About the course

About the course

Are you working as an animal keeper within the captive animal industry and looking to upskill?

Whether you’re working as a volunteer or in paid employment in zoos, wildlife parks, public aquariums or other facilities that house captive animals, our captive animals' course will enhance your understanding of the industry.

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

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Intake Dates & Course Length

February, March, May, July or September for workshop delivery.

Recognition of Prior Learning applicants can enrol throughout the year.

Full time: 1 year via a series of workshops and online delivery

For information regarding dates such as enrolment, orientation and study breaks please visit the Academic Calendars page

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Career Outcomes

Successfully completing our captive animals course can lead to a range of professional roles including being a:

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

You must have:

  • a minimum of 6 months of work experience in an approved captive animal facility
  • a minimum of 8 hours work placement per week, in paid or volunteer work in an approved captive animal facility (pet shops are not a suitable placement facility)
  • completed an application form and a phone interview

Please note: students who don't 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.


To assist prospective students to determine whether a course is suitable and appropriate for the individual needs, Box Hill Institute 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.


Direct entry

Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

Pathways & Accreditation

Completion of this course can lead to further studies

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

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

Fees & Finance Options

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

Tuition Fee Type Estimated Annual Fee
Gov. Subsidised - Standard $2,754.00
Gov. Subsidised - Concession $551.00
Full Tuition Fee $9,554.00
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 VETDSS or Short course students.

** Does not apply to VETDSS, 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 2019 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.
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