Reptile Courses

The following courses are Quality Endorsed Courses


Reptile Welfare Certificate Level 3


The Level 3 Certificate in Reptile Care and Welfare studies the welfare of reptiles in the wild and in captivity including biological requirements, common illnesses and treatments and basic reptile first aid. The course is suitable for those responsible for the care and welfare of captive reptiles including; veterinary staff, animal charity workers, zookeepers, pet shop owners, animal welfare officers and reptile keepers. It is also suitable for reptile owners wanting to expand their knowledge about reptile care.

Herpetology Diploma Level 3


The Level 3 Diploma in Herpetology is suitable for careers working with reptiles and for reptile owners. Study reptile and amphibian origins, classification, anatomy and physiology. The course also includes information about endangered species and threats to their survival, diet & nutritional requirements, reproduction and general behaviour of frogs, toads, newts, salamanders, snakes, geckos, turtles, lizards, iguanas, tortoises, terrapins & crocodilia. The course includes optional practical training at the RSPCA Reptile Rescue centre in East Sussex.

Reptile Studies Diploma Level 3

The Level 3 Diploma in Reptile Studies explores the most up to date research about the keeping of reptiles. The course is suitable for careers working with reptiles and for reptile owners. Learn about various reptile care and welfare issues including the biological requirements of reptiles, general health & welfare needs and how to recognise and respond to common illnesses and disease. The course includes optional practical training at the RSPCA Reptile Rescue centre in East Sussex.

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 Courses

Our Herpetology and Reptile Care courses cover the study of amphibians and reptiles in their natural habitats, including their origins and biology and their care and welfare in captivity.  Learn about the ethical and welfare issues, including the exporting, trading and breeding of reptiles and how this has led has led to a huge surge in numbers resulting in overpopulation and many being abandoned and neglected.

The accredited reptile courses that we offer will give students who own reptiles or who have a general interest in this fascinating species a better understanding of their origins and biology and of the care and welfare issues that affect reptiles kept in captivity. Careers working with reptiles are varied and include working in zoos, safari parks, education, veterinary, conservation and for animal charities dealing with the rescue, care and re-homing of many different types of reptiles. The 2 module reptile certificate courses take an average of 2 months to complete. Students will gain a good understanding of how to improve the quality of life of reptiles in captivity by providing the right care including adequate housing and environmental enrichment to reduce boredom, stress and behavioural problems.

Reptiles are becoming one of the most common exotics kept in captivity as pets. Unfortunately an increasing number are being handed into rescue centres in a poor condition through lack of proper care. Some jobs working with reptiles involve working in pet shops that sell reptiles. There is strong feeling from many animal rescue centres, who have to handle difficult situations with the ever increasing tide of unwanted animals, that whilst pet shops may be the best places to buy supplies such as equipment and pet food, they are unfortunately frequently responsible for people making impulsive decisions about getting a pet and increasingly reptiles are being sold by some pet shops as 'easy to care for' pets. There are many sad stories of reptiles being bred purely for profit and sold to pet shops where they can be and frequently are, bought on impulse by anyone. Reptiles require specialised care and are prone to severe health problems if they are not cared for properly. Apart from the suffering endured, a sick animal can cause problems for the pet shop owner who has to deal with angry and upset customers as well as pay for the animal to be treated. 

Herpetology  Courses

We are the largest organisation in the UK offering Ofqual regulated qualifications that meet rigorous government regulated standards. 

The reptile courses that we offer are designed to provide accredited training for a variety of careers working with wildlife. We have many students who have gone on to successful careers working with reptiles.

Many of our reptile courses are studied online and we also offer practical placements with some of our courses. This is an ideal way for students to gain valuable hands-on experience with a variety of reptiles.

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