Certificate IV in Captive Animals
Captive Animals course details
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.
This qualification is a general industry qualification for persons operating at
a senior keeper level and undertaking animal care functions within zoo, wildlife
or theme park environments. It is highly recommended that whilst undertaking
this qualification, the learner should have access to a captive animal workplace
through either paid employment or substantial periods of work placement or work
Job roles and titles covered by this qualification may include:
- Senior keeper
- Post-trade keeper
- Wildlife care operator/manager
Pathway from the qualification
After achieving this qualification, candidates may undertake higher level study
for further pathway advancement.
Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification considerations
There is no direct link between this qualification and licensing, legislative
and/or regulatory requirements. However, an individual unit of competency may
specify relevant licensing, legislative and/or regulatory 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
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.
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, 2:00pm to 5:00pm.
GET YOUR UNIQUE STUDENT IDENTIFIER (USI)
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
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
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Fees, payment and refunds: http://www.sydneytafe.edu.au/courses/fees-and-charges
Financial assistance: http://www.sydneytafe.edu.au/courses/financial-assistance
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.
|Number||Subject name||Nominal hours|
|ACMCAN305A||Assist with capturing, restraining and moving animals||30|
|ACMCAN501A||Contribute to enclosure and exhibit design or renovation projects||60|
|SITTGDE011||Coordinate and operate tours||70|
|SITTPPD002||Develop interpretive activities||60|
|ACMCAN404A||Develop, monitor and review behavioural management strategies||40|
|ACMGAS301A||Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing||30|
|ACMOHS401A||Maintain occupational health and safety processes||30|
|ACMCAN402A||Manage enclosures and exhibits||40|
|SITTGDE012||Manage extended touring programs||70|
|ACMCAN306A||Monitor animal reproduction||30|
|ACMGAS303A||Plan for and provide nutritional requirements for animals||30|
|ACMCAN304A||Prepare and maintain animal housing||30|
|ACMCAN302A||Prepare and present information to the public||30|
|ACMSPE303A||Provide basic care of common native mammals||20|
|ACMSPE310A||Provide basic care of mammals||20|
|ACMSPE311A||Provide basic care of non-venomous reptiles||20|
|ACMGAS302A||Provide enrichment for animals||30|
|ACMCAN303A||Support collection management||30|
|ACMCAN301A||Work within a captive animal facility||30|