Love the unusual pets? Make them a career.



Dive into the specialised world of exotic pets with our Certificate in Exotics Care, tailored for enthusiasts, pet shop employees, and anyone interested in or currently caring for exotic animals. This certification provides comprehensive knowledge into the unique needs and care requirements of birds, rabbits, rodents, and reptiles.

Whether you’re a current or aspiring exotic pet owner, or you work in a setting where these species are present, this course will equip you with the essential knowledge to ensure the health, wellbeing, and enrichment of these animals. From understanding specific dietary needs to mastering habitat setups and handling techniques, each subject within this certificate is designed to enhance your expertise and confidence in managing exotic pets.

Embrace this opportunity to expand your skills in a growing area of animal care, improving the lives of exotic animals through informed and compassionate practices. Enrol now to start making a difference in the vibrant world of exotics care.

This non-accredited qualification, designed by the experts at ACAC, exceeds established industry standards for animal care related educational courses.

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  • Delivered through our intuitive online ‘Learning Centre’ along with printed learner’s guides, this course is designed to seamlessly integrate into your school, life, and work schedule.
  • The flexibility of this course allows you to study wherever you are, no need to attend campus.

What Will I Study in the

Certificate in Exotics Care

Enrichment for Animals

This subject delves into the vital role of enrichment in promoting healthy behaviour and overall well-being in animals. Begin with an introduction to both behavioural and environmental enrichment, understanding how these elements influence animal behaviour positively. Explore common maladaptive behaviours and identify their causes. Learn the key elements of effective enrichment strategies that can mitigate these behaviours. Finally, apply your knowledge by designing an enrichment program tailored to specific animal needs, enhancing their physical and psychological health. This course is essential for anyone looking to improve the quality of life for animals in their care.

This subject is specifically tailored to provide comprehensive knowledge on avian care, addressing the unique requirements of various bird species. Starting with an overview of different avian species, the course explores basic avian anatomy to give students a foundational understanding of their physical structure. Key aspects of proper housing and husbandry are discussed to ensure safe and suitable living conditions. Environmental enrichment techniques are covered to enhance the well-being and behavioural health of birds in captivity. The course also delves into general healthcare, emphasising preventive measures and routine care to maintain optimal health. Nutrition is thoroughly examined to equip students with the ability to provide species-appropriate diets. Additionally, safe practices for the transport and handling of birds are taught to minimise stress and ensure safety during movements..

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Dive into the fascinating world of reptiles with this subject designed to provide a thorough understanding of various reptilian species. Begin with an introduction to the Reptilia class, covering essential characteristics and adaptations. Explore specific details about common lizard, non-venomous snake, and chelonian species, enhancing your ability to identify and care for these animals properly. Learn about the optimal housing and habitat setups that mimic natural environments and promote healthy living conditions. Environmental enrichment and understanding natural behaviours are emphasised to ensure reptiles remain active and engaged. The course also covers general healthcare practices, focusing on preventive care and common health issues faced by reptiles. Nutrition is discussed in depth, teaching you how to meet the dietary needs of different species. Lastly, safe transport and handling techniques are explored to ensure the well-being of reptiles during movements.

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Explore specialised care techniques for rabbits and rodents, covering breed identification, anatomy, and tailored husbandry practices. Learn the nuances of rabbit and rodent behaviour to provide environments that promote natural activities. Master safe handling, restraint techniques, and proper nutrition for each species to ensure their health and well-being. This subject provides a focused approach to the effective management and care of these small but complex animals.

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Don’t live in Australia? That’s no barrier to studying with us. We’re more than happy to have you as a student, and we don’t charge huge international student fees either. Before enrolling with us, we’d like you to be fully informed. Please read the Overseas Student Information by clicking the button below.

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Additional Information on the

Certificate in Exotics Care

We’d love to have you on the course!

To be eligible to enrol in this course, you must:

  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Have a basic understanding of animal husbandry principles.
  • Ability to use and access the internet and a computer – this is an online course!


Enrolling could not be easier!

  1. Click on the ‘Enrol Now’ button below.
  2. Enter in all your details, provide payment and press submit.
  3. Wait for our team to confirm your enrolment and email you access details.

Once we have confirmed your payment and enrolment (within a few days), you will receive an email containing your online access details. You can get started straight away! Your printed learner’s guides will be sent out within days.

Important notes on Payment Plans:

  1. Instalments are only available to Australian residents. Overseas based students must pay in full.
  2. If you fly through the course and finish early, you must pay for your course in full before a certificate is issued.
  3. If you decide the course is not for you and want to withdraw, you must still pay for the course cost in full. If you have issues with the course, we urge you to talk to us before withdrawing – we have many solutions!
  4. Your instalment payments will start 30 days after your enrolment is activated and then will be every month until paid in full. Payments are by direct debit from a credit card or Australia bank account only.
  5. It’s important to contact us if you are struggling with your payments – if you fall behind by 14 days or more without making alternative arrangements, you may be withdrawn from the course.

Prices current from 11th May 2024. All prices include resource fees, tuition costs, and administration fees. Additional fees may apply if you do not pass an assignment after two attempts, you need to re-enrol in a subject for any reason, or you need longer than 6 months to complete the course.

Start anytime it suits you!

We will process your enrolment promptly and send out your resources. No waiting for intakes to start, you can just get studying.

How is this different to Accredited Training?

Nationally Recognised Training (NRT), also known as accredited training, adheres to a specific training package that outlines the requisite skills and knowledge a student must demonstrate to earn a qualification. Each training provider creates their own course content and assessments to meet these standards.

Non-accredited training, on the other hand, is not bound by these predefined packages. Education providers are free to tailor the syllabus to address the unique needs of their students, crafting course content and assessments specifically suited to these requirements.

It is important to note that the distinction between accredited and non-accredited training does not reflect the quality of a course. It simply indicates whether the course follows a standardized training package. At our institution, all courses—whether accredited or not—are designed to surpass industry expectations in terms of the depth of knowledge provided.

This course does not include practical placement requirements. All assessment tasks can be done from home.

This distance education course is delivered through our Online Learning Centre, complemented by printed learner’s guides sent directly to you at no additional cost. The online format provides the flexibility to study around your own schedule and lifestyle without the need for on-campus attendance.

Upon course commencement, you will receive printed learner’s guides that provide a structured, step-by-step approach to your studies and prepare you for assessments. Additionally, our Online Learning Centre offers a wealth of extra study resources. You will also use this portal to submit your assignments.

The assessment for each subject involves a variety of tasks designed to evaluate your understanding and application of the material. These may include written assignments, online quizzes, and practical assessments, which can be completed at home through video recordings or live via Zoom.

This course is designed to be completed within 6 months. 

Typically, students should plan to dedicate at least 5 hours per week to their studies. This ensures sufficient time for completing required readings and assessment tasks. However, if you are able to progress more quickly, you have the option to finish the course sooner.

Please note, additional fees will be incurred if you wish to extend your study period beyond the initial 6 months.

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