Taronga Training Institute

Certificate II in Animal Studies Course Code: ACM20117

Part-time Only
On-Campus Only

What is the Certificate all about?

The Certificate II in Animal Studies is the introductory level course for those who are interested in the animal care industry and/or pursuing a career as a Zoo keeper.

Students will develop the knowledge and skills in the primary duties of a keeper in the animal care industry, through a combination of weekly theory lessons and activities held within the zoo.

Course details

Classroom sessions will be conducted once a week. Successful applicants will be given the opportunity to nominate their preferred day of attendance. Once allocated, students are expected to attend all classes.

Available class days and time include:

  • Mondays 10.00am to 2.00pm
  • Wednesdays 4.00pm to 8.00pm
  • Thursdays 4.00pm to 8.00pm

For evening classes, this includes the daytime orientation and presentation sessions.

  • Course Structure: This course includes a combination of weekly in-class study with opportunities to head into zoo grounds
  • Study Load: The Certificate II in Animal Studies course encompasses 12 units of competency. In addition to class requirements, you will be required to conduct independent study in your own time

Course entry requirements

  • 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 are expected to attend all classroom lessons
  • 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

Core and elective units

Core units

  • ACMWHS201 Participate in WHS processes
  • ACMGAS201 Work in the animal care industry
  • ACMGAS202 Participate in Workplace Communications
  • ACMGAS203 Complete animal care hygiene routines
  • ACMGAS204 Feed and water animals
  • ACMGAS205 Assist in the health care of animals
  • ACMGAS206 Provide basic first aid for animals
  • ACMSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

Elective units

  • ACMGAS210 Prepare for and conduct a tour or presentation
  • ACMGAS305 Rescue animals and apply basic first aid
  • ACMCAN308 Release native animals to natural environment
  • ACMGAS209 Provide information on companion animals, products and services

Note: All 12 units (8 core and 4 elective) must be completed to gain the Certificate II in Animal Studies.

Pathways upon completion

Successful completion of ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies prepares you for jobs such as an animal grooming assistant, kennel hand, pet shop attendant, animal attendant. In addition, further study options are available, including:

  • Certificate III in Captive Animals (Zoo keeping);
  • Certificate III in Animal Technology (Vet Nursing); and
  • Certificate III in Companion Animals (boarding, grooming, rescue & retail)


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