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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 Sydney.


The Certificate II in Animal Studies course is a stage 6 Board Endorsed/ VET course offered to year 11 or 12 students as a one year course (Terms 1 -3). It is an introductory level course for those who are interested in the animal care industry and/or pursuing a career as an animal attendant/keeper. 

Course Structure

Course Dates

Expressions of Interest Open

Expressions of Interest Close

29 week course

Weekly classroom lessons on Wednesdays 12.00pm to 4.00pm 

Starting February 2019

Terms 1 to 3



Course Information

This course 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
  • Duration: This course runs during NSW public school term time, from February through to September (Terms 1-3)
  • Course Structure: This course includes a combination of in-class study and 9 x practical on site days at Taronga Zoo across two animal divisions.
  • Classroom Sessions: Classroom sessions will commence in February 2019, and will be conducted once per week on a Wednesday from 12:00pm to 4.00pm at Taronga Zoo 
  • 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.
  • Course Location: Classroom sessions and the majority of practical placements are conducted at Taronga Zoo, Bradleys Head Road, Mosman.
  • Course Entry Requirements:
    • Must be 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 participate 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

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

ACMGAS207   Provide Reception Services for an Animal Care Facility

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, or 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:  


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. 

Application Process
  • An initial expression of interest must be submitted by the school via the EVET system on behalf of the student. Please noteexpressions of interests/applications will not be accepted in any other form.
  • Enrolment in this course needs to be coordinated 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 due course. 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.