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The Taronga Training Institute is proud to offer HSC students the opportunity to study on campus at the award winning Taronga Zoo.

Certificate II in Animal Studies is the introductory level course for those who are interested in the animal care industry and/or pursuing a career as an animal attendant/keeper. Taronga Training Institute students will develop the knowledge and skills to assist them to perform animal care duties in the industry, through a combination of weekly theory lessons and hands-on practical experiences at Taronga Zoo! RTO code 91359


Course Structure Study Year/ Intake Cost Expressions of Interest Open Expressions of Interest Close

Classroom lessons weekly

Wednesday 12.00pm to 4.00pm


Terms 1 to 3

14th February 2018


Please refer to EVET and   contact your school for further information on registering your interest and   costs.

Course fee includes student uniform T-Shirt and Jumper and all course materials.


Monday 31st July 2017

An initial expression of interest must be submitted by the school via the EVET system on behalf of the student.

Please note expressions of interests/applications will not be accepted in any other form

Friday 22nd   September 2017


Course Information

This courses will give you an entry point into the animal care industry. This course enables you to develop the skills and knowledge required for the care and maintenance of animals including handling, feeding, grooming, health and hygiene practices.

  • HSC Course: The Certificate II in Animal Studies course is a stage 6 Board Endorsed/ VET course offered in 2018 to year 11 or 12 students as a one year course (terms 1 -3)
  • Study load: 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 during NSW public school term time, from February through to September.
  • Course Location: Classroom sessions and the majority of practical placements are conducted at Taronga Zoo, Bradleys Head Road, Mosman.
  • Classroom Sessions: Classroom sessions will start Wednesday 14th February 2018, and will be conducted once per week on a Wednesday from 12:00pm to 4.00pm at Taronga Zoo. This course includes a combination of in-class study and practical on site days at Taronga Zoo

Course Entry Requirement:

  • Must in Stage 6 at school
  • Students are expected to attend all classroom lessons & practical days
  • Students must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or New Zealand Citizen residing in Australia for at least 6 months prior to commencement in the course
  • Students must be able to make their own wat to and from Taronga Zoo. Public Transport it available to the zoo by trains, ferries or buses
  • Students must have written permission from their school principal/careers advisor to particpate in the course
  • Students must have written permission from a parent/guardian to participate in the course
  • Students are required to wear the provided Taronga Training Institute Uniform and enclosed footwear at all times when attending Taronga.
  • Students should bring a laptop computer (preferable) or tablet computer to classes if possible


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

  • Enrolment in this course needs to be co-ordinated with the students’ school.
  • Entry Requirements: Students will be required to submit further documentation, upon request. Students must meet the selection criteria and demonstrate good English skills, both written and verbal, and basic numeracy skills.
  • Applicants will be required to complete an enrolment form in November 2017, this will be forwarded to the Student by their school once a formal offer of a position has been made by Taronga Training Institute

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