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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 Taronga 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

Midyear 2016

Orientation - 25th July 2016

Course fee - $7170

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)

 

15th April 2016

 

1st May 2016

 

Dubbo

January 2017

Total course fee: $7170*

 

September 2016

 

September 2016 - TBC
  * The Taronga Training Institute will have a limited number of Smart and Skilled funded positions available for this intake of the Certificate III in Animal Studies at Taronga Training Institute. This training is subsidised by the NSW government (Smart and Skilled).

This course is provided at both Taronga Zoo in Sydney and Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo (No midyear intake at Dubbo - January intake only). Refer to the information below for more details about each offering.

Course Information

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

Duration: The Sydney course is run part time (1 year full time equivalent) over 2 years. 

Course Location: Classroom sessions and practical placements are conducted at Taronga Zoo, Bradleys Head Road, Mosman. 

Course Entry Requirements: 

  • Students must attend all practical days as allocated.
  • 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 must hold the Certificate II in Animal Studies or   have a minimum of 12 months demonstrated  experience working with animals, prior to commencing in the Certificate III in Captive Animals.
  • 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.

Classroom Sessions: Classroom sessions will be conducted once per fortnight on Mondays from 4pm to 8pm, commencing with orientation on Monday 25th July 2016. 

Practical Requirements: The practical component of this course is one (1) day per week at Taronga Zoo. Practical placements will commence as early as 6.30am and finish by 4pm. Practical placements can be scheduled across all 7 days of the week subject to student and campus availability.

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

Duration:  The Dubbo course is run in intensive study blocks over 12 months, beginning in January each year. PLEASE NOTE: There is no midyear intake of this course at the Dubbo Campus

Course Location: Classroom sessions and practical placements are conducted at Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo.

Course Entry Requirements: 

  • Students must attend all practical days as allocated.
  • 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 must hold the Certificate II in Animal Studies or   have a minimum of 12 months demonstrated  experience working with animals, prior to commencing in the Certificate III in Captive Animals.
  • 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.

Classroom Sessions: Classroom sessions will be conducted in 5 x 1 week blocks over the 12 month period at Taronga Western Plains Zoo.

Practical Requirements: The practical component is scheduled in 4 x 2 week blocks and 1 x 1 week facilitated practical at Taronga Western Plains Zoo. Practical placement is allocated by ballot and will be spread throughout the course of the year. Successful applicants will be advised of their practical placement by mid November 2016

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 handy tips for enrolling online before proceeding. Please note: pay particular attention to the instruction to click "submit" ONCE only when finalising your 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

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 Student Transcript and Certificate II in Animal Studies or evidence that you are enrolled in the course and will complete prior to commencement of the Certificate III or evidence that you have had at least 12 months experience working with animals in the form of a detailed written reference.
  • Your Unique Student Identifier (USI)

Application Process

Entry Requirements: Students must complete the online application and answer the selection criteria questions contained within the application.  Applicants who are short listed to progress to the second stage of the enrolment process will be required to attend an interview, either face to face or by phone, depending on location.

How to Apply: Applications for the Certificate III in Captive Animals are to be lodged online only.

RTO Code: 91359

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