Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management (AHC31416) Course Online - TAFE Digital Skip to content Skip to page navigation

Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management

National Course Code: AHC31416

TAFE NSW Course Number: AHC31416-01V02

Nominal Hours: 670

Full Fee: $11,320
Max. Fee If Eligible For Subsidy: $2,620

Read more

Calculate fee

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Government Subsidised
  • Traineeship

Contact by Training Services NSW

If your course has been funded by Training Services NSW under Smart and Skilled, you may be contacted by a Training Services NSW representative to discuss your experience at OTEN.

Work local but have a global impact as an environmental operator in a growing industry. Cultivate your love for the great outdoors with the nationally accredited Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management. Gain specialist training to manage, protect, regenerate and restore our natural environments.


Through theory and practical course work, you will learn:

- Weed and native plant identification
- Map reading and navigation
- Conservation and land management skills
- How to support biodiversity conservation
- What is required to maintain natural areas
- How to collect native seed
- Implementation practices for revegetation
- How to manage weeds and animal pests

With specialist training in:

- Biodiversity conservation
- Restoration ecology
- Site and environmental assessments
- Safe and sustainable work practices


Through this course you will build on your:

- Affinity with native animals and the natural world
- Great communication skills
- Ability to work in teams, and in solitary and remote conditions


Completing the course will equip you with the skills to become a competent ecological restoration practitioner.


This qualification provides the ideal stepping-stone to a career in conservation.

- Certificate III in Natural area restoration
- Certificate IV in Conservation and Land Management
- Diploma of Conservation and Land management


These Statement of Attainments are often required in job ads with the Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management:

- Chainsaw Operations - basic tree felling
- Chainsaw Operations - trim and cut
- First Aid


The United Nations has declared this to be the Decade of Ecosystem Restoration. Land degradation is negatively impacting at least 3.2 billion people and significant loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services.


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course.


This is an online course. You will need to complete approximately 9 hours of online study, each week, for your enrolment duration of 18 months.
You can increase the hours of online study per week to complete the course sooner.

You can also expect to complete approximately 3 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study and research.

To ensure you leave us with the most up to date qualification...

If during or after your enrolment, the course in which you are enrolled is updated in line with national industry standards, the Institute reserves the right to transition you into an alternate course. If this becomes necessary, the Institute will advise you of the change and the arrangements which will be available for you to complete your alternate course.


There are no Training Package entry requirements for this qualification.


To be eligible for this course, you must:

- Be physically fit to manage outdoor work and field trips
- Have transport to travel to approved sites to complete assessment tasks


To be prepared for this course, it is recommended that you have:

- Passion for contributing to a sustainable world
- Understanding of the natural environment
- Some knowledge of biological processes
- Qualifications or experience in either Horticulture or Conservation and Land Management will give you a great advantage
- Drivers licence and access to a vehicle

If you need support in preparation for study, chat to us about your options.


No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification.

Are there any additional entry requirements?

A number of courses may require prospective students to provide additional information such as documentation, an expression of interest, evidence that you are already employed as an apprentice, or preferred prior study (or equivalent).

To successfully complete this course, you will need:
- access to bushland sites in your local area, in order to complete the required practical aspects for most course units. You can achieve this by being employed in the industry, or by volunteering with a local landcare or bushcare group, or other similar volunteer group (eg: national parks) in your area.
- to be self-directed and should have good computer skills, research skills and writing skills. It would also be an advantage to have some direct conservation and land management industry experience.
- regular and reliable access to a computer with Internet access, as well as a valid e-mail address.

Credit (or recognition) for modules/units may be granted based on previous learning, studies, work and/or life experiences. Please discuss this with the teaching section when you enrol.

Ecological Restoration Practitioner.

AHCNAR301 Maintain natural areas
AHCPMG301 Control weeds
AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals
AHCNAR307 Read and interpret maps
AHCWRK305 Coordinate work site activities
AHCCHM303 Prepare and apply chemicals
AHCNAR305 Collect native seed
AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes
AHCNAR303 Implement revegetation works
AHCSOL202 Assist with soil or growing media sampling and testing
AHCILM203 Record information about Country
AHCPCM201 Recognise plants
AHCWRK309 Apply environmentally sustainable work practices
AHCNAR201 Carry out natural area restoration works
AHCPCM303 Identify plant specimens
AHCWRK311 Conduct site inspections

The above list includes units being offered at OTEN. If licensing in another state other than NSW is required, please check requirements with the relevant state.

You don't need to study what you already know! The skills, knowledge and experience you have gained from your previous learning, work experience and life in general may be taken into account.

To apply for recognition in one or more units you must clearly show that you have the equivalent and relevant skills, knowledge and experience of the unit or group of units.

For Credit transfer where you have completed previous studies either with TAFE NSW or with another tertiary provider complete the Enrolment Adjustment - Credit - Previous Studies form, and include any required evidence.

For Recognition of Prior Learning, attach your evidence to a completed Enrolment Adjustment – Credit – Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) form and submit for assessment.

Send your applications to:

Email: oten.recognitionhelp@tafensw.edu.au

Post: OTEN Recognition, 51 Wentworth Road, Strathfield NSW 2135

Keep a copy of all completed forms for your records.

To find out more about Credit and to help you with your application read the Credit e-Kit for Students.

Need more help? Contact the Recognition Help Desk

Smart and Skilled Student Fees

The cost of this course will vary based on your eligibility for a Smart and Skilled Student Fee. Eligibility criteria can be found on the Smart and Skilled website or you can call us on 131 601 for further information and advice.

First qualification$2,190
Second qualification$2,620
Non-government subsidised fee$11,320

Trainees: From 2016 if you are starting a traineeship that is on the NSW Skills List, your Smart and Skilled fee for the whole qualification will not be more than $1,000.

This training is subsidised by the NSW government under Smart and Skilled. The student fee you will need to pay, will be determined according to your personal circumstances and eligibility for a subsidised place, you may also be eligible for a concession fee, fee exemption or fee free scholarship. Payment by instalments is available.

You may continue with an enrolment into this course if you are not eligible for subsidised training, however the full training fee will be applicable. There are conditions to enrolment if you are a Temporary Visa Holder. To discuss your visa status and eligibility to enrol please phone 131 241.

For further information on fees and charges please see https://www.tafensw.edu.au/get-started-at-tafe-nsw/fees-information

Please ensure you also read and understand the associated fee policies and conditions related to withdrawal from a course, applying for a refund of fees, applying for a deferral to your studies and if you are behind in payment of instalments.

When enrolling under a Smart and Skilled entitlement and where you are eligible for 100% credit from previous studies, your student fee contribution will be zero. However, you will be required to pay an administration fee for the production of your testamur.

For full details on TAFE NSW fees and money matters please visit our Paying for Your Course page.

Enrolling with us is easy, though the exact process does depend on your course and any prerequisites that go with it. Be sure to read all course information carefully to make sure it is the right qualification, location and study type for you. Enrol and pay online via our secure payment gateway to secure your place. As you progress through the enrolment process you will be prompted to provide additional information.

For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

20OTE-001 S:24/2/2020 E:25/8/2021 D:548

Download Adobe Reader To view some of the documents and forms on this website, you'll need the Adobe Reader software from Adobe, Inc.


ABN 89 755 348 137 | RTO Code 90003