Learn to care for animals within exhibited animal care facilities. Positively promote and educate people about conservation and immerse yourself in the exciting world of exotic animals as an exhibited animal carer.
Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:
Work within an exhibited animal care facility
Safely capture, restrain and move animals
Maintain animal habitats
Assess and monitor animal health
Provide enrichment and nutritional requirements for animals
Present information to the public
Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.
Experience in providing animals with the correct nutritional requirements
Confidence to speak to the general public about exhibited animals
The ability to work within the exhibited animal care industry
A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities
This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol
This course is offered as a traineeship. Enquire today to check the eligibility requirements.
That you have achieved a Certificate II in Animal Care or higher-level qualification in an animal science discipline as evidenced by a copy of your certificate or transcript
To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:
A calm demeanour
Reasonable level of fitness to handle animals and carry out manual lifting
Access to a computer or personal device and internet as it would be beneficial to complete home study
The ability to provide your own Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which may include covered non-slip shoes, full-length trousers, sleeved tops, hat and sunscreen
TAFE NSW may ask you to complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills test.
This skills test helps us to understand your individual study needs, to design an individualised plan that supports your study success and ensures your LLN skills match the demands of the course.
TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.
Our graduates go onto roles like:
Zookeepers feed, provide water for and monitor the health of animals in zoos, aquaria and wildlife parks, clean, fix and maintain animal cages, and inform visitors about animals.
Other jobs include: Exhibited animal keeper, Pre-trade keeper, Assistant keeper, Animal care attendant, Wildlife animal carer, Wildlife rescue and wildlife conservation, Wildlife presenter, Marine animal attendant, Zookeeper, Native wildlife carer, Wildlife rehabilitator, Animal technical officer and Aquarist
Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:
The Certificate III in Wildlife and Exhibited Animal Care does not have any related courses.
At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.
Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate III in Wildlife and Exhibited Animal Care qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 16 Units of competency, including 12 core and 4 speciality units.
Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.
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