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Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

Passionate about animals? Turn your passion into a range of career opportunities. Our Animal studies qualifications prepare you to work in an animal care workplace. Our students gain real workplace skills at our Pet Grooming Salon based at our Murdoch campus and our Student Veterinary Clinic based at our Bentley campus.

Do you have a love for all things nature and science? our Science and the Environment qualifications offer a wildly diverse range of subjects from laboratory operations, horticulture, conservation, landscaping, bushland assessment and rehabilitation, nursery plants, biological surveys, turf management, parks and gardens maintenance, arboriculture, urban pest management, landscape construction and landscape design. All of our qualifications are delivered at our purpose built campus facilities including our laboratories equipped with the latest industry relevant equipment, golf course for turf management, landscape construction area, and Murdoch Student Garden Centre.

Our qualifications are offered from a Certificate II to Advanced Diploma level, Traineeships and Apprenticeships and a range of short courses and skill sets for people based in industry wanting to up-skill. 

Plan your study pathway in Animals, Science and The Environment.

Courses in Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment 

Use the filter below to view courses in Animal Studies, Conservation and Land Management, Horticulture, Laboratory Operations and Veterinary Nursing.

National ID: ACM20121
State ID: BGQ7
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

Certificate II in Animal Care

Start a career working with animals with the Certificate II in Animal Care. Learn the skills for care and maintenance of animals.


Are you barking mad for animals?

Do you want to gain experience working with animals? This course is an entry point into the animal care industry and prepares you for job roles such as an animal attendant in a kennel, cattery, animal shelter, or pet shop.

90% of surveyed students were highly satisfied with this course.

Certificate II
National ID: ACM30121
State ID: BGQ8
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

Certificate III in Animal Care Services

Are you looking for a career working with animals?

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Are you looking for a career working with animals?

When you complete the Certificate III in Animal Care Services, you will have acquired the skills and knowledge to work in a broad range of roles in the animal care industry, including boarding, dog day care, rescue shelters, pet sitting, dog walking, breeding establishments and other animal businesses.

Our Bentley Campus houses an animal care facility so you will be able to learn animal care in a simulated workplace with a range of animal species including dogs, rabbits, rats, guinea pigs, fish, budgerigars, cockatiels, and canaries.

Certificate III
National ID: ACM30121
State ID: AD13
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

Certificate III in Animal Care Services (Pet Grooming)

Fancy a career tidy-up? This course provides training in all aspects of grooming services and qualifies you to work under supervision in a pet grooming salon.

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Enjoy a well-groomed career

This course will provide you with comprehensive training in all aspects of pet grooming services and qualifies you to work under supervision in a pet grooming establishment.

This course builds a strong foundation for future employment in any facility offering pet grooming services including, mobile or shop front salons, veterinary clinics, boarding kennels and pet retail outlets. 

Applicants must have empathy for animals and possess the communication skills and physical ability to successfully perform work placement in the pet grooming industry.

Certificate III
National ID: SFI20119
State ID: BEI8
Industry Aerospace, Maritime and Logistics
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment
Half price^

Certificate II in Aquaculture

Learn the core skills and knowledge in this introduction to the aquaculture industry. 

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Are you looking to join a school of fish lovers?

This qualification is the crucial first step towards an exciting career in aquaculture. This course provides students with a range of core skills and knowledge relevant to working in the aquaculture industry. Graduates go on to further studies or working in a range on environments including onshore aquaculture facilities, offshore culture facilities and the ornamental fish industry.

Aquaculture is a fast-growing industry. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) issued a report in 2018 stating that ‘aquaculture is fastest growing food production sector worldwide’. Typical entry-level jobs for those holding Certificate II include:

  • Australian and overseas aquaculture farms
  • hatcheries and nurseries   
  • live post-harvest holding facilities, such as processing plants, wholesalers or 
  • transporters, pet shops, public aquaria, zoos or other facilities with aquatic animals 

Study in a specialised facility in the maritime heart of Fremantle

Fremantle campus features extensive salt and freshwater aquaculture facilities, and experienced staff which offers plenty of relevant hands-on opportunities. Our staff have involved students in the culture and applied research projects of many marine and freshwater organisms over the last two decades including species such as abalone, dhufish, yellowtail kingfish, marron and barramundi.

Certificate II
National ID: SFI30119
State ID: BEI5
Industry Aerospace, Maritime and Logistics
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

Certificate III in Aquaculture

Expand on your aquaculture skills with advanced aquaculture knowledge.

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Are you looking to join a school of fish lovers?

This course is ideal for those looking to expand on the skills and knowledge they gained in Certificate II in Aquaculture. It also comes packed with opportunities to upskill with either boating or diving skills. While a solid foundation in aquatic science is essential, the aquaculture sector prefers to hire staff with additional boating and/or diving qualifications.  

