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Course Number: ACM30317-01V01
If you are dreaming of a career filled with exotic, native and rare animals of all shapes and sizes, the Certificate III in Captive Animals could be for you.
You will need:
- Love of animals
- Ability to work in a team
- Interest in animal welfare, conservation and rehabilitation
This qualification is the general industry qualification for keepers in captive animal facilities such as zoos, wildlife parks, mobile zoos or aquariums.
Your teachers will be expert zookeepers and captive animal experts. With the perfect mix of theory and hands-on experience, you will learn:
- The significance of animal conservation
- How to safely capture, restrain and move animals
- How to monitor animal health
- Techniques for presenting information to the public
- How to maintain animal housing
- Nutrition, reproduction and enrichment for animals
TAFE NSW will provides you with hands-on, real-world learning to make sure you are job and industry ready. You should organise paid employment or a voluntary placement in an aquarium, wildlife parks, zoo or similar before starting your study.
Graduates of this course go into careers as:
- Trainee Keepers
- Pre-trade Keepers
- Assistant Keepers
- Animal Care Attendants
- Wildlife Animal Carers
Offered on 4 campuses
There are no entry requirements for this qualification.
Animal care attendant
Wildlife animal carer
A TAFE NSW Certificate IV or Diploma could give you up 6 to 12 months advanced standing in a university degree and some Advanced Diplomas offer even more credit.
Choosing a TAFE to University Pathway at North Coast TAFE is a great way to get practical ‘job ready’ skills and then gain entry to a university at an advanced stage.
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