Certificate IV in Captive Animals

UQ Skills offers the Certificate IV in Captive Animals (ACM40217) as an additional, optional qualification for students enrolled in the UQ Bachelor of Wildlife Science.

The Certificate IV in Captive Animals is an ‘industry-based’ and nationally recognised qualification, which provides extra practical skills and knowledge of wildlife practice procedures - attributes sought after by many employers in the sector. Enhanced practical skills, via the Certificate IV in Captive Animals, would be a distinct advantage in achieving employment in the industry. Graduates will be ‘fit for practice’ on graduation.

Program overview

The Certificate IV in Captive Animals follows the three-year duration of the degree program. (If you enrol midway through your degree, the certificate may be done in a shorter timeframe with your increased commitment).

Candidates are required to commit to gaining practical skills through placement within the wildlife industry.

Regular tutorials and hands-on practicals are delivered, providing the knowledge and skills to increase your level of competency. This both complements and covers any gaps not covered within the degree program.

Coordination and tutorial duties for the course will be handled by expert staff with extensive experience in the field.

To attain the qualification, a total of 20 units of competency are required.

Core competencies

  • ACMCAN301 Work within a captive animal facility
  • ACMCAN302 Prepare and present information to the public
  • ACMCAN303 Support collection management
  • ACMCAN304 Prepare and maintain animal housing
  • ACMCAN305 Assist with capturing, restraining and moving animals
  • ACMCAN306 Monitor animal reproduction
  • ACMGAS301 Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing
  • ACMGAS302 Provide enrichment for animals
  • ACMGAS303 Plan for and provide nutritional requirements for animals
  • ACMCAN402 Manage enclosures and exhibits
  • ACMCAN404 Develop, monitor and review behavioural management strategies
  • ACMWHS401 Maintain work health and safety processes
  • TAEDEL402 Plan, organise and facilitate learning in the workplace

Elective units

  • ACMSPE301 Provide basic care of amphibians
  • ACMSPE302 Provide basic care of birds
  • ACMSPE310 Provide basic care of mammals
  • ACMSPE311 Provide basic care of non-venomous reptiles
  • ACMSUS401 Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
  • ACMCAN405 Design and evaluate interpretive and learning programs
  • BSBRES401 Analyse and present research information

How to apply

To apply, email us at uqskills@uq.edu.au

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Program details


Three years (can be completed within a shorter timeframe, with increased commitment, if enrolled midway through degree).

You may commence the program at any time.


UQ Gatton Campus

Delivery mode

Internal or external

Entry requirements and prerequisites

You must be enrolled in the UQ Bachelor of Wildlife Science.

This program is not available to international students.

Fees for Australian students

A total cost of $3000 for the full program, which can be paid in instalments of $500 per semester, across the three years. The first instalment is to be paid prior to commencement. Payment can be made in person on campus, by valid credit card or online through the UQ payment portal.

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