Further skills from the maritime industry

Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal)

  • commanding and operating a vessel less than 12 metres long with unlimited outboard engine propulsion, or inboard engines less than 100 kilowatts

Coxswain's can gain employment in the small vessel sector in commercial workboats, aquaculture, fisheries and tourism.

Specialist facilities in the maritime heart of Fremantle

Our Fremantle campus features a working aquaculture facility with hatchery tanks and filtration systems and is within convenient walking distance to the fishing industry in Fremantle. Our lecturers have a strong relationship with the Australian Centre for Applied Aquaculture Research (ACAAR) in the neighbouring facility.

Certificate III
National ID: SFI50119
State ID: BEJ2
Industry Aerospace, Maritime and Logistics
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment
VET Student Loans (VSL)

Diploma of Aquaculture

Learn the practical skills and knowledge to manage the operations for fish farms, marine farms and hatcheries.

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This higher level qualification will provide you with the practical skills and knowledge to manage the operations of fish farms, marine farms and hatcheries. It is suitable for students that hold a Certificate III in Aquaculture or have substantial aquaculture industry experience.

You will also learn skills in planning and designing a water supply and disposal system, and stock culture systems and structures. You will learn the skills necessary to supervise and manage staff.

The environments in which our graduates work include:

  • aquaculture farms or fishout/put-and-take operations
  • hatcheries and nurseries
  • live post-harvest holding facilities, such as processing plants, wholesalers or transporters
  • pet shops, public aquaria, zoos or other facilities with aquatic animals

Study in a specialist facilities

Fremantle campus features extensive salt and freshwater aquaculture facilities, and experienced staff which offers plenty of relevant hands-on opportunities. Our staff have involved students in the culture and applied research projects of many marine and freshwater organisms over the last two decades including species such as abalone, dhufish, yellowtail kingfish, marron and barramundi.

Diploma
National ID: AHC30820
State ID: AC64
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

Certificate III in Arboriculture (Climbing Arborist)

Gain the skills and knowledge to work in the arboriculture industry. Learn how to identify and prune trees and safely use arboriculture equipment. 

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Branch out with a Certificate III in Arboriculture and combine your love of the outdoors with a fascinating career as an arborist.

Gain a range of knowledge and skills to undertake arboriculture related work, and use this qualification as a pathway for further learning required to become an arborist. You will cover both ground-based work and working at heights.

Certificate III
State ID: GAB64
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

Chemical Risk Management Level 3 skill set

This course is for people who use pesticides with powered and hand-held application equipment. Gain the skills to apply, transport and store chemicals safely.

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This course is for people who use pesticides with powered and hand-held application equipment. You will gain the skills and knowledge to apply, transport and store chemicals safely.

Competency units covered in this course:

  • OAL84AHCCHM307 Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases
  • BAP97 AHCPMG301 Control Weeds
  • BAN70 AHCCHM304 Transport and Store Chemicals

Upcoming dates

  • 22, 24 and 25 November 2022

You can start anytime in the online study component of this course. Attendance on campus will be arranged with your lecturer after you enrol.

Skill set
National ID: AHC21020
State ID: BGH1
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment
Half price^

Certificate II in Conservation and Ecosystem Management

Work effectively in the land conservation industry.

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Develop technical and practical knowledge in conservation and ecosystem management for parks and wildlife services work. Learn how to undertake restoration and rehabilitation of ecosystems under the supervision of a project leader. Get hands-on with industry-specific, field-oriented practical activities in conservation work. 

Certificate II
National ID: AHC31420
State ID: BGG8
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

Certificate III in Conservation and Ecosystem Management

This course will prepare you for a career in Indigenous land management, lands, parks and wildlife or natural area management.

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This course is designed to give you the skills and knowledge needed within the conservation industry, to enter the work force in either private, local or state government sectors.

Please note: Conservation and Ecosystem Management involves physical labour and students will be required to demonstrate a reasonable level of fitness and mobility.

Good news!

This course is going to update to a new version in 2023. This means that students starting in 2023 will enrol in the new units developed to meet current and future industry needs. Please note that the fees shown below are indicative only and may change.

Certificate III
National ID: AHC40920
State ID: BGH6
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

Certificate IV in Conservation and Ecosystem Management

This course will prepare you for a career in conservation work, parks and wildlife, or regeneration work.

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When you complete the Certificate IV in Conservation and Ecosystem Management you develop post-trade skills and a broad knowledge of the industry prior to undertaking higher level roles in conservation and ecosystem management.

