Reptile Welfare Certificate Level 3

Reptile Welfare Certificate Level 3

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Course Level

Start Date


Study Mode




Up to 2 Years

Online course 

Course Fees



Unit 1

General health & welfare needs of captive reptiles including first aid & illness

The first unit of the reptile care course explores the welfare needs of reptiles, both in the wild and in captivity.

Learn about their core biological requirements and about common illnesses and treatments.

Unit 2

Reptiles as Pets

Reptiles are increasingly being kept as pets. This unit explores the reasons why they are so popular and also examines the legal aspects of reptile keeping.

ZSL Fellowship

When you study a wildlife, zoology or conservation course with Animal Courses Direct, you will be eligible to apply for ZSL Fellowship. Fellows get unlimited access for them and a family guest to ZSL London and Whipsnade Zoos plus borrowing rights in the extensive ZSL library of rare zoological texts. Enrol on your course and apply directly to  ZSL for Fellowship.

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Reptile Care and Welfare Course

The Reptile Care Course is a 2 unit, Level 3 certificate course that  is relevant for those passionate about the care and welfare of captive reptiles including; veterinary staff, animal charity workers, zoo keepers, pet shop owners, animal welfare officers and reptile keepers.

Caring properly for reptiles is hard work and can be complex and expensive;  for  example, captive reptiles need to be kept in environments very similar to their natural habitats  -  this involves keeping their accommodation at the correct humidity and temperature all year round.



Reptile Care and Welfare


Sadly, 70-90% of reptiles die within their first year kept in captivity. This figure is on top of the staggering 50% that died during the importation process!


This reptile care course has been designed to provide information about the welfare requirements of captive reptiles and it is suitable for anyone considering getting a reptile as a pet, those who already have reptile pets and would like to learn more about them, and for people who work with reptiles in pet shops, zoos or animal charities.



Click here for more information about us and how to enrol and study this Reptile Welfare Certificate Level 3