Pet Care & Animal Training Project

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Case for change

Changing attitudes towards animals and their role in our lives is driving an increased demand for premium pet products and animal services. This has seen growth in areas of pet grooming, animal health care, assistance animals, and the nursing, rehabilitation and treatment of animals.

Companion Animals are being used for the assistance of a wider range of conditions causing an increased demand for companion animals. Primarily dogs are used in this field with an expansion into different types of animals. Pet grooming similarly is seeing an increase in the types of services offered for a range of animals. This is an area with a high demand for skilled workers.

Most qualifications related to animal attendants and trainers, pet grooming and styling, companion animals and captive animals have not been fully reviewed since 2010. Industry has indicated that these are no longer considered fit for purpose and need to be updated to reflect the full breadth of the sector and the changing ways animals are valued.

The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) approved this project out of the 2019-2022 Animal Care and Management IRC Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work (see pages 30-35).

Skills Impact and the Animal Care and Management Industry Reference Committee (IRC) will manage this project, consistent with the 2012 Standards for Training Package Development.

Download Project Proposal (see pages 30-35)

 

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Project Plan

Australians are recognising the importance of their pets’ wellbeing and the value animals add to their lives. This is reflected in how much people are spending on their pets, with household expenditure on pets increasing by 29% between 2013 and 2016 (Animal Medicines Australia). As pet owners look to a broader range of options to keep their pets healthy and happy, (and keeping themselves healthier and happier as a result) the market is diversifying, which in turn is causing a demand for skilled workers in areas such as pet grooming, animal health care, animal training and regulation.

Pet grooming is an expanding sector, driven by the changing perception of the place of a pet in a family. Workers in this sector are traditionally self-employed sole traders, but high demand means veterinary clinics and large pet shop chains are also starting to offer pet grooming services. The popularity of grooming services is so high that businesses like these are experiencing a shortage of skilled workers to perform the work.

There is also growing recognition of and demand for assistance, companion and therapy animals, requiring consistent skill standards for training animals and supporting their wellbeing.

Animal regulation plays a key role in promoting animal welfare in our communities, providing services to rehabilitate and rehome lost or abandoned pets.

While each of these sectors has its own focus, foundational skills are required across all sectors for managing the wellbeing of animals. Industry has indicated that current skills standards for these areas are not fit for the current industry needs, requiring a review to bring them up to date. Consultation will continue throughout this project to identify skills needs across pet grooming, companion animals, animal control, and pet care and training. In this way industry will have access to skill standards that support with the diverse ways animals are cared for and enrich people’s lives.

A project in Exhibited Animal Care & Marine Wildlife is also underway at the same time as this project and you may be interested in having input.

Project Scope

The project involves the review of four separate, but related, industry sectors covered by the ACM Animal Care and Management Training Package:

  • General Animal Studies
    • Certificates I, II and III in General Animal Studies
    • 1 existing skill set
    • 19 ACMGAS existing units
  • Companion animals
    • Certificates III and IV in Companion Animal Services
    • 17 ACMCAS existing units

  • Pet Grooming
    • Certificate III in Pet Grooming and Certificate IV in Pet Styling
    • 5 AHCGRM existing units
  • Animal Control and Regulation
    • Certificate IV in Animal Control and Regulation
    • 9 existing AHCACR units

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Relevant Occupations
  • Kennel, cattery and animal shelter workers
  • Animal care attendants
  • Pet shop workers and managers
  • Companion animal breeders
  • Companion and therapy animal trainers
  • Pet groomers and stylists
  • Local government rangers

 

Timeline

October – November 2019
Initial scoping

November 2019 – January 2020
Development of draft qualifications, skill sets and units

February 2020
Drafts available for broader consultation

June 2020
Validation of final drafts

August 2020
Finalisation of Training Package components

October 2020
IRC consideration for sign-off and submission for endorsement

This project will be submitted at the same time as the Exhibited Animal Care & Marine Wildlife Project.

Qualification and units

Below is a list of current qualifications and units proposed for revision as part of this project. In preparation for the review of these components, we invite you to provide your input on the current qualifications and units. We would like to know what changes or updates should be made to the components so that they meet the skills needs of the industry.

To provide feedback, please use our feedback form. Alternatively, you can email Tom Vassallo tvassallo@skillsimpact.com.au.

Project Team

Tom VassalloIndustry Skills Standards Manager/Specialisttvassallo@skillsimpact.com.au
Diana McNaughtonIndustry Engagement Managerdiana@skillsimpact.com.au
Sue HamiltonIndustry Skills Standard Contractor
Stakeholder Consultation Process

A list of key stakeholder organisations is being developed for this project. Skills Impact will ensure contact is made with each of these organisations during the development of this project to seek their involvement and their views on the draft qualifications and units.

If you are aware of an organisation that you think should be involved, please contact the project team to ensure they are contacted by us.

Of course, all and any interested industry participants are encouraged to engage in the consultation of this project, when the draft qualifications and units are available for feedback via this webpage and workshops that take place around Australia. Consultation is not limited to the organisations on this list. This list simply helps us to identify those organisations that, because of their industry role, size or specialty, are likely to have a key interest in the development and outcomes of this project.

