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AHC40920 Certificate IV in Conservation and Ecosystem Management

National ID: AHC40920 State ID: BGH6
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Become a leader in natural conservation. 

Are you ready to take your career to the next level? This qualification prepares you for management and/or supervisory roles within the Conservation and Ecosystem Management industry. 

This course covers practical skills in planning, implementing, costing and budgeting for conservation projects. Throughout this course you will learn about land and sea management, ecological restoration, revegetation and monitoring diversity, map production and wildfire management. You will undertake written assignments and work in teams to complete a range of programs on country.

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.

Throughout this course, you will gain skills in: 

  • Conducting site inspections for ecological restoration  
  • Maintaining work health and safety processes  
  • Reporting on and costing projects 
  • Producing maps for land management 
  • Land and sea management including protection of places with cultural significance 
  • Ecological restoration, revegetation and monitoring biodiversity 
  • Supervising ecological works including planning and conducting laboratory/field work 
  • Responding to and suppressing wildfires 
  • You are a senior ranger already employed in or working towards a supervisory position 
  • You have already completed a Certificate III in Conservation and Ecosystem Management and wish to further your skills in the industry 
  • You have completed a relevant tertiary qualification and are seeking further practical skills and knowledge in the field 

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

  • You must already be employed in the Conservation and Ecosystem Management industry 
  • Hold a current Australian Driver’s Licence 
  • Reasonable physical ability to change 4WD tyres, perform minor vehicle maintenance and operate under exposure to extreme conditions such as heat from fire 
  • Have access to a 4WD (workplace or personal) for training purposes 
  • If you are undertaking wildfire units, you must pass the DBCA Fire Fitness Standards 2018


National ID Unit title
AHCECR308 Conduct a site inspection for ecological restoration
AHCWHS401 Maintain work health and safety processes


National ID Unit title
AHCBUS407 Cost a project
AHCCCF402 Report on project
AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals
AHCCHM307 Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases
AHCLPW410 Produce maps for land management purposes
AHCPMG301 Control weeds
CPPSSI2013 Store and retrieve basic spatial data
PUAFIR204 Respond to wildfire
PUAFIR303 Suppress wildfire

This qualification prepares you for roles such as: 

  • Conservation worker 
  • Ranger 
  • Supervisory/management roles within the Conservation and Ecosystem Management industry 

Job titles and qualification requirements may vary between organisations. 

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)

Diploma of Conservation and Ecosystem Management (external)



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 18 months
When Date: 2023
Where Broome Campus

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