We’ll give you 12 months to complete the course. We find most students need to dedicate at least 5-10 hours per week to study. This will give you enough time to finish the required reading and complete assessment tasks. If you’re a quick study, you can also complete the course faster if you wish.
Additional fees apply if you want to extend your study time past 12 months.
This is a distance education course delivered entirely through our Online Learning Centre with printed learner’s guides sent to you at no extra cost.
As you don’t need to attend any on-campus classes, online study gives you extra flexibility to fit the course around your schedule and lifestyle.
Once the course starts, you’ll receive printed learner’s guides to take you step by step through your studies and prepare you for assessments. There’s also extra study resources available via our Online Learning Centre – you’ll submit assignments through this website, too.
Each subject contains various assessment tasks. You can expect to complete written assignments, video assessments, worksheets and placement diaries. Each subject also has learning activities to help you check your own learning. Of course, if you need help, you can contact our Animal Care Educators via phone, email, livechat or facebook.
Workplace-based assessments for practical skills are completed during your work placement.
Completing the vocational placements (work experience) is an integral feature of our courses, designed to build up your practical skills and make you work ready. You’ll be required to find you own placements, but we’ll also assist where we can, and help you with vital tools such as writing cover letters and resumes. Plan to do your placements in two-week blocks at animal shelters, boarding facilities, pet shops or other animal-related workplaces. Some students may require additional days of work experience to complete the skills component of the course. We can arrange for this at no extra charge. If you need more flexibility, you can break up your placements into smaller chunks – just as long as you complete a minimum 30 full time days over the duration of the course (e.g. 1 day per week or 6 x 1-week blocks). During your placement, you’re fully covered by the Queensland Agricultural Training College’s insurance.
Ready to learn more? After you’ve completed this course you can move on to: