Certificate IV in Captive Animals

Certificate IV   NRT
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Start date:
Wed 2 May 2018
 –   Ultimo
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    Course description and aims

    This course is for people aiming to operate at a senior keeper level
    undertaking animal care functions within a zoo, wildlife or theme park
    environment. It is also suitable for those already employed in the care and
    husbandry of captive animals. Job roles include senior keeper; wildlife care

    This course enables you to build on your skills and knowledge for the care of
    captive animals. It is essential that whilst undertaking this course you have
    access to a captive animal workplace through either paid employment or
    significant periods of work placement or work experience. This will allow you
    to practise what you have learnt and increase your experience working with other
    in an animal care facility.

    By completing this course you will learn about keeping captive animals,
    including feeding, maintaining hygiene, maintaining enclosures and exhibits,
    monitoring animal reproduction and providing enrichment for animals. People who
    work at this level are also required prepare and present information to the
    public, implement and monitor the organisation's work health and safety
    program, implement collection management, manage closure and exhibits, develop
    animal diets, and develop, monitor and review behavioural management strategies.

    Pathways from this course include graduate level study to provide advanced
    skills and knowledge for further advancement.

    Course outcomes and careers

    Zookeeper, wildlife parks keeper, theme parks or sanctuary keeper, wildlife
    carer or rescuer.

    Entry requirements

    Pathways for candidates considering this qualification include:

    - direct entry
    - after achieving ACM30310 Certificate III in Captive Animals
    - vocational training and/or work experience or skills recognition.

    This qualification is suited to Australian Apprenticeship pathways.

    It is recommended that whilst undertaking this qualification, the learner have
    access to an captive animal workplace.

    Enrol at any location

    Part Time Day
    Course type:
    Pre-requisite Cert III Captive Animals (workplacement required)
    Course start:
    Wed 2 May 2018
    Course duration:
    20 Weeks
    3 Hours per week
    Course Fee:
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    About offering:


    Attend the following information session to meet with the teaching staff, discuss the course and get more information about enrolment and next steps.

    Wednesday, 6 December 2017 or Wednesday, 24 January 2018, at 11:00am or 5:00pm at Ultimo College, Main Campus, 651-731 Harris Street, building D, level 7, room D7.49.

    Indicative timetable:

    You will need to attend approximately 3 hours of class each week for 20 weeks. An indication of how your weekly timetable may look is: Wednesday, 10:00pm to 1:00pm.

    How to enrol or apply:


    Before you enrol you must have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). Visit http://www.usi.gov.au/students/create-your-usi to request a USI. Remember to add Sydney TAFE to your account via the Manage Permissions page (code: 90003, name: TAFE NSW - Sydney Institute).

    Find out more about applying and enrolling: http://www.sydneytafe.edu.au/courses/applying-and-enrolling

    Fee information:


    The field trip to Borneo and Komodo island is included in the course fee and covers flights, accommodation, transfers, tours, boats but does not include meals.


    Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

    Find out more about recognition: http://www.sydneytafe.edu.au/courses/recognition


    Fees, payment and refunds: http://www.sydneytafe.edu.au/courses/fees-and-charges

    Financial assistance: http://www.sydneytafe.edu.au/courses/financial-assistance

    Other Information:

    You should have already completed ACM30310 Certificate III Captive Animals as a pre requisite to enrol in this course and have at least one day per week work placement in a captive animal facility such as a zoo, wildlife park or public aquarium.
    You will also be required to attend a 14 days field trip to Borneo, Indonesia and Komodo Island from Friday 10 to Thursday 23, August 2018. The cost of this trip is included in your course fee.


    NumberSubject nameNominal hours
    ACMCAN305AAssist with capturing, restraining and moving animals30
    ACMCAN501AContribute to enclosure and exhibit design or renovation projects60
    SITTGDE011Coordinate and operate tours70
    SITTPPD002Develop interpretive activities60
    ACMCAN404ADevelop, monitor and review behavioural management strategies40
    ACMGAS301AMaintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing30
    ACMOHS401AMaintain occupational health and safety processes30
    ACMCAN402AManage enclosures and exhibits40
    SITTGDE012Manage extended touring programs70
    ACMCAN306AMonitor animal reproduction30
    ACMGAS303APlan for and provide nutritional requirements for animals30
    ACMCAN304APrepare and maintain animal housing30
    ACMCAN302APrepare and present information to the public30
    ACMSPE303AProvide basic care of common native mammals20
    ACMSPE310AProvide basic care of mammals20
    ACMSPE311AProvide basic care of non-venomous reptiles20
    ACMGAS302AProvide enrichment for animals30
    ACMCAN303ASupport collection management30
    ACMCAN301AWork within a captive animal facility30



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