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ACM40317 Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services

The new ACM40321 Certificate IV in Animal Behaviour & Training has now been endorsed. 
We are currently not taking new enrolments into the Certificate IV qualification.


Accredited Training: ACM40317 Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services

Delta Institute (RTO Code: 90250) offers a nationally recognised vocational training course which satisfies the 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 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 assessments conducted by 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 intake, beginning in August, should take approximately 18 months to complete. 

ACM40317 Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services - $900*

This includes all coursework and assignments, as well as access to our expert Trainers during your studies. Payment must be paid upfront upon enrolment in this segment.  VET Student Loans are not available for this course.

*our fee structure is reviewed annually and prices may be subject to change.

About the Course
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To enrol in the accredited training program ACM40317 Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services, you must have successfully completed Delta Institute's:

  • Component 1 - Dog Training the Delta Way seminar (Non-accredited training)

  • Component 2 - Responsible Companion Animal Ownership (Non-accredited training)

  • Component 3 - Introduction to Training Class Management 6 day workshop (Non-accredited training)


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 ACM40317 Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services.

Experience Needed

ACM40317 Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services 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

  • Management of Dog Training Classes

  • Management of Health in Dog Training Classes

  • Private Consultation (Case Studies and Referrals)

  • Professional Relationships

  • Conducting puppy and adult dog training classes (Videos)

On successful completion of all practical and written assignments you will be eligible to receive the nationally recognised ACM40317 Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services.


Units of Competency


The Certificate IV is made up of 13 units, 3 which are core and 10 elective units. The 10 electives that contribute to our qualification have been specifically chosen from a list of 30+  to electives 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

  • ACMCAS404 Develop enrichment strategies for companion animals

  • ACMCAS301 Work effectively in the companion animal industry

  • ACMGAS308 Communicate effectively with clients and team members

  • ACMGAS306 Assist with conditioning animals

  • ACMGAS302 Provide enrichment for animals

  • ACMSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

  • ACMWHS301 Contribute to workplace health and safety processes


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 credit. The Course Coordinator can also assist with booking you into a class if requested.

  • HLTAID011 Provide first aid


Note: All 13 Units of Competency must be completed to receive the ACM40317 Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services.

No longer accepting enrolments
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