What is this course all about?

Can you talk to the animals? Do you find it hard to resist a puppy or a kitten? This qualification goes into depth about animal behaviour, breeding, and genetics, nutrition, anatomy and physiology of animals. Learn how to choose the right pet, animal handling and transportation, breeding and more.

Australians love their animals and many diverse career opportunities exist in areas involved with their care. For people who would like to work in this rewarding field, the Certificate III in Companion Animal Services could be a great place to start.

Polytechnic West is the only TAFE College in the State that offers training in animal studies. Training facilities include a fully equipped operating veterinary clinic and surgery on Bentley Campus where you can gain hands on experience dealing with animals and customers. The clinic is open for business three times a week and is staffed by a visiting practising vet. Vet nursing students assist in handling and caring for animals during these consultation sessions for hands-on experience.

What are the course outcomes & career opportunities?

Graduates can continue their academic studies in one of the following specialist fields:

Certificate II in Racing (Stablehand) – No S260
Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing – No S445

Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services

Successful completion of this qualification provides you with the opportunity to become an operator in a companion animal service organisation such as pet shops, kennels, catteries and welfare agencies.

Where can I study this course?

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Polytechnic West’s Bentley campus is right across the road from Curtin University and next to Technology Park. Just 10 minutes from the Perth CBD, we’re part of one of the largest educational and technology precinct in Western Australia and is renowned for its pleasant gardens and friendly ambience.
Bentley Campus
What is the study commitment?
Full time, Part time, External study available
What is the course duration?
Two semesters full-time.
What sort of course is it?
Award - Study full-time and/or part-time to gain a qualification
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What do I learn?
Certificate III in Companion Animal Services PSC - Full-time as at 08/08/11
Certificate III in Companion Animal Services PSC - International Students as at 08/08/11
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What are the entrance requirements?

Year 12 skill levels conversion table
Tafe equivalent •• ••• ••••
Applicable Mathematics D D D D
Calculus D D D D
Foundations of Mathematics D D D C
Modelling with Mathematics C B A  
English Literature D D C B
English as a second language D D C B
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Well Developed
Highly Developed
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How much does this course cost?

Students from overseas, please check http://www.polytechnic.wa.edu.au/international for the course costs. 

For Australian citizens (and / or permanent residents) residing in Western Australia: 

Polytechnic West’s estimated fees for 2015 are now available at the following link: http://www.polytechnic.wa.edu.au/pwa/future-students-1/fees-charges/

Students in Diploma and above qualifications may be assisted through having access to a loan under the Commonwealth Government's VET FEE-HELP scheme, if they are a Citizen of Australia (OR on a Permanent Humanitarian Visa and resident in Australia for the duration of the course).

Concessions will continue to be available for eligible courses at certificate levels I through to IV. Eligible students include holders of either a health care or pensioner concession card, recipients of AUSTUDY, ABSTUDY, or Youth Allowance, and young people aged 15 to 17 years.

        (http://s3.amazonaws.com/pwafiles/Web+Uploads/Dates+handout+slip.pdf) Full-time enrolments are still available for for some courses for semester 1, 2015, contact 9267 7500 for assistance.

Flexible, Online and External courses usually have ongoing enrolments contact (08) 9267 7500 for for assistance.

The best way to apply for entry to a full-time course for next semester is to apply online at :


This method of application will check for common errors in your application.

or alternatively you may complete an Application Form which is available at any public college or the Career Development Centre.

If you miss the dates, are unsure of meeting the entry requirements, or are in financial difficulty, contact (08) 9267 7500 for advice on options. 


You do not have to pay an application fee.
Changes of preference are free of charge.



September 01, 2014     Applications available to study full-time in first semester of 2014.

November 03, 2014     Final closing date for courses requiring a folio to be submitted.  No applications for these courses are accepted after this date.

December 05, 2014     Final closing date for late applications to be considered in the first round of offers.

January 02, 2015     Closing date for applications to be considered in the second round of offers.

January 05, 2015     First round offer letters issued.

January 15, 2015     Second round offer letters issued.

(Not all qualifications are offered in the second semester)

May 04, 2015      Applications available to study full-time commencing mid-year in 2015.

June 5, 2015      Applications for courses requiring a folio close.

June 08, 2015      All other applications to study full-time commencing mid-year close.

June 24, 2015     Mid-year offer letters posted out.

Application Forms and supporting documents [copies of school reports, other qualifications and evidence of work experience] can be lodged at any public college campus or mailed to the Training Admissions Centre address on the back of the Application Form.

First semester runs from February to June (approx); second semester runs from July to December (approx).

Students wanting to enrol in bridging/access programs apply directly to the Polytechnic, not Training Admissions.

Training Admissions contacts successful applicants by letter with details of enrolment dates.

If this course is also offered as an Apprenticeship or Traineeship, please note the normal full-time admissions process does not apply to Apprenticeships or Traineeships.  To study as an apprentice / trainee, you must first obtain an apprenticeship / Traineeship with an employer in the Trade. Once you are employed as an apprentice, you can commence your Trade studies with Polytechnic West.


Course Info: (08) 9267 7500
General Enquiries: (08) 9267 7777

PO Box 1336
Midland WA 6936

Email: info.centre@polytechnic.wa.edu.au