Certificate III in Captive Animals

This qualification is a general industry qualification for persons operating at pre-trade level and undertaking animal care functions in a captive animal facility or institution. It is highly recommended that whilst undertaking this qualification, the learner should have access to a captive animal workplace through either paid employment or substantial periods of work placement or work experience blocks.

Job roles

Job roles and titles covered by this qualification may include:

Trainee keeper

Pre-trade keeper

Assistant keeper

Animal care attendant

Wildlife animal carer.


Packaging Rules

A total of sixteen (16) units of competency must be achieved as specified below.

Complete eleven (11) CORE units

Complete five (5) ELECTIVE units.

CORE: Complete the following eleven (11) units

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Work within a captive animal facility

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Prepare and present information to the public

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Support collection management

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Prepare and maintain animal housing

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Assist with capturing, restraining and moving animals

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Monitor animal reproduction

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Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing

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Provide enrichment for animals

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Plan for and provide nutritional requirements for animals

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Contribute to occupational health and safety processes

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Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

ELECTIVE: Complete five (5) elective units.

Of these units at least three (3) units must be selected from the units listed below and two (2) additional units may be selected from within ACM10 or from any other national endorsed Training Package or accredited course. Units selected must be aligned to Certificate II, III or IV and be relevant to work undertaken in the captive animal sector.

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Carry out institution containment and exclusion procedures

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Rehabilitate native wildlife

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Release native animals to natural environment

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Develop institutional husbandry guidelines

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Assist with exhibit design and renovation planning

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Care for young animals

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Rescue animals and apply basic first aid

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Assist with conditioning animals

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Provide basic care of amphibians

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Provide basic care of birds

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Provide basic care of common native mammals

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Provide basic care of dogs

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Provide basic care of domestic cats

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Provide basic care of marine fish

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Provide basic care of freshwater fish

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Provide basic care of marine aquatic invertebrates

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Provide basic care of terrestrial and freshwater invertebrates

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Provide basic care of mammals

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Provide basic care of non-venomous reptiles

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Provide basic care of rodents and rabbits

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Maintain wildlife habitat refuges

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Respond to wildlife emergencies


    Pathways into the qualification

    Pathways for candidates considering this qualification include:

    direct entry

    after achieving ACM20110 Certificate II in Animal Studies

    vocational training and/or work experience across a range of work settings.

    This qualification is suited to Australian Apprenticeship pathways.

    Pathways from the qualification

    After achieving this qualification, candidates may undertake ACM40210 Certificate IV in Captive Animals that defines higher level job functions.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

Licensing, Legislative, Regulatory or Certification Considerations

There is no direct link between this qualification and licensing, legislative and/or regulatory requirements. However, an individual unit of competency may specify relevant licensing, legislative and/or regulatory requirements.

Employability Skills


Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


complete standard documentation

confirm relevant industry and workplace requirements

provide relevant work-related information to others

ensure records are accurate and legible

establish effective working relationships with colleagues

support team communication practices

understand personal and team requirements of relevant industry and workplace standards, regulations and policies

use communication technologies efficiently.


demonstrate and encourage others in working cooperatively with people of different ages, gender, race or religion

explain and implement work team reporting requirements

monitor work team tasks in accordance with regulatory and workplace requirements

provide support to team members

undertake appropriate and effective communication with team members.

Problem solving

evaluate skill requirements of work tasks

identify risks and implement risk control measures

implement animal care and management procedures

monitor and anticipate problems that may arise during workplace operations, including hazards and risks and take appropriate action to report or solve the problems within scope of responsibilities

provide problem solving support to team members

use assertive communication and/or conflict resolution skills to manage situations with clients who are distressed or in conflict with animal welfare or care directions

use problem solving techniques to determine work requirements.

Initiative and enterprise

contribute to and promote continuous improvement processes

identify non-conformances to standards and take appropriate action

identify, assess and act on existing and potential risks

monitor and adjust activity in response to operational variations

rectify problems promptly and appropriately

seek and provide feedback on procedures and processes.

Planning and organising

contribute to continuous improvement and planning processes

determine work requirements in order to complete in appropriate timeframes

ensure work equipment, materials and tools are ready and available for required tasks

plan work tasks for self and others as required

report and assist with implementing contingency plan promptly when incidents occur.


conduct regular housekeeping activities to maintain a clean and hygienic work area

identify and apply safety procedures, including the use of protective equipment

maintain currency of relevant, work-related information

manage work load priorities and timelines

monitor information in work area

monitor own work against quality standards and identify areas for improvement

understand own work activities and responsibilities.


ask questions to expand own knowledge

assess competencies in meeting job requirements

maintain skill and knowledge currency

participate in meetings to inform work practices

recognise limits of own expertise and seek skill development if required.


use information technology devices as required

work with technology safely and according to workplace standards.