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The Certificate III in Captive Animals is the pathway to zoo keeping. Students will further develop their knowledge in animal husbandry through a combination of regular theory lessons and practical experience at either Taronga Zoo or Western Plains Zoo.

Graduates of the Certificate III in Captive Animals can seek employment as a zoo keeper, or animal keeper in aquariums, wildlife parks, and theme parks. 

Course Structure Study year/Intake Cost Applications open

Applications close

Sydney

February 2016

Orientation - 23rd February 2016

Total course fee: $7170*

11th November 2015

 

CLOSED

 

Dubbo

January 2016

Orientation - 24th January2016

Total course fee: $7170*

 

11th November 2015

 

CLOSED
 *The Taronga Training Institute does not have Smart and Skilled funding available for this intake of the Certificate III in Captive Animals.

This course is provided at both Taronga Zoo in Sydney and Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo. Refer to the information below for more details about each offering. Please note: If you wish to keep your options open and apply for enrolment at both locations, you can indicate this during the application process and will need to complete one application only.

Course Information

Certificate III at Taronga Zoo (Sydney) - 2 year course

Duration: The Sydney course is run part time over 2 years. 

Course Location: Classroom sessions and practical placements are conducted at Taronga Zoo, Bradleys Head Road, Mosman. 

Course Entry Requirements: 

  • Students must attend all practical days as allocated.
  • 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 must hold the Certificate II in Animal Studies or   have a minimum of 12 months demonstrated  experience working with animals, prior to commencing in the Certificate III in Captive Animals.
  • 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.

Classroom Sessions: Classroom sessions will be conducted once per fortnight from 4pm to 8pm, commencing with orientation on Tuesday 23rd February 2016. 

Practical Requirements: The practical component of this course is one (1) day per week at Taronga Zoo. Practical placements will commence as early as 6.30am and finish by 4pm. Practical placements can be scheduled across all 7 days of the week subject to student and campus availability.

Certificate III at Taronga Western Plains Zoo (Dubbo) - 12 month course 

Duration:  The Dubbo course is run in intensive study blocks over 12 months, beginning in January each year. 

Course Location: Classroom sessions and practical placements are conducted at Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo.

Course Entry Requirements: 

  • Students must attend all practical days as allocated.
  • 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 must hold the Certificate II in Animal Studies or   have a minimum of 12 months demonstrated  experience working with animals, prior to commencing in the Certificate III in Captive Animals.
  • 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.

Classroom Sessions: Classroom sessions will be conducted in 5 x 1 week blocks over the 12 month period at Taronga Western Plains Zoo. Planned classroom blocks for 2016 are:

  • Orientation - Sunday 24th January 2016
  • Block one - Monday 25th January - Friday 29th January 2016
  • Block two - Monday 28th March - Friday 1st April 2016
  • Block three - Monday 30th May - Friday 3rd June 2016
  • Block four - Monday 15th August - Friday 19th August 2016
  • Block five - Monday 7th November - Friday 11th November 2016

Practical Requirements: The practical component is scheduled in 4 x 2 week blocks and 1 x 1 week facilitated practical at Taronga Western Plains Zoo. Practical placement is allocated by ballot and will be spread throughout the course of the year. Successful applicants will be advised of their practical placement by mid December 2015

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.
  • Copy of your Student Transcript and Certificate II in Animal Studies or evidence that you are enrolled in the course and will complete prior to commencement of the Certificate III or evidence that you have had at least 12 months experience working with animals in the form of a detailed written reference.
  • Your Unique Student Identifier (USI)

Application Process

Entry Requirements: Students must complete the online application and answer the selection criteria questions contained within the application.  Applicants who are short listed to progress to the second stage of the enrolment process will be required to attend an interview, either face to face or by phone, depending on location.

How to Apply: Applications for the Certificate III in Captive Animals are to be lodged online only.

  • Applications are to be lodged online. Please read the handy tips for enrolling online before proceeding.
  • To apply for ACM30310 Certificate III in Captive Animals (Sydney and/or Dubbo Location) - APPLICATIONS CLOSED

RTO Code: 91359

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