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Diploma of Conservation and Ecosystem Management

Course Code AHC51120

  • Part Time
  • 3 years
  • Full Time
  • 18 months
  • On Campus
  • Glen Waverley

This course is not available for International Students


The Diploma of Conservation and Ecosystem Management will provide you with a thorough understanding of environmental science, conservation issues and the skills and knowledge required for managing wildlife and their habitats.

Career Opportunities

  • indigenous land manager
  • working in ecosystem restoration, rehabilitation and renewal
  • conservation works
  • parks manager
  • wildlife manager
  • marine and/or coastal management.

Pathway to further studies

  • Bachelor of Science (Forest Science)
  • Bachelor of Agriculture

Studying the Diploma of Conservation and Ecosystem Management at Holmesglen

As an integral part of the course you will be provided with a broad base of technical and practical skills which incorporates field work and on-site training.<p>In agreement with public land management entities, you will be given the opportunity to train on-site in natural area restoration programs, which will assist you in your professional development, leading towards a career as a land manager.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible, students must be at least 16 years of age.
Prior to enrolment or commencement of training you will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment and a pre-training interview. These will assist with determining your suitability to the course, verify your training plan, and identify any learning support needs.

Recognition of prior learning

You may be able to reduce the number of units to be studied in your chosen course by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training. AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by another registered training organisation will be recognised by Holmesglen. Read more about Recognition of Prior Learning, Credits and Advanced Standing.

Course Structure


<strong>TImetable: 3 days per week</strong><p>To receive this qualification you must complete 10 elective units. Elective units have been chosen by Holmesglen based on feedback from industry.
Unit code Unit name
AHCNRM510 Develop a water quality monitoring program
AHCECR502 Conduct biological surveys
AHCECR503 Design an ecological restoration project
AHCECR504 Manage implementation of ecological restoration programs
AHCPCM510 Collect and classify plants
AHCPMG413 Define the pest problem
AHCFIR503 Plan and evaluate burning for fuel, ecological and cultural resource management
AHCNRM509 Develop a coastal rehabilitation strategy
AHCFAU501 Manage fauna populations
AHCLPW506 Develop a management plan for a designated area


Assessments are designed to provide learners with opportunities to demonstrate they have attained the required skills and knowledge using a range of practically based activities and tasks, as required by recognised standards.

How to apply


Click the ‘apply’ button below to get your application started with us. Our friendly Holmesglen team will be in touch to discuss your study opportunities and pre-training requirements.

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Qualification and Recognition

On completion you will receive AHC51120 Diploma of Conservation and Ecosystem Management

Industry Connections


Tuition fees GST exempt Cost
Full Fee $18,126
Government subsidised $10,256
Mandatory materials Cost
Activities fee $475

Additional Course Cost

The required personal protective equipment students will need to supply is: Safety boots (steel capped, ankle height) Safety pants <br>Work shirt (waist length jacket, if cold) Safety glasses Ear protection <br>Hat for sun protection <br>Sunscreen (if exposed to sunlight) <br>Safety Gloves (if handling building materials) Note pad / Biro The total cost of these items is between $250 - $300 <br>If additional safety equipment is required, it will be supplied by the Institute.

All fees are indicative only. Your fees will be calculated on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. Training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth funding. <a href="/study-with-us/tafe-study/tafe-fees-and-scholarships/government-subsidised-training">Find out now if you are eligible for Government-subsidised fees or Concession. </a>


VET Student Loans are available to eligible student to pay for tuition fees for this course. <a href="">Read more about VET Student Loans</a>.

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