Are you working as an animal keeper within the captive animal industry? Do you want to further develop your skills and knowledge? Then our captive animal course is for you.

Zoos, wildlife parks and public aquariums are some of the facilities that house captive animals. Whether you are working as a volunteer or in paid employment in this field, through this course you will enhance your understanding of the captive animal industry.

You’ll study and do assessments online and via a series of compulsory practical workshops, which are held throughout the year.

If you do not currently work as a keeper please contact us for more information as there may be the possibility to explore work placement with one of our captive animal partners.




National Code ACM30317
Study Areas Animal Studies
Captive Animals
Study Level Certificate III
Study Type Local
Study Mode

Fulltime over 12 months via a series of Workshops and online delivery 

Course Type Victorian TAFE Course
Campuses Workplace, Lilydale

Tuition Fee Type Estimated Annual Fee
Gov. Subsidised - Standard $2,618.00
Gov. Subsidised - Concession $524.00
Full Fee $9,622.00
Service Fees Estimated Annual Fees
Service & Amenities* $155.00
Core Skills Support** $75.00
Annual Material Fees $850.00
Retain Course Items*** No fee applies


* Does not apply to VETiS or Short course students.

** Does not apply to VETiS, International students, Short Courses, Graduate Degrees , or re-enrolling students who re-enrol in the same course.

***Retained Course Items are purchased by the student once prior to commencing. The course items bought by the student become the property of the student. Such items retain a generic application for other purposes outside the student's course of study (e.g. textbooks).

Annual student tuition & material fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees listed are for 2018 and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. Advertised start dates and delivery locations are subject to viable student numbers. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

This training is provided to eligible individuals with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments

February 2019 ONLY for workshop delivery.

Recognition of Prior Learning applicants can enrol throughout the year.

Full time: 12 months via a series of workshops and online delivery

Workplace, Lilydale

You must:

  • have a minimum of 6 months work experience in an approved captive animal facility
  • have a minimum of 8 hours work placement per week, in paid or volunteer work in an approved captive animal facility
  • complete an application form and a phone interview
  • Students who do not have the minimum work experience may still apply as long as they meet the weekly place requirements

Your application will be assessed and if suitable, you will be invited to attend an interview.

PRE-TRAINING REVIEW

To assist prospective students to determine whether a course is suitable and appropriate for the individual needs the Institute and CAE will assess all students’ language, literacy and numeracy and digital literacy by asking you to undertake a self-assessment review prior to the enrolment.

A course advisor will discuss the outcomes of the review and make recommendations about whether the course is suitable for you, and identify additional support where required.

PRE-TRAINING REVIEW

To assist prospective students to determine whether a course is suitable and appropriate for the individual needs the Institute and CAE will assess all students’ language, literacy and numeracy and digital literacy by asking you to undertake a self-assessment review prior to the enrolment.

A course advisor will discuss the outcomes of the review and make recommendations about whether the course is suitable for you, and identify additional support where required.

Completion of this course can lead to further studies.

Direct entry and completion of an application form 

Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 3

After completing this course, job roles you may want to apply for include:

  • trainee keeper
  • pre-trade keeper
  • assistant keeper
  • animal care attendant
  • wildlife animal carer

To achieve this qualification, competency must be demonstrated in 16 units (including 11 core and 5 electives). 

Last updated: December 13, 2018 09:00am