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The Certificate III in Captive Animals is the pathway to zoo keeping. Students will further develop their knowledge in animal husbandry through a combination of regular theory lessons and practical experience at either Taronga Zoo or Western Plains Zoo.

Graduates of the Certificate III in Captive Animals can seek employment as a zoo keeper, or animal keeper in aquariums, wildlife parks, and theme parks. 

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Sydney June 2015

The NSW Department of Education and Communities has implemented Smart and Skilled. This program has some financial assistance  for entry level training up to and including Certificate III for some courses. The Department of Education and Communities has selected Certificate 3 at the Sydney campus as part of Smart and Skilled. For all other courses, normal fees will apply.

The Department of Education and Communities has provided an eligibility checker enabling you to check your eligibility for subsidy. Please note: There are insufficient funds available for all eligible students to receive subsidies.

7th April 2015

- Sydney Only

Online application available here 7th April 2015

17 April 2015


Dubbo February 2016 To be advised 7th September 2015
18th September 2015

This course is provided at both Taronga Zoo in Sydney and Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo. Refer to the information below for more details about each offering. Please note: If you wish to keep your options open and apply for enrolment at both locations, you must lodge a separate application for each location.


Certificate III at Taronga Zoo (Sydney) - 2 year course


Certificate III at Taronga Western Plains Zoo (Dubbo) - 12 month course 


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