Certificate in Reptile Zoology

Advance your career in reptile care with the Reptile Zoology Certificate, designed for aspiring professionals to leverage Australia's rich biodiversity for a rewarding future in Reptile and Amphibian Studies.
Course Provider
My Learning Online
(RTO 22557)
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Start Anytime

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Flexible Online Delivery

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Payment Plans From $25 Per Week

Course Overview

Start Date
Anytime, When You’re Ready
This course is 200 hours in duration but you have up to 12 months to complete it by self-paced study.
100% Online
Career Outcomes
  • Zoo Assistant
  • Wildlife Reserve Ranger
  • National Parks Ranger
  • Conservation of Fauna Sanctuary’s
  • Wildlife Manager
  • Pest Control
  • Captive Breeding
  • Reptile Removal
  • Reptile and Amphibian Education institutions
  • Herpetologist

What will be my duties and tasks?

A reptile keeper’s responsibilities usually include feeding, maintaining and cleaning the animals, diet preparation, behavioural observation, record keeping, exhibit maintenance and providing environmental enrichment for the animals in their care. Also, you may conduct behavioural or reproductive research on a species and participate in public education through talks, programs or shows. You are expected to clean enclosures every day, look for any signs of injuries or illness in the reptile, and in the case of sickness or injury, the keeper is responsible for contacting a veterinarian, and sometimes assist a veterinarian.

Where are my best career opportunities?

This certificate is designed to help you gain entry level employment into reptile parks, zoos, reptile pet stores and a variety of sub fields like research, education conservation or even wildlife sanctuaries.

You may also elect to continue on with further studies which may help you secure higher paying or roles with more responsibility.

Course Modules

Subject 1 – Zoo Husbandry:

  • Unit 1 – Zoos Today
  • Unit 2 – Zoo Design
  • Unit 3 – Zoo Management
  • Unit 4 – OH&S (Occupational Health & Safety)
  • Unit 5 – Animal Behaviour
  • Unit 6 – Enrichment Programs
  • Unit 7 – Health
  • Unit 8 – Nutrition
  • Unit 9 – Breeding Program Management
  • Unit 10 – Human/Animal Relationships


  • Unit 1 – Introduction to Herpetology
  • Unit 2 – Anatomy and physiology of Amphibians
  • Unit 3 – Anatomy and Physiology of Reptiles
  • Unit 4 – Ecology and Environmental Needs of Amphibians and Reptiles
  • Unit 5 – Australian Standards, Regulations and
  • Obligations for Keeping Amphibians and Reptiles in Captivity
Course Fees Include
  • All required study materials and course notes.
  • A course tutor to help you every step of the way and answer any questions you have by phone and email 6 days a week
  • A certificate officially recognizing your successful completion of studies and qualifications.
  • Transcripts indicating units completed.
  • Online 24/7 access to your course through the online learning portal allows you to study when it suits your schedule.
  • Lifetime access to the course content allowing you to have a refresher whenever you need to.
Payment Options

Upfront payment or flexible payment plan starting from $25 per week. Only Australian Citizens & Permanent Residents are eligible for payment plans.

Course Prerequisites
  • You must have a computer and internet connection. If you do not have a computer or tablet, we can supply one
  • Over the age of 18 (if you are not, we would need to speak with a guardian)
  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • Be aware that any disabilities may affect your ability to work online; please notify us so we can fully support you with your studies
Why this course?

Do you have a passion for wildlife? Are you one of those individuals that finds snakes and lizards fascinating?

Then look no further and welcome to our Reptile Zoology course! Here in Australia we are very lucky to have a beautiful variety of native reptiles and amphibians.

In this course, you will learn all about snakes, frogs, crocs and more! Learn about their biology, anatomy, general healthcare and habitats. The course also includes general zoo keeping units including captive husbandry and safe animal handling/care.

This course is a wonderful starting place for someone looking at a career in working with these animals! Start with our course, get into the industry and then perhaps even make the jump into University when you are ready!

Tutor Support

Just because you are studying online, doesn’t mean you are studying alone. Feel totally supported with access to full tutor support over the phone and via email 6 days a week.


This certificate is accredited through the International Approval & Registration Centre (IARC). A non-profit, global organisation to help you gain employment.

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

About the Course Provider

My Learning Online

Learning Online is a new-age education provider with the mission of delivering practical skills to Australians so that you can get the most out of life. They specialise in carefully crafted short courses to deliver you the skills you’ll need to succeed. By partnering with industry experts their courses are highly relevant to what’s occurring in the industry right now. This means that when you graduate from a Learning Online course, you’ll be able to start applying those skills and create an impact in your role from day one. My Learning Online provides a broad selection of flexible online courses, offering practical skills in fields such as agriculture, animal care, business, and photography. Developed with industry experts, these courses ensure immediate relevance and applicability across various sectors. Ideal for those looking to advance their career, switch industries, or pursue a passion, My Learning Online's courses allow for flexible, online study, enabling learners to gain essential skills and knowledge at their own pace and convenience.
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