What will I learn?

The accredited Certificate III in Captive Animals is a general industry qualification. Immerse yourself in the world of exotic animals as you learn the skills to positively promote, educate and impact on species conservation.

You will learn the nutrition, physiological and behaviour requirements of exhibition animals, and provide enriching environments to meet the needs of several different species in facilities including zoos or wildlife parks. You will also learn speak to the public about why conservation is important.

TAFE NSW has developed this course in close consultation with exhibit animal professionals and our extensive network gives you the opportunity to graduate with specialist technical animal care skills.


To receive this course students must complete all core units and a range of Additional units.

Note: Additional units may vary between each semester and campus and will depend on a number of considerations including the packaging rules for the qualification and demand for the unit at that location. TAFE NSW does not guarantee that speciality units listed will be offered at each location and semester. You will receive your timetable from the teaching section on commencement and speciality units offered will be provided at that time.



Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
A$8,930.00 (US$ 6,372) per year
Additional costs for uniforms, equipment, textbooks and materials (if applicable) range from AUD $300 – AUD $1,000 per course.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

31 January 2022, 18 July 2022


Western Sydney Institute - Richmond College

Corner Blacktown and Campus Roads,


New South Wales,

2753, SYDNEY, Australia

Entry requirements

For international students

Year 10 or equivalent

English Language Requirements:

Academic IELTS 5.5 or TOEFL (iBT) 46 or equivalent

Or Completion of a TAFE NSW General English Program

TAFE NSW makes every effort to ensure your Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) needs are met. The level of support you need may be assessed via a review of your LLN skills with written tasks and a one-on-one interview. If you need to strengthen your LLN skills, an individual training plan will be created with you.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.



TAFE NSW is the largest vocational education and training provider in Australia, grooming its students to be job-ready through hands-on learning.

  • Students can study at 30+ locations in New South Wales
  • Home to over 3,200 international students each year
  • Study options include certificates, diplomas and degrees
  • Offers industry-aligned programs in small classes

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