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This certificate II HSC program enables students in Year 11 or 12 who are interested in the animal care industry and/or pursuing a career as a keeper to complete this introductory leve course while undertaking their studies. 

Students will develop the knowledge and skills to enable them to perform the essential duties of a keeper in the animal care industry, through a combination of weekly theory lessons and hands-on experience through practical experience both within the zoo and at an approved external animal care facility. 

Course Structure Study year/Intake Cost Enrolments open Enrolments close
Weekly - day TBA 12.30pm-3.45pm for 30 weeks from February



Enrolments now closed for 2014

Enrolments for 2015 open on 29th August 2014


* If you do not currently have a senior first aid certificate, there is an extra $145 fee to complete HLTFA301C Apply first aid

Course Information

[collapse collapsed title=HSC Course]The Certificate II in Animal Studies course provides 4 units of credit for the preliminary (year 11) or HSC (year 12) year. Please be aware that this course does not count towards your ATAR.


[collapse collapsed title=Duration] This course runs for 30 weeks, from March through to September.


[collapse collapsed title=Course Location]Classroom sessions and the majority of practical placements are conducted a Taronga Zoo, Bradleys Head Road, Mosman.


[collapse collapsed title=Classroom Sessions]Classroom sessions will start in the first week of March, and will be conducted once per week on a Wednesday from 12:30pm to 3.45pm at Taronga Zoo.


[collapse collapsed title=Practical Requirements]Students are required to complete 15 practical days in total.

10 of these practical days will be arranged for students at Taronga Zoo. Students will be required to attend during regular keeper hours, starting as early as 6.30am and finishing by 4pm). 

Students will be required to organise 5 practical days at another animal care institution approved by Taronga Training Institute (40 hours in total at times suitable to the animal care institution).


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Core Units

ACMOHS201A Participate in OHS processes

ACMGAS201A Work in the animal care industry

ACMGAS202A Participate in Workplace Communications

ACMGAS203A Complete animal care hygiene routines

ACMGAS204A Feed and water animals

ACMGAS205A Assist in the health care of animals

ACMSUS201A Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

Elective Units

ACMGAS206A Provide basic first aid for animals

ACMGAS210A Prepare for and conduct a tour or presentation

ACMGAS305A Rescue animals and apply basic animal care

ACMCAN311A Care for young animals

HLTAID003 Provide first aid

Note: All 12 units (core and elective) must be completed to gain the Certificate II in Animal Studies (HSC).


[collapse collapsed title=Pathways]Successful completion of ACM20110 Certificate II in Animal Studies prepares you for jobs such as a dog clipper/groomer, kennel hand, pet shop attendant, animal attendant.

In addition, further study options are available, including:

Certificate III in Captive Animals (Zoo keeping);

Certificate III in Animal Technology (Vet Nursing); and

Certificate III in Companion Animals (boarding, grooming, rescue & retail)

Please note extra elective units are required to do vet nursing that are not offered by TTI. You can do these units at another RTO or develop competencies via practical experience at a veterinary surgery. [/collapse]

Application Process

[collapse collapsed title=Entry Requirements]Students must meet the selection criteria and demonstrate good English skills, both written and verbal, and basic numeracy skills.


[collapse collapsed title=How to Apply]Enrolment in this course needs to be co-ordinated with the students’ school. If you are a student who would like to enrol, please have your careers counsellor Contact Us .

Important: Due to high demand for TTI courses, enrolment and acceptance into the Certificate II in Animal Studies is on a first come, first served basis, subject to the applicant meeting the course entry requirements.



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