Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services

Delta Society Australia operates a nationally recognised vocational training course which satisfies the training.gov.au requirements to issue a Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services, which is part of the Animal Care and Management training package.

Delta was the first training organisation in Australia to offer a nationally accredited course in this field and our course still leads the way.

The full course teaches scientifically proven, 100% positive, reward-based training techniques and is a structured, competency based program involving over 600 hours of practical and written assignments conducted by face to face classes and distance education. Students have full access to the teaching staff throughout the duration of the course.

It is unique in its scope and structure and is designed to produce graduates who can design, conduct and evaluate puppy and adult dog training classes, and one on one behavioural consultations for dog owners.

The Certificate IV course should take approximately two-and-a-half years to complete (for students enrolled in the first intake - April/May) and slightly less for students in the second intake (September). This includes completion of the first three components detailed here




To enrol in Component 4 - Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services, you must have successfully:

  • Attended Component 1 - Dog Training the Delta Way seminar

  • Successfully completed all assignments in Component 2 - Responsible Companion Animal Ownership conducted by Delta

  • Attended and successfully completed all practical & written components at the Component 3 - Introduction to Training Class Management 6 day workshop conducted by Delta

On successful completion of all practical and written assignments you will be eligible to receive the Nationally recognised Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services.


Experience & abilities

  • A physical ability to conduct adult and puppy dog training classes

  • A broad range of appropriate interpersonal communication skills

  • Sound literacy and numeracy abilities (Year 10 English or equivalent as a minimum)

  • Computer literacy (word processing, email and internet skills)

  • Access to reasonably fast broadband internet

  • An email address

  • Access to equipment to enable visual and audio recording of practical assessments (e.g. flash/digital camera, IPhone, video camera)

  • Access to video editing software (e.g. Windows Movie Maker etc.) video taping devices and editing programs.

Previous school experiences or the length of time since completing formal education should not be a stumbling block for completion of the Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services.


The final component of the full course - component IV - requires substantial input on your part and a great deal of planning.


Those who enrol in this option must be able to conduct both puppy and adult training classes and provide private instruction to clients – this is a big commitment so those who have attended Introduction to Training Class Management will have a month to decide whether they wish to continue.

You will complete the following assignments:

  • Training equipment (video)

  • One-on-one instructions skills & venue review (video)

  • Sustainability

  • Behaviour & training portfolio

  • Workplace Health and Safety in training classes

  • Management of dog training classes

  • Management of health in dog training classes

  • Private consultation case studies

  • Professional Relationships

  • Conducting puppy and adult dog training classes (videos)


Units of Competency


The Certificate IV is made up of 13 units, 3 which are core and 10 elective units that have specifically chosen to meet the requirements of becoming a dog trainer.  They are as follows:


  • ACMCAS401 - Manage compliance in the companion animal industry

  • ACMGAS301 - Monitor and maintain animal health and wellbeing

  • ACMWHS401 - Maintain work health and safety processes



  • ACMCAS410 - Conduct companion animal training classes

  • ACMCAS409 - Provide training advice to companion animal owners

  • ACMGAS302 - Provide enrichment for animals

  • ACMGAS308 - Communicate effectively with clients and team members

  • ACMGAS306 - Assist with conditioning animals

  • ACMCAS301 - Work effectively in the companion animal industry

  • ACMCAS404 - Develop enrichment strategies for companion animals

  • ACMSUS201 - Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

  • ACMGAS302 - Provide enrichment for animals


This final unit is not offered by Delta and must be undertaken with another Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and a certified copy provided to Delta to receive recognition of prior learning (RPL):

  • HLTAID003 - Provide first aid


Note: All 13 Units of Competency must be completed to receive the qualification.

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