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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 Enrolments open Enrolments close
Evening - 6 months part time June 2015

Course fee $AU1942

Uniform fee $AU45 per item

HLTAID003 Provide First Aid fee $150*

*If required

7th April 2015

Online application available here 7th April 2015


17th April 2015




Course Information

  • Duration: running for 6 months from June 2015 to December 2015. 
  • Course Location: Classroom sessions and the majority of practical placements are conducted at 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 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. Dates will be listed in April 2015
  • 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:

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.

  • 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. 


Application Process

  • Entry Requirements: Students must meet the selection criteria and demonstrate good English skills, both written and verbal, and basic numeracy skills.
  • How to Apply: Applications for the Certificate II in Animal Studies are to be lodged online only. The link to the online application will be published here on 7th April 2015.

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 application in full. Note: No payment will be required 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.

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 if offered a position
  • Copy of your CV/Resume or two written references if offered a position
  • 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
  • For any enquiries please email:

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  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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