Frequently Asked Questions
Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing RPL FastTrack
Is a FastTrack qualification any different to the one I’d get if I studied the full course?
No! Once you’ve successfully completed our FastTrack course you’ll be issued with the same nationally recognised qualification ACM40410 Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing as a full course student.
Each unit you successfully complete will count towards your Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing - either with us or another registered training organisation.
If you only fulfil the criteria for part of this qualification, we’ll still issue you with a Statement of Attainment for those units you successfully complete. These can then be credited towards a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in the future.
What if I don’t gain competency for a unit?
If you’re unsure whether you have enough evidence to achieve gain recognition for prior learning (RPL), please talk to us about the kinds of evidence you can supply.
If you can’t provide enough evidence or demonstrate competence for a particular unit successfully, you’ll be able to enrol in that unit/subject in its entirety and complete study and assessments like any other student. This will attract a full enrolment fee for that unit/subject. Costs per subject are normally between $150-280, but please contact us for a full breakdown.
Why does FastTrack cost less than your full Cert IV Course?
You don’t receive study materials for our FastTrack program. In fact, you’re not actually studying a course.
The purpose of FastTrack is to allow you to demonstrate your existing knowledge and skills. You will be required to provide evidence, and undertake assessments to show your current competencies. If you’d like to learn more about being a veterinary nurse, then we’d suggest combining the RPL FastTrack with full study subjects.
How will I be assessed?
Online Method - Skill & Knowledge Groups
As a FastTrack applicant, you’ll get online access to our 'Student Portal' to complete up to 11 'Skill & Knowledge Groups.' These allow our Nurse Educators to assess your level of theoretical and procedural knowledge and let you know what evidence you need submit to demonstrate competency in each of your enrolled units.
You’ll only need to complete those Skill & Knowledge Groups relevant to your desired units of competency. Each Skill & Knowledge Group contains at least one short, multiple-choice exam, third party reports relating to the units of competency, and some contain a short written assessment where you can demonstrate your knowledge in a practical situation.
To learn more about our Skill & Knowledge Group, please click here.
Offline Method - Paper Based
You will receive an RPL pack for each unit of competency. These contain thrid party reports where people you work with testify to your proficiency as a veterinary nurse. They also contain a list of questions you must write very detailed answers to to demonstrate your knowledge.
This method is more work than the online Skill & Knowledge Groups, however it is ideal for those nurses who do not do well at in an exam environment.
Our assessors may also carry out a workplace assessment to establish competency. A further charge to cover assessor travel costs and time may be required if this proves necessary.
Multiple units of competency can be rolled into one workplace assessment, saving you time and money.
I have an older Vet Nurse qualification. What should I do?
Under our new training package, the ACM40410 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing includes new units of competency and is therefore not a direct equivalent of the older RUV40404 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.
This means you may have to complete a little extra work. You can study the new units of competency in full, or take our FastTrack program.