus
(Tuesday and Thursday Only)
Block A
Windemere Road
Alexandra Hills
Loganlea campus
50-68 Armstrong Road
Mt Gravatt campus
Block F
1030 Cavendish Road
Mt Gravatt


A total of 12 units of competency must be achieved as specified below. This consists of 7 Core Units and 5 Electives.

Competency Code Unit of Study Name
Core Units
ACMGAS202A Participate in workplace communications
ACMGAS203A Complete animal care hygiene routines
ACMGAS301A Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing
ACMGAS303A Plan for and provide nutritional requirements for animals
ACMINF301A Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal work
ACMOHS301A Contribute to occupational health and safety processes
ACMSUS201A Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
Elective Units
ACMGAS305A Rescue animals and apply basic first aid
ACMSPE302A Provide basic care of birds
ACMSPE303A Provide basic care of common native mammals
ACMCAN305A Assist with capturing, restraining and moving animals
ACMGAS207A Provide reception services for an animal care facility

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