Certificate II in Conservation and Ecosystem Management

National Code: AHC21020
TAFE SA Code: TP01199


Are you looking for a career that’s more outdoors than in the office? You can become a conservation worker, tree planter, weed control team member, or land-care officer with this entry-level qualification or go on to further study in conservation and ecosystem management. You’ll gain skills in recognising native flora and fauna, weeds, natural area restoration, seed collection and propagation, and the use of small machinery. Learn the basics of conservation and ecosystem management for indigenous land management, lands, parks and wildlife services and the restoration and rehabilitation of ecosystems. Be yourself at TAFE SA.

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18 months 
Landcare Officer
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Course Admission Requirements

Total Fees for the 18 month course
You may be eligible for government subsidised training.
Subsidised training may require applicants to complete a Core Skills Profile Assessment (CSPA).

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary. Fee updates will be available prior to offers being made.

  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    Job role titles may include Conservation Worker, Tree planter, Weed control team member.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Certificate II in Conservation and Ecosystem Management (AHC21020)
    Undertaking this course will develop skills and knowledge in recognising native flora and fauna including weeds, natural area restoration, seed collection and propagation and use of small machinery. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 2 core units and 13 elective units.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.
    of TAFE SA graduates would recommend their training.

    * 2023 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all elective units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices 20
    Participate in work health and safety processes 20


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply chemicals under supervision 30
    Assist with pressurised irrigation operations 40
    Assist with soil or growing media sampling and testing 30
    Care for nursery plants 30
    Collect native seed 40
    Collect, prepare and preserve plant specimens 30
    Conduct visual inspection of park facilities 20
    Inspect and clean machinery, tools and equipment to preserve biosecurity 20
    Maintain properties and structures 30
    Observe and report on weather 25
    Observe and report plants or animals 40
    Operate and maintain chainsaws 40
    Operate basic machinery and equipment 20
    Perform basic ecological restoration works 40
    Plant trees and shrubs 20
    Pot up plants 20
    Prune shrubs and small trees 35
    Recognise fauna 40
    Recognise landforms and soil types 50
    Recognise plants 40
    Treat plant pests, diseases and disorders 30
    Treat weeds 40
    Undertake propagation activities 30
    Undertake sampling and testing of water 70
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