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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 keeper. 

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 experience both within the zoo and at an approved external animal care facility.  

Course Structure Study year/Intake Cost Applications open Applications close

Evening - 6 months part time

January 2016

Orientation 20th or 21st January 2016

$2450* - includes all course materials and compulsory uniform items

11th November 2015

Waitlist Only - email tti@zoo.nsw.gov.au to be added to our waiting list.

 

 * The Taronga Training Institute does not have Smart and Skilled funding available for this intake of the Certificate II in Animal Studies.

Course Information

  • Duration: running for 6 months from January 2016 to July 2016. 
  • Course Location: Classroom sessions and the majority of practical placements are conducted at Taronga Zoo, Bradleys Head Road, Mosman.
  • Course Entry Requirements: 
    • Students must attend all practical days.
    • Students are expected to attend all classroom lessons.
    • 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 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.
    • Practical Requirements: Students are required to complete 11 practical days in total
  • 6 of these practical days will be arranged for students at Taronga Zoo. Students will be required to attend during regular keeper hours, starting as early as 6.30am and finishing by 5pm. Please note: The practical days will be available on set dates only. It will be essential for students to attend on the specified dates to meet the course requirements - please give this careful consideration before lodging your application.
  • Students will be required to organise 5 practical days at another animal care institution approved by Taronga Training Institute (40 hours in total at times suitable to the animal care institution).
  • Classroom Sessions: Classroom sessions will be conducted once a week from 4pm to 8pm (on a Wednesday or Thursday evening - successful applicants will be given the opportunity to nominate their preferred day of attendance - once allocated, students are expected to attend all classes and onsite practical dates on the specified day).

Course dates

Wednesday Class Thursday class
20th January 2016 - Orientation - 4pm to 8pm 21st January 2016 - Orientation - 4pm to 8pm
27th January 2016 - Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm 28th January 2016 - Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm
3rd February 2016 - Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm 4th February 2016 - Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm
10th February 2016 - Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm 11th February 2016 - Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm
17th February 2016 - Onsite practical day - 6.30am - 4pm* 18th February 2016 - Onsite practical day - 6.30am - 4pm*
24th February 2016 - Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm 25th February 2016 - Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm
2nd March 2016 - Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm 3rd March 2016 - Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm
9th March 2016 - Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm 10th March 2016 - Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm
16th March 2016 - Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm 17th March 2016 - Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm
23rd March 2016 - Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm 24th March 2016 - Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm
30th March 2016 -Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm 31st March 2016 -Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm
6th April 2016 - Onsite practical day - 6.30am - 4pm* 7th April 2016 - Onsite practical day - 6.30am - 4pm*
13th April 2016 - Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm 14th April 2016 - Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm
20th April 2016 - Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm 21st April 2016 - Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm
27th April 2016 - Onsite practical day - 6.30am - 4pm* 28th April 2016 - Onsite practical day - 6.30am - 4pm*
4th May 2016 - Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm 5th May 2016 - Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm
11th May 2016 - Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm 12th May 2016 - Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm
18th May 2016 - Onsite practical day - 8.00am - 5pm* 19th May 2016 - Onsite practical day - 8.00am - 5pm*
25th May 2016 - Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm 26th May 2016 - Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm
1st June 2016 - Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm 2nd June 2016 - Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm
8th June 2016 - Onsite practical day - 6.30am - 4pm* 9th June 2016 - Onsite practical day - 6.30am - 4pm*
15th June 2016 - Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm 16th June 2016 - Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm
22nd June 2016 - Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm 23rd June 2016 - Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm
29th June 2016 - Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm 30th June 2016 - Classroom lesson - 4pm - 8pm
6th July 2016 - Onsite practical day - 9am - 4pm* 6th July 2016 - Onsite practical day - 9am - 4pm* ^^
* Start and finish time subject to change with notice

* Start and finish time subject to change with notice

^^This day does fall on Wednesday 6th July - this is not an error

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Units of Competency:

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

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

  • Copy of your birth certificate or passport as proof of Australian Citizenship or permanent residency
  • Copy of your photo I.D.
  • Your Unique Student Identifier (USI)

Application Process

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

RTO Code: 91359

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