Certificate Courses

Certificate Courses

Taronga delivers Certificate courses at Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo, Perth Zoo and Melbourne Zoo. A full list of courses is below.

For more information about any of our Certificate courses, give our team a call at (02) 9978 4746 or send us an email.

Vivid at Taronga Zoo Sydney. Photo: Jonathan Dear
Vivid at Taronga Zoo Sydney. Photo: Jonathan Dear

Why study with us?

Ever wanted to study at the zoo? The Taronga Training Institute provides accredited training that gives you the unique experience of studying on site at the zoo.

We provide:

  • Independent and online study to suit your work and lifestyle commitments.
  • Practical onsite days at the zoo.  Practice what you learn in a captive animal and tourism work environment.
  • Opportunities to participate in Taronga special events such as VIVID at Taronga, as well as conservation programs such as tree planting and release.

View the list of available courses below, or click to read our Student Handbook, Policies and Procedures.

Vivid at Taronga Zoo Sydney. Photo: Jonathan Dear

Everything you need to know

Student handbook

Enrolled students should read the Student Handbook and Code of Practice before their first class to ensure they are familiar with their responsibilities.

Policies and procedures

We're committed to adhering to policies and procedures developed to ensure compliance with the National Vet Regulator and Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).

Ringtail possum
Ringtail possum

Certificate II in Animal Studies (HSC) ACM20117

This Certificate II is for those who are interested in the animal care industry and/or pursuing a career as a keeper. It is specifically designed as a HSC program for students in Year 11 or 12 while undertaking their school studies.

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Ringtail possum
Marine Mammal Keeper with Pepper the Californian Sea-lion
Marine Mammal Keeper with Pepper the Californian Sea-lion

Certificate II in Animal Studies (Sydney) ACM20117

This is an 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 perform the essential duties of a keeper in the animal care industry, through a combination of weekly theory lessons and activities held within Taronga Zoo Sydney.

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Marine Mammal Keeper with Pepper the Californian Sea-lion
Elephant calf Kanlaya at Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo
Elephant calf Kanlaya at Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo

Certificate II in Animal Studies (Dubbo) ACM20117

This is an 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 perform the essential duties of a keeper in the animal care industry, through a combination of weekly theory lessons and activities held within Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo.

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Elephant calf Kanlaya at Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo
Quokka joey with Keeper Bec Russell-Cook
Quokka joey with Keeper Bec Russell-Cook

Certificate III in Captive Animals (Sydney) ACM30317

This course 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 Taronga Zoo Sydney. Graduates can seek employment as a zoo keeper, or animal keeper in aquariums and wildlife parks.

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Quokka joey with Keeper Bec Russell-Cook
Lion, Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo
Lion, Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo

Certificate III in Captive Animals (Dubbo) ACM30317

This course 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 Taronga Western Plains Zoo. Graduates can seek employment as a zoo keeper, or animal keeper in aquariums and wildlife parks.

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Lion, Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo
Western Lowland Gorilla
Western Lowland Gorilla

Certificate III in Captive Animals (Melbourne) ACM30317

This course 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 with Zoos Victoria. Graduates can seek employment as a zoo keeper, or animal keeper in aquariums and wildlife parks.

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Western Lowland Gorilla
White Rhinoceros
White Rhinoceros

Certificate III in Captive Animals (Perth) ACM30317

This course 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 Perth Zoo. Graduates can seek employment as a zoo keeper, or animal keeper in aquariums and wildlife parks.

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White Rhinoceros
Koala, Taronga Zoo Sydney
Koala, Taronga Zoo Sydney

Certificate I in Tourism (Australian Indigenous Culture) SIT10116

This is a foundation course that provides an opportunity to study and gain on the job practical skills in one of Australia’s leading tourism environments. This course is a Stage 5 VET/ Board Endorsed course applicable as a Record of School Achievement (RoSA). It is a combination of in-class study and practical on site activities.

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Koala, Taronga Zoo Sydney
Giraffe at Taronga Zoo Sydney
Giraffe at Taronga Zoo Sydney

Certificate II in Tourism (HSC) SIT20116

The Certificate II in Tourism is for those who are interested in working in the Tourism industry. This course is a stage 6 Board Endorsed / VET course offered to year 11 or 12 students as a one year course (terms 1 -3). Delivery is a combination of in-class study and practical on site activities.

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Giraffe at Taronga Zoo Sydney
Vivid Sydney at Taronga Zoo. Photo: Destination NSW
Vivid Sydney at Taronga Zoo. Photo: Destination NSW

Certificate III in Tourism SIT30116

This qualification provides you with a flexible career pathway to work for a wide variety of employers across many sectors of the tourism industry. Delivered online with onsite practical components.

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Vivid Sydney at Taronga Zoo. Photo: Destination NSW