Certificate in Animal Behaviour

Turn your love for animals into a rewarding career with the online Certificate in Animal Behavior course. Learn about animal behaviors in different environments, intelligence, aggression, mating, genetics, and more. Get the knowledge and skills needed for the animal care industry.
Course Provider
(RTO 22557)
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Self-Paced Learning

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Upfront Payment or a Flexible Payment Plan starting from $25 per week.

Course Overview

Start Date
Start Anytime
200 hours of study time. You have lifetime access to this course.
Study this course 100% online from the comfort of your own home, anywhere in Australia.
Career Outcomes
  • Animal Rehabilitator
  • Animal Trainer
  • Vet Assistant
  • Zookeeper
  • Animal Care Worker
  • Animal Care Attendant
  • Pet Shop Employee
Course Modules

Introduction: Influences and Motivation

  1. What is behaviour?
  2. Causes of behaviour (e.g., genetics, learning, external and internal influences)
  3. Reactive, active and cognitive behaviour
  4. Conditioning

Genetics and Behaviour

  1. Understanding biology
  2. Natural selection
  3. Genetic variation
  4. Development of behaviour
  5. Behavioural genetics

Animal Perception and Behaviour

  1. How animals perceive things
  2. What stimulates them and how do those stimuli function
  3. Instinct
  4. Neural control
  5. Sensory processes, sight, sound, hearing, etc.

Behaviour and the Environment

  1. Coordination
  2. Orientation
  3. Homeostasis
  4. Acclimatisation
  5. Circadian rhythms
  6. Biological clocks
  7. Reproductive cycles, etc.

Social Behaviour

  1. Animal societies
  2. Aggression
  3. Social constraints
  4. Social order
  5. Play
  6. Biological clocks
  7. Communication


  1. Instinct and learning
  2. Conditioning and learning
  3. Extinction and habituation
  4. Instrumental learning
  5. Reinforcement
  6. Operant behaviour
  7. Biological and cognitive aspects of learning

Handling Animals

  1. Psychological effects of different handling techniques
  2. Training animals (horses, cats, dogs, etc.)
  3. The student has a choice of which types of animals to focus on, though a variety will still be covered

Behavioural Problems

  1. Abnormal behaviour (e.g., psychotic, neurotic)
  2. Domestication of animals
  3. Reducing human contact
  4. Reducing human dependence
Course Fees Include
  • All the required study materials and course notes.
  • A tutor who will service all of your course and career questions and guidance needs.
  • A certificate officially recognising your successful completion of the course.
Why this course?

Understanding animal behaviour is fundamental for people aiming to have a career in animal care – veterinarians, animal psychologists, rangers in wildlife parks and nature reserves, animal trainers, farmers, and even pet owners who have a strong interest in animals.

This online course explores the different theories and models of animal behaviours in different animal groups and environments. Learn about specific aspects of animal behaviour such as intelligence, aggression, dominance, cooperation, mating, hierarchies and more. Take the first step to realising your dream as an animal care professional with this course.

Is COURSES4ME accredited?

Yes. All of their courses are endorsed by the IARC (www.iarcedu.com) and accredited by ICOES (www.icoes.org). ICOES has an independent board of management that ensures that the Foundation operates in accordance with its purpose. It has an Advisory Board consisting of independent professors who developed and implemented the Accreditation Standards, a quality charter that is used for the annual review of prospective and existing accredited course providers.

*The contents are accurate at the time of writing. Get in touch with the course provider for the latest information.

About the Course Provider


Courses4me is one of Australia’s newest online education providers. They endeavour to provide their students with engaging content to encourage them along their career path. All of their courses are provided 100% online and are created by industry experts. Courses4Me caters to the upskiller, the side hustler, the returning to-work mums and dads, and those who just have a passion for learning. Courses4Me offers versatile online courses across fields like animal welfare, youth work, business, and psychology, designed by industry experts for upskillers, career changers, and lifelong learners, ensuring flexibility and comprehensive support.
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