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AHC31421 Certificate III in Conservation and Ecosystem Management

National ID: AHC31421 State ID: BHM6
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Experience some of nature's greatest gifts and learn how best to preserve them.

The Certificate III in Conservation and Ecosystem Management provides participants with a solid understanding of the conservation and land management industry. Students can elect to focus on Indigenous land management, conservation earthworks, lands, parks and wildlife, or natural area management.

Throughout this course, students will complete written assignments and work in teams to undertake programs that assist in maintaining the natural environment. Participants will gain practical skills in occupational health and safety, fire management, biodiversity surveying, mapping and an understanding of remote operations.

This course is not campus based but delivered upon request to a closed group on rural properties across the Kimberley and Pilbara regions. Please contact us for more information.

Throughtout the course, you will gain skills in:

  • Conducting ecological and cultural site inspections 
  • Producing basic maps and collecting spatial data 
  • Reading and interpreting maps 
  • Responding to and suppressing wildfires 
  • Application and transportation of chemicals 
  • Treating pest, disease and weeds 
  • Operating a 4WD in isolated locations and on unsealed roads 
  • Navigation in remote or trackless situations 
  • Coordinating work site activities and implement property repairs and construction
  • you are a trainee or employee working in the Conservation and Land Management industry

The course is delivered both on campus for theoretical components as well as off site on country such as remote Indigenous communities or students work sites.

Not all units and study modes are offered at all campuses. Please check with your local campus.

In order to study this course at North Regional TAFE (NR TAFE) students must meet the following entry requirements: 

  • you must be working in the Conservation and Land Management Industry

  • you must have a current Australian Driver’s Licence (to complete unit FWPCOT3259 Operate a four-wheel drive on unsealed roads), a copy is obtained on enrolment and kept on file. 

  • you must have reasonable physical ability and strength to be able change 4WD tyres and perform minor vehicle maintenance 

  • Employees are expected to supply students with appropriate PPE (gloves, safety glasses, ear protection, long pants, work boots, long shirt.) 

  • you will be required to operate under at times physically stressful conditions such as heat from fire. Students enrolled in wildfire suppression units (PUAFIR204 Respond to wildfire, PUAFIR303 Suppress wildfire) must pass the DBCA Fire Fitness Standards 2018. 

  • you are required to have access to 4WD vehicles for training

Training and assessment occurs at NR TAFE as well as the workplace. Students are employed in a workplace and are studying usually in a Traineeship contract. Students attend their work as their rostered times and complete training as per the training schedule. 

The student is responsible for: 

  • Ensuring they follow all policies and procedures of their workplace 
  • Following NR TAFE Student Code of Conduct 
  • Completing assigned tasks and assessments 
  • Completing workplace logbook to record activities outside of scheduled class time 
  • Contributing to project activities outside of face-to-face classes.   
  • Liaising at end of session with Workplace /Students/NR TAFE to plan for project activity requirements outside of face-to-face delivery


National ID Unit title
AHCECR309 Conduct an ecological and cultural site inspection prior to works
AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes


National ID Unit title
AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals
AHCCHM307 Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases
AHCECR307 Read and interpret maps
AHCFIR301 Undertake burning for fuel, ecological and cultural resource management
AHCILM306 Follow Aboriginal cultural protocols
AHCILM307 Implement Aboriginal cultural burning practices
AHCLPW302 Implement a biodiversity monitoring plan
AHCLPW308 Coordinate and report on data collection
AHCPMG301 Control weeds
AHCPMG307 Apply animal trapping techniques
AHCWRK305 Coordinate work site activities
FWPCOT3202 Navigate in remote or trackless areas
FWPCOT3325 Operate four wheel drive vehicle on unsealed roads
FWPCOT3326 Recover four wheel drive vehicle


This qualification prepares you for roles such as:

  • Environmental worker
  • Land management/rehabilitation/vegetation field assist

For more information about job and career pathways, visit JobOutlook(opens in a new tab)  or Jobs and Skills WA(opens in a new tab) .


Tuition fee*

Resource fee

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Our estimated fees are based on:

  • Full time study in 2023
  • A selection of elective units designed to meet local industry demand for skills (different unit selections will attract different fees)
  • For more information regarding eligibility and fees, please visit DTWD website 

These fees are estimates only and depend on your eligibility for government funding, concession rates, the units you choose to study or seek to be recognised under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Additional resource, material and/or equipment costs may apply. Visit our Fees and Charges page for more information, including on consumer rights.

Delivery locations and study options

Duration 2 years
When Date: 2023
Where Broome Campus
Duration 2 years
When Date: 2023
Where Broome Campus

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