Apprentice Animal Trainer Courses

What does an Apprentice Animal Trainer do?

An Apprentice Animal Trainer works with dogs and other animals to modify their behaviour or teach them to follow commands. You might work with one animal at a time or teach a group class like puppy preschool. You might help pet owners to train their animals or work with other organisations training therapy animals, law enforcement and security dogs or performance animals. You may also help to educate owners or handlers on the best way to manage their animals.

Apprentice Animal Trainers need to have excellent communication skills and be able to work well with animals and people. It can be a physically demanding role and you’ll need to be able to work a range of shifts. Apprentice Animal Trainers need a lot of patience and will need to be comfortable being with animals with all sorts of temperaments and behavioural issues. You'll need strong observational skills and an excellent understanding of animal behaviour.


How much does an Apprentice Animal Trainer earn?

In Australia, a full time Apprentice Animal Trainer generally earns $960 per week ($49,920 annual salary) before tax. This is a median figure for full-time employees and should be considered a guide only. As you gain more experience you can expect a potentially higher salary than people who are new to the industry.

What are the job opportunities for an Apprentice Animal Trainer?

The number of animal attendants and trainers has fallen in recent years. There are currently 4,100 people in this industry in Australia and many are hired as Apprentice Animal Trainers. Apprentice Animal Trainers find work in all areas of Australia.

Source: Australian Government Job Outlook 2020

How do I become an Apprentice Animal Trainer?

If you’re thinking of becoming an Apprentice Animal Trainer consider enrolling in a Certificate III in Animal Studies. This six month course covers all the topics you need to succeed in this industry such as animal health, nutrition and hygiene. You may also be able to specialise in areas such as animal behaviour or training.

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Job Pathways

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Sourced from The Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships Information Service ( funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training and