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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 Taronga 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

 January 2017 

Course fee - AUD $7170#

NOTE: Smart and Skilled funding MAY be available for eligible students - Click here to check your eligibility*

(includes all course materials and compulsory uniform items)

 

19th September 2016

 

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED

 

Dubbo

 January 2017

Course fee: AUD $7170#

NOTE: Smart and Skilled funding MAY be available for eligible students - Click here to check your eligibility*

(includes all course materials and compulsory uniform items)

 

 

19th September 2016

 

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED

  * The Taronga Training Institute MAY have a number of Smart and Skilled funded positions available for this intake of the Certificate III in Animal Studies at Taronga Training Institute. This training is subsidised by the NSW government (Smart and Skilled).
# Full course fee for a private student not in receipt of a subsidised position.

This course is provided at both Taronga Zoo in Sydney and Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo (No midyear intake at Dubbo - January intake only). Refer to the information below for more details about each offering.

Course Information

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

Duration: The Sydney course is run part time (1 year full time equivalent) 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 on Tuesdays from 4pm to 8pm, commencing with orientation on 24th January 2017. 

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. PLEASE NOTE: There is no midyear intake of this course at the Dubbo Campus

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 2017 are:

Classroom Block Dates Time
Block one 16th January 2017 to 20th January 2017 inclusive 8am - 5pm
Block two 3rd April 2017 to 7th April 2017 inclusive 8am - 5pm
Block three 19th June 2017 to 23rd June 2017 inclusive 8am - 5pm
Block four 4th September 2017 to 8th September 2017 inclusive 8am - 5pm
Block five 20th November 2017 to 24th November 2017 inclusive 8am - 5pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 November 2016

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

 

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.

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

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

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

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

  • Copies 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. 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 otained during the enrolment process if you do not currently have a USI.

 

Applicants are welcome to apply for more than one campus and need only complete the application ONCE.


You can apply for between 1 and 4 campuses by listing your preferences within the application. If you are successful in securing a position in the course you will be offered a position at the campus of your choice, where available. If your first preference is not available we will move through your list of preferences. Please give careful consideration to your ability to relocate/ commute should you be offered a position at a campus that is not local to you.

  • To apply for ACM30310 Certificate III in Captive Animals complete the online application. 
  • APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED
  • For any enquiries or if you would like to be added to our expressions of interest list for either of these courses please email: tti@zoo.nsw.gov.au

RTO Code: 91359

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