ACM30321 Certificate III in Wildlife and Exhibited Animal Care

Course Overview
ACM30321 Certificate III in Wildlife and Exhibited Animal Care 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;
  • 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
ACM30321 Certificate III in Wildlife and Exhibited Animal Care Course Fees
$7,990 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
ACM30321 Certificate III in Wildlife and Exhibited Animal Care 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 ACM30321 Certificate III in Wildlife and Exhibited Animal Care all 16 units must be completed:
Units of competency
  • ACMEXH301 Work within a zoological facility
  • ACMGEN301 Prepare and present information to the public
  • ACMEXH303 Prepare and maintain animal habitats
  • ACMEXH304 Assist with capturing, restraining and moving animals
  • ACMGEN304 Promote positive wellbeing in self and others in animal care workplaces
  • ACMGEN303 Assess the welfare status of an animal
  • ACMGEN311 Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing
  • ACMBEH302 Provide enrichment for animals
  • ACMGEN312 Provide nutritional requirements for animals
  • ACMWHS301 Contribute to workplace health and safety processes
  • ACMSUS401 Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
  • ACMGEN315 Communicate effectively with clients and team members
  • ACMEXH309 Contribute to exhibit design and renovation planning
  • ACMEXH305 Monitor animal reproduction
  • ACMINF301 Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work
  • HLTAID011 Provide First Aid
  • ACMSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practises
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 ACM30321 Certificate III in Wildlife and Exhibited Animal Care, but applicants should have successfully completed year 10. Mature age and students with prior learning and experience should also apply.
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