Foster or Volunteer? You’re the best. This one is for you.



Elevate your skills and understanding of animal care in shelters and rescues with our Certificate in Shelter Care & Rescue. This course has been especially designed for individuals who work or volunteer in animal shelters, engage in animal fostering, or are involved in raising kittens, whether in a rescue environment or through private breeding.

Throughout this certificate program, you will delve into critical areas such as Infection Control to ensure healthy environments, Animal Welfare to advocate for the best practices in care, and Enrichment for Animals to improve their quality of life. Additionally, the course covers the Care of Animals and Raising Kittens, providing you with the knowledge to nurture young animals effectively. Behaviour Foundations offers insights into animal behavior, essential for managing and rehabilitating shelter animals. Finally, Self Care & Wellbeing ensures that you are also looking after your own mental and emotional health while performing this important work.

This certificate is ideal for anyone committed to the welfare of animals in shelters or rescues, offering the tools and knowledge needed to enhance both the lives of animals and the people who care for them. Enrol now to become a more effective advocate and caretaker for animals in need.

This non-accredited qualification, designed by the experts at ACAC, exceeds established industry standards for animal care related educational courses.

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  • Delivered through our intuitive online ‘Learning Centre’ along with printed learner’s guides, this course is designed to seamlessly integrate into your school, life, and work schedule.
  • The flexibility of this course allows you to study wherever you are, no need to attend campus.

What Will I Study in the

Certificate in Shelter Care & Rescue

Enrichment for Animals
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This subject focuses on the crucial role of enrichment in enhancing the behavior and well-being of animals. It starts with an introduction to behavioral and environmental enrichment, exploring how these factors positively influence animal behavior. You will learn to identify and understand the roots of common maladaptive behaviours and discover effective strategies for their mitigation.

The subject emphasises the development of comprehensive enrichment programs tailored to meet the specific needs of different animals, aimed at boosting their physical and psychological health.

By the end of this subject, you will be equipped with the necessary tools and knowledge to significantly improve the quality of life for the animals in your care, making it an invaluable resource for anyone involved in animal management and welfare.

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Explore the fundamental aspects of animal husbandry with this detailed subject that covers all you need to know about caring for animals effectively. Begin with an introduction to the core principles of animal care, tailored to meet the diverse needs of various species. Gain insights into selecting suitable housing and learn techniques for managing daily animal care responsibilities.

This subject emphasises the importance of maintaining rigorous standards of hygiene for both the workplace and the animals themselves, including grooming and cleanliness practices. You will also explore essential nutritional and hydration requirements necessary for animal health.

This subject is crafted to provide you with the essential knowledge and skills needed to ensure the health and well-being of animals across a range of care settings, preparing you to handle animal care responsibilities with confidence and competence.

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This subject delves into the critical components of animal welfare, providing a deep understanding of the laws, social aspects, and ethical considerations that define the field. Begin with an exploration of animal welfare legislation and the societal influences on welfare practices.

Learn about industry-specific welfare concerns and the ethical frameworks that guide decision-making. Study comprehensive welfare models such as the Five Freedoms, Five Domains, and Quality of Life, which provide structured approaches to assessing and enhancing animal welfare.

Additionally, this subject introduces industry-specific assessment tools to evaluate the welfare standards in various animal care settings, ensuring you are well-prepared to advocate for and contribute to the wellbeing of animals.

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Master the fundamentals of infection prevention and control in animal care environments with this essential subject. Starting with an introduction to basic microbiology, you’ll gain a clear understanding of how diseases are transmitted among animals. Learn to apply standard precautions effectively, including hand hygiene, waste disposal, and the use of specific cleaning chemicals to maintain a clean and safe environment.

The course details the critical aspects of maintaining workplace and equipment hygiene, ensuring food safety, and managing isolation areas to prevent the spread of infections. It further explores the vital role of vaccinations in controlling infectious diseases. 

Topics covered include designing and implementing specific infection control recommendations, which are crucial for maintaining the health and safety of both animals and humans in care facilities. This course provides the tools and knowledge needed to establish and uphold high standards of infection control in any animal care setting.

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Explore the comprehensive care and development stages of kittens in this detailed subject, essential for anyone involved in raising young felines. Begin with an understanding of the basic biology and behavioral traits of the feline species. Dive into the reproductive aspects, covering pregnancy and parturition, and learn how to support a mother cat and her newborns effectively.

The course is structured around the critical life stages of kittens: the Neonatal Period, focusing on care from birth to two weeks; the Transitional Period from two to four weeks; the Socialization Period from four to eight weeks critical for behavioral development; the Juvenile Period from eight weeks to six months when kittens grow rapidly; and the Adolescent Period up to twelve months, where they mature into young adults.

Topics also include practical skills such as maintaining proper hygiene, understanding feline body language to better interpret their needs, and essential healthcare. You’ll learn effective techniques for handling and restraint that minimise stress for the kittens. Finally, the subject covers best practices for finding new homes for kittens, ensuring they transition smoothly into their forever environments.

By the end of this subject, participants will be proficient in providing comprehensive care tailored to the developmental needs of kittens, facilitating their growth into healthy and well-adjusted cats.

