ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

via RPL FastTrack

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Are you an experienced Vet Nurse without a formal qualification?

If you’ve been working at the same level as a qualified Vet Nurse in a practice for several years, our Veterinary Nursing RPL FastTrack program is designed to recognise your prior learning and skills to give you the formal qualifications you deserve.

This method of certification will suit you if:

  • You have relevant veterinary nursing knowledge, including anatomy & physiology, terminology, anaesthesia, pharmacology, surgical and medical nursing knowledge
  • You have good veterinary nursing skills across all areas of the profession
  • You’ve been working at least three years at the same level as a qualified nurse (i.e. You have 4 or 5 years worth of experience in total)
  • You’ve been undertaking a variety of continuing education seminars and courses regularly
  • You qualified overseas and your qualifications can be partially or completely mapped to our Cert IV
  • You have other relevant work experience
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Ready to get the recognition you deserve?

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

  • Provide evidence of your work in a veterinary practice as a Veterinary Nurse at ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing level (i.e. not as a kennel hand or ward assistant, trainee Vet Nurse etc.) for a minimum of 3 years full time, or the part time equivalent. Evidence must be provided.

    We recommend at least 5 years of nursing experience prior to undertaking RPL.


Veterinary Nursing RPL FastTrack allows you to demonstrate your existing knowledge and skills. You’ll be required to provide evidence to show your current competencies and skills. If you’d like to learn more about being a Veterinary Nurse, then we’d suggest combining the Veterinary Nursing RPL FastTrack with full study subjects. It is extremely important to realise that the RPL process is not a study course. It is only a method of assessing your existing skills and knowledge, not adding to them.

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ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing via RPL FastTrack

For this qualification to be awarded, you must complete 23 units of competency. Nineteen of these are core units, and the remaining four are electives.

The core units you are required to RPL are:

  • ACMGAS202A Participate in workplace communications
  • ACMGAS205A Assist in the health care of animals
  • ACMVET202A Carry Out Daily Clinic routines
  • ACMVET201A Carry out veterinary nursing reception duties
  • ACMVET203A Assist with surgery preparation
  • ACMGAS204A Feed & Water Animals
  • ACMGAS208A Source information for animal care needs
  • ACMWHS301A Contribute to work health and safety processes
  • ACMINF031A Comply with infection control policies & procedures in animal work
  • ACMVET401A Coordinate patient admission and discharge
  • ACMVET402A Apply imaging routines
  • ACMVET403A Perform clinic pathology procedures
  • ACMVET404A Perform clinic office procedures
  • ACMVET405A Carry out surgical nursing routines
  • ACMVET406A Nurse animals
  • ACMVET407A Carry out medical nursing routines
  • ACMVET408A Coordinate and perform theatre routines
  • ACMVET409A Provide specific animal care advice
  • ACMVET410A Carry out veterinary dental nursing procedures

Your four electives will be discussed with you prior to enrolment as you may have credits from other qualifications we can use here, reducing workload and cost.

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Enrolling is very simple!

  1. Click on the ‘Apply Now’ button below.
  2. Fill out the application form and attach evidence of your employment.
  3. Check your email account for the enrolment package, emailed once we accept you onto the program. This may take a few days, but if you haven’t heard back from us within a week, contact us!
  4. Fill out the enrolment and payment forms, and post or email it back in to us.

Once your enrolment and payment has been processed, you will receive an email from us with all the information you need to access the Learning Centre and begin the RPL process.

If you’ve been working at the same level as a qualified Vet Nurse in a practice for several years, our Veterinary Nursing RPL FastTrack program is designed to recognise your prior learning and skills to give you the formal qualifications you deserve.

This method of certification will suit you if:

  • You have relevant veterinary nursing knowledge, including anatomy & physiology, terminology, anaesthesia, pharmacology, surgical and medical nursing knowledge
  • You have good veterinary nursing skills across all areas of the profession
  • You’ve been working at least three years at the same level as a qualified nurse (i.e. You have 4 or 5 years worth of experience in total)
  • You’ve been undertaking a variety of continuing education seminars and courses regularly
  • You qualified overseas and your qualifications can be partially or completely mapped to our Cert IV
  • You have other relevant work experience
apply now

Ready to get the recognition you deserve?

