ACM30317 Certificate III in Captive Animals


Course OverviewACM30310 Certificate III in Captive Animals

ACM30317 Certificate III in Captive Animals course is intended for people interested in pursuing a career as a Zoo / wildlife keeper in the captive animal industry. Usual day-to-day functions of Keepers can include:

  • Preparing animal diets;
  • Preparing food and feeding animals;
  • Training and conditioning of animals;
  • Monitoring and maintaining animal health;
  • Capturing, restraining and assisting in moving animals (with support)
  • Monitoring reproduction and breeding programs;
  • Maintaining animal exhibits;
  • Monitoring behavioural needs;
  • Implementing improved husbandry;
  • Assisting in animal collection management.

Keepers are required to interact with the public, offering visitors educational information and helping to ensure their visit to the Zoo is a positive experience.

Course Duration

Nominal Hours: 668 Hours

Recommended Duration: 18 Months

Over this period, you will be required to attend 1 day of ‘classroom training’ and 1 shift of practical work experience per week.


ACM30317 Certificate III in Captive Animals Course Fees

$5,500 per student. A $500 confirmation deposit is required (on acceptance of enrolment). Careers Training Centre will accept advance payments of no more than $1000 from each individual student prior to the commencement of the course.

This course is approved for Centrelink student payments. Please contact Centrelink for any assistance.

Delivery of the Course

ACM30317 Certificate III in Captive Animals is delivered through approximately 78 week course of practical experience and theory. For those currently working in the industry it can also be delivered by on-the-job training, off-the-job training and by the ‘self paced’ method of learning which allows you greater flexibility in choosing the times you study and the time it takes you to complete the course.


To achieve a ACM30317 Certificate III in Captive Animals all 16 units must be completed:

Units of competency

ACMWHS301 – Contribute to workplace health and safety processes

ACMCAN301 – Work within a captive animal facility

ACMCAN302 – Prepare and present information to the public

ACMCAN303 – Support collection management

ACMCAN304 – Prepare and maintain animal housing

ACMCAN305 – Assist with capturing, restraining and moving animals

ACMCAN306 – Monitor animal reproduction

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

ACMGAS306 – Assist with conditioning animals

ACMCAN307 – Rehabilitate native wildlife

ACMCAN311 – Care for young animals

ACMCAN309  – Develop institutional husbandry guidelines

HLTAID003 – Provide First Aid

For more information on the units completed in this course, please visit the government training website:



Assessment in this course will be competency based, in that the student will be required to demonstrate competency in a range of tasks. The assessment coding which will apply is either C or NYC, where C is Competent and NYC is Not Yet Competent. Assessment procedures are transparent and address the key assessment principles of being valid, reliable, flexible, fair and cost effective. Assessment strategies encompass a range of techniques, which include, but are not limited to the use of:

  • Direct observation of performance
  • Simulations of workplace activities
  • Oral questioning
  • Work portfolios
  • Practical exercises
  • Projects/assignments

To find out more information about the course, please view the correct Training and Assessment (TAS) handbook below:

ACM30317 Certificate III in Captive Animals TAS

ACM30317 Distant Education Certificate III in Captive Animals TAS




Entry Requirements

There is no age limit for ACM30317 Certificate III in Captive Animals, but applicants should have successfully completed year 10. Mature age and students with prior learning and experience should also apply.

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