Opportunities for stakeholder input

Stakeholder input is encouraged throughout the duration of this project. We invite feedback from those working in the industry, so that the qualifications and units reflect real work experience and support a skilled and flexible workforce for the future. There are several ways to contribute:

  • Provide comment on the draft materials when they are made available on this website, which is expected to be in February 2020
  • Confirm the drafts meet industry needs and by providing validation of final drafts, which is expected to occur in July 2020
  • Register your interest for project updates and consultation opportunities by following the newsletter subscription link above
  • Provide feedback at any time by contacting the project manager, Tom Vassallo on 03 9321 3526 or tvassallo@skillsimpact.com.au
Subject Matter Experts

Subject Matter Experts will be drawn on throughout this project to help review and draft the revised units, skill set and qualifications.

If you are interested in applying to be a subject matter expert and are able to volunteer your time to this project, please email details of your expertise to tvassallo@skillsimpact.com.au

Development

Australian pet owners are becoming more invested in keeping their pets happy and healthy, keeping themselves happier and healthier in turn. As a result, the market for pet products and services is expanding, with more skilled workers required in areas such as pet grooming, animal health care, animal training, assistance, companion and therapy animals, and regulation. Job roles in all these areas require foundational skills for managing the wellbeing of animals in our homes and communities. However, they also require specialised skills relevant to the different contexts in which the work takes place.

Work has commenced to review and redevelop the existing General Animal Studies, Companion Animal Services, Pet Grooming and Animal Control and Regulation qualifications and related units of competency in the ACM Animal Care and Management Training Package. During October and November 2019, Skills Impact met with Subject Matter Experts from these industry sectors from across Australia to undertake workforce functional analysis to identify the typical job roles and work functions in the industry.

Seeking Your Feedback on Proposed Changes

As a result of consultation and research in the planning stage, it has become clear that the current qualifications, especially those at a Certificate III and IV level should be redesigned to better reflect the current needs of industry. In response, a discussion paper has been created outlining proposed changes to the qualifications. Skills impact is seeking feedback from stakeholders on the proposed qualifications, skill sets, and new units of competency set out in the discussion paper. Please email your feedback to earugay@skillsimpact.com.au by 17 January 2020. For any queries, call Diana McNaughton on 03 9321 3526.

Click here to download the discussion paper

Consultation Workshops and Webinars – Registrations Open!

The revised, redesigned and new draft qualifications, skill sets and units will be made available on this webpage for public consideration and feedback from early February to early March 2020 (under the ‘Drafts Available’ menu above). Face-to-face consultation workshops will also take place, across states and territories, with webinars planned for those unable to attend in person. Registrations for these workshops are now open.

Three separate workshops will be available in each location to cater for the stakeholder groups as shown in the table below. It is possible to attend up to three workshops in each location, but registration is required for each workshop. Please register for the workshops that interest you using the links provided.

WorkshopJob rolesContent focus
1Animal regulators
  • Cert IV in Animal Management and Regulation
  • ACM Animal control and regulation units of competency
2Animal carers, retailers, and pet groomers
  • Cert I & II in Animal Care
  • Cert III in Animal Care Services
  • ACM Companion Animal Sector and General Animal Studies units of competency
3Animal Trainers and Animal-Assisted Services
  • Cert III in Animal Care Services
  • Cert IV in Animal Management and Training
  • ACM related units of competency
Face-to-face consultation workshops

Canberra – Thursday 13 February 2020

  • 9:30 – 11am – Regulators – register here
  • 11:30am – 1:30pm – Animal carers/attendants, pet shop workers & pet groomers – register here
  • 1:30 – 3:30pm – Animal trainers & assistance animals – register here

 

Hobart – Friday 14 February 2020

  • 10 – 11:30am – Regulators – register here
  • 12 – 1:45pm – Animal carers/attendants, pet shop workers & pet groomers – register here
  • 2 – 4pm – Animal trainers & assistance animals – register here

 

Melbourne – Monday 17 February 2020

  • 9:30 – 11am – Regulators – register here
  • 11:30 – 1:15pm – Animal carers/attendants, pet shop workers & pet groomers – register here
  • 1:30 – 3:30pm – Animal trainers & assistance animals – register here

 

Brisbane – Tuesday 18 February 2020

  • 10 – 11:30am – Regulators – register here
  • 12 – 1:45pm – Animal carers/attendants, pet shop workers & pet groomers – register here
  • 2 – 4pm – Animal trainers & assistance animals – register here

Sydney – Wednesday 19 February 2020

  • 10 – 11:30am– Regulators – register here
  • 12 – 1:45pm – Animal carers/attendants, pet shop workers & pet groomers – register here
  • 2 – 4pm – Animal trainers & assistance animals – register here

 

Darwin – Tuesday 25 February 2020

  • 8:30 – 10am – Regulators – register here
  • 10am – 12pm – Animal carers/attendants, pet shop workers & pet groomers – register here
  • 12 – 2pm – Animal trainers & assistance animals – register here

 

Perth – Wednesday 26 February 2020

  • 9:30 – 11am – Regulators – register here
  • 11:30 – 1:30pm – Animal carers/attendants, pet shop workers & pet groomers – register here
  • 1:30 – 3:30pm – Animal trainers & assistance animals – register here

 

Adelaide – Thursday 27 February 2020

  • 10 – 11:30am – Regulators – register here
  • 12 – 1:45pm – Animal carers/attendants, pet shop workers & pet groomers – register here
  • 2 – 4pm – Animal trainers & assistance animals – register here

