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This course meets the 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.
Equip yourself with the advanced animal care skills needed to effectively monitor, interact with and care for a range of captive zoo species with this online Certificate IV in Captive Animals course.
As part of the course you will learn to lead a team, manage enclosures and exhibits, communicate with the public and raise awareness for captive animals. You will also gain an understanding of how to manage nutritional needs, create animal diet plans, review behavioural management strategies and provide enrichment for the captive animals in your care.
Delivered by Open Colleges in partnership with TAFE NSW North Coast, this course combines online study with hands-on experience at an approved captive animal facility.
There are no formal entry requirements for this course, so anyone can apply. An ideal pathway for prospective learners includes:
In this animal care course, the subjects you will study include:
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.
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"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 IV in Captive Animals (ACM40210) from TAFE NSW North Coast.
Providing advanced skills and training, this course will allow you to pursue senior and leadership positions within the captive animal field. With the rigorous and comprehensive training gained from this certificate, you will be eligible for management positions in wildlife care centres, zoos and other captive animal facilities.
Wondering where a career in animal care could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:
Open Colleges offers two flexible payment models to help make studying more affordable:
Payment Option 1: Pay in weekly instalments
Payment Option 2: Pay in full when you enrol and save up to 20% on your course fees
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