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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 2017

Orienation 28th June 2017


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)

10th April 2017


 COB 24th April 2017


Evening - 6 months part time

 January 2018 Start

December 2017 Compulsory Orientation

Course fee - To be Advised

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)

 September 2017


 * The Taronga Training Institute MAY 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 January to July Annually & June to December Annually
  • 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

Orientation: will be an all day orientation and careers day held on Wednesday 28th June 2017

Full Class/Practical Schedule Coming Soon!!


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 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


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.


During the online application process you will be required to upload the following documents/provide the following information:

  • If you have completed any of the Units of Competency that make up the Certificate II in Animal Studies, as offered by Taronga Training Institute, you may be eligible for Credit Transfer. Applicants are requested to provide electronic copies of Student Transcripts or Records of Results as evidence that Units have previously been completed. Electronic copies of this information should be gathered prior to commencing your online application as you are requested to submit the documentation during the application process.
  • Your Unique Student Identifier (USI) - This can be otained during the enrolment process if you do not currently have a USI.

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

  • To apply for ACM20110 Certificate II in Animal Studies applicants will need to complete the online application. Please see the application open and close dates for when applications are available
  • For any enquiries or to have your name added to our expressions of interest list for this course please email:

RTO Code: 91359

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