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Certificate III in Captive Animals

  • National Course Code: ACM30317
  • TAFE NSW code: ACM30317-01V02-20KCL-010

Location – Kingscliff

Study Type

Full Time

Course Start Date

03 Feb 2020

Hours Per Week



36 Weeks

  • 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.

To be enrolled in this course, you need to be able to provide evidence that you are:
This is a high demand course, therefore an application process is required. - Applicants will need to have successfully completed ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies (or equivalent) prior to applying for this course. - Applicants need to have secured a minimum of 8 hours per week work placement in a suitable captive animal care facility for the duration of the course. - Applicants need to complete the current Animal Care application form, which includes LLN skills questions. - Applications are screened by the Head Teacher. Applicant is advised of the outcome within 5 working days of receiving the application.

To successfully complete this course, you will need: - Access to a computer and internet service for carrying out self-paced study and covered in footwear for practical training. - A minimum of 8 hours per week work placement in a suitable captive animal facility for the duration of the course. Applicants must provide a work placement confirmation letter in support of their application form. The workplace must be appropriate to the course requirements (captive animal enterprise) and must be approved by the Head Teacher. TAFE NSW will provide safety and information documents to the student and workplace prior to commencement.

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This is a full time, face to face course. You will need to attend approximately 12 hours of class, over 2 days a week, for 36 weeks. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 14 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 6 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including revision and assignment preparation.


This course offering is designed for people who:

  • Have already completed ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies (or equivalent), who have a desire to gain employment as an animal attendant, working in a captive animal facility.


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 Thursday and Friday from 9.00am to 4.00pm. 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?


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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.

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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 131 601.

If you are interested in studying as a Trainee please call 131 601 for full details.

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Core Units
Number Title
ACMCAN302 Prepare and present information to the public
ACMCAN304 Prepare and maintain animal housing
ACMCAN311 Care for young animals
ACMGAS302 Provide enrichment for animals
ACMCAN305 Assist with capturing, restraining and moving animals
ACMCAN301 Work within a captive animal facility
ACMCAN306 Monitor animal reproduction
ACMGAS301 Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing
ACMGAS303 Plan for and provide nutritional requirements for animals
ACMWHS301 Contribute to workplace health and safety processes
Elective Units
Number Title
ACMSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
ACMGAS305 Rescue animals and apply basic first aid
ACMINF301 Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work
ACMCAN310 Assist with exhibit design and renovation planning
ACMGAS306 Assist with conditioning animals
ACMCAN307 Rehabilitate native wildlife

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

Cudgen Road, Kingscliff
Phone 131 601

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