Qualification details

ACM40210 - Certificate IV in Captive Animals (Release 2)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to ACM40217 - Certificate IV in Captive AnimalsUpdated to meet Standards for Training Packages 28/Nov/2017
Supersedes RUV40204 - Certificate IV in Captive Animals 10/Nov/2010

ReleaseRelease date
2 (this release) 09/Mar/2012
(View details for release 1) 11/Nov/2010

Units of competency

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ACMCAN301A - Work within a captive animal facilityWork within a captive animal facilityN/A
ACMCAN302A - Prepare and present information to the publicPrepare and present information to the publicN/A
ACMCAN303A - Support collection managementSupport collection managementN/A
ACMCAN304A - Prepare and maintain animal housingPrepare and maintain animal housingN/A
ACMCAN305A - Assist with capturing, restraining and moving animalsAssist with capturing, restraining and moving animalsN/A
ACMCAN306A - Monitor animal reproductionMonitor animal reproductionN/A
ACMCAN401A - Implement collection managementImplement collection managementN/A
ACMCAN402A - Manage enclosures and exhibitsManage enclosures and exhibitsN/A
ACMCAN403A - Develop animal dietsDevelop animal dietsN/A
ACMCAN404A - Develop, monitor and review behavioural management strategiesDevelop, monitor and review behavioural management strategiesN/A
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 361114 Zookeeper 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 6399-15 Animal Attendant 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0611 Veterinary Studies 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 511 Certificate IV 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Animal Care and Management 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Zookeeper 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 361114 Zookeeper 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 511 Certificate IV 11/Nov/2010 
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Modification History

Updated imported Units: TAADEL403B and TAADEL404B replaced with TAEDEL402A


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.

Pathways Information

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.

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 :


  • 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.

Packaging Rules

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 


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


Manage enclosures and exhibits


Develop, monitor and review behavioural management strategies


Maintain occupational health and safety processes


Plan, organise and facilitate learning in the workplace


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


Implement collection management


Develop animal diets


Design and evaluate interpretive and learning programs


Assist in establishing and maintaining a plantation


Contribute to enclosure and exhibit design or renovation projects


Develop and monitor collection management


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


Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices


Analyse and present research information

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.