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AHC31421 - Certificate III in Conservation and Ecosystem Management

Course Details

Course Summary

This qualification provides the skills, theoretical and practical knowledge for work or further learning in the conservation and ecosystem management industry. Individuals with this qualification perform a range of conservation and ecosystem management activities including, site restoration, rehabilitation, renewal and management of the rural/natural landscapes, degraded sites and marine environments. They contribute to the preservation and maintenance of wildlife and their habitat in the natural ecosystem, parks and reserves. Activities frequently involve working with and preservation of indigenous culture and heritage resources.

Stream choices:

CQUniversity is offering three (3) different streams choices (Standard, Nursery and Parks) under this qualification. Each stream offers a different choice of units that are better suited to specific industries. Students will need to select one (1) stream on admission. If students are currently working in industry, before choosing a stream, it is strongly recommended they consult with their employer to determine the most suitable steam choice.


Entry Requirements

There are no current Training Package entry requirements into this qualification.

Completion of the bksb (basic key skills builder) online literacy and numeracy assessment prior to enrolment, unless the student has completed an equal or higher level course.

Students studying via online/distance mode of study must have work placement organised and be supervised by a suitably qualified Subject Matter Expert (SME) while undertaking this qualification due to the practical assessments required for competency. Students are responsible for finding their own work placement.


Course Details

Course Type Qualification
Student Availability
  • Domestic
Fees
Full Fee $5,040.00 (2022)
$5,248.00 (2023)
Subsidised Full Fee $1,776.00 (2022)
$2,352.00 (2023)
Subsidised Concession Fee $1,088.00 (2022)
$1,712.00 (2023)
Fee for service per unit $315.00 (2022)
$328.00 (2023)
Subsidised full fee per unit $111.00 (2022)
$147.00 (2023)
Subsidised concession fee per unit $68.00 (2022)
$107.00 (2023)
TAFE Priority Training Program fee per unit $50.90 (2022)
$80.20 (2023)
For detailed information on Course Fees, visit www.cqu.edu.au/fees
Application Mode
  • Direct To University
How to Apply Please Enquire or Apply Now
Study Area
  • Science and Environment
Skill Area
  • Horticulture
AQF Level Level 3: Certificate III

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
Not Applicable
International Students
CRICOS Codes
Not Applicable

Student Outcomes, Career Opportunities and Occupations

 The qualification provides for work roles encompassing a broad range of skills, or can be focussed on one or more specialisations, including:

  • Indigenous land management
  • Ecological restoration
  • Land, parks and wildlife management
  • Pest controller
  • Conservation earthworks
  • Marine
  • Fire
  • Mined land rehabilitation

Course Structures

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete 2 core units
  2. Complete 14 elective units

Study Mode Definitions

  • Online: Online courses provide the flexibility to study without normally requiring a student to visit a campus. Course content is studied through a number of means including the use of online discussion forums, electronic library resources, by contacting lecturers and teachers, and receiving study materials online/electronically. Work integrated learning, including placements, may be included in some courses.
  • On-campus: Students studying in on-campus mode typically are expected to attend and participate in regular, structured on-campus teaching and learning activities throughout the University’s academic term. These activities may include lectures, tutorials, workshops and practice, online or other activities and normally will be timetabled at a CQUniversity campus or approved delivery site.
  • Mixed Mode: Students studying in mixed mode will participate in a combination of online learning activities in addition to site-specific learning activities, which may include residential schools, co-op placements and/or work-integrated learning as a compulsory requirement of a unit. The additional site-specific learning activities are what differentiates a mixed-mode unit from an online unit.

*All study modes may include Vocational placement and/or work integrated learning.

Select a course structure below to view the delivery details, including the different study modes offered for each structure.

