Captive Animals Certificate III and IV: What’s the Difference?
by Marianne Stenger
Posted: December 22, 2015
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.
Certificate III and IV cover much of the same ground in terms of learning to work within a captive animal facility, and students of both courses will learn essential skills such as:
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
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?
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