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

  • Have successfully completed Year 10, or equivalent, although completion of Year 12 is highly recommended.
  • Provide evidence of your work in a veterinary practice as a Veterinary Nurse at ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing level (i.e. not as a kennel hand or ward assistant, trainee Vet Nurse etc.) for a minimum of 3 years full time, or the part time equivalent. Evidence must be provided. We recommend at least 5 years of nursing experience prior to undertaking RPL.

Veterinary Nursing RPL FastTrack allows you to demonstrate your existing knowledge and skills. You’ll be required to provide evidence to show your current competencies and skills. If you’d like to learn more about being a Veterinary Nurse, then we’d suggest combining the Veterinary Nursing RPL FastTrack with full study subjects. It is extremely important to realise that the RPL process is not a study course. It is only a method of assessing your existing skills and knowledge, not adding to them.

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ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing via RPL FastTrack

For this qualification to be awarded, you must complete 23 units of competency. Nineteen of these are core units, and the remaining four are electives.

The core units you are required to RPL are:

  • ACMCAS410A Conduct companion animal training classes
  • ACMCAS304A Capture, handle and transport companion animal
  • ACMGAS301A Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing
  • ACMGAS303A Plan for and provide nutritional requirements for animals

Other electives can be discussed with us, and you may have credits from other qualifications we can use here, reducing workload and cost.

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Enrolling is very simple!

  1. Click on the ‘Enrol Now’ button below.
  2. Fill out the application form and attach evidence of your employment.
  3. Check your email account for the enrolment package, emailed once we accept you onto the course. This may take a few days, but if you haven’t heard back from us within a week, contact us!
  4. Fill out the enrolment and payment forms, and post or email it back in to us.

Once your enrolment and payment has been processed, you will receive an email from us with all the information you need to access the Learning Centre, then your folders will arrive by overnight courier.

Frequently asked questions

How is the course delivered?

The RPL FastTrack is delivered entirely by distance education using our online ‘Learning Centre’. Once we grant you access, all the necessary information to complete the FastTrack is available in the Learning Centre for you to download.

Each RPL area requires certain evidence to be supplied:

  • Expect to complete written case studies and short answer questions.
  • Workplace-based assessments for practical skills will be completed at the clinic in which you work via video assessments. Don’t stress, we will provide you with full details of what to include.
  • Additional evidence will also need to be supplied, such as copies of Anaesthetic records, hospital charts etc that you have completed and Third Party Reports from the vets and nurses you work with.
  • If you have other evidence that you feel satisfies the requirements of the unit (other course certificates etc), you may submit this instead of what we ask. Just be aware, that if it is insufficient or we deem it does not demonstrate the right level of skill and knowledge, you will need to reenrol in the unit (including paying again) and complete the RPL process we provide.
How long will the course take, and how much study will I need to do?

You will complete your ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing via RPL FastTrack over 6 months. As you are providing evidence of your existing knowledge and skill, you should not have to do any study to prepare. If you find you are needing to study to meet the requirements, then the FastTrack is not the right pathway for you and you should discuss transferring to the full study subjects for those areas you find yourself studying for.

Additional fees apply if you want to extend your RPL access past 6 months. A maximum of an additional 6 months applies to all RPL extensions.

What happens if I need more time to complete the course?

You will be given 6 months to complete your RPL FastTrack requirements, and if you need more time, that’s ok! Arranging an enrolment extension is easy, however be aware that it attracts a fee.

I don't work in a veterinary clinic currently but I am very experienced. Can I still undertake the RPL FastTrack?

Yes, but you may find it extremely difficult to provide the right evidence as we require videos of you performing tasks, written case studies on patients you are nursing, and third party reports from vets and nurses you currently work with.

We suggest doing some short courses, or look at the full study ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing to brush up on your skills.

I have credits from other qualifications or study. What do I do?

If you have completed units of competency elsewhere relevant to your ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, we will apply these credit transfers to your course.

You will not be required to pay for enrolment in these units.

