Are you interested in herpetology? Are you passionate about wildlife conservation? Do you want to learn how to care for reptiles and amphibians? Then this course is for you.
Approximately 200 hours
to complete the course, which
has 2 key modules made up of
There are no prerequisites to complete this course. However, you must be able to read, analyse and comprehend, printed information in English, and to write statements and solve problems to complete the course. You must also have reliable access to a computer and a reliable internet connection and have basic computer skills.
Upon completion of your course, you will receive a Certificate of Completion and a Statement of Attainment for each module completed.
Online, flexible learning at
your own pace.
Availability of Content
12 months to access the course content (extensions are considered on a case-by-case basis)
With a specific focus on herpetology, you will 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. You will also learn how to conduct flora and fauna surveys, learn about wildlife conservation theory, habitat rehabilitation, and threatened species recovery.
Students will undertake 2 Key Modules, made up of 18 subjects.
Module 1: Herpetology (100 hours)
Designed to give you an introduction to herpetology, the study of reptiles and amphibians, this module aims to teach you 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 learn how 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 2: Wildlife Conservation (100 hours)
In this module, you will learn how to conduct flora and fauna surveys, learn about wildlife conservation theory, habitat rehabilitation, and threatened species recovery. Gain knowledge about the different ways you can conserve wildlife, including the impact habitat use and fragmentation can have, and learn a variety of survey techniques to be used to better understand wildlife, flora, vegetation and marine life.
For the full subject list, download the course guide.
Assessments are a critical step in the learning process. They help ensure you stay on track and meet the learning objectives of each lesson before moving onto the next. They also help your tutor 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, interacting with tutors, undertaking research and watching videos. Each lesson will conclude with an assignment which is marked by your assigned tutor and returned to you with feedback, and if necessary, some recommended additional reading. Assessments may come in the form of – case studies, quizzes and written assessments.
This course is a beginner level course and will lay a sound foundation of knowledge and skills in which can grow with experience and further study.
This course may be of interest to people working, or aspiring to work in or as:
› Wildlife Manager
› Wildlife Feeding and Nutrition
› Environmental Consultation
› Wildlife Shelter Assistant or Ranger
› Pet Shop Assistant
› Animal Services
› Zoo Assistant
If you have a specific job in mind, it is important that you research exactly what is required before enrolling in a course. Different roles will require different skills, qualifications and recognition. If you are unsure, one of our course advisors will be able to help you with this.
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