North Coast TAFE (RTO 90010)
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This course meets Nationally Recognised Training standards. It is listed on the Australian government's National Register for Vocational Education and Training (VET). Studying this course leads to a qualification that's recognised throughout Australia, and lets employers know that you have the right skills for the job.
If you're passionate about animals and looking for a career outside of the office then this online Captive Animals Pathway course is ideal for you. Combining two nationally recognised qualifications in one convenient course, you will gain a unique education that will prepare you to work with captive animals in an animal care environment.
This pathway program incorporates the Certificate II in Animal Studies (ACM20110) and the Certificate III in Captive Animals (ACM30310) course to give you a thorough education in everything from caring for dogs and other companion animals as well as caring for common native animals and non-venomous reptiles. Delivered online through Open Colleges, this pathway program is ideal for anyone looking to kick-start their career working with animals!
To successfully complete this course, you will need to complete 160 hours of practical work placement to ensure you graduate job ready. You are required to complete a minimum of 80 hours for the Certificate II in Animal Studies (ACM20110) and a minimum of 80 hours for the Certificate III in Captive Animals (ACM30310) in an animal care environment.
Hear what vet nursing student, Victoria, had to say about studying with Open Colleges.
Applicants must be meet the following entry requirements:
In this captive animals course, the subjects you may study include: Certificate II in Animal Studies (ACM20110)
Certificate III in Captive Animals (ACM30310)
As a student of Open Colleges, you will have access to a range of student and administrative support options. Your course trainers are available via email, messaging and through your online course forums in OpenSpace. You will also have access to help with study skills such as time management, essay writing and referencing.
"It was very grounded in reality and it was practical as well as theoretical. I recommend doing the training before starting to write. I see people that will come to our writers group and say ‘I’ve got this lovely story, my kids love it, my grandchildren love it,’ and it would never get published because they haven’t done any training and they don’t know how to write."
"Because it’s so flexible, it was easy for me to do it. I’ll be in the middle of an assignment and I can just pause it if my son is asking for lunch. I’ll quickly make him lunch or get a drink and I can just open it back up and go straight back into it to continue. The trainers have been great. They really try to get back to you on time and make sure they give you the best possible answers. They always seem to come back with a quick response."
"It’s given me a different mindset. I used to think you’d go out and do a job, like mechanics, for years and that you’d just get the qualification after years on the job. But with this, you can study for a couple of months and then you can go out into the world fully qualified and ready for the job and just go for it."
"I think the Open Colleges model is particularly good because you’re not tied down to due dates, you just have as much time as you need. You have people to get in touch with if you’re having trouble. I’ve actually had emails back at 10pm at night from my teacher. I’ve been sitting here and I’ve shot one off and they’ve got right back to me within that hour. You don’t get that anywhere."
"I am a farmer and I run a family farm with my husband. I was given the opportunity to study any course I wanted that would help our business, and that may help me earn some money off the land, so I chose to learn bookkeeping. The course is so useful and beneficial for our farm. It’s great to learn how to set journals out so our accountant can do the BAS and income tax, without them being all over the place."
Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Certificate II in Animal Studies (ACM20110) and Certificate III in Captive Animals (ACM30310) from North Coast TAFE.
From animal husbandry and reproduction to housing and basic animal first aid, this pathway program will ready you for a range of careers in the animal care industry. You will learn how to interact, monitor and observe captive animals in a range of environments from zoos, wildlife parks, theme parks and aquariums.
Wondering where a career in animal care could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:
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