Commissioner's Information Bulletin 671

Animal Care and Management - Apprenticeship and Traineeships

Primary Industry

Date of effect: 7 March 2018

Updated: 16 May 2018

Bulletin Information

This Commissioner's Information Bulletin contains information on two training packages ACM10v3.0 Animal Care and Management Training Package and ACMv1.0 Animal Care and Management Training Package.

One apprenticeship vocation and seven traineeship vocations are varied. Two traineeships vocations are brought forward.

Eleven qualifications transition into ACMv1.0 Animal Care and Management Training Package. Nine equivalent qualifications transition, two traineeship qualifications where deemed non-equivalent ACM40117 and ACM40617. All updated qualifications now meet the standards for training packages.

The vocation Animal Care and Management - Veterinary Nursing is brought forward unchanged and the associated qualification ACM40412 remains under the ACM10v3.0 Animal Care and Management Training Package.

The vocation Animal Care and Management – Horse Breeding is brought forward in the ACMv1.0 Animal Care and Management Training Package which was endorsed by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee on 29 November 2017.

Superseded Bulletin

This Commissioners Information Bulletin supersedes CIB 575.

Vocational Training Orders

Under the ACMv1.0 Animal Care and Management Training Package the following vocations are varied:

Apprenticeship

Traineeships

Under the ACMv1.0 Animal Care and Management Training Package the following vocation is brought forward:

Under the ACM10v3.0 Animal Care and Management Training Package the following vocation is brought forward:


Qualifications, structure and packaging


Competency based progression


Competency based completion


Industrial arrangements


School based traineeships


Registered training organisations


Funding arrangements


Transition Arrangements


Inspecting Vocational Training Orders


Enquiries

For any enquiries regarding this Commissioner's Information Bulletin, please contact Apprenticeships and Traineeships on (02) 8267 7704.

Approved by Emil Tabone
for Commissioner for Vocational Training


Job Descriptions

Apprenticeship

Certificate III in Farriery work involves providing foot care services to horses in both routine and complex tasks and with limited supervision. Apprentices will learn about equine health related to foot care and how to:

  • shoe all types of equine (or similar) feet, whether normal or defective, using blacksmith skills of fabricating, adapting, and adjusting metal shoes
  • use power tools
  • use, maintain, repair, and manufacture hand tools
  • make standard shoes for a range of horses and accommodate special needs of horses through farriery techniques
  • make shoes to suit all types of working conditions and devise corrective measures to compensate for faulty limb action
  • maintain, repair and manufacture hand tools used in farriery
  • determine foot care and shoeing plans for horses

Graduates may work for an established farriery business or operate their own business. Farriers travel to their customers' premises or competition venues to work and carry a mobile work shop of tools with them.

Traineeships

Jobs at Certificate IV in Animal Control and Regulation level involve undertaking animal control and regulatory functions - urban animal management - for local and state and territory governments. Job roles may include animal control and regulation officer and animal management officer. In line with community management services, trainees will learn to:

  • apply animal control and regulation requirements
  • assess and impound animals
  • carry out pound procedures
  • manage conflict situations
  • investigate and act on compliance issues

Jobs at Certificate II in Animal Studies level offer an entry point into the animal care industry and prepare people for roles such as an animal attendant in a kennel, cattery, animal shelter or pet shop.
Trainees will develop the skills and knowledge required to care for animals in a variety of workplaces. They will learn about the health care needs of animals and how to:

  • catch and handle a range of animals
  • feed and water animals
  • carry out animal care hygiene routines

Jobs at Certificate III in Animal Studies level build on experience in working with animals. Job roles may include animal care receptionist or support officer, animal control and regulation assistant, animal shelter assistant, animal health officer in indigenous communities or an assistant animal welfare officer. Trainees will learn to:

  • carry out animal care hygiene routines
  • maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing
  • plan for and provide nutritional requirements for animals
  • comply with infection control policies in animal work

Jobs at Certificate III in Animal Technology level involve working at a junior or assistant level and undertaking animal technology functions within a biomedical research or production environment. Job roles may include animal technician, laboratory animal technician, technical officer and field technician. Trainees will learn to:

  • carry out containment and exclusion procedures
  • prepare animals for anaesthesia
  • conduct non-surgical procedures on animals
  • monitor and maintain animal health and wellbeing
  • provide behavioural enrichment for research animals
  • carry out simple breeding procedures

Jobs at Certificate III in Captive Animals level involve animal care functions in a captive animal facility or institution, such as a zoo or wildlife park. Job roles may include trainee keeper, assistant keeper, animal care attendant and wildlife animal carer. Trainees will learn to:

