We can take into account the knowledge and skills you’ve already gained through your previous education and work, including:
- Formal or informal training
- Paid or unpaid work experience
- Credit if your work is relevant to the course.
Please speak to us to gain recognition for your previous studies and work skills.
Your previous studies may also count as credits towards your new qualification. If so, you’ll be entitled to a lower course fee (depending on units of competency completed).
To claim a credit transfer, please include transcripts of your previous qualifications with your application form. We will then advise you of any adjustments to your course fee. Certified copies will need to be supplied when you enroll for the credits to be officially granted.
You will complete your ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing over 2 years.
Generally, you will need to dedicate approximately 10 hours per week to your studies, completing assessments and undertaking the required reading.
Additional fees apply if you want to extend your study beyond two years.
The course is delivered entirely by distance education using our online ‘Learning Centre’.
This allows you the flexibility to study when it suits your schedule. You won’t need to attend any on-campus classes. We’ve designed the course to fit around your work and lifestyle. Many of our students work full time in addition to their study.
Once the course starts, you’ll receive printed learner’s guides, which will guide you through your studies and prepare you for assessments. You’ll also have access to the extra study resources available via our ‘Learning Centre’ online. You can submit assignments through this portal, too.
Each subject contains various assessment tasks:
- Expect to complete written assessments like assignments, case studies, projects, and reports.
- Multiple choice questions are in our learning activities so you can check your learning as you progress through the course.
- Workplace-based assessments for practical skills will be completed at the clinic in which you work or at your placement clinic. These will include completing skills log books and some video assessments. Don’t stress, we provide full instructions for the video assessments so you know what to include.
- On average, expect to submit one short assessment task each week to keep on track.
If you’ve been working in a practice for several years at the same level as qualified nurses, we suggest you consider the 40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing via RPL FastTrack.
This course assesses your prior learning both on the job (called Recognition of Prior Learning or RPL) and through formal study. It’s a quicker way for you to gain qualifications for the experience and skills you already possess.
FastTrack is NOT a course and no learning resources are provided. If you want to learn more, we suggest a combination of RPL and formal study.
The program is designed so you can demonstrate that you already have the necessary knowledge and skills gained from working as a Veterinary Nurse.
You’ll still need to complete some written assignments and workplace assessments. You will also need to provide evidence of your competency levels.
For more information, please visit our ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing via RPL FastTrack page.
Yes, but you must have either completed an ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies (Veterinary Assisting) or ACM30117 Certificate III in Animal Studies (Veterinary Nursing), OR completed Year 12, OR have a minimum of 5 years of employment history (any profession) after leaving school. You will also need to commit to 1 day a week vocational placement in a vet clinic for the duration of the course, and complete some specific work experience placements.
As our course is very comprehensive and we train well above the standard training package guidelines, undertaking it with less than the 8 hours a week in a clinic would not enable you to develop the appropriate level of knowledge or practical skills to become the successful Veterinary Nurse we would like to see you become. Many of the assessments are also based on cases you nurse, so less contact time at a clinic would mean you may not see the kinds of patients you need to write about in your course work.
Our Equine Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing is only available to nurses employed in an equine or mixed practice. It is not available for nurses looking to complete with vocational placement.
No. You’ll study the required units of competency throughout your ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.
If you already have an ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies, you can apply extra credit towards your ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.
Yes, you can enrol in our standard ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing (not equine)!
You will need to commit to 1 day a week vocational placement in a vet clinic for the duration of the course, and complete some specific work experience placements.
If you can’t make this commitment, then we’d suggest you consider our ACM30117 Certificate III in Animal Studies. It allows you to complete the course with work experience, and it covers the first year of the ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, so you still get to study towards your ultimate goal.
You will receive credits for the work already done in your ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies.
If you have completed units of competency elsewhere relevant to you 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. However some of our subjects cover more than one unit of competency, so you may find you’ll need to pay for and complete an associated subject.
If you’ve already completed an ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies or ACM30117 Certificate III in Animal Studies, 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 and subjects you’ll need to complete. A certified copy of the transcript must be supplied with your enrolment for the credits to be applied.
If you have credit transfers, secure your place with a first instalment of $500 with enrolment. Then we will adjust your further instalments to suit your study and remaining course cost.
After achieving this qualification candidates may undertake:
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.