Please select a course structure from the options below:
Standard stream

Up to 2 years 


  • Mixed Mode
Cluster 1
AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes More Information Training.gov Details
AHCPCM303 Identify plant specimens More Information Training.gov Details
AHCPCM204 Recognise plants More Information Training.gov Details
AHCPMG301 Control weeds More Information Training.gov Details
Cluster 2

AHCSAW202 Recognise landforms and soil types More Information Training.gov Details
AHCECR309 Conduct an ecological and cultural site inspection prior to works More Information Training.gov Details
AHCCHM307 Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases More Information Training.gov Details
AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals More Information Training.gov Details
Cluster 3
AHCECR301 Maintain native ecosystem areas More Information Training.gov Details
AHCWRK305 Coordinate work site activities More Information Training.gov Details
AHCECR302 Collect and preserve biological samples More Information Training.gov Details
AHCECR305 Collect Native Seed More Information Training.gov Details
Cluster 4
AHCECR311 Implement ecosystem reconstruction works More Information Training.gov Details
AHCSAW304 Implement erosion and sediment control measures More Information Training.gov Details
Cluster 5
AHCPGD307 Implement a plant establishment program More Information Training.gov Details
AHCPCM307 Report on health and condition of trees More Information Training.gov Details
AHCWRK309 Apply environmentally sustainable work practices More Information Training.gov Details

Unit Sequence

Below is the recommended study sequence for this course. Please enrol in your units as per the following order.
Units with the same sequence number should be enrolled into at the same time.
Sequence Unit
1 AHCWHS301 - Contribute to work health and safety processes
2 AHCPCM303 - Identify plant specimens
2 AHCPCM204 - Recognise plants
3 AHCPMG301 - Control weeds
4 AHCSAW202 - Recognise landforms and soil types
5 AHCECR309 - Conduct an ecological and cultural site inspection prior to works
6 AHCCHM307 - Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases
7 AHCCHM304 - Transport and store chemicals
8 AHCECR301 - Maintain native ecosystem areas
9 AHCWRK305 - Coordinate work site activities
10 AHCECR302 - Collect and preserve biological samples
11 AHCECR305 - Collect Native Seed
12 AHCECR311 - Implement ecosystem reconstruction works
13 AHCSAW304 - Implement erosion and sediment control measures
14 AHCPGD307 - Implement a plant establishment program
15 AHCPCM307 - Report on health and condition of trees
16 AHCWRK309 - Apply environmentally sustainable work practices


Nursery Stream

Up to 2 years 


  • Mixed Mode
Cluster 1
AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes More Information Training.gov Details
AHCPCM303 Identify plant specimens More Information Training.gov Details
AHCPCM204 Recognise plants More Information Training.gov Details
AHCPMG301 Control weeds More Information Training.gov Details
Cluster 2

AHCPMG302 Control plant pests, diseases and disorders More Information Training.gov Details
AHCECR309 Conduct an ecological and cultural site inspection prior to works More Information Training.gov Details
AHCCHM307 Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases More Information Training.gov Details
AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals More Information Training.gov Details
Cluster 3
AHCECR301 Maintain native ecosystem areas More Information Training.gov Details
AHCMOM304 Operate machinery and equipment More Information Training.gov Details
AHCECR302 Collect and preserve biological samples More Information Training.gov Details
AHCECR305 Collect Native Seed More Information Training.gov Details
Cluster 4
AHCECR311 Implement ecosystem reconstruction works More Information Training.gov Details
AHCNSY313 Implement a propagation plan More Information Training.gov Details
Cluster 5
AHCNSY308 Maintain nursery plants More Information Training.gov Details
AHCPCM307 Report on health and condition of trees More Information Training.gov Details
AHCWRK309 Apply environmentally sustainable work practices More Information Training.gov Details

Unit Sequence

Below is the recommended study sequence for this course. Please enrol in your units as per the following order.
Units with the same sequence number should be enrolled into at the same time.
Sequence Unit
1 AHCWHS301 - Contribute to work health and safety processes
2 AHCPCM303 - Identify plant specimens
2 AHCPCM204 - Recognise plants
3 AHCPMG301 - Control weeds
4 AHCPMG302 - Control plant pests, diseases and disorders
5 AHCECR309 - Conduct an ecological and cultural site inspection prior to works
6 AHCCHM307 - Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases
7 AHCCHM304 - Transport and store chemicals
8 AHCECR301 - Maintain native ecosystem areas
9 AHCMOM304 - Operate machinery and equipment
10 AHCECR302 - Collect and preserve biological samples
11 AHCECR305 - Collect Native Seed
12 AHCECR311 - Implement ecosystem reconstruction works
13 AHCNSY313 - Implement a propagation plan
14 AHCNSY308 - Maintain nursery plants
15 AHCPCM307 - Report on health and condition of trees
16 AHCWRK309 - Apply environmentally sustainable work practices


