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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.  

Course Structure Study year/Intake Cost Applications open Applications close

Evening - 6 months part time

Midyear 2016

Orientation 29th or 30th June 2016

Course fee - $2450

NOTE: Smart and Skilled funding may be available for eligible students - Click here to check your eligibility*

(includes all course materials and compulsory uniform items)

15th April 2016

 

CLOSED - Applications under review.

If you would like to be added to our expressions of interest/waitlist for this course please email tti@zoo.nsw.gov.au to register your interest

 

 * The Taronga Training Institute will have a limited number of Smart and Skilled funded positions available for this intake of the Certificate II in Animal Studies at Taronga Training Institute. This training is subsidised by the NSW government (Smart and Skilled).

Course Information

  • Duration: running for 6 months from June 2016 to December 2016. 
  • Course Location: Classroom sessions and the majority of practical placements are conducted at Taronga Zoo, Bradleys Head Road, Mosman.
  • Course Entry Requirements: 
    • Students must attend all practical days.
    • Students are expected to attend all classroom lessons.
    • Students must be a minimum of 16 years of age on commencement of the course.
    • Students must be an Australian Citizen,  Australian Permanent Resident or New Zealand Citizen.
    • Students should have a reasonable level of health and fitness in order to fully participate in the course
    • Students should demonstrate good English skills, both written and verbal, and basic numeracy skills.
    • Practical Requirements: Students are required to complete 11 practical days in total
  • 6 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 5pm. Please note: The practical days will be available on set dates only. It will be essential for students to attend on the specified dates to meet the course requirements - please give this careful consideration before lodging your application.
  • 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).
  • Classroom Sessions: Classroom sessions will be conducted once a week from 4pm to 8pm (on a Wednesday or Thursday evening - successful applicants will be given the opportunity to nominate their preferred day of attendance - once allocated, students are expected to attend all classes and onsite practical dates on the specified day).

Course dates

Wednesday Class Thursday class
29th June 2016 - Orientation - 4pm to 8pm 30th June 2016 - Orientation - 4pm to 8pm
6th July 2016 - Onsite practical day - 9am - 4pm* 6th July 2016 - Onsite practical day - 9am - 4pm*
13th July 2016 - Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm 14th July 2016 - Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm
20th July 2016 - Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm 21st July 2016 - Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm
27th July 2016 - Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm 28th July 2016 - Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm
3rd August 2016 - Onsite practical day - 6.30am - 4pm* 4th August 2016 - Onsite practical day - 6.30am - 4pm*
10th August 2016 - Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm 11th August 2016 - Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm
17th August 2016 - Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm 18th August 2016 - Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm
24th August 2016 - Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm 25th August 2016 - Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm
31st August 2016 - Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm 1st September 2016 - Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm
7th September 2016 - Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm 8th September 2016 - Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm
14th September 2016 - Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm 15th September 2016 - Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm
21st September 2016 - Onsite practical day - 6.30am - 4pm* 22nd September 2016 - Onsite practical day - 6.30am - 4pm*
28th September 2016 - Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm 29th September 2016 - Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm
5th October 2016 - Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm 6th October 2016 - Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm
12th October 2016 - Onsite practical day - 6.30am - 4pm* 13th October 2016 - Onsite practical day - 6.30am - 4pm*
19th October 2016 - Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm 20th October 2016 - Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm
26th October 2016 - Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm 27th October 2016 - Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm
2nd November 2016 - Onsite practical day - 8.00am - 5pm* 3rd November 2016 - Onsite practical day - 8.00am - 5pm*
9th November 2016 - Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm 10th November 2016 - Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm
16th November 2016 - Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm 17th November 2016 - Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm
23rd November 2016 - Onsite practical day - 6.30am - 4pm* 24th November 2016 - Onsite practical day - 6.30am - 4pm*
30th November 2016 - Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm 1st December 2016 - Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm
7th December 2016 - Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm 8th December 2016 - Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm
14th December 2016 - Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm 15th December 2016 - Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm
* Start and finish time subject to change with notice

* Start and finish time subject to change with notice

^^This day does fall on Wednesday 6th July - this is not an error

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Units of Competency:

All applicants must:

  • Read the Course Information above and ensure you can meet the requirements of the course before lodging an application.
  • Read the handy tips for enrolling online before proceeding. Please note: pay particular attention to the instruction to click "submit" ONCE only when finalising your application.
  • Read the Taronga Training Institute Student Handbook prior to completing an application
  • Complete ALL questions in the online application. Incomplete applications  will not be accepted and cannot progress any further

If your application is successful, you will be required to provide the following documents:

  • Copy of your birth certificate or passport as proof of Australian Citizenship or permanent residency
  • Copy of your photo I.D.
  • Your Unique Student Identifier (USI)

Application Process

 

If your application is successful, you will be required to provide the following documents:

 

  • Copy of your birth certificate or passport as proof of Australian Citizenship or permanent residency
  • Copy of your photo I.D.
  • Your Unique Student Identifier (USI)

 

How to Apply: Applications for the Certificate II in Animal Studies are to be lodged online only.

  • Please read the handy tips for enrolling online before proceeding.
  • To apply for ACM20110 Certificate II in Animal Studies -CLOSED - Applications under review.
    If you would like to be added to our expressions of interest/waitlist for this course please email tti@zoo.nsw.gov.au to register your interest
  • For any enquiries please email: tti@zoo.nsw.gov.au

RTO Code: 91359

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