Learn in specialist facilities

South Metropolitan TAFE's Murdoch Campus has extensive horticulture facilities, including large work sheds and sheltered nursery areas. The large grounds area surrounding Murdoch Campus also provides ample practice areas for students.

Certificate IV
National ID: AHC20416
State ID: BDE6
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment
Half price^

Certificate II in Horticulture

An entry-level horticulture qualification for those who are passionate about the environment.

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If you are passionate about the environment, sustainable practices, or an avid home gardener who is interested in plants, this course is for you. Launch your horticulture career, and brush up on your skills by completing this entry-level qualification to unearth your inner green thumb.

Horticulture is one of the fastest growing industries in Australia with the sector playing an important role in delivering economic, social and environmental value. 

Certificate II
National ID: AHC30716
State ID: BDF1
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment
Half price^

Certificate III in Horticulture

Work with plants as school or council gardener, groundskeeper, or self-employed landscaper.

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When you complete the Certificate III in Horticulture you will be ready for a career working with plants as school or council gardener, groundskeeper, or self-employed landscaper. Whether you are an avid home gardener interested in plants, and/or sustainability and the environment, this course is for you!

Unearth your inner green thumb and establish your career in Horticulture with lecturers who are experts in the industry.

Certificate III
National ID: AHC40416
State ID: BCW2
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment
Free in 2023
Half price^

Certificate IV in Horticulture

Work in a variety of horticulture occupations at a supervisor level or as a small business owner.

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This course provides graduates with skills suited to a variety of occupations at a supervisor level or as a small business owner. Employment prospects exist in local and state government, nursery and turf, floriculture, gardening and the landscape industry. You can choose to learn skills from a range of subjects that enable you to cost and supervise projects, develop and implement programs and provide training. You can also choose subjects that will further develop your technical expertise in horticulture.

It is a requirement that students provide their own Wifi-enabled Laptop (capable of word processing etc) . Enrolled students will have access to Office 365.

See our Horticulture Facebook page @murdochstudentgardencentre(opens in a new tab) to see what you will do when you study this course, such as hosting plant sales and providing customer service to retail customers.

Certificate IV
National ID: AHC50416
State ID: BDD0
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment
Half price^
VET Student Loans (VSL)

Diploma of Horticulture

This course provides graduates with skills suited to a variety of horticulture occupations at a management level.

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This course provides graduates with skills suited to a variety of occupations at a management level. Employment prospects exist in local government, state government, nursery and turf, floriculture, gardening and the landscape industry.

 

Diploma
National ID: MSL30118
State ID: BDV6
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment
Half price^

Certificate III in Laboratory Skills

Launch your career in science with this entry-level course that qualifies you to work as a laboratory assistant.

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Are you a budding scientist?

Launch your career in science with this entry-level course that qualifies you to work as a laboratory assistant in food technology, pathology, schools or trades.

Certificate III
National ID: MSL40118
State ID: BDV3
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment
Half price^

Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques

Build on your certificate III skills with units in quality control, performance of instrumental and non-instrumental tests, and standardisation.

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Build on your Certificate III in Laboratory Skills with units in quality control, performance of instrumental and non-instrumental tests, standardisation and use of solutions. This qualification will give you the skills to work as a technical assistant, technician or instrument operator.

Certificate IV
National ID: MSL50118
State ID: BDV4
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment
VET Student Loans (VSL)

Diploma of Laboratory Technology

Use laboratory application software, plan and conduct field work and provide information to customers.

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This qualification reflects the role of workers who apply a range of laboratory technologies to conduct scientific-technical tests in most industry sectors, utilising specialist technical knowledge.

Learn to analyse, process and interpret data, report results and apply quality system and continuous improvement processes. Your skills will be transferable across a range of industries such as chemical, medical and pathological, mining, biological and environmental fields.

Diploma
National ID: AHC30916
State ID: BDB7
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment
Half price^

Certificate III in Landscape Construction

This course provides the skills and knowledge to construct, renovate and maintain garden landscapes.

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This qualification provides the practical skills and knowledge to construct, renovate and maintain garden landscapes.

Training is provided in the areas of hard landscaping, irrigation, plant knowledge, soil nutrition, turf maintenance, landscape machinery use and horticultural safety, building on the skills gained in the Certificate II in Landscaping.

Please note: Landscaping involves physical labour and students will be required to demonstrate a reasonable level of fitness and mobility.

90% of surveyed students were highly satisfied with this course.

Good news!

This course is going to update to a new version in 2023. This means that students starting in 2023 will enrol in the new units developed to meet current and future industry needs. Please note that the fees shown below are indicative only and may change.

