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Certificate IV in Conservation and Land Management

National Course Code: AHC40916


The nationally recognised Certificate IV in Conservation and Land Management will broaden your knowledge of natural systems and sustainable landscapes, as you develop plans to revegetate a degraded site, manage pests, monitor biodiversity and protect sites of cultural significance.


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to:

  • Plan and implement revegetation works
  • Supervise of natural area restoration works
  • Plan pest management
  • Monitor biodiversity and controlling weeds
  • Manage seed collections
  • Recommend plants and cultural practices
  • Protect places of cultural significance


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Empathy for the natural world
  • Great communication skills
  • Team work and collaboration skills
  • Ability to be in solitary, remote and outdoor conditions


Completing this course provides you with:

  • A nationally accredited qualification at Certificate IV level

  • Post-trade skills and knowledge to become a specialist in the industry
    Career opportunities:

  • National Parks field worker

  • Landcare or weed management supervisor

  • Senior conservation worker

  • Lands, parks and wildlife supervisor

  • Indigenous land management supervisor

  • Pest control supervisor (feral animals)

  • Community coordinator (conservation)

  • Soil conservation specialist


Take your career further with the:

  • Diploma of Conservation and Land Management

This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.

Course details

People who are successful in this industry have:

  • A desire to work primarily outdoors
  • Empathy for the natural world
  • An interest in monitoring, recording, and reporting on project progress
  • Great communication skills
  • Team work and collaboration skills
  • Ability to be in solitary and remote conditions

Assessments give you the opportunity to demonstrate what you have learned and to identify the knowledge or skills that may need further development. In this course you will undertake:

  • Case studies
  • Projects
  • Reports
  • Knowledge and skills assessments
  • Begin your studies with a Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management where you will learn about planting, weed control, identifying fauna and plants and working safely in the industry
  • Expand your core capabilities with a Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management, where you will learn the skills and knowledge to conduct site inspections to safely assess site status and rehabilitation needs, apply chemical spray to manage or control weeds, and implement re-vegetation or ecological restoration works
  • Advance your existing skills and knowledge with the Certificate IV, which will develop your technical skills and allow you to become a specialist in the field of conservation and land management
  • Master your expertise with the Diploma, which is designed for students whose career goals include senior management positions in the conservation sector. Upon completion of the Diploma, you will be able to plan and manage re-vegetation and ecological restoration projects, write reports and respond to tenders

Field trips and workshops are scheduled into the training program, and will take you to remote locations to develop your skills and knowledge in developing and supervising natural area restoration projects.

You will gain hands-on skills in:

  • Developing natural resource management plans associated with re-vegetation
  • Natural area restoration
  • Biodiversity population and movement monitoring
  • Control of weeds
  • Identifying cultural places for protection

At TAFE NSW, we want you to walk into the conservation industry with confidence. We understand the importance of practicing your skills in authentic workplace scenarios.

Projects include:

  • Conducting site inspections for the purpose of developing a re-vegetation or ecological restoration plan for a degraded site
  • Monitoring, recording and reporting on project progress
  • Identifying places of cultural significance

You will practise your hands-on skills on a real site approved by your teacher. The location needs to meet requirements to be able to successfully complete all tasks.

Be supported

Here at TAFE NSW we support your education, but we also support you.
We want you to have the best experience possible, so well help you with anything you need, whether through a friendly career counsellor or an online tutor.

Reach out, were here to help.

Student facilities, amenities and support services include:

  • 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
  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

Employment in this sector is expected to be Stable to Moderate according to Industry forecast to 2025. Annual revenue growth is expected to be 1.6 to 2.0%.

The United Nations has declared the decade up to 2030 to be the Decade of Ecosystem Restoration. Land degradation is negatively impacting at least 3.2 billion people and costing over 10 per cent of the annual global gross product in loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services. Reversing degradation of land and marine ecosystems can provide more than one-third of the climate change mitigation required by 2030 to remain below a 2C increase in average global temperatures and at the same time conserve biodiversity, increase food and water security, and help achieve the sustainable development goals.

In the meantime, climate change adaptation will be required to reduce the impact of further warming, so that biodiversity conservation and landscape resilience can be better enabled.

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed

This course is superseded

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