This certificate course is an entry level certificate into training for other jobs in the industry such as:
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 www.training.gov.au or develop competencies via practical experience at a veterinary surgery.
Certificate III – one intake per year, for both Dubbo and Sydney, commencing in February
HSC students: The course is presented over a 30 week period. Classroom sessions are conducted once a week, 12:30pm to 3.45pm.
Taronga Western Plains Zoo: Classroom sessions will be conducted in five blocks lasting one week each.
The course requirements are:
Certificate II in Animal Studies: 15 days (10 of these will be offered at Taronga Zoo).
Certificate III in Captive Animals;
Taronga Zoo, Sydney: 1 day per week
Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo: 1 x 1 week facilitated and 4 x 2 week scheduled.
Students will be given the opportunity during their practical to do basic keeping tasks under supervision or by assisting a trained Zoo keeper. Basic keeping tasks include preparing food, cleaning, and maintenance. Over time, Certificate III students may also be given the opportunity to be involved in more complex tasks.
Students are required to complete a practical journal and have skills competencies signed off by their supervising keepers.
Most people who are successfully employed as Zoo keepers have gained experience in the animal care industry as volunteers or as part of an animal society or study group. Experience at a veterinary surgery, wildlife park, RSPCA centre, animal welfare organisation, dog training business, wildlife rescue agency, or as a kennel attendant, animal breeder, and animal groomer are useful.
Zoo keeping staff are required to have experience in the animal care industry, or have completed ACM20110 Certificate II in Animal Studies. They are also expected to complete ACm30110 Certificate III in Captive Animals prior to, or early in their employment. However, having completed Certificate III prior to applying for a position will increase the chances of being employed.
There are a number of institutes offering the required courses. As a student of the Taronga Training Institute, you are placed as an intern keeper at Taronga Zoo to complete the required practical component of the course.
for the Taronga Conservation Society Australia's current job vacancies.
The Australasian Society of Zookeeping is a good source of jobs available in zoos, parks and aquariums
Mosman Bay (first departure 5:40am) then bus no 247 to Taronga
Car: Students should park in the staff carpark area or the public carpark. After 6pm, lights will only be available on the ground level. Students attending evening classes should park on the ground level only.
Share Accommodation: Your own bedroom in a shared house or apartment $100 - $250 per week.
Full Board or Homestay: Your own bedroom, usually in a family home, breakfast and dinner, or all meals are provided $180 - $350 per week.
Studio Rental: A studio consists of a bed/sitting room, kitchenette and bathroom $140 - $300 per week.
Flat/Unit/Apartment Rental: Self contained property with one or more bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom, living room and laundry. Prices vary depending on location and quality. Between $250 - $400 per week for a 1 bedroom property.
Withdrawal Policy: Students wanting to withdraw are required to do so in writing. Where a student has started the course and elected to withdraw, the balance of their course fees is payable within 30 days of their notice of withdrawal.
Deferral Policy: Students wanting to defer may do so for a period of six months only. A position will only be held for a deferring student if the course fees have been paid on the original due dates. Where a student elects to defer, they are required to do so in writing with an indication of a date of return to the course.
Language, literacy and numeracy courses are available at TAFE NSW (Sydney) or TAFE NSW (Western Sydney).
What other support is available?
• TTI administration staff onsite
• Student Handbook
• Internet access onsite
• Trainer and Assessors available onsite (with bookings)
• Flexible learning and assessment options
• Practical Co-ordinators
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