ACM40217 Certificate IV in Captive Animals

Certificate IV in Captive Animals

The Certificate IV in Captive Animals (ACM40217) is offered through UQ-GVEC as an additional, optional qualification for those students enrolled in the UQ Bachelor of Wildlife Science.

Why enrol in the Certificate IV in Captive Animals?

The University of Queensland Gatton Vocational Education Centre (UQ-GVEC) is offering Wildlife Science undergraduates an opportunity to enrol in an additional qualification that complements your degree program.

The Certificate IV in Captive Animals allows undergraduates to undertake their academic qualification with an additional vocational qualification to enhance the value of their Bachelor degree.

A skills-based approach

The Certificate IV in Captive Animals, which is an ‘industry-based’ and nationally recognised qualification, will provide you with an additional level of practical skills in combination with underpinning 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 follows the three year duration of the degree, however if enrolled midway, can be done within a shorter timeframe with increased commitment.

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

Tutorials and hands-on practicals are delivered to students on a regular basis providing the knowledge and skills to increase a student’s level of competency. This both complements and covers any gaps not covered within the degree program.

Co-ordination 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 must be completed as specified below:

The 13 core competencies are:

  • 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

The seven elective units are:

  • 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

Applications are made directly through UQ-GVEC. Please contact us to find out more.

Unique Student Identifier (USI)

All students must provide a Unique Student Identifier before their enrolment can be accepted.

See the GVEC Student Information page for details. 

Disclaimer: Details are correct at the time of printing and are subject to change. UQ-GVEC reserves the right to change programs, subjects or costs or to cancel a program based on consideration of student numbers and resource allocation. Ensure that you understand the program, subjects, associated costs and fee liability prior to signing an enrolment form.


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

Students may commence the program at any time.


UQ Gatton campus

Delivery mode

Internal or external

Entry requirements/prerequisites

Students 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 on in person on campus, by valid credit card or online through the UQ payment portal. Contact UQ-GVEC directly for payment methods.



Phone: (07) 5460 1353

Fax: (07) 5460 1367

Postal address:

The University of Queensland,
Gatton Campus
Gatton Qld 4343


If you wish to apply please contact UQ-GVEC using the details above.

Student Handbook

Refund and other UQ-GVEC policies are available in the UQ-GVEC 2019 Student Handbook (PDF, 4.3MB). Information about all our programs can be found in the 2019 Programs Guide (PDF, 4.3MB).