Consultation webinars

Wednesday 12 February 2020 (all times are Australian Eastern Daylight Time)

  • 11am – 12 pm – Regulators – register here
  • 1 – 2pm – Animal carers/attendants, pet shop workers & pet groomers – register here
  • 2:30 – 3:30 pm – Animal trainers & assistance animals – register here


Monday 24 February 2020
(all times are Australian Central Standard Time)

  • 2 – 3pm – Regulators – register here
  • 3:30 –  4:30pm – Animal trainers & assistance animals – register here
  • 7:30 – 8:30pm – Animal carers/attendants, pet shop workers & pet groomers – register here

 

 

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Drafts Available

Australians place a great deal of value on the health and happiness of their pets and assistance animals, recognising how this can in turn benefit their own wellbeing. As the importance of pets in our homes and communities increases, the market for pet products and services is expanding. This is causing demand for more skilled workers in areas such as pet grooming, animal health care, animal training, assistance animals, companion and therapy animals, and regulation.

Job roles in all these areas require foundational skills for managing the wellbeing of animals, as well as specialised skills relevant to each sub-sector.

Qualifications, skill sets, and units in these areas have been reviewed with the help of industry experts and are available for your review and feedback. Please find these drafts listed below, divided into groups for ease of consultation.

Additional Qualification for Animal Care Facility Management

You still have time to feedback on the draft qualifications, skill sets and units. Feedback is being collected until Thursday 16 April 2020, including on a new draft Certificate IV in Animal Care Facility Management. This qualification has been developed following feedback from industry about the need for skills standards to support job roles related to the  management of animal shelters, boarding facilities and exhibited animal environments. It is proposed to replace the existing ACM40217 Certificate IV in Captive Animals and ACM40317 Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services.

Feedback is sought on the following significant changes:

  • New draft Certificate IV in Animal Care Facility Management, to replace the existing ACM40217 Certificate IV in Captive Animals and ACM40317 Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services.
  • Merging of the three existing Certificate III qualifications in the ACM Animal Care and Management Training Package into one qualification with specialisations
  • The redesign of the existing Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services as Certificate IV in Animal Behaviour and Training
  • The replacement of the Certificate IV in Pet Styling with a new skill set
  • The potential deletion or redesign of the Certificate I in General Animal Studies
  • Two new skill sets for the Animal-Assisted Services sector
  • Eight new units that describe emerging skills and knowledge, and the proposed deletion of nine existing units
  • Merging of ACMGAS206 Provide basic first aid for animals and ACMGAS305 Rescue animals and apply basic first aid into one unit
  • A suggestion to combine the two existing unit sectors, Companion Animal Sector (CAS) and General Animal Studies (GAS), into one unit sector.

You are welcome to provide feedback on as many draft documents as you would like. 

Feedback will inform the work on the final drafts which are expected to be available for industry validation in April 2020. 

Another project within Animal Care and Management is currently underway. More information about this project can be found on the Exhibited Animal Care & Marine Wildlife Project page.

How to provide feedback 

To view the documents, please click on the expandable menus below. You can submit your feedback online via our feedback hub or by email. 

 Feedback hub  

You can post comments directly on the draft units, skill sets, and qualification as well as view any comments from others. Your comments will remain anonymous. Only Skills Impact internal staff and training package contractors working directly on the project can identify users. For more information, see our Privacy Policy. The feedback hub is also moderated to avoid misuse. For further details, see our Moderation Policy.  

Please follow these steps: 

  1. Select the qualification or unit you would like to review.  
  2. You will be asked to register or login (this is a free account). Follow the prompts.  
  3. Once logged in, you will be able to post feedback directly on the document.
  4. Download user instructions 

Please contact us if you require assistance.  

Feedback via email 

Of course, there is always the option to email us your feedback if you prefer. You can attach the qualification or unit with your track changes as feedback, or to provide general comments about the drafts. There is a link at the bottom of each document group where you can download the Microsoft Word versions of the qualification and units. Please email your feedback to Tom Vassallo tvassallo@skillsimpact.com.au.

Consultation webinars

Thank you to everyone that participated in the following webinars and taking the time to provide feedback.

(all times are Australian Eastern Daylight Time)

  • 11am – 12 pm – Regulators – register here
  • 1 – 2pm – Animal carers/attendants, pet shop workers & pet groomers – register here
  • 2:30 – 3:30 pm – Animal Trainers and Animal-Assisted Services – register here


(all times are Australian Central Standard Time)

  • 2 – 3pm – Regulators – register here
  • 3:30 –  4:30pm – Animal Trainers and Animal-Assisted Services – register here
  • 7:30 – 8:30pm – Animal carers/attendants, pet shop workers & pet groomers – register here

 

Face-to-face consultation workshops

  • 9:30 – 11am – Regulators – register here
  • 11:30am – 1:30pm – Animal carers/attendants, pet shop workers & pet groomers – register here
  • 1:30 – 3:30pm – Animal Trainers and Animal-Assisted Services – register here

  • 10 – 11:30am – Regulators – register here
  • 12 – 1:45pm – Animal carers/attendants, pet shop workers & pet groomers – register here
  • 2 – 4pm – Animal Trainers and Animal-Assisted Services – register here

