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Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management (AHC31416)

Course summary

This qualification enables individuals to select an indigenous land management, lands, parks, and wildlife or natural area management context as a job focus or a mix of these. Tasks covered include: identifying plant specimens, maintaining and re-vegetating areas, controlling weeds, conducting site and park inspections, erosion and sediment control and chemical management.

Course details

Course Type Qualification
Student Availability
  • - Domestic
Application Mode
  • Direct To University
How to Apply Please Enquire
Study Area
  • - Apprenticeships, Trades & Training
  • - Science and Environment
Skill Area
  • - Horticulture
AQF Level Level 3: Certificate III

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course.

Student Outcomes, Career Opportunities and Occupations

Possible employment options include the areas of Indigenous land management, lands, parks, and wildlife or natural area management 

Course Structures

Please select a Course Structure from the options below:

Standard Course Structure

To successfully complete this course, students must complete a total of 16 units, consisting of:
2 core units and 14 elective units.
Core Units
AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes
AHCWRK309 Apply environmentally sustainable work practices
Elective Units
AHCARB301 Implement a tree maintenance program
AHCCHM303 Prepare and apply chemicals
AHCCHM304 Transport handle and store chemicals
AHCLSC301 Set out site for construction works
AHCNAR301 Maintain natural areas
AHCNAR303 Implement revegetation works
AHCPCM302 Provide information on plants and their culture
AHCPCM303 Identify plant specimens
AHCPCM304 Report on health and condition of trees
AHCPGD301 Implement a plant establishment program
AHCPGD303 Perform specialist amenity pruning
AHCPGD304 Implement a landscape maintenance program
AHCPGD305 Conduct operational inspection of park facilities
AHCPMG301 Control weeds
AHCPMG302 Control plant pests, diseases and disorders
AHCSAW302 Implement erosion and sediment control measures
AHCWRK305 Coordinate work site activities
AHCWRK311 Conduct site inspections
2018 Study Sequence
Enrol as per the following order:
  1. AHCWHS301 
  2. AHCWHS301 and AHCPCM302
  3. AHCPCM303
  4. AHCCHM303, AHCCHM304 and AHCPMG301
  5. AHCPMG302
  6. AHCPCM304
  7. AHCSOL308 and AHCWRK309
  8. AHCPDG304
  9. AHCNAR301
  10. AHCNAR303
  11. AHCMOM304

Course Assessment Information

Assessment Types
Written/Electronic Assessment
Practical Task

Course Intakes

2018 On-campus

There are two course intakes for 2018, available in February and July.

Duration and dates
2 years full-time


This course is available to study on-campus at the following locations:

CQUniversity Gladstone Marina
Classes will commence on Tuesday, 6 February 2018 and classes will be held weekly classes from 8 am to 3 pm at Building 607, Room G.02.

Students require strong self-motivation and must attend all theory and practical classes. It is recommended students have 6 hours per week for self-paced study, 6 hours per week on campus training, 4 hours per week of practical skills training and 4 hours per week of assessment preparation.  

For individual class days and times for each intake please check the TAFE Timetable located here

Related Courses

No related course found.

Work Experience requirements

Students studying via Distance Education and who are not currently working in the Horticulture industry will be required to seek and complete work experience whilst studying, to meet practical competency requirements. 

Within the work experience environment, there must be a supervisor available who has at least 2 years’ experience in the Horticulture industry, or must hold a relevant Certificate (more information will be provided by the teacher during the initial meeting). The supervisor will be responsible for signing off on third party reports which are required for practical observations for each unit of competency. Teaching staff will provide third party reports to students as part of unit assessment requirements. 

It is not mandatory for students who are studying on-campus to complete work experience as practical requirements will be satisfied by in class activities. 

Resource Requirements

Students are required to purchase and supply their own personal protective equipment. Such items include: 
  • Steel Cap Boots
  • Safety Glasses
  • Garden gloves
  • Wide-brim hat for outdoor work
  • Appropriate clothing  long sleeve cotton shirt and cotton drill shorts or trousers for outdoor work
  • Sunscreen