The Certificate II in Animal Studies is the introductory level course for those who are interested in the animal care industry and/or pursuing a career as a keeper.
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.
|Evening - 6 months part time
||Due to the government's vocational education reform in NSW, Smart and Skilled, from 1 January 2015 there will be new price and fee arrangements for government subsidised qualifications offered by Taronga Training Institute. Cost will vary by individual dependent on a number of factors including previous education
* If you do not currently have a senior first aid certificate, there is an extra $145 fee to complete HLTFA301C Apply first aid.
- Duration: running for 6 months from January 2015 to June 2015.
- Course Location: Classroom sessions and the majority of practical placements are conducted a Taronga Zoo, Bradleys Head Road, Mosman.
- Classroom Sessions: Classroom sessions will be conducted once a week from 4pm to 8pm (on a Wednesday or Thursday evening).
- 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). Please note: While practical days are available 7 days per week, we do have limited availability on weekends (due to student demand) and students whose preference is for a weekend should also consider making themselves available on a weekday as a second preference.
- 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).
- Units of Competency:
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
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.
- 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 www.training.gov.au or develop competencies via practical experience at a veterinary surgery.
- Entry Requirements: Students must meet the selection criteria and demonstrate good English skills, both written and verbal, and basic numeracy skills.
- How to Apply:
All applicants must:
- Read the Course Information above and ensure you can meet the requirements of the course before lodging an application.
- Complete the enrolment form in full - including payment information. Note: No payment will be processed until such time as you have been offered a position in the course and accepted that position, at which time payment is required in FULL. Offers are made within one month of enrolments closing.
- Attach a copy of your birth certificate or passport as proof of Australian Citizenship or permanent residency
- Attach a copy of your CV/Resume or two written references
- Attach a copy of your Senior first aid qualification that will be current until the end of the animal studies course - if you do not currently hold this qualification it can be completed through Taronga Training Institute as a part of the Certificate II in Animal Studies
- Enrolment applications should be submitted via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or fax: (02) 9978 4508 or post to: Taronga Training Institute, P.O. Box 20 Mosman NSW 2088. Please do not attempt to submit your application in person.
All successful applicants must be available to attend a compulsory orientation evening on Wednesday 28th January 2015 OR Thursday 29th January 2015.
Important - please note:
- 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
- Incomplete applications or applications that are not accompanied by all supporting documentation, as detailed above, will not be accepted and cannot progress any further
- TB clearance is only required if you were born in a high risk country or have lived in a high risk country for at least 3 months. If you were born and have lived in Australia your whole life, then it is not required. TB clearance, if required, can be supplied on acceptance of a position in the course.
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