Diploma of Conservation and Land Management

Course Code AHC51116
Locations Sherwood Park (Warrnambool)
Study Mode Full-time, On Campus, Online, Workshops
Length 2 years
Commencement Apply any time
Timetable 8 single day weekend workshops per year plus online study
Course Overview
Introduction

Do you enjoy the outdoors?  Are you interested in the wise management of our natural areas? This course includes the skills and knowledge required to understand natural systems, identify issues and plan appropriate works. Studies include the theory and practical aspects of conservation and land management in a variety of different environments including: coastal, rural, urban and aquatic systems.

The course will be delivered through workshops in south-west Victoria with self-paced study online.

What will I Learn?

Studies focus on a variety of areas in the catchment and land management including: 

  • biological surveys
  • fauna management
  • erosion control
  • pest, animal and plant control
  • revegetation

You will also develop skills in workplace safety, organizing data, planning surveys and works and writing reports. 

Students are strongly encouraged to investigate natural areas in their local region and develop strong networks with local conservation organisations during their course.  

Course Outcomes and Career Opportunities

  • Environmental Consultant
  • Coast Care Managers
  • Eco-green Corporation Leaders
  • Catchment Management Officer
  • Environmental Officer

Pathways

This course offers a pathway into degree level courses in environmental sciences.

Information Session

Why don’t you come along to our next course info session to find out everything you need to start your learning journey? You can chat with our teachers, tour our facilities, learn more about the course, find out about the application process and get your questions answered by our course experts. 

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Course Requirements
Course requirements

To be eligible for this qualification you must complete 10 elective units.

Units offered

Elective Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
AHCFAU501 Manage fauna populations 150 $0.00
AHCLPW501 Develop a management plan for a designated area 200 $0.00
AHCNAR502 Conduct biological surveys 200 $0.00
AHCNAR505 Plan river restoration works 150 $0.00
AHCNRM502A Develop a water quality monitoring program 120 $0.00
AHCPCM502 Collect and classify plants 120 $0.00
AHCPMG413 Define the pest problem 100 $0.00
AHCSAW502 Plan erosion and sediment control measures 120 $0.00
AHCWRK502 Collect and manage data 120 $0.00
AHCWRK503 Prepare reports 60 $0.00
Pre-training review

The pre-training review assists SWTAFE staff to determine whether this course is the most suitable for you at this time, and also identify any support needs you may require once you commence your studies. It takes about an hour to complete. Once you apply for your chosen course a link to the pre-training review will be emailed to you.

Skills Recognition

Your current skills, knowledge and experience can contribute to help you get a qualification. Learn more about skills recognition and how it may benefit you here.  

Unique Student Identifier

If you are studying nationally recognised training in Australia, you are required to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). Your USI links to an online account that contains your training records and results for training completed from 1 January 2015 onwards. One of the main benefits of the USI is the ability to provide you with easy access to your training records and results throughout your life and this will assist you when applying for a job or enrolling in further study. You are required to have a USI at the time of enrolment – especially if you want to use VET Student Loans to defer your fees. To apply online or get more information go to www.usi.gov.au.

Assessment

This course involves accredited units.  You will be required to complete assessment tasks to demonstrate your underpinning knowledge, skills and attributes to meet the course outcomes.  A combination of written, oral and practical assessment strategies will be used in either a classroom, online or workplace environment. 

Where units require demonstration of skills in a workplace environment, you will have the opportunity to do this either in your own workplace (where appropriate), through a practical placement, or by using one of the Institute's simulated workshops/classrooms.  Detailed information about the types, conduct and dates of assessments will be provided in advance.  You will also be provided with information about the opportunity for reassessment and appeal.

Fees
Course Fees

Everyone has different circumstances that can affect what you pay and how much you pay. Your fees each year are made up of 3 different elements:

  • Tuition fee
  • General Service fee
  • Consumables/material fee

There are 3 different rates of Tuition fees. Only one will apply to you depending on your eligibility and circumstances. The 3 categories include:

  • Government subsidised
  • Government subsidised (concession)
  • Full fee

The fees listed below are indicative only and may be subject to change without notice and given individual circumstances. Your actual fees will be calculated based on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. Funding made available to eligible individuals by State and Commonwealth Governments. If funding is utilised, this may affect future opportunities to access additional funding in the future. 

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Student type Indicative Course Fee
Government subsidised rate (if eligible) $9,045.00
Full fee rate (if not eligible) $18,425.00
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Fee type Indicative Course Fee
General Service Fee $55.00 - $288.00
Maximum Consumable/Materials Fee $0.00
Maximum Consumables/Materials Fees

Maximum Consumables/Materials Fees are made up of course consumables, core unit consumables and the maximum elective units you will pay. Final costs will be determined at enrolment.  

Which fee applies to me?

Skills First Exemptions
Government eligibility exemptions for TAFE via Skills First funding gives you greater access to study with TAFE at an affordable price.

The good news is, that there are now a reduced number of criteria for you to meet in order to be eligible for a Government subsidy. If you don’t meet those criteria you will be a full fee paying student.

Government Subsidised Fee
You meet all Skills First eligibility criteria but DO NOT hold a current healthcare or pension card, OR you are eligible for a Skills First exemption.

Concession Fee
You meet all eligibility criteria AND hold a current healthcare or pension card, that you can provide at enrolment. It’s important to

note that the concession rate is only applicable for Certificate l to Certificate lV courses and students who have declared their ATSI origin.

Full fee
Full fees only apply to the few students who do not meet the Skills First eligibility criteria, do not qualify for an exemption or are enrolling in course that is not government subsidised.

Check your fees eligibility here.

How do I pay my fees?

Unless an alternative fee payment method is approved, your course fees are required to be paid upfront and in full at the time of enrolment.  If your personal circumstances mean that payment in full is not possible, then you may be able to pay your fees by

  • Payment Plan
  • Centre Pay
  • VET Student Loan (Diploma & Advanced Diploma only)

SWTAFE offers a range of scholarships each year which you may be eligible to apply for to assist with enrolment fees.

Next Steps
Student Support

As a SWTAFE student, you can access a variety of support services that will enhance your study experience and help you complete your studies successfully. For more information about any of these services, visit our student page.

Apply Now

Apply now for a place in our next course intake. Places for courses are limited, so it’s best to get in soon so you don’t miss out. You’ll need to complete an application form  which you can do online here or by speaking with our Customer Service team.  We invite you to come and see us at one of our campuses in Warrnambool, Colac, Portland or Hamilton and a team member will ensure you are taken care of.

If you have any questions regarding the application process please chat to our Customer Service team on 1300 648 911.