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The 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 a Zoo keeper.

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Students will develop the knowledge and skills in the primary duties of a keeper in the animal care industry, through a combination of weekly theory lessons and activities held within the zoo.

Course Structure

Course Dates

Applications open

Applications close

Evening class one night a week (Day TBA)

January 2019- July 2019

9am 1st September 2018 

9am 2nd October 2018

Evening class one night a week (Day TBA)

June 2019 – December 2019

TBA

TBA

Course Information
  • Duration: This course runs for 6 months. There are two intakes each year with the course running from January to July and June to December annually.
  • Course Structure: This course includes a combination of weekly in-class evening study and 2 daytime classes at Taronga Western Plains Zoo.
  • Classroom Sessions: Classroom sessions will be conducted once a week from 5.15pm to 9.15pm (Tuesday evening). Students are expected to attend all classes and including 1 day time sessions on the specified day.
  • Study Load: The Certificate II in Animal Studies course encompasses 12 units of competency. In addition to class requirements, you will be required to conduct independent study in your own time.
  • Course Location: Classroom sessions are conducted at Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo.              
Course Entry Requirements
  • Students must be a minimum of 16 years of age on commencement of the course.
  • Students must be an Australian Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or New Zealand Citizen.
  • Students are expected to attend all classroom lessons.
  • 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.
Core units

ACMWHS201 Participate in WHS processes

ACMGAS201 Work in the animal care industry

ACMGAS202 Participate in Workplace Communications

ACMGAS203 Complete animal care hygiene routines

ACMGAS204 Feed and water animals

ACMGAS205 Assist in the health care of animals

ACMGAS206 Provide basic first aid for animals

ACMSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

Elective units

ACMGAS210 Prepare for and conduct a tour or presentation

ACMGAS305 Rescue animals and apply basic first aid

ACMGAS207 Provide Reception Services for an Animal Care Facility

ACMGAS209 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.

Course Dates

Course dates for the mid year intake only

Type Tuesday
Orientation- Onsite Day

26th June 2018

5.15pm-9.15pm

Class

3rd July 2018

5.15pm-9.15pm

Class

10th July 2018

5.15pm-9.15pm

Class

17th July 2018

5.15pm-9.15pm

Class

24th July 2018

5.15pm-9.15pm

Class

31st July 2018

5.15pm-9.15pm

Class

7th August 2018

5.15pm-9.15pm

Class

14th August 2018

5.15pm-9.15pm

Class

21st August 2018

5.15pm-9.15pm

Class

28th August 2018

5.15pm-9.15pm

Class

4th September 2018

5.15pm-9.15pm

Class

11th September 2018

5.15pm-9.15pm

Class

18th September 2018

5.15pm-9.15pm

Class

25th September 2018

5.15pm-9.15pm

Class

2nd October 2018

5.15pm-9.15pm

Class

9th October 2018

5.15pm-9.15pm

Class

16th October 2018

5.15pm-9.15pm

Class

23rd October 2018

5.15pm-9.15pm

Class

30th October 2018

5.15pm-9.15pm

Class

6th November 2018

5.15pm-9.15pm

Class

13th November 2018

5.15pm-9.15pm

Class

20th November 2018

5.15pm-9.15pm

Class

27th November 2018

5.15pm-9.15pm

Presentations Day- Onsite Day

4th December 2018

10am-3pm

Class

11th December 2018

5.15pm-9.15pm

 

Course dates for January 2019 intake will be released in July 2018.

Orientation:

An orientation will be held on Tuesday 26th June 2018.

Class Days: Class for all students begins the week after Orientation. Class is held from 5.15-9.15pm. Class is held weekly until the end of the course. The only exception is day time classes; dates and times are listed below. 

Presentations Day: Tuesday 4th December 2018 from 10.00am-3.00pm

Pathways

Successful completion of ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies prepares you for jobs such as a dog clipper/groomer, kennel hand, pet shop attendant and 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 TTI only offers the Certificate III Captive Animals. The other qualifications can be completed at other RTO’s: www.training.gov.au

Cost

Course cost includes all course materials and compulsory uniform items.

This training is subsidised by the NSW government (Smart and Skilled^). Smart and Skilled funding MAY be available for eligible students - Click here to check your eligibility*

  • First Qualification* - $1,120.00
  • Second Qualification* - $1,340.00
  • Concession* - $160.00
  • Full Course Value (Without Smart & Skilled Subsidy) - $3,740.00

^Smart and Skilled pricing as from February 2018. Please note these figures may differ for incoming/future intakes

*The Taronga Training Institute may have a limited number of Smart and Skilled funded positions available for this intake of the Certificate II in Animal Studies at Taronga Training Institute.

Application Process

All applicants must:

  • Read the Course Information above and ensure you can meet the requirements of the course before lodging an application.
  • Read the Taronga Training Institute Student Handbook prior to completing an application
  • Complete ALL questions in the online application. Incomplete applications will not be accepted and cannot progress any further.
  • Read the terms and conditions below before applying - proceed to apply only if you agree and can comply with the conditions.

During the online application process you will be required to upload the following documents/provide the following information:

  • If you have completed any of the Units of Competency that make up the Certificate II in Animal Studies, as offered by Taronga Training Institute, you may be eligible for Credit Transfer. Applicants are requested to provide electronic copies of Student Transcripts or Records of Results as evidence that Units have previously been completed. Electronic copies of this information should be gathered prior to commencing your online application as you are requested to submit the documentation during the application process.
  • Your Unique Student Identifier (USI) - This can be obtained during the enrolment process if you do not currently have a USI.

How to Apply: Applications for the Certificate II in Animal Studies are to be lodged online only.

  • To apply for ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies applicants will need to complete the online application during the application opening period.
  • Applications NOW CLOSED
  • Please Note: On submission of your application you should receive a confirmation email to the email address you provided within your application. If you do not receive a confirmation email from Taronga Training Institute within 24 hours, please contact us at tti@zoo.nsw.gov.au

If your application is successful, you will be required to provide the following documents:

  • Certified copy of your birth certificate or passport as proof of Australian Citizenship or permanent residency
  • Certified copy of your photo I.D.
FAQs

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