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  • ACM30317

Certificate III in Captive Animals

At a glance

At a glance

Turn your love of animals into a career with this practical course. This entry-level qualification will give you the skills required to work as a keeper in a zoo, wildlife park or sanctuary. You will need a love of animals, an ability to work in a team and an interest in animal welfare, conservation and rehabilitation.

JOB PROSPECTS
  • Wildlife Ranger
  • Zookeeper
  • Assistant Keeper
  • Animal Care Attendant
  • Wildlife Animal Carer
COURSE OUTCOME

ACM30317 Certificate III in Captive Animals

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Course overview

Course overview

This entry-level qualification is the general industry qualification and you will learn the skills required to work as a keeper in captive animal facilities such as zoos, wildlife parks, mobile zoos or aquariums. 

Your educators will be captive animal experts and with a mix of theory and hands-on experience you will learn about the importance of animal conservation and how to present this information to the public, gain practical experience in rescuing animals, monitoring animal health and applying basic first aid. You will also provide nutritional requirements for animals and learn how to safety capture, restrain and move birds, native mammals and non-venomous reptiles.

Successful completion of this course will give you the skills to care for captive animals and seek work as a wildlife keeper.

Units

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 5 elective units from the list below.

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
ACMCAN301
Work within a captive animal facility
ACMCAN302
Prepare and present information to the public
ACMCAN304
Prepare and maintain animal housing
ACMCAN305
Assist with capturing, restraining and moving animals
ACMCAN306
Monitor animal reproduction
ACMCAN311
Care for young animals
ACMGAS301
Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing
ACMGAS302
Provide enrichment for animals
ACMGAS303
Plan for and provide nutritional requirements for animals
ACMSUS201
Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
ACMWHS301
Contribute to workplace health and safety processes
UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
ACMCAN310
Assist with exhibit design and renovation planning
ACMGAS305
Rescue animals and apply basic first aid
ACMINF301
Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work
ACMSPE302
Provide basic care of birds
ACMSPE303
Provide basic care of common native mammals

Note: For some courses, not all electives are available at all campuses.

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Ways to study

Ways to study

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University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

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  • James Cook University
  • Southern Cross University
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland
Payment options

Payment options

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what's right for you, get in touch. We're here to help.

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This may be the full fee for the course, or the student contribution amount if you are eligible for a subsidy or concession.

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Important Information
Important Information

Important Information


Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Selection criteria

This qualification has no formal entry requirements however TAFE Queensland requires the following:

  • Year 10 or equivalent;
  • Sound level of computer and literacy skills;
  • Valid and appropriate email account;
  • Be prepared to attend compulsory work experience in an animal care facility; and
  • Physically, emotionally and mentally "fit for practice" for the purpose of work experience.

Greater Brisbane
Due to the high volume of applicants wishing to undertake this program, Greater Brisbane has introduced a selection criteria ranking process which requires all applicants to undertake a Basic Key Skills Builder (bksb) Maths and English assessment to determine their current level of literacy and numeracy. Applicants who receive an Exit Level 2 Working at Level 3 score (or higher) on the bksb will receive a higher ranking than students with a lower score. The bksb identifies any areas you may need additional support to achieve your goals and ensure you have the right skills and support to be successful in your course.
In addition, waitlisted applicants will also be required to provide a current resume and complete a written application.

Resources required

It is recommended that you have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system Connect, and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for use at all TAFE Queensland locations.

You may be required to undertake pre-reading or purchase textbooks. If this applies, you will be provided with a recommended reading list and/or required textbooks during orientation or at the start of each unit. The purchase of these resources may incur additional costs, or you may be able to borrow them from the TAFE Queensland library network.

You will be required to purchase uniform items, including TAFE Queensland branded items. These details will be provided after enrolment or during orientation. The purchase of these uniform items may incur additional costs up to the value of $80.00. You must have the required Animal Studies shirt prior to attending Work Experience and practical classes at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, or you will unable to participate.

Need to know

Replacement Qualification
This qualification has been replaced by ACM30321 - Certificate III in Wildlife and Exhibited Animal Care, as of 12 April 2021. Please note: a 12 month transition period, from this date, applies to enable current students to complete their study. If required, enrolment will be transitioned into the replacement qualification.

Working in certain jobs increases your exposure to some vaccine-preventable diseases. The National Health and Medical Research Council recommends the following vaccinations in line with the Queensland Government’s occupational immunisations for animal studies students:

  • Rabies
  • Q-fever
  • Influenza
  • Tetanus vaccine

Please note: Vaccination and serology evidence requirements may alter during your studies in accordance with changes to industry requirements and/or Australian Immunisation Guidelines. For further information please contact TAFE Queensland.

Assessment Methods

Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning. Read more about assessment methods.

Disclaimer

All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolment numbers. Timetable information is subject to change prior to commencement and/or during the duration of your course.

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How to apply

How to apply

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit transfers


Fast track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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If you have read and understood the student rules, refund policy, understand your fees and payment options, have a Unique Student Identifier (USI) and checked you meet the entry requirements and selection criteria for this course, you're ready to get started.

University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about university pathways
  • James Cook University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland