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Certificate III in Captive Animals

  • National Course Code: ACM30317
  • TAFE NSW code: ACM30317-01V01-20RMD-114

Location – Richmond

Study Type

Full Time

Course Start Date

06 Feb 2020

Hours Per Week



18 Months

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government

Course Details

This qualification is a general industry qualification for persons operating at pre-trade level and undertaking animal care functions in a captive animal facility or institution.

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.

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 knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.

There are no Training Package entry requirements for this qualification.

It is assumed that you have literacy and numeracy skills at Cert II level for success in this course. Contact your TAFE NSW campus if you have any questions about your suitability.

You are required to provide evidence prior to enrolment of: - Completion of ACM CII Animal Studies or equivalent animal qualification. Learners need to have arranged workplacement for 15 hours per week in a captive animal facility for the duration of the course.

To successfully complete this course, you will need: - to complete all units successfully including workplace component.

Work Placement is a requirement of this course. You will need: - Learners need to have aquired work placement in a Captive Animal facility for the duration of this course prior to enroloment. 15 hours per week over 12months.

It's all happening at TAFE NSW InfoFest. Register for an information session to broaden your skills set to get ahead. Can't find an Information Session for you? Enquire Online or call 131601.


To find out more about this course, meet our teachers and receive information about enrolment and next steps, attend an information session.

Wednesday 11 December 2019, at 1 pm or 4 pm
Wednesday 22 January 2020, at 1 pm or 4 pm.

TAFE NSW Richmond,
Building J, Cumberland Room,
Cnr Blacktown Road and Campus Drive,


This is a Full Time course. You will need to attend approximately 8.5 hours of class, over 2 days a week, for I year. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 15.3 hours of other study per week. You will need to attend 1 day per week college attendance and 2 days per week workplace attendance.

You may also be required to complete approximately 7.0 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, research, prep work, work experience


This course offering is designed for people who:

  • This course delivery is designed for people wishing to gain employment in the Animal Care Industry within a captive animal facility and work as a zookeeper.


We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Studiosity - online access to a real life tutor
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries

This course is currently scheduled on Thursdays from 9.30am to 5.00pm. 1 day per week college attendance and 2 days per week workplace attendance. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.


This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process. Payment plans are available through TAFE NSW for Smart and Skilled eligible qualifications.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?


You will need to provide the following resources which is retained on completion of study:

  • Learners are required to be work ready, scrub top, long pants and appropriate footware. Scrub tops can be purchased at TAFE or students can aquire their own.


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Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Incidental Cost
  • Student Association - $20.00


  • Applying with us is easy, though the exact process does depend on your course and any prerequisites that go with it.

  • Be sure to read all course information carefully to make sure it is the right qualification, location and study type for you.

  • As you progress through the application and enrolment process you will be prompted to provide additional information.

    For further information or assistance, call 131 870.

    A Unique Student Identifier is required prior to enrolment. To apply for your USI visit If you cannot remember your USI or if you have forgotten you have one, please visit the USI Website for assistance in retrieving your USI.

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Core Units
Number Title
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
ACMWHS301 Contribute to workplace health and safety processes
Elective Units
Number Title
ACMCAN303 Support collection management
ACMCAN309 Develop institutional husbandry guidelines
ACMCAN310 Assist with exhibit design and renovation planning
ACMSPE302 Provide basic care of birds
ACMSPE310 Provide basic care of mammals
ACMSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Trainee keeper
Pre-trade keeper
Assistant keeper
Animal care attendant
Wildlife animal carer

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Course Location

Cnr Blacktown & Campus Drive, Richmond
Phone 131 601

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