Qualification details

ACM30310 - Certificate III in Captive Animals (Release 2)


ReleaseStatusRelease date
2 (this release)Current 09/Mar/2012
(View details for release 1) Replaced11/Nov/2010

Usage recommendation:
Supersedes RUV30204 - Certificate III in Captive Animals 10/Nov/2010

Training packages that include this qualification

Units of competency

CodeSort Table listing Units of Competency by the Code columnTitleSort Table listing Units of Competency by the Title columnEssential
ACMATE302A - Carry out institution containment and exclusion proceduresCarry out institution containment and exclusion procedures N/A
ACMCAN301A - Work within a captive animal facilityWork within a captive animal facility N/A
ACMCAN302A - Prepare and present information to the publicPrepare and present information to the public N/A
ACMCAN303A - Support collection managementSupport collection management N/A
ACMCAN304A - Prepare and maintain animal housingPrepare and maintain animal housing N/A
ACMCAN305A - Assist with capturing, restraining and moving animalsAssist with capturing, restraining and moving animals N/A
ACMCAN306A - Monitor animal reproductionMonitor animal reproduction N/A
ACMCAN307A - Rehabilitate native wildlifeRehabilitate native wildlife N/A
ACMCAN308A - Release native animals to natural environmentRelease native animals to natural environment N/A
ACMCAN309A - Develop institutional husbandry guidelinesDevelop institutional husbandry guidelines N/A
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 361199 Animal Attendants And Trainers Nec 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 6399-15 Animal Attendant 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0611 Veterinary Studies 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 514 Certificate III 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 361199 Animal Attendants And Trainers Nec 11/Nov/2010 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 6399-15 Animal Attendant 11/Nov/2010 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0611 Veterinary Studies 11/Nov/2010 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 514 Certificate III 11/Nov/2010 
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Modification History

Updated imported Units:

  • RTD2502A replaced with AHCNAR202A
  • RTD3125A replaced with AHCFAU301A


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.

Pathways Information

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.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

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.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Employability Skills Summary


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.

Packaging Rules

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 


Work within a captive animal facility


Prepare and present information to the public


Support collection management


Prepare and maintain animal housing


Assist with capturing, restraining and moving animals


Monitor animal reproduction


Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing


Provide enrichment for animals


Plan for and provide nutritional requirements for animals


Contribute to occupational health and safety processes


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.


Carry out institution containment and exclusion procedures


Rehabilitate native wildlife


Release native animals to natural environment


Develop institutional husbandry guidelines


Assist with exhibit design and renovation planning


Care for young animals


Rescue animals and apply basic first aid


Assist with conditioning animals


Provide basic care of amphibians


Provide basic care of birds


Provide basic care of common native mammals


Provide basic care of dogs


Provide basic care of domestic cats


Provide basic care of marine fish


Provide basic care of freshwater fish


Provide basic care of marine aquatic invertebrates


Provide basic care of terrestrial and freshwater invertebrates


Provide basic care of mammals


Provide basic care of non-venomous reptiles


Provide basic care of rodents and rabbits


Maintain wildlife habitat refuges


Respond to wildlife emergencies

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