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This Certificate II HSC program enables students in Year 11 or 12 who are interested in the animal care industry and/or pursuing a career as a keeper to complete this introductory level course while undertaking their studies. 

Students will develop the knowledge and skills to enable them to perform the essential duties of a keeper in the animal care industry, through a combination of weekly theory lessons and hands-on experience through practical within the zoo. 

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Classroom lessons - Weekly on Wednesday from 12.00pm- 4.00pm for 30 weeks

Practical days - up to 12 practical days onsite at Taronga Zoo - Dates TBA



$2390 - includes all course materials and compulsory uniform items



10th August 2015






Course Information

  • HSC Course: The Certificate II in Animal Studies course provides 4 units of credit for the preliminary (year 11) or HSC (year 12) year. Please be aware that this course does not count towards your ATAR.
  • Duration: This course runs for 30 weeks, from February through to September.
  • Course Location: Classroom sessions and practical placements are conducted at Taronga Zoo, Bradleys Head Road, Mosman.
  • Classroom Sessions: Classroom sessions will start in the first week of February, and will be conducted once per week on a Wednesday from 12:00pm to 4.00pm at Taronga Zoo.
  • Practical Requirements: Students are required to complete up to 12 practical days in total onsite at Taronga Zoo. Students will be required to attend during regular keeper hours, starting as early as 6.30am and finishing by 4pm


Units of Competency

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Core Units

ACMOHS201A Participate in OHS processes

ACMGAS201A Work in the animal care industry

ACMGAS202A Participate in Workplace Communications

ACMGAS203A Complete animal care hygiene routines

ACMGAS204A Feed and water animals

ACMGAS205A Assist in the health care of animals

ACMSUS201A Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

Elective Units

ACMGAS206A Provide basic first aid for animals

ACMGAS210A Prepare for and conduct a tour or presentation

ACMGAS305A Rescue animals and apply basic animal care

ACMCAN311A Care for young animals

ACMGAS209A Provide information on companion animals, products and services

Note: All 12 units (core and elective) must be completed to gain the Certificate II in Animal Studies (HSC).


Successful completion of ACM20110 Certificate II in Animal Studies prepares you for jobs such as a dog clipper/groomer, kennel hand, pet shop attendant, animal attendant.

In addition, further study options are available, including:

Certificate III in Captive Animals (Zoo keeping);

Certificate III in Animal Technology (Vet Nursing); and

Certificate III in Companion Animals (boarding, grooming, rescue & retail)

Please note extra elective units are required to do vet nursing that are not offered by TTI. You can do these units at another RTO or develop competencies via practical experience at a veterinary surgery. 

Application Process

Entry Requirements Students must meet the selection criteria and demonstrate good English skills, both written and verbal, and basic numeracy skills.

  • Complete the enrolment form in full - including signature/permission from your school to attend
  • HSC students must include a written statement/essay of no more than 300 words (contained within application form),  detailing the reasons they would like to participate in the Certificate II in Animal Studies.
  • Attach a copy of your birth certificate or passport as proof of Australian Citizenship or permanent residency
  • Completed applications should be lodged via email to: or fax to: (02) 9978 4508
  • Incomplete applications or applications that are not accompanied by all supporting documentation, as detailed in the previous points, will not be accepted and cannot progress any further
  • How to Apply: Enrolment in this course needs to be co-ordinated with the students’ school. If you are a student who would like to enrol, please see your careers counsellor.

Important: Acceptance into the course will be based on merit (subject to students meeting minimum entry requirements) and is NOT first in first served.


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