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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 June 2015

Course fee $AU1942

Uniform fee $AU45 per item

HLTAID003 Provide First Aid fee $150*

*If required

Applications open now!

Applications are assessed on merit and no applications will be reviewed until the closing date

Certificate II in Animal Studies Indigenous scholarship applications open now - click here for further information

17th April 2015

 

 

 

Course Information

  • Duration: running for 6 months from July 2015 to December 2015. 
  • 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 as listed.
    • 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, Permanent Resident or New Zealand Citizen residing in Australia for at least 6 months prior to commencment in the course.
    • 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).

 

Wednesday class - course dates and times Thursday class course dates and times
Compulsory orientation - 1st July 2015 - 4pm to 8pm Compulsory orientation - 1st July 2015 - 4pm to 8pm ^^
Onsite practical - 8th July 2015 - 9am to 4pm* Onsite practical - 8th July 2015 - 9am to 4pm* ^^
Classroom lesson - 15th July 2015 - 4pm to 8pm Classroom lesson - 16th July 2015 - 4pm to 8pm
Classroom lesson - 22nd July 2015 - 4pm to 8pm Classroom lesson - 23rd July 2015 - 4pm to 8pm
Onsite practical - 29th July 2015 - 6.30am to 5pm* Onsite practical - 30th July 2015 - 6.30am to 5pm*
Classroom lesson - 5th August 2015 - 4pm to 8pm Classroom lesson - 6th August 2015 - 4pm to 8pm
Onsite practical - 12th August 2015 - 6.30am to 5pm* Onsite practical - 13th August 2015 - 6.30am to 5pm*
Classroom lesson - 19th August 2015 - 4pm to 8pm Classroom lesson - 20th August 2015 - 4pm to 8pm 
Classroom lesson - 26th August 2015 - 4pm to 8pm Classroom lesson - 27th August 2015 - 4pm to 8pm 
Classroom lesson - 2nd September 2015 - 4pm to 8pm Classroom lesson - 3rd September 2015 - 4pm to 8pm
Onsite practical - 9th September 2015 - 6.30am to 5pm* Onsite practical - 10th September 2015 - 6.30am to 5pm*
Classroom lesson - 16th September 2015 - 4pm to 8pm Classroom lesson - 17th September 2015 - 4pm to 8pm
Classroom lesson - 23rd September 2015 - 4pm to 8pm Classroom lesson - 24th September 2015 - 4pm to 8pm
Classroom lesson - 30th September 2015 - 4pm to 8pm Classroom lesson -  1st October 2015 - 4pm to 8pm
Classroom lesson - 7th October 2015 - 4pm to 8pm Classroom lesson - 8th October 2015 - 4pm to 8pm
Onsite practical - 14th October 2015 - 6.30am to 5pm* Onsite practical - 15th October 2015 - 6.30am to 5pm*
Classroom lesson - 21st October 2015 - 4pm to 8pm Classroom lesson - 22nd October 2015 - 4pm to 8pm
Classroom lesson - 28th October 2015 - 4pm to 8pm Classroom lesson - 29th October 2015 - 4pm to 8pm
Classroom lesson - 4th November 2015 - 4pm to 8pm Classroom lesson - 5th November 2015 - 4pm to 8pm
Onsite practical - 11th November 2015 - 6.30am to 5pm* Onsite practical - 12th November 2015 - 6.30am to 5pm*
Classroom lesson - 18th November 2015 - 4pm to 8pm Classroom lesson - 19th November 2015 - 4pm to 8pm
Classroom lesson - 25th November 2015 - 4pm to 8pm Classroom lesson - 26th November 2015 - 4pm to 8pm
Classroom lesson - 2nd December 2015 - 4pm to 8pm Classroom lesson - 3rd December 2015 - 4pm to 8pm 
Classroom lesson - 9th December 2015 - 4pm to 8pm Classroom lesson - 10th December 2015 - 4pm to 8pm 
Classroom lesson - 16th December 2015 - 4pm to 8pm Classroom lesson - 17th December 2015 - 4pm to 8pm
* Onsite practical start and finish times subject to change ^^ This lesson/onsite practical is scheduled on a Wednesday

 

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.
  • 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.
  • Copy of your Senior first aid qualification that will be current until 31st January 2016 - 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

Application Process

  • How to Apply: Applications for the Certificate II in Animal Studies are to be lodged online only. Please note:  When finalising your application, after you have ticked that you agree to the terms and conditions, please click "Confirm" once only. It will take a few moments for the system to process your application, you will then receive an automated confirmation email.

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Questions? 

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