National code: AHC31421

Certificate III in Conservation and Ecosystem Management

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Overview About this course

Help preserve our ecosystem by learning how to preserve and rehabilitate our natural environment. Discover how to identify plants, pests and animals and work with national parks to restore bushlands and support conservation projects.

Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Identify native plants, pests and animals to protect and preserve natural habitats

  • Better understand ecological systems so you can maintain and assist natural regeneration

  • Control weeds and pest species

  • Conduct ecological and cultural site assessments

  • Read and interpret maps

  • Conserve soil and plant in degraded sites

Course outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • Knowledge of techniques to protect a range of plants, animals and soils

  • The ability to conduct site inspections to safely assess site status and rehabilitation needs

  • The skills to implement ecological restoration works

  • Strong pathways to continue your studies and enhance your career opportunities

Suitability Is this course right for you?

Entry requirements

Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol today.

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • Sun protection for working outdoors

  • An interest in plants and a passion for contributing to a sustainable world

  • A willingness to work in varied weather conditions

  • Full length trousers, long sleeved tops and closed toe non-slip shoes

  • Gardening gloves and nitrile gloves for chemical applications

  • An intermediate level of fitness to manage physical tasks like preparing the soil, using machinery, kneeling and planting trees and shrubs

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future career and study options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like: ecological restoration practitioner, landcare worker, bush regenerator, national parks field officer, pest control officer, cultural lands worker and soil conservation assistant.

Study pathways

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Previous study 2 Courses

Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

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The Certificate III in Conservation and Ecosystem Management does not have any related courses.

Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Units taught in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate III in Conservation and Ecosystem Management qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 16 units of competency, including 2 core and 14 speciality units.

Please note, not all specialty units are offered at every TAFE NSW location. It is highly recommended that you check with your preferred campus for information about the specialty units offered at that location.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Conduct an ecological and cultural site inspection prior to works AHCECR309

  • Contribute to work health and safety processes AHCWHS301

TAFE NSW services Facilities and support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Read&Write literacy and study support software is available free for all TAFE NSW students to use while studying on campus and at home

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

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