  • 9:30 – 11am – Regulators – register here
  • 11:30 – 1:15pm – Animal carers/attendants, pet shop workers & pet groomers – register here
  • 1:30 – 3:30pm – Animal Trainers and Animal-Assisted Services – register here

  • 10 – 11:30am – Regulators – register here
  • 12 – 1:45pm – Animal carers/attendants, pet shop workers & pet groomers – register here
  • 2 – 4pm – Animal Trainers and Animal-Assisted Services – register here

  • 10 – 11:30am– Regulators – register here
  • 12 – 1:45pm – Animal carers/attendants, pet shop workers & pet groomers – register here
  • 2 – 4pm – Animal Trainers and Animal-Assisted Services – register here

  • 8:30 – 10am – Regulators – register here
  • 10am – 12pm – Animal carers/attendants, pet shop workers & pet groomers – register here
  • 12 – 2pm – Animal Trainers and Animal-Assisted Services – register here

  • 9:30 – 11am – Regulators – register here
  • 11:30 – 1:30pm – Animal carers/attendants, pet shop workers & pet groomers – register here
  • 1:30 – 3:30pm – Animal Trainers and Animal-Assisted Services – register here

  • 10 – 11:30am – Regulators – register here
  • 12 – 1:45pm – Animal carers/attendants, pet shop workers & pet groomers – register here
  • 2 – 4pm – Animal Trainers and Animal-Assisted Services – register here

Qualifications & Skill Sets

In particular, feedback is sought on the following:

  • The merging of the three existing Certificate III qualifications (General Animal Studies, Companion Animal Services and Pet Grooming) into one qualification – Certificate III in Animal Care Services (with specialisations). This has occurred to remove the duplication across these qualifications, while maintaining the integrity of specialist skills.
  • The redesign of the existing Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services as Certificate IV in Animal Behaviour and Training. This qualification has been created in response to advice from this sector that a focussed qualification is required to develop the complex skills and knowledge required by this growing industry. It also reflects the feedback from RTOs that interest in the current qualification is solely from people wanting to develop skills in animal behaviour and training, rather than a generalist qualification.
  • The creation of two new skill sets to cater for the skills and knowledge required by practitioners in the Animal-Assisted Services sector, which currently lacks specific units.
  • The deletion of the Certificate IV in Pet Styling and replacing it with a new skill set that requires five pet grooming units to complete. This change was to ensure at least five grooming units are achieved by a person prior to calling themselves a professional pet groomer.

View documents: click here.

Prefer to feedback via email? Send your comments to Tom Vassallo tvassallo@skillsimpact.com.au

Code and TitleComment Link
Certificate IV in Animal Care Facility ManagementNew qualification, to replace the existing ACM40217 Certificate IV in Captive Animals and ACM40317 Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services.

This qualification reflects the skills and knowledge for team leaders, supervisors, and specialist technical roles within an animal care facility, including companion animal, and zoos and wildlife environments.

View draft qualification and provide feedback
ACM1XX20 Certificate I in Animal CareTitle changed

One core unit changed – ACMGAS202 Participate in workplace communications replaced with FSKOCM002 Engage in short and simple spoken exchanges at work

Elective bank comprising FSK Foundation Skills units added to provide greater guidance and to meet needs of target audience.

View draft qualification and provide feedback
ACM2XX20 Certificate II in Animal CareTitle changed

Core units reduced from 8 to 7

ACMGAS206 Provide basic first aid for animals updated and level reviewed to indicate Australian Qualification Framework 3 – unit moved to electives.

Changes to units in Elective Groups A and B

View draft qualification and provide feedback
ACM3XX20 Certificate III in Animal Care ServicesNew qualification created by the merger of three existing qualifications (Certificate III in Animal Studies, Certificate III in Companion Animal Services and Certificate III in Pet Grooming).

The new qualification allows for individuals to complete specialisations in up to two of the following:

  • Pet Grooming
  • Animal Care
  • Customer Service

The new qualification also includes several units that were listed across the existing three qualifications.

View draft qualification and provide feedback
ACM40120 Certificate IV in Animal Regulation and ManagementTitle changed

Core reduced from 7 units to 6 units – ACMWHS401 Maintain WHS processes replaced with ACMWHS301 Contribute to WHS processes to better reflect work undertaken at this level

General elective bank expanded with new and existing units

ACMACR409 Prepare and present animal control and regulation case (listed in Group A) deleted and replaced with PSPINV (investigations) and PSPREG (regulation) units to provide greater mobility and recognition of skills and knowledge.

View draft qualification and provide feedback
ACM4XX20 Certificate IV in Animal Behaviour and TrainingRedesigned qualification with a focus on animal training and behaviour, including two new units on assisted animal services. The revised and new units have been designed to reflect the complexity and problem solving of the work undertaken by this sector.

Many of the units of Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services that covered the management of animal care business, services and facilities have been removed from the redesigned qualification and are now packaged in two new skill sets:

  • Animal Facility Management Skill Set
  • Animal Breeder Skill Set
View draft qualification and provide feedback

 

Code and TitleComment Link
ACM40617 Certificate IV in Pet StylingThis qualification is proposed for deletion. It has very low enrolments and duplicates many of the outcomes of the Certificate III in Pet Grooming. Industry has advised that it is no longer required. It is being replaced with a new skill set that requires five pet grooming units to complete. This change was to ensure at least five grooming units are achieved by a person prior to calling themself a professional pet groomer.View draft qualification on training.gov.au

 

Alternatively, you can email your feedback to Tom Vassallo tvassallo@skillsimpact.com.au

View documents: click here.