  • feed animals
  • maintain hygiene
  • maintain enclosures and exhibits
  • observe animals and ensure their safety
  • prepare and present information to the public
  • prepare and maintain housing
  • plan and provide nutritional diets
  • monitor and maintain animal health and well being
  • capture, restrain and assist in moving animals
  • monitor animal reproduction

Jobs at Certificate IV in Captive Animals level operating at a senior keeper level undertaking animal care functions within a zoo, wildlife or theme park environment. Job roles may include senior keeper, wildlife care operator/manager, wildlife carer or rescuer. Trainees will learn to:

  • keep captive animals, including their feeding and hygiene
  • maintain enclosures and exhibits
  • monitor animal reproduction
  • prepare and present information to the public
  • implement and monitor the organisation's occupational health and safety program
  • implement collection management, manage closure and exhibits
  • develop animal diets
  • develop, monitor and review behavioural management strategies

Jobs at Certificate III in Companion Animal Services level involve working with animals within a companion animal facility such as a pet shop, aquarium, animal shelter, kennels or cattery. Job roles may include pet shop attendant, kennel attendant, cattery attendant, assistant dog trainer, pet exerciser, assistant grooming attendant. Trainees will learn to:

  • maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing
  • maintain hygiene and infection control
  • provide basic care to a range of companion animals
  • advise the public on appropriate products and services

Jobs at Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services level build on Certificate III competencies and involve supervisory responsibilities. Job roles may include pet shop manager, companion animal behaviourist, animal groomer, kennel or cattery manager, animal shelter supervisor and mobile hydro-bath operator. Trainees will learn to:

  • manage compliance in the companion animal industry
  • monitor and maintain animal health and wellbeing
  • maintain occupational health and safety policies
  • undertake business-related duties

Jobs at Certificate III in Horse Breeding level focus on horse breeding competencies including oestrus detection, mare mating and horse artificial insemination, caring for pregnant females and foaling down mares. Job roles include horse breeding and stud farm operation. Trainees will learn to:

  • work and safely handle horses in relevant industries
  • provide basic care of horses such as feeding and transporting
  • apply knowledge of horse behaviour
  • perform daily tasks in the horse industry including stud operational procedures
  • maintain and monitor horse health, including injury and disease
  • carry out mating procedures and artificial insemination including collection and storage
  • working with a range of horses and accessing their suitability for specific uses
  • knowledge and demonstration of riding techniques for avoiding falls and reducing and minimising the impact of falls
  • the process of maintaining horse hooves in premium condition using farriery tools

Jobs at Certificate III in Pet Grooming are in professional pet grooming services, that is pet salons. Trainees work as salon receptionists and perform housekeeping duties as well as bathing, brushing, trimming and other basic grooming services for domestic pets, usually dogs and in some cases cats. Trainees can be employed as assistant grooming attendants, stylist assistant, and trainee groomers.

Jobs at Certificate IV in Pet Styling are for persons employed to provide pet stylist services. An experienced pet stylist will know the styling standards for different breeds, understand small animal anatomy and be able to identify pet hygiene issues that may indicate a health concern. Trainees can be employed as head stylist, grooming salon manager and mobile salon manager.

Trainees may specialise in the care of specific species, operating hydro-bathing operations, preparing and delivering care education programs and animal training.

Jobs at Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing level involve working with animals within a veterinary clinic in the role of a veterinary nurse.
Trainees will learn to perform veterinary nursing duties in a variety of workplace situations and under minimal supervision. Tasks will include:

  • patient admission and discharge
  • office procedures
  • radiography, pathology, surgery and dental procedures
  • nursing animals
  • providing animal care advice to the public
  • applying safe working practices in a variety of locations including examination rooms, surgical theatres, offices and outdoor animal facilities

Competency Based Progression

Note: Competency based progression (CBP) applies to apprentices employed under the Manufacturing and Associated Industries and Occupations Award 2010 only.
For apprenticeships with a full time nominal term of 48 months direct entry, the rate of progress will be determined as follows:

Stage of apprenticeship Entry, progression and exit requirements
Probationary period 3 months
Stage 1 Nil entry requirements.

Progression to Stage 2

Apprentices progress to Stage 2:

  • on attainment of 25% of the total units of competency for the relevant qualification as specified in the training plan

or

  • 12 months after commencing Stage 1 (whichever is earlier)

Progression to Stage 3

Apprentices progress to Stage 3:

  • On attainment of 50% of the total units of competency for the relevant qualification as specified in the training plan

or

  • 12 months after commencing Stage 2 (whichever is earlier)

Progression to Stage 4

Apprentices progress to Stage 4:

  • on attainment of 75% of the total units of competency for the relevant qualification as specified in the training plan

or

  • 12 months after commencing Stage 3 (whichever is earlier)

Exit

  • Upon attainment of 100% of the units of competency for the relevant qualification as specified in the training plan.
  • On successful completion of the qualification, the parties may apply to the Commissioner for Vocational Training for completion of the apprenticeship.

