Captive Animals Certificate III and IV: What’s the Difference?
by Marianne Stenger
Posted: December 22, 2015
If you’re considering a career in zookeeping or wildlife management and are hoping to take the next step in your career with one of the Captive Animals courses from Open Colleges, you may be wondering how Certificate III differs from Certificate IV.
Which course is more suited to your desired career path? Undoubtedly, it begins with where your passion lies. Sure, you may adore all creatures in the animal kingdom and that's perfect. But does your enthusiasm extend to leading a team and leveraging your senior leadership traits? Or does your zeal for zookeeping and wildlife mean that you exclusively desire to care for our furry, scaly and feathered friends?
With this in mind, we’ve laid out the differences between these two courses along with a few pointers to help you decide which one might be right for you.
Preparing and maintaining animal housing
Maintaining animal health and wellbeing
Assisting with capturing, restraining and moving animals
Monitoring animal reproduction
Caring for young animals
Preparing and presenting information to the public
In addition to these essential skills, however, Certificate IV will also help students develop useful transferrable skills such as:
Communicating effectively as a workplace leader
Leading effective workplace relationships
Planning, organising and facilitating learning in the workplace
Conducting community awareness programs
Implementing and monitoring environmentally sustainable work practices
To figure out which course would best suit your needs, you’ll need to ask yourself what your career goals are. What sort of environment do you picture yourself working in ten years from now? Do you enjoy working behind the scenes or are you happier in a leadership role?
Certificate III in Captive Animals is aimed at entry-level students who are passionate about and want to learn the basics of working with and caring for captive animals. If your end goal is to work in zoos, aquariums, wildlife parks and other captive animal facilities, this would be the perfect course for you.
Certificate IV in Captive Animals, on the other hand, is more suited to those who want to move into a senior zookeeper or manager’s role. So if in addition to your love of animals, you think you have what it takes to lead a team, mentor and teach other staff members, develop standard operating procedures and learning programs, and generally take on more responsibility, Certificate IV might be a better fit.
Want to find out more about a career in zookeeping? Get in touch with one of our Course and Careers Advisors or check out this recent interview with Open Colleges trainer and animal care expert Chris Hosking.
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