Prefer to feedback via email? Send your comments to Tom Vassallo tvassallo@skillsimpact.com.au

Code and TitleComment Link
ACMSS00007 Microchip Implantation for Dogs and Cats Skill SetThis existing skill set is designed to prepare individuals with the skills and knowledge to understand, interpret and apply microchip implantation procedures on cats and dogs while exhibiting appropriate care for animals so that stress and discomfort is minimised.

This skill set component codes and titles have been updated as part of the project.

View draft skill set and provide feedback
ACMSS00016 Promote Animal Health in Remote Communities Skill SetThis existing skill set describes the skills and knowledge to work effectively in remote Aboriginal communities to provide advice and services relating to animal health and infection control, particularly community dogs.

This skill set has been updated as part of the project.

View draft skill set and provide feedback
ACMSS000X1 Advanced Dog Grooming Skill SetThis new skill set provides individuals with the skills and knowledge to groom the different coat types that occur in dog breed groups recognised by the Australian National Kennel Council and to identify companion animal coat and skin conditions.

The skill set provides credit towards the new Certificate III in Animal Care Services (Pet Grooming).

View draft skill set and provide feedback
ACMSS000X2 Cat Grooming Skill SetThis new skill set provides individuals with the skills and knowledge to handle and groom cats of different breeds and coat types.

The skill set provides credit towards the new Certificate III in Animal Care Services (Pet Grooming).

View draft skill set and provide feedback
ACMSS000X3 Animal Management Coordination in Remote Communities Skill SetThis new skill set provides individuals with the skills and knowledge to coordinate and oversee animal health and management activities in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (herein referred to as Indigenous) communities.

The skill set also provide credit towards the Certificate IV in Animal Regulation and Management.

View draft skill set and provide feedback
ACMSS0000X4 Animal-Assisted Services Skill SetThis new skill set provides individuals with the skills and knowledge to work as an animal handler providing animal-assisted services to support people with disabilities and special needs.

The skill set also provide credit towards the Certificate IV in Animal Behaviour and Training.

View draft skill set and provide feedback
ACMSS0000X5 Animal Breeder Skill SetThis new skill set provides individuals with some entry level skills to work in animal breeding. It requires four units to complete:

  • ACMNEW3X1 Assess the welfare status of an animal
  • ACMNEW3X4 Identify behaviour and interact safely with animals
  • ACMCAN311 Care for young animals
  • ACMCAS406 Manage companion animal breeding

Advice is sought on whether this new skill set will be taken up by RTOs.

View draft skill set and provide feedback
ACMSS0000X6 Animal Facility Management Skill SetThis new skill set provides individuals with some supervisory skills and knowledge required to manage an animal care service and/or facility. It requires four units to complete:

  • ACMCAS401 Advise on companion animal industry compliance and practices
  • ACMINF401 Oversee site biosecurity and infection controls working with animals
  • AHCLSK404 Implement and monitor animal welfare programs
  • ACMWHS401 Maintain workplace health and safety processes

Advice is sought on whether this new skill set will be taken up by RTOs.

View draft skill set and provide feedback

 

Units of Competency

In particular, feedback is sought on the following:

  • The development of new units across sectors to describe emerging skills and knowledge.
  • Deletion of nine existing units that industry have advised are no longer required or have outcomes covered by other units.
  • The merging of ACMGAS206 Provide basic first aid for animals and ACMGAS305 Rescue animals and apply basic first aid into one to be titled Provide basic animal first aid.
  • Feedback has been received suggesting that the existing ACM10117 Certificate I in General Animal Studies (proposed to be retitled as Certificate I in Animal Care) should be deleted as it lacks a vocational outcome. The qualification has strong enrolments and Skills Impact is seeking feedback from stakeholders on whether it should be retained and/or how it can be redeveloped.
  • It has been suggested to combine the two existing unit sectors, Companion Animal Sector (CAS) and General Animal Studies (GAS) into one unit sector as there is considerable synergy between these two sectors. Skills Impact is seeking feedback and suggestions on a new sector name for these units.

View documents:   click here.

Prefer to feedback via email? Send your comments to Tom Vassallo tvassallo@skillsimpact.com.au

Code and TitleComment Link
ACMACR3X5 Support veterinary activities in remote communitiesNew unit

Targets animal management and environmental health workers in remote communities

View draft unit and provide feedback
ACMACR401 Comply with animal control and regulation requirementsTitle changed – previously Comply with animal control and regulation requirements

Minor changes to terminology for clarity – control removed

Revised PE requirements

View draft unit and provide feedback
ACMACR402 Assess and impound animalsChanges to performance criteria – new and merged Performance Criteria

Revised Performance Evidence – increased requirements to two animals of different species

View draft unit and provide feedback
ACMACR403 Identify and respond to animal behaviourTitle changed – previously Identify and respond to animal behaviour

Significant changes to reflect workflow and focus – modified to be applicable to broader sectors