Animal Care and Management - Farriery - Apprenticeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 14 January 2011
Updated 16 May 2018
Qualification
Terms of apprenticeship Full-time:
  • 48 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time: See part-time apprenticeship and traineeships

School based The term for a school based apprenticeship will be the school based component plus 36 months full-time post-school, or until the relevant competencies are achieved. The school based component will be calculated in months from the date of commencement to 31 December of the HSC year. During the school based component of the apprenticeship the school-based apprentice must undertake a minimum of 100 days of on-the-job training
Probationary period 3 months

Animal Care and Management - Animal Control and Regulation - Traineeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 14 January 2011
Updated: 16 May 2018
Qualification
Terms of traineeship Full-time:
  • 36 months or until relevant competencies are achieved
Part-time: See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships
Probationary period 3 months

Animal Care and Management - Animal Studies - Traineeships

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 14 January 2011
Updated 16 May 2018
Qualifications
Terms of traineeships Full-time:
  • ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies
    • 12 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • ACM30117 Certificate III in Animal Studies
    • 24 months or until relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time: See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

School based

ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies

The term for a school based traineeship will be calculated in months from the date of commencement to 31 December of the HSC year. During this period the school-based trainee must undertake a minimum of 100 days of on-the-job training.
Probationary period 2 months

Animal Care and Management - Animal Technology - Traineeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 14 January 2011
Updated 16 May 2018
Qualification
Terms of traineeship Full-time:
  • 24 months or until relevant competencies are achieved
Part-time: See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships
Probationary period 2 months

Animal Care and Management - Captive Animals - Traineeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 14 January 2011
Updated 16 May 2018
Qualifications
Terms of traineeships Full-time:
  • ACM30317 Certificate III in Captive Animals
    • 24 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • ACM40217 Certificate IV in Captive Animals by direct entry
    • 36 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • ACM40217 Certificate IV in Captive Animals where the trainee holds ACM30317 Certificate III in Captive Animals
    • 12 months or until relevant competencies are achieved
Part-time: See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships
Probationary periods

Where the nominal term is:

  • up to and including 24 months - 2 months
  • greater than 24 months - 3 months

Animal Care and Management - Companion Animal Services - Traineeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 14 January 2011
Updated 16 May 2018
Qualifications
Terms of traineeships Full-time:
  • ACM30417 Certificate III in Companion Animal Services
    • 24 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • ACM40317 Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services by direct entry
    • 36 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • ACM40317 Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services where the trainee holds ACM30417 Certificate III in Companion Animal Services
    • 12 months or until relevant competencies are achieved.

Part-time: See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

Probationary periods

Where the nominal term is:

  • up to and including 24 months - 2 months
  • greater than 24 months - 3 months

Animal Care and Management - Horse Breeding - Traineeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 5 March 2018
Qualification
Terms of traineeships Full-time:
  • ACM30717 Certificate III in Horse Breeding by direct entry
    • 24 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • ACM30717 Certificate III in Horse Breeding where the trainee holds the ACM20217 Certificate II in Horse Care
    • 18 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • ACM30717 Certificate III in Horse Breeding where the trainee holds the RGR20108 Certificate III in Racing (Stable hand)
    • 16 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
Part-time: See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships
Probationary period 3 months

Animal Care and Management - Pet Grooming - Traineeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 15 February 2013
Updated 16 May 2018
Qualification
Terms of traineeships Full-time:
  • ACM30617 Certificate III in Pet Grooming by direct entry
    • 24 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • ACM30617 Certificate III in Pet Grooming where the trainee holds ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies
    • 18 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time: See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

Probationary period 2 months

Animal Care and Management - Pet Styling - Traineeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 15 February 2013
Updated 16 May 2018
Qualification
Terms of traineeships Full-time:
  • ACM40617 Certificate IV in Pet Styling by direct entry
    • 36 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • ACM40617 Certificate IV in Pet Styling where the trainee holds ACM30617 Certificate III in Pet Grooming
    • 24 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time: See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

Probationary periods

Where the nominal term is:

  • up to and including 24 months - 2 months
  • greater than 24 months - 3 months

Animal Care and Management - Veterinary Nursing - Traineeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 14 January 2011
Updated 15 February 2013
Qualification
Terms of traineeships Full-time:
  • ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing by direct entry
    • 36 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing where the trainee holds ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies
    • 24 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time: See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

Probationary periods

Where the nominal term is:

  • up to and including 24 months - 2 months
  • greater than 24 months - 3 months
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