If you’ve already completed a ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies (Veterinary Assisting) or Certificate III in Animal Studies (Veterinary Nursing), or commenced your ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing with another training organisation, it’s vital you supply us with a copy of your transcript as part of your application. This will allow us to give you an accurate price and tell you exactly what units you’ll need to complete. A certified copy of the transcript must be supplied with your enrolment for the credits to be applied.

What learning materials do you provide in the Veterinary Nursing RPL FastTrack?

It is important to remember, this program is not a course, and we will not teach you prior to being assessed. We do not provide any learning materials like you would receive if you were an ordinary student studying in full. For this reason, if you are not completely confident in your skill and knowledge for a unit, discuss it with us prior to undertaking the RPL process. Once the RPL process has started, there is no refund of fees. If you are deemed as ‘RPL Not Granted’, you will have to pay and enrol in the full unit like an ordinary student, as the payment you have made was for the RPL process.

We will, however, provide you with an RPL guide for each unit you enrol in, this will enable you to collect and provide the evidence we need.

How will I be assessed?

As a Veterinary Nursing RPL FastTrack applicant, you’ll get online access to our ‘Learning Centre’ to complete all your necessary units. Each unit has it’s own online area for you to upload your evidence to. These allow our Nurse Educators to assess your level of theoretical and procedural knowledge in each of your enrolled units.

You’ll only need to complete those units of competency required to make up your qualification. For each unit, you will be required to gather evidence from your workplace including examples of work, videos of you undertaking specific tasks, and third party reports from Vets and qualified Nurses you work with daily. For some units, you may be asked to undertake a short written assessment where you can demonstrate your knowledge. We provide you with full instructions for each unit on what you are required to do and submit.

Once we have all your evidence, you will be required to participate in a ‘Competency Conversation’ with one of our Nurse Educators. This can be via phone, skype or in person. These conversations will ask you a range of questions relating to the unit/s of competency. You may be asked to discuss your clinic’s policies and procedures; what you would do in a particular situation; to explain a piece of nursing knowledge or to tell us about a case you have nursed. Once again, we provide you guidance on what areas we will include questions on.

After the ‘Competency Conversation’, the Nurse Educator will determine if RPL is granted – meaning you have demonstrated the required level of knowledge and skill with enough evidence to support the decision. If you are unable to provide sufficient evidence, or do not demonstrate an adequate level of skill and knowledge, the Nurse Educator will result you as an ‘RPL Not Granted’. Our Nurse Educators will then talk you through what you need to do to gain competency. This often means you will need to study and pass the subject related to the area you require competency in.

Do you take international students?

Yes! We welcome international students.

As an international student, payment plans are not available. You will be required to pay the full course fee prior to starting. We also do not offer the pay in full discount to international students however we do not charge you extra for resources to be sent to you, or for bank fees.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you can legally perform the practical tasks required in your country. In some countries, like the UK, it is illegal for a non-qualified person to perform some of the practical skills necessary to complete the course. Check with your local veterinary surgeons board.

If you are completing placement, you will also need to arrange your own insurance and provide evidence of this to us.

Is there government funding for this course?

Unfortunately there is no government funding for qualifications obtained via RPL.

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23 units of competency

For this qualification to be awarded, you must complete 23 units of competency and it will cost a maximum of:

$3995


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Don’t need all 23 units?

If you have credits from previous study, you will pay a first instalment of
$695

plus $140 x unit necessary.


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Important notes:

  • If you have never completed a ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, or part of a ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing course, you will need to complete all 23 units and it will cost a maximum of $3995.
  • This price is all inclusive of administration and resource fees.
  • There is no instalment option available for RPL FastTrack Program.
  • If you only need to complete a few units via RPL, or have relevant credit transfers from other qualifications, this option only requires a $785 administration and resource fee (regardless of the number of units you enrol in) and a per unit fee of $140.
  • It’s vital you include a transcript of your previous studies with your application to allow us to give you an accurate price. You will also need to supply a certified copy of your transcript at enrolment.

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I enrolled with ACVN to upgrade my Certificate IV and study for my Surgical Diploma. I have really enjoyed the in depth learning. The learners’ guides are easy to read and the educators are always available to help with any questions I have. I often find the educators go the extra mile to help and many of them work afterhours on the student Facebook group too.

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