Stakeholder advice requested on these changes

View draft unit and provide feedback
ACMACR404 Manage conflict situations in an animal management and regulatory environmentTitle changed – previously Manage conflict situations in an animal control and regulation environment

Minor changes to performance criteria for clarity and consistency

Additional Knowledge Evidence points

View draft unit and provide feedback
ACMACR405 Assist with the euthanasia of animalsTitle changed – previously Assist with the Euthanasia of sick, injured or unwanted pound animals

Minor changes to Performance Criteria and Assessment Requirements for clarity and consistency

View draft unit and provide feedback
ACMACR406 Carry out animal holding facility proceduresTitle changed – previously Carry out pound procedures

Minor changes to Performance Criteria and Assessment Requirements for clarity and consistency

View draft unit and provide feedback
ACMACR407 Conduct community awareness programsMinor changes to Performance Criteria for clarity and consistency

Performance Evidence revised

View draft unit and provide feedback
ACMACR408 Coordinate seizure of animalsMinor changes and reordering of Performance Criteria for clarity and consistency

Performance Evidence revised

View draft unit and provide feedback
ACMACR4X3 Plan and monitor remote community animal management activitiesNew unit targeting individuals who coordinate animal management and veterinary activities in remote communities – see details in New Unit sectionView draft unit and provide feedback
ACMACR4X4 Develop and implement animal management initiativesNew unit

Targets individuals who plan, develop and implement project initiatives aimed at promoting community engagement and improving outcomes relating to animal management and compliance

View draft unit and provide feedback

 

View documents:   click here.

Prefer to feedback via email? Send your comments to Tom Vassallo tvassallo@skillsimpact.com.au

Code and TitleKey changes  Link
ACMCAS302 Provide advice on companion animal selection and general careMinor changes throughout unit

Element 5 modified to include sales of services as well as products and animals

Stakeholder advice requested: Could ACMCAS302 and 303 be merged – they are very similar?

View draft unit and provide feedback
ACMCAS303 Provide advice on selection and care of aquatic animalsMinor changes throughout unit for clarity and consistency

Element 5 modified to include sales of services as well as products and animals.

Stakeholder advice requested:  Could ACMCAS302 and 303 be merged – they are very similar?

View draft unit and provide feedback
ACMCAS305 Maintain aquascapes and aquatic animalsMinor changes to performance criteria for clarityView draft unit and provide feedback
ACMCAS401 Advise on companion animal industry compliance and practiceTitle changed to reflect changes made to unit – previously Manage compliance in the companion animal industry

Elements, Performance Criteria and Assessment Requirements reworked significantly to ensure it is applicable to a range of companion animal sectors and workplaces

View draft unit and provide feedback
ACMCAS402 Manage and maintain aviaries and bird roomsMinor changes to Performance Criteria for clarityView draft unit and provide feedback
ACMCAS403 Design, construct and maintain aquascapesMinor edits to Performance Criteria and Assessment Requirements for clarity and consistency – reworded element 4View draft unit and provide feedback
ACMCAS404 Develop enrichment strategies for animalsTitle changed – previously Develop enrichment strategies for companion animals

Changes to ensure unit is applicable to all animals – not only companion animals

Minor changes to Performance Criteria and Performance Evidence

View draft unit and provide feedback
ACMCAS406 Manage companion animal breeding Minor changes to unitView draft unit and provide feedback
ACMCAS409 Provide individual advice animal behaviour management and trainingTitle changed to clarify intent of unit – previously Provide training advice to companion animal owners

Significant changes throughout unit to clarify focus and differentiate from ACMCAS410 – Element 5 deleted

Performance Evidence revised

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ACMCAS410 Conduct group dog training classesTitle changed to clarify intent of unit, which is group dog training classes – previously Conduct companion animal training classes

Significant rewording of Performance Criteria in elements 1-5 to clarify intent of unit and differences to ACMCAS409

Performance Evidence revised to meet industry expectations about dog training

Stakeholder advice requested: Should this unit be dog specific? Note it has changed from companion animal to dog training to be more focussed. Would a general unit be used with other species eg horses?

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Unit code and Title Key changesLink
ACMGAS101 Explore job opportunities in animal care and related industriesTitle changed from Investigate to Explore to better reflect Australian Qualification Framework requirements

Minor edits throughout unit for consistency and clarity

Performance Evidence requirements revised

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ACMGAS102 Catch and handle a range of quiet animalsTerminology changes – treatments and inspections replaced with care routine or activity to be applicable to broader number of facilities/servicesView draft unit and provide feedback
ACMGAS103 Assist in the care of animalsMinor edits throughout unit for consistency and clarityView draft unit and provide feedback
ACMGAS201 Work in the animal care industryNew element 2 added to address content re: identifying various species of animals and their characteristics

Assessment Requirements revised

Performance Evidence – changes to volume/frequency requirements revised

Knowledge Evidence – some points deleted as not applicable to all workplaces

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ACMGAS202 Participate in workplace communicationsNew Performance Criteria 4.7 added to address responding to feedback

Minor changes for consistency and clarity

Stakeholder advice requested: Should this unit be replaced with BSBCMM201 Communicate in the workplace – for improved portability of units?

