Professional Certificate in Reptile Zoology

Do you dream of working up close with fascinating reptiles and amphibians? Are you driven by a passion for animal welfare and conservation? Have you ever imagined yourself as a knowledgeable zookeeper or a protector of wildlife in sanctuaries? If these questions resonate with your ambitions, the Professional Certificate in Reptile Zoology is designed to turn your dreams into reality.
Course Provider
The Learning Group
(RTO 22557)
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One-on-One Mentor and Student Support Advisor

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Upfront Payment with a discount or an Interest-Free Payment Plan.

Course Overview

Start Date
Start Anytime
Self-paced. Approximately 500 hours to complete the course, which has five key modules made up of 48 subjects.
Flexible, online, self-paced learning with dedicated mentor support.
Career Outcomes

This course may be of interest to people working or aspiring to work in or as:

  • Zoos
  • Safari parks
  • Aquariums
  • Wildlife sanctuaries
  • Veterinary services
Course Modules

Module 1: Zoo Keeping

  1. The Nature and Scope of Zoos 
  2. Occupational Health and Safety in Zoos 
  3. Captive Husbandry -Nutrition and Feeding 
  4. Captive Husbandry – Health 
  5. Captive Husbandry –Reproduction and Captive Breeding
  6. Captive Husbandry -Behaviour
  7. Human-Animal Interactions 
  8. Enclosure Design and Maintenance 
  9. Research Project – Environmental Enrichment

A thorough and comprehensive introduction to working with animals in captivity, such as zoos, safari parks or wildlife sanctuaries, will help you gain the knowledge and skills you need to start your career in captive animal management. Learn about the zookeeping industry from current zoology experts, from the basics of how a zoo operates and enclose design, to the reproduction, animal health and behaviour within captive husbandry.

Module 2: Herpetology 

  1. Introduction to Herpetology 
  2. Class Reptilia (Reptiles) 
  3. Reptile Biology 
  4. Class Amphibia (Amphibians) 
  5. Amphibian Biology 
  6. Ecology of Reptiles 
  7. Ecology of Amphibians 
  8. Conservation Issues 
  9. Keeping Reptiles and Amphibians 

Herpetology is the study of reptiles and amphibians. In this course, you will learn about reptile and amphibian biology, behaviour and classification. You will gain a greater understanding of relevant conservation issues affecting these fascinating creatures. You will also develop an ability to understand the biological and ecological characteristics of reptiles and amphibians as well as how to care for them and how to keep them at home.

Module 3: Primatology

  1. Introduction to Primates 
  2. The Strepsirhines 
  3. The Haplorhines 
  4. Primate Diet and Nutrition
  5. Primate Health and Physical Condition
  6. Primate Behaviour in Nature
  7. Primate Behaviours in Captivity 
  8. Primate Breeding
  9. Managing Primates in Captivity
  10. Primate Conservation

You'll learn everything you need to know about primates, their nature, physiology, taxonomy, evolution, diet and nutrition, particularly in a nature park environment and explore their health challenges. You’ll also learn about their behaviour in the wild, their psychological wellbeing in captivity and the essentials of breeding programs and conservation efforts for individual breeds. Managing primates in captivity is also a key component, providing practical knowledge for those working in zoological settings.

Module 4: Vertebrate Zoology

  1. Vertebrate Taxonomy and Diversity
  2. Fishes: Fish Diversity 
  3. Ectotherms –Amphibians and Reptiles 
  4. Birds 
  5. Overview of Mammals
  6. Marsupials Taxonomy
  7. Mammalian Glires and Insectivora 
  8. Carnivores 
  9. Hoofed Mammals (Ungulata) 
  10. Primates and other Archonta
  11. Research Project 

This module delves into the fascinating world of vertebrate zoology, offering a comprehensive overview of vertebrate taxonomy and diversity. You will explore the rich variety of fishes, the unique characteristics of ectotherms such as amphibians and reptiles, and the intriguing world of birds. The module also covers an extensive range of mammals, from marsupials and the small yet diverse groups of Glires (rodents and lagomorphs) and Insectivora, to the complex behaviors of carnivores and the adaptive strategies of hoofed mammals (Ungulata), with a special focus on primates and other Archonta. A research project component allows you to apply your knowledge, exploring a specific area of interest within vertebrate zoology in depth. Through this module, you'll gain a deep understanding of the physiological and ecological aspects of vertebrates, preparing you for advanced studies or careers in zoological, conservation, or environmental fields.

Module 5: Animal Welfare

  1. Scope and Nature of Animal Welfare
  2. Psychology and Sentience
  3. Managing Animal Welfare
  4. Animal Protection Services
  5. Animal Rescue Services
  6. Animal Health Services
  7. Animal Welfare for Pets, Work Animals and Animals in Sport
  8. Animal Welfare for Farm Animals
  9. Animal Welfare for Wildlife: Free and Captive

Gain a thorough understanding of how to manage animal welfare effectively, covering topics such as animal protection services, animal rescue and health services. This module also extends to exploring animal welfare considerations across various contexts, including pets, work animals, animals in sport, farm animals and wildlife in both free and captive environments. This module equips you with the knowledge to recognize and address welfare needs across a diverse range of animal populations, ensuring informed decisions and actions in the field of animal care and welfare.

Course Fees Include
  • All the required study materials and course notes.
  • One-on-one mentor and a student support advisor available to you five days a week.
  • Upon course completion, you’ll receive a Certificate of Completion and a Statement of Attainment for each module completed.
Student Support

You’ll be fully supported with access to an allocated student support advisor, mentor and course consultants, who are available 5 days per week.


Assessments are an important part of your study journey as they help ensure you stay on track and meet the learning objectives of each lesson before moving on to the next. They also help your student support advisor and mentors identify where any further support may be required so that you get the most out of your course. You will learn via various methods; a combination of reading, undertaking research and watching videos. Assessments might include case studies, quizzes, and written assessments.


Upon completing the course, you will receive a Statement of Attainment for each certificate completed and a Certificate of Completion.

Approval & Recognition

The Learning Group is an approved and recognised member of IARC. The IARC is an International association which recognises quality and excellence in education providers in tertiary education.

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Our Course Consultants can answer any questions you may have. They will help you to find the best course for you and your goals and how to enrol.

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

About the Course Provider

The Learning Group

Whether you want to stand out from the competition, move into a new industry or turn your passion into a career, The Learning Group courses are designed to help you get ahead and stay ahead. They have a student-first approach, so you can study your way, when and how it suits you. Their courses are designed to fit in with your lifestyle, so you can continue to work and study at the same time. You’ll be fully supported with access to an allocated student support mentor and their experienced course consultants, who are available to you 5 days a week. The pathway to success looks different for everyone. As a Learning Group student, you will have the opportunity to further study with their well-rounded study program with industry associations and partnerships to deliver personal development and career success. Plus, they partner with industry leading education providers, so you can unlock access to LinkedIn Learning. The Learning Group offers a wide range of onlince courses in Australia, from Aged Care to Zoology, tailored for flexible learning. Their student-first approach ensures you can study at your own pace, balancing work and education. With industry partnerships and LinkedIn Learning access, these courses support career advancement and personal development, making it ideal for those looking to enhance their skills or pivot to new careers entirely, all through online study.
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