The course is a partnership between the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) and Sparsholt College Hampshire. It is a 2 year programme enrolled upon in year segments, delivered by distance learning mode and as such, it is designed for people already actively volunteering in the zoo and aquarium community in a Keeper role. However, if during or after the course, Volunteers gain a paid Keeper/Aquarist role there is then the possibility to ‘top up’ with two additional units, to receive a City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma qualification and certificate for DMZAA.

This course is therefore at Certificate Level 3 and is Pass only, with a full City & Guilds Digital Credential upon completion. The course assignments, materials and support are otherwise the same as the full Diploma course and are also mapped to the European Professorial Zookeeper Qualification Framework, developed with EAZA.

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Level 3


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Level of Study:

Distance Learning


Distance Learning Programme


2 Years