Course Type:
Accredited Course
Study Mode:
On Campus
9 months
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Course Overview

Have you always loved the great outdoors? You can play your part in protecting Mother Nature when you choose a career in Conservation and Ecosystem Management.

A Certificate III in Conservation and Ecosystem Management will give you specialist training in biodiversity conservation, restoration ecology, taking assessments of natural environments and so much more.

You’ll learn the knowledge and skills to work in increasingly important sectors, such as fauna habitat management, mine site rehabilitation, bushland fire management and ecological restoration. Wherever your passion lies, you’ll play your part in conserving our planet.

When you complete this course, the industry tickets you’ll gain are:

  • Chemical users course
  • Operate a 4x4 (participants must have a manual car licence)
  • Cross cut chainsaw ticket

This can lead to a number of working roles, like Indigenous land management, lands, parks and wildlife roles, natural area management or project firefighters. You might also want to take your studies further!

You can do this by studying a Diploma in Conservation and Ecosystem Management, which will increase your skill-set and enhance your employment opportunities.

Go on, get started in this dynamic and exciting industry today!

ATTENTION: As much as we’d love to offer more, we can only offer one Free TAFE course per person. If you’ve already enrolled and commenced, or enrolled but didn’t complete a Free TAFE course at any Victorian TAFE in the past you will NOT be eligible for another and will need to pay tuition and materials fees when you enrol. Reach out to us if you think this is you.


Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 9am - 4pm

Qualifications and Recognition

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

Career Opportunities

Indigenous land management, lands, parks and wildlife roles, natural area management, project firefighters

Opportunities for Further Study

Further Information

Course and Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Recommended entry requirements

Not for course but only for unit FWPCOT3259 Operate a four wheel drive on unsealed roads participants require a licence and at a minimum hold a probationary licence with some experience- If participants do not meet this requirement it is recommended they undertake a first aid course FFS and credit transfer to meet the qualification packaging rules

Limitations to entry

LLN Results


Not Applicable

Online requirement

Not Applicable


Course Cost

VET Student Loans

Not Applicable for this course

Help with Fees

Specialist Course Information

Specialist Course Information



Students are strongly encouraged and may undertake up to 240 hours of vocational placement, this is designed to enhance the students learning throughout the course.
Placement is arranged by: Student

Pathway to Industry Licence

Not Applicable

Material and Equipment supplied by students

Not Applicable

Student Services

Support is available for students at every stage of the study journey. Please speak to any of our friendly reception or teaching staff.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Many TAFE Gippsland courses offer Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Click to learn more about RPL and how it can benefit you.

Course Structure

Sample course units

Course units
AHCLPW313 Undertake Sampling And Testing Of Water
AHCECR306 Conduct photography for fieldwork
AHCECR301 Maintain native ecosystem areas
FWPCOT2256 Trim And Cut Felled Trees
CPPSIS2012 Assist in collecting basic spatial data  
AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals
AHCPCM303 Identify Plant Specimens
AHCPMG301 Control Weeds
AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes
FWPCOT3202 Navigate In Remote Or Trackless Areas
FWPCOT3259 Operate A Four Wheel Drive On Unsealed Roads
AHCINF303 Plan and construct conventional fencing
AHCPMG309 Apply pest animal control techniques
AHCCHM307 Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases
AHCECR309 Conduct an ecological and cultural site inspection prior to works
AHCFAU302 Identify fauna in the field


Competence is determined through practical based activities.