Parks Stream

Up to 2 years 


  • Mixed Mode
Cluster 1
AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes More Information Training.gov Details
AHCPCM303 Identify plant specimens More Information Training.gov Details
AHCPMG301 Control weeds More Information Training.gov Details
Cluster 2

AHCSAW202 Recognise landforms and soil types More Information Training.gov Details
AHCECR309 Conduct an ecological and cultural site inspection prior to works More Information Training.gov Details
AHCCHM307 Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases More Information Training.gov Details
AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals More Information Training.gov Details
Cluster 3
AHCECR301 Maintain native ecosystem areas More Information Training.gov Details
AHCMOM304 Operate machinery and equipment More Information Training.gov Details
AHCWRK303 Respond to emergencies More Information Training.gov Details
AHCPGD311 Conduct operational inspection of park facilities More Information Training.gov Details
Cluster 4
AHCECR311 Implement ecosystem reconstruction works More Information Training.gov Details
AHCLSC311 Set out site for construction works More Information Training.gov Details
Cluster 5
AHCPGD301 Implement a plant establishment program More Information Training.gov Details
AHCPCM307 Report on health and condition of trees More Information Training.gov Details
AHCWRK309 Apply environmentally sustainable work practices More Information Training.gov Details

Unit Sequence

Below is the recommended study sequence for this course. Please enrol in your units as per the following order.
Units with the same sequence number should be enrolled into at the same time.
Sequence Unit
1 AHCWHS301 - Contribute to work health and safety processes
2 AHCPCM303 - Identify plant specimens
3 AHCPMG301 - Control weeds
4 AHCSAW202 - Recognise landforms and soil types
5 AHCECR309 - Conduct an ecological and cultural site inspection prior to works
6 AHCCHM307 - Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases
7 AHCCHM304 - Transport and store chemicals
8 AHCECR301 - Maintain native ecosystem areas
9 AHCMOM304 - Operate machinery and equipment
10 AHCWRK303 - Respond to emergencies
11 AHCPGD311 - Conduct operational inspection of park facilities
12 AHCECR311 - Implement ecosystem reconstruction works
13 AHCLSC311 - Set out site for construction works
14 AHCPGD301 - Implement a plant establishment program
15 AHCPCM307 - Report on health and condition of trees
16 AHCWRK309 - Apply environmentally sustainable work practices


Course Assessment Information

RPL - Students who have previous informal and formal learning need to advise their trainer/assessor prior to enrolment. If the student wishes to apply for an RPL they need to apply to the RPL Centre.
Credit transfer - If credit for relevant formal qualifications is sought, then the process will be actioned after the student has enrolled in at least one unit of competency as directed by the relevant trainer/assessor. The Trainer/Assessor will work with the student on their credit transfer application, and provide advice and support as necessary.
Assessment Types
Third Party Verification
Written/Electronic Assessment
Practical Task
RPL
Course Learning Outcomes
Where and when can I start?
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Domestic 2022 Availabilities

Standard stream

Mixed Mode
Mixed Mode includes a combination of online learning activities and compulsory site-specific attendance at residential schools and/or workshops.
August: Full Time/Part Time
October: Full Time/Part Time

Nursery Stream

Mixed Mode
Mixed Mode includes a combination of online learning activities and compulsory site-specific attendance at residential schools and/or workshops.
August: Full Time/Part Time
October: Full Time/Part Time

Parks Stream

Mixed Mode
Mixed Mode includes a combination of online learning activities and compulsory site-specific attendance at residential schools and/or workshops.
August: Full Time/Part Time
October: Full Time/Part Time

Domestic 2023 Availabilities

Standard stream

Mixed Mode
Mixed Mode includes a combination of online learning activities and compulsory site-specific attendance at residential schools and/or workshops.
February: Full Time/Part Time
April: Full Time/Part Time
July: Full Time/Part Time
October: Full Time/Part Time

Nursery Stream

Mixed Mode
Mixed Mode includes a combination of online learning activities and compulsory site-specific attendance at residential schools and/or workshops.
February: Full Time/Part Time
April: Full Time/Part Time
July: Full Time/Part Time
October: Full Time/Part Time

Parks Stream

Mixed Mode
Mixed Mode includes a combination of online learning activities and compulsory site-specific attendance at residential schools and/or workshops.
February: Full Time/Part Time
April: Full Time/Part Time
July: Full Time/Part Time
October: Full Time/Part Time
For individual class days and times for each intake please check the TAFE Timetable located here
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