Certificate III
National ID: 52881WA
State ID: BGR14
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

Certificate IV in Landscape Design

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Do you want to become a professional designer of dream garden areas and watch your work bring life to outdoor spaces? Pursue a career in the horticulture and gardening industries and become a qualified Landscape Designer. 

A landscape design is like a floor plan for an outdoor area, focusing on the specific garden design of landscape elements and plants within it. 

In this course you will learn hands-on skills to design residential, public and commercial landscape projects. Be guided by expert professionals on how to prepare landscape drawings and layouts and create well-designed and attractive outdoor spaces to meet client briefs.

You can work completing specialised garden makeovers for homes or renovating new landscapes for companies, managing the layout of grassed areas and choosing plants and flowers as well as stones, decking and water features to best showcase the area. 

Become a horticultural expert and plant the seeds for your career in landscape design. 

Study in specialist facilities 

Murdoch campus has a dedicated Murdoch Student Garden Centre, which is a centre of excellence in horticulture that is pivotal to student's learning for service delivery. Facilities include extensive garden spaces for design practice, computer labs with contemporary design software and dedicated sheltered nursery areas which propagate natives, herbs and some exotic plants suitable to WA’s climate. Students can learn through application of hands-on skills in an environment that reflects current industry practices and simulates a real-life workplace experiences.  

Certificate IV
State ID: GAC49
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

Manage Pests by Applying Pesticides skill set

Engage in the latest pest control practices with this highly practical skill set.

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Wish to work as pest management technician? If so, you will need to be licensed.

This skillset allows students to complete the “CPPUPM3006 Manage pests by applying pesticides” unit of competency required to apply for a “Western Australia Provisional Pest Management Technician Licence”.

This course is aimed at workers who are currently employed in the Urban Pest Management industry. 

Gain these skills:

•    applying pesticides to manage a range of non-timber pests such as ants, cockroaches, rodents and spiders
•    selecting appropriate equipment, pesticides and application methods to safely and efficiently manage pests

Note: this unit does not cover inspecting for, or managing timber pests, or non-chemical pest management where the environment is modified to manage pests 

Next dates for delivery

Semester 1 2023
  • 6 Feb - 9 Feb
  • 13 March - 16 March
  • 17 April - 20 April
  • 22 May - 25 May 
Skill set
State ID: GAA23
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment
Skill sets

Operate and Maintain Chainsaws skill set

Learn how to cross-cut fallen timber and other cutting techniques in this industry relevant course, which also includes mandatory legislation to safely operate a chainsaw in the workplace.

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This course is suitable for people who operate chainsaws in an urban environment (it does not cover remote operators working in state forest).

This course has multiple start dates throughout the year, please express your interest below for information about the next intake. 

Next course dates

  • 12 and 13 December
Skill set
National ID: AHC31021
State ID: BHM3
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

Certificate III in Parks and Gardens

Fancy a job smelling the roses? Become a city gardener or horticulturalist with this hands-on parks and gardens course.

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This qualification provides a vocational outcome in parks and gardens.  The parks and gardens industry expects this qualification to be achieved to meet job outcomes at this level. Job roles and titles vary across different industry sectors.

Certificate III
National ID: AHC31319
State ID: BEY6
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

Certificate III in Sports Turf Management

This qualification provides a career in greenkeeping or turf management. Students learn skills in safety, machinery/irrigation operation and nutrient application.

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Learn the fine art of greenkeeping

Join the sports turf industry at a level where you will be expected to curate and manage a wide range of turf and horticultural practices. A considerable amount of outdoor and physical activity is required while you apply your skills to green spaces such as golf courses, bowling clubs and elite sports facilities.

Sports turf management is a unique course to SM TAFE and proudly boasts three previous students have won the Western Australia Apprentice of the Year in the WA Training Awards.

 

Certificate III
National ID: CPP30119
State ID: BEX4
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

Certificate III in Urban Pest Management

Obtain the skills to apply for a full pest management license by completing this course aimed at existing workers.

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Do you have what it takes to offer the best in urban pest management?

This qualification will provide students with the practical skills and knowledge to apply pesticides and carry out appropriate pest management treatments for domestic and commercial properties.

This course is for existing workers who are currently and actively employed in the Urban Pest Management industry. It will provide you with the skills to apply for a full pest management license.

Certificate III
National ID: ACM40418
State ID: BED9
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment
Half price^

Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

On completion of a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing you will be ready for a career as a veterinary nurse, or animal welfare worker. Learn to provide care to a variety of animals.

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Want a career caring for animals?

When you complete the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing you will be ready for a career as a veterinary nurse, or animal welfare worker.

This course is popular and highly competitive to get into. Please ensure you enter all your work and work experience, both related to the field and unrelated, in your application.

Certificate IV
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