Take a walk on the wild side with this amazing, self-paced online course about caring for animals in zoos, public aquariums, fauna parks and wildlife parks. It’s perfect for people already working in animal facilities who want to earn a formal educational qualification. The Certificate III in Captive Animals is a great choice if you have at least 8 hours per week with a suitable workplace, through either paid or volunteer work experience.
You’ll learn how to maintain different types of enclosures and exhibits and how to plan and provide nutritious diets for the animals in your care. You’re also taught how to monitor animal breeding, provide behavioural enrichment and how to maintain their overall wellbeing.
You’ll learn how to collect samples, how to maintain hygiene, how to capture, restrain and assist in moving animals, and how to ensure their safety and your own.
As well as the core units of study, there are some fascinating electives in this course where you can learn about rehabilitating native wildlife, releasing animals into natural environments, conditioning animals, maintaining wildlife sanctuaries to protect threatened animals and more.
This animal studies online course enables you to study at your own pace. You are able to enrol and pay for single units at a time to suit your individual circumstances. After completing your studies, you'll be prepared to work as a trainee keeper, or wildlife carer in a captive animal facility.
Course outcomes and careers
Keeper in the animal care industry.
This qualification is a general industry qualification for persons at pre-trade level and undertaking animal care functions in a captive animal facility or institution, and is suited to Australian Apprenticeship pathways.
Job roles and titles covered by this qualification may include:
- Trainee Keeper
- Pre-Trade Keeper
- Assistant Keeper
- Animal Care Attendant
- Wildlife Animal Carer.
Pathway from the qualification
After achieving this qualification, candidates may undertake ACM40210 Certificate IV in Captive Animals that defines higher level job functions.
Pathways for candidates considering this qualification include:
- direct entry
- after achieving ACM20110 Certificate II in Animal Studies
- vocational training and/or work experience across a range of work settings.
This qualification is suited to Australian Apprenticeship pathways.
It is essential that while undertaking this course the learner have access to a captive animal workplace such as a zoo, wildlife park or public aquarium for at least one day per week. Learners must also be reasonably physically fit as they will be required to undertake tasks that include lifting, sweeping, shovelling and other outside activities.
On 1 January 2012 the Work Health Safety Act 2011 (WHS Act) was implemented in NSW. Delivery and assessment of this course must be based on this legislation. Work Health and Safety (WHS) was referred to in NSW as Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) and in some countries people know it as Occupational Safety and Health (OSH). Please refer to the Work Health and Safety heading in Section B 6.1 Delivery Modes for more information.
TAFE NSW trainers and assessors must meet the requirements specified in the Standards for NVR Registered Training Organisations 2011: Part 2 SNR 4 & Part 3, SNR 15.