This subject offers a comprehensive exploration of how animals learn and behave, equipping you with the knowledge to address and modify behavioral issues effectively. Start by understanding the fundamental principles of animal learning processes, which lay the groundwork for all behavior modification efforts. Delve into conducting behavioral consults, which are essential for assessing individual animals and tailoring intervention strategies.

Learn about the importance of socialization in preventing behavioral problems and providing preventative training advice to pet owners. Differentiate between normal and abnormal behaviors, gaining insight into what is expected versus what may indicate a problem needing intervention. This course also covers a range of behavior modification techniques that can be applied to various situations, including managing common behavioral issues like aggression, anxiety, and phobias in companion animals.

By the end of this subject, you will be equipped with the skills to implement effective behavior modification strategies, improving the welfare and quality of life for animals and their human companions.

This subject is designed to address the critical aspect of self-care and wellbeing for those working in the animal care industry. It emphasises the importance of maintaining personal health and ethical considerations within the workplace. You will explore emotional intelligence and resilience, understanding how these skills can help manage the mental health challenges commonly faced in animal care settings.

The subject also discusses the emotional toll when working directly with animals, particularly in distressing situations, and the unique challenges posed by interactions with clients or colleagues. Learn effective strategies for handling personal responses to challenging circumstances and developing a robust self-care routine.

By the end of this subject, you will be equipped to create a personalised action plan that ensures your wellbeing while fulfilling your professional responsibilities in animal care.

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Don’t live in Australia? That’s no barrier to studying with us. We’re more than happy to have you as a student, and we don’t charge huge international student fees either. Before enrolling with us, we’d like you to be fully informed. Please read the Overseas Student Information by clicking the button below.

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Additional Information on the

Certificate in Shelter Care & Rescue

We’d love to have you on the course!

To be eligible to enrol in this course, you must:

  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Ability to use and access the internet and a computer – this is an online course!

Ideally you will also have access to shelters or rescue organisations as a volunteer or employee, large or small. This will help you cement your learning.

Enrolling could not be easier!

  1. Click on the ‘Enrol Now’ button below.
  2. Enter in all your details, provide payment and press submit.
  3. Wait for our team to confirm your enrolment and email you access details.

Once we have confirmed your payment and enrolment (within a few days), you will receive an email containing your online access details. You can get started straight away! Your printed learner’s guides will be sent out within days.

Important notes on Payment Plans:

  1. Instalments are only available to Australian residents. Overseas based students must pay in full.
  2. If you fly through the course and finish early, you must pay for your course in full before a certificate is issued.
  3. If you decide the course is not for you and want to withdraw, you must still pay for the course cost in full. If you have issues with the course, we urge you to talk to us before withdrawing – we have many solutions!
  4. Your instalment payments will start 30 days after your enrolment is activated and then will be every month until paid in full. Payments are by direct debit from a credit card or Australia bank account only.
  5. It’s important to contact us if you are struggling with your payments – if you fall behind by 14 days or more without making alternative arrangements, you may be withdrawn from the course.

Prices current from 11th May 2024. All prices include resource fees, tuition costs, and administration fees. Additional fees may apply if you do not pass an assignment after two attempts, you need to re-enrol in a subject for any reason, or you need longer than 6 months to complete the course.

Start anytime it suits you!

We will process your enrolment promptly and send out your resources. No waiting for intakes to start, you can just get studying.

How is this different to Accredited Training?

Nationally Recognised Training (NRT), also known as accredited training, adheres to a specific training package that outlines the requisite skills and knowledge a student must demonstrate to earn a qualification. Each training provider creates their own course content and assessments to meet these standards.

Non-accredited training, on the other hand, is not bound by these predefined packages. Education providers are free to tailor the syllabus to address the unique needs of their students, crafting course content and assessments specifically suited to these requirements.

It is important to note that the distinction between accredited and non-accredited training does not reflect the quality of a course. It simply indicates whether the course follows a standardized training package. At our institution, all courses—whether accredited or not—are designed to surpass industry expectations in terms of the depth of knowledge provided.

This course does not include practical placement requirements. All assessment tasks can be done from home.

This distance education course is delivered through our Online Learning Centre, complemented by printed learner’s guides sent directly to you at no additional cost. The online format provides the flexibility to study around your own schedule and lifestyle without the need for on-campus attendance.

Upon course commencement, you will receive printed learner’s guides that provide a structured, step-by-step approach to your studies and prepare you for assessments. Additionally, our Online Learning Centre offers a wealth of extra study resources. You will also use this portal to submit your assignments.

The assessment for each subject involves a variety of tasks designed to evaluate your understanding and application of the material. These may include written assignments, online quizzes, and practical assessments, which can be completed at home through video recordings or live via Zoom.

This course is designed to be completed within 12 months. 

Typically, students should plan to dedicate at least 5-10 hours per week to their studies. This ensures sufficient time for completing required readings and assessment tasks. However, if you are able to progress more quickly, you have the option to finish the course sooner.

Please note, additional fees will be incurred if you wish to extend your study period beyond the initial 12 months.

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