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Captive Animals Certificate III and IV: What’s the Difference?

by Marianne Stenger
Posted: December 22, 2015

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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.

Captive Animals Certficate III and IV

Course materials

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

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

Captive Animals Certificate III_Certificate IV

Career outcomes

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?



Marianne Stenger

Marianne is a London-based freelance Writer and Journalist with extensive experience covering all things learning and development. Her articles have been featured by the likes of ABC Education, The Huffington Post, Lifehacker, and Psych Central.

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