Course Start Date
20.4 Hours per week
- Nationally Recognised Training
- Traineeship Allowed
- This training is fully government-subsidised under JobTrainer
The nationally accredited Certificate III in Captive Animals allows you to immerse yourself in the world of exotic animals as you positively promote, educate and make your impact on species conservation. Look after exhibit animals in zoos and wildlife parks as you work as an assistant zookeeper.
LEARN NEW SKILLS
Through a mix of theory and practical course work, learn to:
- Safely handle and restrain wild, non-domesticated animals
- Move captive animals with minimum stress and maximum safety
- Clean and maintain exhibit and enclosures
- Monitoring the health and wellbeing of animals
- Educate the public about conservation
DEVELOP YOUR TALENT
Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:
- Empathy and compassion for animals
- A passion for animal welfare and conservation
- A calm and patient nature
- The ability to collaborate
- Good communication skills
ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS
Completing this course provides you with:
- A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities
- Trainee captive animal keeper
- Assistant keeper
- Animal care attendant
- Wildlife animal carer
GROW YOUR CAREER
Take your career further with:
- Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.
We are no longer accepting enrolments for Certificate III in Captive Animals On the Job on line Semester 2 2021. Please register your interest for this course starting Semester 1 2022.
TAFE NSW Richmond Campus is located 17 kilometres from the M7. Take the Richmond Road exit.
Alternatively, take a train to East Richmond Station and then a 20 minute walk down Bourke Street, then College Drive and through the WSU gates. Turn left at the sign into TAFE NSW Richmond Campus.
This is a part-time evening, online delivery course. You will need to attend approximately 1.8 hours of class, over 1 night a week, for 18 months. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 18.6 hours of other study per week.
You may also be required to complete approximately 9.3 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, research, prep work, and work experience.
Students will be attending online class 1 day per week and 24 hours per week attending employment in industry.
IS THIS COURSE RIGHT FOR YOU?
This course offering is designed for people who:
- are employed in a Captive Animal or Wildlife Park Facility wishing to gain the qualification for at least 24 hours per week.
MORE ABOUT THIS COURSE
There is a new version of this course coming soon. If it is available before you complete your studies, you will be notified of your options and may be transferred to the new course.
SERVICES AND STUDY SUPPORT
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 Lynda.com)
- Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
- Easy computing online short courses
- Access to local TAFE libraries
- Accessibility and Disability Support Services
- Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home
The way you learn may change during your enrolment to ensure the best learning experience or to keep you safe as COVID-19 restrictions change, and some of our face to face classes may change to online or virtual classroom learning. Also, to ensure that we keep you safe while studying, we may modify our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, there may be a modification or delay in the planned timeframe due to COVID-19 impacts. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.
This course is currently scheduled on Thursday from 5.00pm to 7.00pm. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.
This is a fully government-subsidised JobTrainer course. Eligibility criteria applies.
SMART AND SKILLED FEES
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?
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.
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|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|
|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|
Animal care attendant
Wildlife animal carer
Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.
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