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ACMGAS203 Complete animal care hygiene routinesMinor changes to terminology in Performance Criteria for clarity – ie grooming has different meaning to each sector

Some Performance Criteria merged (element 2) and reordered and deleted (element 4)

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ACMGAS204 Feed and water animalsMinor changes to assessment requirements (Performance Evidence & Knowledge Evidence)View draft unit and provide feedback
ACMGAS205 Assist in health care of animalsChanges to terminology to ensure unit is applicable to all sectors ie cage/enclosure; capture/restrain/secure (Element 2)

New Performance Criteria 4.4 on basic first aid added as ACMGAS206 is to be merged with ACMGAS305 at higher level

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ACMGAS207 Provide reception services for an animal care facilityChanges to Performance Criteria and element 2 for clarity

Performance Evidence revised to address volume/frequency related to tasks rather than specifying a number of hours or days to work in reception – feedback sought on change

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ACMGAS208 Source information for animal care needsMinor changes to Performance Criteria in element 1View draft unit and provide feedback
ACMGAS209 Provide information on companion animals, products and servicesMinor edits for clarity and consistency to Performance Criteria and Performance EvidenceView draft unit and provide feedback
ACMGAS210 Prepare for and conduct a tour or presentationMinor edits for consistency across the units. Some duplication with ACMCAN302 Prepare and present information to the public

Stakeholder advice requested:

  1. Should this unit be recoded to Australian Qualification Framework 3?
  2. Element 3 – would all tours include animal involvement? Should this element be modified?
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ACMGAS301 Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeingMinor edits for clarity and consistency to Performance CriteriaView draft unit and provide feedback
ACMGAS302 Provide enrichment for animalsChanges to terminology to reflect contemporary language relating to behaviour and training eg mental/emotional states, maladaptive/ undesirable behaviour

Performance Evidence revised in line with change in terminology

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ACMGAS303 Plan for and provide nutritional requirements for animalsTitle changed – previously Plan for and provide nutritional requirements for animals

Element 2 revised – feedback indicated that the unit was too high for Cert III as most people at this level would not be planning diets for animals.

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ACMGAS304 Carry ouREvised GAS units at level 1 and 2 in Wordt simple breeding proceduresMinor changes for consistency

Revised Performance Evidence – reduced volume/frequency from 4 to 2 animals as breeding some species may be more difficult, time-consuming and difficult to access

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ACMGAS305 Provide basic animal first aidTitle changed – previously Rescue animals and apply basic first aid

Redesigned unit that incorporates the outcomes of ACMGAS206 Provide basic first aid and ACMGAS305 Rescue animals and apply basic first aid

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ACMGAS306 Assist with conditioning animalsMinor changes to Performance Criteria and Assessment Requirements for clarity and consistency

Revised Assessment Requirements – Performance Evidence and additional points in Knowledge Evidence

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Code and TitleComments Link
ACMNEW3X1 Assess the welfare status of an animalCovers assessing the welfare status of an animal using an industry recognised animal welfare assessment framework or model and tool. Refer to Exhibited Animals & Marine Wildlife Project for further details.This unit is also being reviewed as part of the Exhibited Animal Care & Marine Wildlife Project. A final draft of this unit will be available for validation in  April. Stakeholders that are subscribed to receive news alerts for the animal care and management industry will be contacted when the final draft is released. Subscribe here.
ACMNEW3X2 Promote positive wellbeing in animal care industriesCovers managing personal wellbeing and psychological health and safety in workplaces involving animals. It includes identifying the hazards and challenges of the work, developing a proactive self-care action plan and contributing to positive support strategies. Refer to Exhibited Animals & Marine Wildlife Project for further details.This unit is also being reviewed as part of the Exhibited Animal Care & Marine Wildlife Project. A final draft of this unit will be available for validation in  April. Stakeholders that are subscribed to receive news alerts for the animal care and management industry will be contacted when the final draft is released. Subscribe here.
ACMNEW3X3 Walk and exercise dogsCovers managing walking and exercise activities for individual and groups of dogs.View draft unit and provide feedback
ACMNEW3X4 Identify behaviours and interact safely with animalsCovers identifying and interpreting behaviour and safely handling, interacting and responding to animals in a range of animal care facilities and environments. It can be applied to a range of animal species.View draft unit and provide feedback
ACMNEW4X1 Conduct animal behavioural suitability assessmentsCovers assessing animal behaviour for suitability for a range of purposes, which may include adoption/rehoming or for specific purposes or activities. It typically applies dogs and cats but may be applied to other species.View draft unit and provide feedback
ACMNEW4X2 Apply animal learning theory and training methodologyCovers reviewing, evaluating and selecting animal training methodologies and techniques to achieve stated objectives within welfare, workplace and safety requirements. It involves in-depth knowledge of animal behaviour, species-specific learning theory and the application of scientifically validated, ethical training methodologies and techniques.View draft unit and provide feedback
ACMNEW4X5 Work in animal-assisted services sectorCovers working as an animal handler and team member with an animal-assisted service provider. It involves organising animal care, access to facilities and interactions with people. Services may involve working with individual participants (clients, students, patients), professional educators and/or health care practitioners supporting people with a range of disabilities or special needs.View draft unit and provide feedback
ACMNEW4X6 Apply disability awareness to animal-assisted servicesCovers working in the animal-assisted services sector. It includes a broad knowledge of a range of disabilities and special needs, types of animal-assisted services to support those needs and relevant legislative and industry requirements.View draft unit and provide feedback
ACMNEW5X1 Manage complex animal behaviourCovers interpreting and assessing animal behaviour and working with veterinary behaviour consultants and veterinarians to develop programs to address complex animal behaviour issues.View draft unit and provide feedback

