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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 February 2015 due to the government's vocational education reform in NSW, Smart and Skilled,from 1 January 2015 there will be new price and fee arrangements for government subsidised qualifications offered by Taronga Training Institute. Cost will vary by individual dependent on a number of factors including previous education

28th October 2014

Enrolment application will be made available on this date

Dubbo February 2015 TBA

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.


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


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


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