ACM30317 Certificate III in Captive Animals

Course Overview

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.

Volume of Learning

1 – 2 years

600 – 1200 hours

ACM30317 Certificate III in Captive Animals Course Fees

$6,990 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.

Units Overview

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
  • ACMCAN310 – Assist with exhibit design and renovation planning
  • ACMCAN307 – Rehabilitate native wildlife
  • ACMCAN311 – Care for young animals
  • ACMSUS401 – Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
  • HLTAID003 – Provide First Aid

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

Assessment Strategy

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:

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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