 

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Code and TitleComments Link
ACMGRM2X1 Bathe, dry and brush domestic dogsNew Unit

Covers bathing/washing, drying and brushing domestic dogs with different coat types

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ACMGRM301 Perform dog grooms on different coat typesPrerequisites removed – delivery advice for sequencing units to be provided in Companion Volume Implementation GuideView draft unit and provide feedback
ACMGRM302 Perform grooms on cross breed dogsTitle changed – previously Perform grooms on cross breed dogs

Prerequisites removed – delivery advice to be included in Companion Volume Implementation Guide

Changed order of PCs for clarification and to better reflect flow of work

Assessment requirements revised

Performance Evidence – clarification of industry expectations and more detail about coat types and equipment to be assessed

Knowledge Evidence – additional points – grooming equipment and personal protective equipment

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ACMGRM3X5 Provide sanitary and hygiene

grooms for companion animals

Title and code sector changed – previously ACMCAS306 Provide grooming services for companion animal comfort

Prerequisites removed – delivery advice to be included in Companion Volume Implementation Guide

Minor edits to most Performance Criteria for clarity and consistency

Assessment requirements revised

Performance Evidence – clarification of industry expectations and more detail about types of grooms and equipment

Knowledge Evidence – additional points

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ACMGRM405 Groom cats of different breeds and coat typesTitle and code sector changed – previously Carry out styling on cats of different breeds and coat types

Prerequisites removed – delivery advice to be included in the Companion Volume Implementation Guide

Minor edits to many PCs for clarity, consistency and plain English

Assessment requirements revised

Performance Evidence – clarification of industry expectations and more detail about types of grooms and equipment

Knowledge Evidence – additional points

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ACMGRM406 Carry out breed standard styling on dog breed groupsPrerequisites removed – delivery advice to be included in ACM CVIG

Minor edits to many Performance Criteria for clarity, consistency and plain English

Assessment Requirements revised

Performance Evidence – clarification of industry expectations and more detail about types of grooms and equipment

Knowledge Evidence – additional points

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ACMGRM4X1 Enhance companion animal coat and skin conditionNew Unit

Covers identifying and evaluating the condition of companion animal coat and skin and providing appropriate products and services in consultation with clients/carers.

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Code Comments Link
ACMACR409 Prepare and present animal control and regulation caseThis unit is proposed for deletion. Industry has advised that this unit is to general for its requirements and that the skills and knowledge are covered in other units added to the qualification (coded PSPINV and PSPREG) are better suited to their needs. The use of imported units assists individuals with the portability of skills and knowledge for individuals undertaking similar work within government and other compliance sectors.View unit on training.gov.au
ACMCAS301 Work effectively in the companion animal industryThis unit is proposed for deletion. Industry has advised the outcomes of this unit are included in other existing units and that this unit is not required.View unit on training.gov.au
ACMCAS304 Capture, handle and transport companion animalsThis unit is proposed for deletion as much of the content is covered in the new unit ACMNEW3X4 Identify behaviours and interact safely with animals.View unit on training.gov.au
ACMCAS307 Provide companion animal hydro bathing servicesThis unit is proposed for deletion as it covers one type of bathing technique only. It will be replaced byACMGRM2X1 Bathe, dry and brush domestic dogs.View unit on training.gov.au
ACMCAS405 Purchase companion animal livestockThis unit is proposed for deletion due to low enrolments and advice from industry that it is not needed.View unit on training.gov.au
ACMCAS408 Manage the operation of a mobile hydro-bathing facilityThis unit is proposed for deletion as it does not cover the full range of services and does not meet industry requirements. There have been very low enrolments.View unit on training.gov.au
ACMCAS407 Provide professional companion animal grooming servicesThis unit is not required by the grooming industry. The unit content is covered in other ACMGRM units. Pet groomers need to undertake several of the ACMGRM units to develop the required skills and knowledge – not one general unit.View unit on training.gov.au
ACMGAS206 Provide basic animal first aidThe content of ACMGAS206 Provide basic first aid for animals and ACMGAS305 Rescue animals and apply basic first aid is very similar. The units have been merged to address duplication and concerns relating to ACMGAS206 being too high a level for Australian Qualification Framework 2 coded unit. The revised unit is aligned to Australian Qualification Framework 3.View unit on training.gov.au
ACMGRM404 Provide creative styling forIndustry has advised that this unit is not required. The grooming techniques required for creative styling/grooming are covered in other existing units that are being revised as part of this project.View unit on training.gov.au

 

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Consultation to date

These draft components have been created with advice from more than 30 Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) from relevant industry sectors across Australia. Workforce Functional Analysis workshops were held with the SMEs during October and November 2019 to identify the current job roles and work functions required by industry.

As a result of industry consultation and research it became clear that the current qualifications, especially those at a Certificate III and IV level should be redesigned to better reflect the current needs of industry and reduce significant duplication. In response, a discussion paper was published on this website in December 2020 outlining proposed changes to the qualifications and proposing new skill sets and units. Skills Impact would like to thank the people that submitted feedback on the proposals set out in the discussion paper.

 

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