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Course Type:
Accredited course
Mode of Delivery:
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Course Duration:
18 months
Commencing in:
  • 2024

2024 Intake

Intake Date Campus Attendance Days
12/08/2024 Morwell Monday 6:30pm-8:30pm, Friday 9:00am-4:00pm
02/09/2024 Morwell Monday 6:30pm-8:30pm, Friday 9:00am-4:00pm

About this course

Passionate about protecting the environment?
The Diploma of Conservation and Ecosystem Management reflects the role of personnel working in management positions with technical level skills in conservation and land management roles.
If you already work in the conservation and land management sector and are looking to advance your technical level skills for a range of specialist roles within the sector, this course is for you.
Upgrade your qualifications with a blended learning approach that involves weekly online sessions supplemented by practical workshops which aim to build your professional networks in the industry sector as well as showcase local career pathway opportunities.

Help protect Mother Nature through the work you do.
You’ll learn the technical level skills in conservation and land management so you can work in roles like lands, parks and wildlife manager, senior ranger or a project officer.
Take your studies even further with an Advanced Diploma of Conservation and Land Management or a Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental). Both options will give you more specialised skills and enhance your employment opportunities in the future, and we’ll be on hand to help with the decision-making process if and when the time comes.
Go on, be the change you want to see for the environment by joining the industry of conservation and land management with a Diploma of Conservation and Ecosystem Management.

Career Opportunities

Job roles and titles vary across different industry sectors. Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include: Soil Conservation Specialist, Landcare Manager, Land Management Unit Supervisor, Indigenous Land Manager, Park Ranger, Environmental Officer (Lands, Parks and Wildlife),Natural Resource Manager

Opportunities for Further Study

Bachelor of Environmental and Conservation Science
A defined TAFE pathway program exists for this degree. Please note that additional essential requirements for admission may apply following completion of this pathway.
AHC51120 Diploma of Conservation and Ecosystem Management | credit for 120 credit points
* 120 credit points is the equivalent of one-year full time study.
Source: https://study.federation.edu.au/course/DSE5#accordion-course-pathways

Skills or Knowledge gained

This course involves hands on learning that will teach participants industry skills and knowledge, including planning, designing and developing revegetation and natural area restoration plans, area based management plans, data collection techniques and data analysis, preparing industry standard reports, monitoring techniques, presentation skills, analysing risk, using plant keys and creating industry standard herbariums

Entry Requirements

Are there specified requirements for entry into the course/qualification?: No

Mandatory entry requirements:

Profile / Fulltime Trainee Students: Minimum age of 17 years (this is not a training package requirement). Profile students in Victoria must be 17 years of age or older and not enrolled at secondary school to be eligible to enrol in this qualification.

Recommended entry Requirements:

This qualification may be accessed by direct entry. Applicants wishing to undertake the qualification are required to complete a full Language, Literacy & Numeracy assessment, as well as a Pre training Review. Applicants are also required to complete a interview with one of the trainers before enrolment can proceed into this course.
We recommend that applicants should have completed a Certificate III CEM or equivalent qualification. Past experience in industry or related businesses a would be an advantage but not essential.
Students must have access to a computer or tablet that will support course work to be completed in our learning Management System Moodle. This also needs to include a headset (integrated microphone and earphones).

Limitations to course Entry:

Students must have access to a reliable internet connection.
Students must have access to a computer or tablet that will support course work to be completed in our Learning Management System Moodle. We recommend that this also includes a headset (integrated microphone and earphones).
Students intending to work within the CEM industry must be physically fit, this includes the ability to bend and lift. Students must be able to spend considerable time on their feet throughout their working day.

Minimum Industry Requirement

Not applicable.

Licensing/Regulatory Requirements

Will this course/qualification or a constituent unit provide a pathway to an industry licence or regulated outcome: No

Qualifications and Recognition - 2024

Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Diploma of Conservation and Ecosystem Management.

Work Placement - 2024

Does this course require placement?: No

Further Information - 2024


Fees and charges Government subsidised concession Government subsidised Full-fee paying student
Maximum full course tuition fee* (GST exempt) $9,660.00 $21,735.00
Materials fee* (GST exempt) $200.00 $200.00
Total $9,860.00 $21,935.00
VET Student Loans

VET Student Loans are available to assist eligible students studying higher level vocational education and training (VET) qualifications to pay their tuition fees. Higher level VET qualifications are at those at a Diploma level and above. VET Student loans are capped at a maximum for each approved course of study and the amount of the loan cannot be greater than your remaining FEE-HELP balance. If eligible for a student loan, you can access up to $18,097.00 to help cover the tuition fees for this course. For more information about VET Student Loans and eligibility requirements, please click here.

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Sample course units

AHCECR502 Conduct biological surveys
AHCECR503 Design an ecological restoration project
AHCECR505 Plan river restoration works
AHCLPW410 Produce maps for land management purposes
AHCNRM510 Develop a water quality monitoring program
AHCPCM510 Collect and classify plants
AHCPMG412 Develop a pest management plan
AHCPMG413 Define the pest problem
AHCWRK506 Collect And Manage Data
SITTPPD013 Develop interpretive activities

The assessment for each course varies. It may include knowledge questions, practical skills tasks, projects, research work, on the job assessment, etc. Your assessor or educator will provide specific information on the requirements for your course.

You can expect that:

  • assessment methods are clear
  • assessment tasks are relevant and meet the requirements of your course
  • assessor or educator demonstrate fairness and lack of bias when assessing your work
  • educators will provide open and honest feedback about assessment tasks.