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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. 

Course Structure Study year/Intake Cost Applications open

Applications close

Sydney June 2015

Total course fee: $7170 - a small number of students may be eligible for fee subsidy under the Smart and Skilled initiative.

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.

Applications CLOSED

Applications are assessed on merit and no applications will be reviewed until the closing date

Applications CLOSED

 

Dubbo February 2016 Total course fee: $7170 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 - January/February intakes only.

Course Information

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

Duration: The Sydney course is run part time 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, Permanent Resident or New Zealand Citizen residing in Australia for at least 6 months prior to commencment in the course.
  • 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 from 4pm to 8pm. 

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 February each year. 

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, Permanent Resident or New Zealand Citizen residing in Australia for at least 6 months prior to commencment in the course.
  • 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. Planned classroom blocks for 2015 are:

  • Orientation - Sunday 22nd February 2015
  • Block one - Monday 23rd February - Friday 27th February 2015
  • Block two - Monday 6th April - Friday 10th April 2015
  • Block three - Monday 15th June - Friday 19th June 2015
  • Block four - 31st August - 4th September 2015
  • Block five - 30th November - 4th December 2015

Please note: Dates will vary slightly for 2016.

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.

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.
  • 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.

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.

Applications closed 17th April 2015