ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

via RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING & CREDIT TRANSFERS

THIS QUALIFICATION HAS BEEN SUPERSEDED

The ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing has been updated at the training package level and replaced by the ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. We will only accept applications from those students who have already completed a significant portion of their ACM40412 qualification and can graduate prior to the official teach out period ending by December 2020.

For all other students, please apply for the ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.

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Are you an experienced Vet Nurse LOOKING TO GRADUATE ASAP?

If you’ve been working at the same level as a qualified Vet Nurse in a practice for several years, and have already completed a significant portion of your ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, you may wish to consider graduating now under the ACM40412 qualification.

The new ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing has had significant updates and new units added, which means the two qualifications are not considered equivalent. Many units can no longer be considered for credit transfers, so you’d be required to pay and enrol in many more units to complete the new qualification.

If you graduate with the ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing you will still be considered a qualified veterinary nurse.

This method of certification will suit you if:

  • You have already completed many units towards the ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and wish to graduate
  • 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 have other relevant work experience
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If you have significant credits, but still wish to complete your qualification by studying, please see our study program for the ACM40412.

Ready to get the recognition you deserve?

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

  • Already have unit credits towards the ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
  • 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
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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.

WANTING TO GRADUATE ASAP FROM THE ACM40412 BUT PREFER TO STUDY?

ACM40412 VIA STUDY

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.

You must be aware that you cannot extend past 9th December 2019 as this qualification has been superseded. If you do not graduate prior to this date, you will need to enrol under the ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing to become a qualified veterinary nurse.

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.

You must be aware that you cannot extend past 9th December 2019 as this qualification has been superseded. If you do not graduate prior to this date, you will need to enrol under the ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing to become a qualified veterinary nurse.

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.

Is there government funding for this course?

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

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ENROL IN ONLY THE UNITS YOU NEED

You must have credits from previous study, you will pay a first instalment of
$395

plus $270 x unit necessary for graduation


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Important notes:

  • If you have not completed a significant portion of an ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing course, you are not eligible to enrol in this program.
  • 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.
  • This price is all inclusive of administration and resource fees.
  • There is no instalment option available for RPL FastTrack Program.

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