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Diploma of Conservation and Ecosystem Management

  • National Course Code: AHC51120
  • TAFE NSW code: AHC51120-01V01-22NEW-001

Location – Newcastle


Part Time



Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

12 Hours per week


1.5 years

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government
  • VET Student Loans Available

Course Details

The nationally accredited Diploma of Conservation and Ecosystem Management equips you with the know-how to contribute to the creation of sustainable landscapes. Develop plans and research solutions for ecological restorations using your knowledge and experience with natural systems.


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

  • Design and develop plans for Indigenous land management, soil, river and natural area restoration
  • Pest management and prescribed burning
  • Business skills such as reporting, researching and writing tenders
  • Complete land management mapping


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • A desire to work primarily outdoors
  • A connection with the natural world and climate change awareness
  • Teamwork and collaboration skills
  • Confidence to work in solitary and remote conditions
  • Strong work ethic


Completing this course provides you with:

  • A nationally accredited qualification at Diploma level
  • A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities
  • Skills to identify a range or plants and wildlife from the region
  • Improved communication techniques to manage a team on site

Career opportunities:

  • Environmental officer
  • National Parks ranger
  • Biodiversity conservation manager
  • Indigenous land manager
  • Pest and feral species manager
  • Sustainability manager
  • Threatened species manager
  • Mine site rehabilitation manager


The Diploma of Conservation and Ecosystem Management is the highest TAFE NSW qualification available. You can upskill further these Statement of Attainment courses, which are often listed as requirements in job advertisements within the industry:

  • Chainsaw Operations - Basic Tree Felling
  • Chainsaw Operations - Trim and Cut
  • First Aid

When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.


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


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

  • 3 years of appropriate work experience, an industry association or a Landcare group OR
  • Successful completion of the Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management OR
  • Successful completion of Year 12 of high school AND
  • Well-established skills and knowledge associated with environmental and landscape processes
  • Interest in interpreting and applying environmental legislation
  •  A computer with internet access and software capable of editing word documents

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.

Discover the skills you need, for the job you want at a TAFE NSW Information Session.


This is a part time, combination course. You must attend approximately 12 hours of class. You may also be required to complete approximately 6 hours of additional study. This additional study could include private study, work placements and research.

The course will run 1.5 days a week for 18 months.

We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

The way you learn may change during your enrolment to ensure the best learning experience or to keep you safe as COVID-19 restrictions change, and some of our face to face classes may change to online or virtual classroom learning. Also, to ensure that we keep you safe while studying, we may modify our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, there may be a modification or delay in the planned timeframe due to COVID-19 impacts. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is currently scheduled on Thursday with day classes and Friday with morning classes. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.


This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?


This course is approved for a Commonwealth VET Student Loan (VSL). If you meet the VSL eligibility and academic suitability requirements, you are able to apply to the Commonwealth for a loan to cover all or part of your course fee. We will ask you whether you would like to apply for a VET Student Loan when you enrol and advise you of the process.

To complete your VET Student Loan application, you will need to provide:

  • Your Tax File Number (TFN). If you dont have a TFN, click here for information on how to apply for one. You can complete your loan application with a Certificate of Application for a TFN, but must provide your TFN as soon as it is issued. If you dont provide your TFN before your first census day, you will need to pay the tuition fees for that unit of study.
  • Your Commonwealth Higher Education Student Support Number (CHESSN) ). If you have previously accessed a loan via the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP), either at TAFE or university, you will already have a CHESSN. You must use the same CHESSN whenever you access a student loan. If you dont have CHESSN, we will allocate one on your behalf.
To be eligible for a VET Student Loan, you will need to be assessed as academically suitable to undertake high level VET study. You will need to provide:
  • A copy of your Australian Year 12 Certificate; OR
  • A copy of a certificate showing that you have been awarded a qualification at level 4 or above in the Australian Qualifications Framework (where the language of instruction was English). If you previously completed a Certificate IV or higher qualification at TAFE NSW, just let us know where and when you studied in your application; OR
  • Display competence at Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework in both reading and numeracy through an approved Language, Literacy and Numeracy test. We will let you know if this is required once you apply.
If you intend to apply for a VET Student Loan, its important you know your student obligations.

Find out more about VET Student Loans

Direct payment by Unit of Study instalments is available for this course.

The Units of Study and associated fees for this course are detailed above. Fees are charged on the census day for each Unit of Study. To secure a loan for part or all of your course, you must be eligible and submit a valid application to the Commonwealth for a VET Student Loan. You may withdraw prior to the census date without incurring a fee.


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Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Enrolments for this course have now closed.

Enquire now and we will contact you when enrolments open. Visit our Online Courses to view our range of study options that you can start anytime.

Elective Units
Number Title
AHCLPW410 Produce maps for land management purposes
AHCECR502 Conduct biological surveys
AHCECR503 Design an ecological restoration project
AHCFIR503 Plan and evaluate burning for fuel, ecological and cultural resource management
AHCLPW506 Develop a management plan for a designated area
AHCPCM510 Collect and classify plants
AHCPMG413 Define the pest problem
AHCBUS515 Prepare estimates, quotes and tenders
AHCFAU501 Manage fauna populations
AHCWRK508 Interpret legislation

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.
  • Indigenous land management
  • ecosystem restoration, rehabilitation and renewal
  • conservation works
  • parks management and/or administration
  • wildlife management
  • marine and/or coastal management
  • water and catchment management.

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

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