Certificate IV in Captive Animals

This qualification is a general industry qualification for persons operating at a senior keeper level and undertaking animal care functions within zoo, wildlife or theme park environments. 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:

Senior keeper

Post-trade keeper

Wildlife care operator/manager.


Packaging Rules

A total of twenty (20) units of competency must be achieved as specified below.

Complete thirteen (13) CORE units

Complete four (4) ELECTIVE units from Group A

Complete three (3) ELECTIVE units from Group B.

CORE: Complete the following thirteen (13) 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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Manage enclosures and exhibits

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Develop, monitor and review behavioural management strategies

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Maintain occupational health and safety processes

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Facilitate work-based learning


Group A: Complete four (4) units from the following list

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Implement collection management

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Develop animal diets

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Design and evaluate interpretive and learning programs

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Assist in establishing and maintaining a plantation

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Contribute to enclosure and exhibit design or renovation projects

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Develop and monitor collection management

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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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Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

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Analyse and present research information

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Facilitate individual learning

Group B: Complete three (3) additional units from within ACM10 or from any other nationally endorsed Training Package or accredited course. Units selected must be aligned to Certificate IV or Diploma and be relevant to work undertaken in the captive animal sector.


    Pathways into the qualification

    Pathways for candidates considering this qualification include:

    direct entry

    after achieving ACM30310 Certificate III in Captive Animals

    vocational training and/or work experience or skills recognition.

    This qualification is suited to Australian Apprenticeship pathways.

    Pathways from the qualification

    After achieving this qualification, candidates may undertake higher level study for further pathway advancement.

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:


apply numeracy skills to workplace requirements

complete workplace documentation and records

communicate with all team members in a professional manner

demonstrate effective and appropriate documentation, communication and interpersonal skills when dealing with internal and external clients

develop work instructions, specifications and procedures

use a range of communication technologies to support work operations.


work cooperatively with people of different ages, gender, race or religion

liaise with and provide support to other team members

demonstrate leadership skills

identify and manage performance required to meet internal and external customer needs in own work and teamwork

maintain organisational processes and provide problem solving support to others.

Problem solving

investigate problem causes

identify, rectify or report potential and actual problems associated with work operations

identify factors which may affect the service to be provided

use material and operational knowledge to solve problems

use numeracy skills to solve problems

identify hazards and suggest control measures

monitor animal welfare and safety practices in the workplace.

Initiative and enterprise

assist in the implementation of continuous improvement processes

gather and analyse feedback on products, procedures and services

determine and act on situations requiring further information or problem solving

provide leadership in the workplace.

Planning and organising

access, interpret and apply technical information

analyse data and information to determine implications for work operations

participate in continuous improvement and planning processes

identify hazards and implement appropriate hazard control measures

demonstrate time management skills

source and prepare materials and resources and ensure availability to support work operations

schedule and sequence work to maximise safety and productivity.


interpret and apply relevant Acts and regulations

keep the work area clean and hygienic at all times

monitor own work and work of team and identify and act on any quality issues

manage own time to meet deadlines

implement and monitor workplace procedures and instructions.


assess work data and information to identify areas for improved performance

be supportive, assertive and use interpersonal skills to encourage workplace learning

identify own training needs and seek skill development if required

implement learning activities as appropriate to ensure achievement of specified work requirements

gather feedback on own work to assess effectiveness in meeting objectives and integrate information into own practice.


use computer software applications effectively

work with machines and workplace technology safely and according to workplace standards

help others use technology efficiently and safely

ensure readiness, operational efficiency and safety of workplace technology.