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1 Year


This course is for people wanting to work in a captive animal facility such as a zoo or wildlife park. It is also suitable for those already employed in the care and husbandry of captive animals.

Whilst undertaking this course you will learn about the daily care of a large variety of animals. You will learn about feeding, maintaining hygiene,maintaining enclosures and exhibits, and having direct animal contact, observing animals and ensuring their safety. It is essential that whilst undertaking this course you have access to a captive animal workplace through either paid employment or significant periods of work placement or work experience.

By completing this course you will be able to prepare and present information to the public, prepare and maintain housing, plan and provide nutritional diets, monitor and maintain animal health and well being, capture, restrain and assist in moving animals, monitor animal reproduction, and provide enrichment for animals.

No Licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication. However an individual unit of competency may specify relevant licensing legislative and/or regulatory requirements. Specific determination should be sought through the relevant State or Territory.

Work Placement Requirements: Students will need to complete a total of 288 hours (a minimum of 8 hours per week) of work placement in a suitable captive animal facility for the duration of the course.

Students will be required to complete a logbook for record of the work placement to be signed by the workplace supervisor and reviewed periodically by the teacher throughout the duration of the course. The workplace logbook covers the performance and skill requirements of the units of competency. The teacher will communicate regularly with the workplace supervisor ( via workplace visits, phone and or email) to monitor students progress and performance in the workplace.


  • Trainee keeper
  • Assistant keeper
  • Animal care attendant
  • Wildlife animal carer


When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledgeand skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.


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LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Richmond Feb , Jul A$8,930


Additional costs for uniforms, equipment, textbooks and materials (if applicable) range from A$300 - $1,000 per course.


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To receive this course students must complete all core units and, if available, a range of additional units.

Note: Additional units contain compulsory and elective units which may vary between each semester and campus, and will depend on a number of considerations including the packaging rules for the qualification and demand for the unit.

  • Packaging Rules
  • To achieve this qualification competency must be demonstrated in 16 units of competency
  • 11 core units plus 5 elective units
  • Elective units must ensure the integrity of the qualifications Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) alignment and contribute to a valid industry supported vocational outcome. The electives are to be chosen as follows:
  • At least 3 from the electives listed below up to 2 from any currently endorsed Training Package or accredited course.
  • Core Units
  • ACMCAN301- Work within a captive animal facility
  • ACMCAN302- Prepare and present information to the public
  • ACMCAN304- Prepare and maintain animal housing
  • ACMCAN305- Assist with capturing, restraining and moving animals
  • ACMCAN306- Monitor animal reproduction
  • ACMCAN311- Care for young animals
  • ACMGAS301- Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing
  • ACMGAS302- Provide enrichment for animals
  • ACMGAS303- Plan for and provide nutritional requirements for animals
  • ACMSUS201- Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • ACMWHS301- Contribute to workplace health and safety processes

  • ACMATE306 Follow containment and exclusion procedures in animal facilities
  • ACMCAN303 Support collection management
  • ACMCAN307 Rehabilitate native wildlife
  • ACMCAN308 Release native animals to natural environment
  • ACMCAN309 Develop institutional husbandry guidelines
  • ACMCAN310 Assist with exhibit design and renovation planning
  • ACMGAS305 Rescue animals and apply basic first aid
  • ACMGAS306 Assist with conditioning animals
  • ACMSPE301 Provide basic care of amphibians
  • ACMSPE302 Provide basic care of birds
  • ACMSPE303 Provide basic care of common native mammals
  • ACMSPE304 Provide basic care of domestic dogs
  • ACMSPE305 Provide basic care of domestic cats
  • ACMSPE306 Provide basic care of marine fish
  • ACMSPE307 Provide basic care of freshwater fish
  • ACMSPE308 Provide basic care of marine invertebrates
  • ACMSPE310 Provide basic care of mammals
  • ACMSPE311 Provide basic care of non-venomous reptiles
  • ACMSPE312 Provide basic care of rodents and rabbits
  • AHCFAU301 Respond to wildlife emergencies
  • AHCNAR202 Maintain wildlife habitat refuges


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Plan your study around your life with a TAFE NSW study package. Our study packages allow for multiple courses to be packaged together that can lead you to a TAFE NSW or an Australian University Bachelor Degree with credits. This gives you a one stop shop by completing your applications for the whole package through TAFE NSW allowing you to apply for one student Visa for the full duration of the package.