Diploma of Conservation and Ecosystem Management

National Code: AHC51120
TAFE SA Code: TP01201


Advance your career in natural resource management with this Diploma. You’ll develop the practical skills and knowledge you need to take on skilled and paraprofessional positions in conservation and ecosystem management. You can tailor your studies to suit your career goals with our wide range of electives. Focus on indigenous land management, conservation earthworks, lands, parks and wildlife, or natural area management. Develop your understanding of the legal and policy framework for conservation and natural resource management and learn about data collection and report writing. Become a soil conservation specialist, landcare manager, land management supervisor, indigenous land manager, park ranger, environmental officer in lands, parks and wildlife, or a natural resources manager. Be yourself with TAFE SA.

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12 months 

Full Time or Part Time equivalent

Park Ranger

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Course Admission Requirements

  • Certificate III or higher in Conservation and Ecosystem Management or Horticulture or Rural Operations
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course.

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Attendance Requirements (subject to change)
Classes at Urrbrae are face to face Monday to Thursday. Classes are Barossa are delivered online and face to face, with some compulsory workshops.

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 12 month course
You may be eligible for government subsidised training.
Subsidised training may require applicants to complete a Core Skills Profile Assessment (CSPA).
Full Fee

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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    VET Student Loan

    This is an interest-free personal loan from the Australian Government that provides eligible students access to capped funding to help pay for their studies.

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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

    This qualification reflects the skills and knowledge required for skilled and paraprofessional work in conservation and ecosystem management.

    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

    Diploma of Conservation and Ecosystem Management (AHC51120)
    The course enables individuals to select an indigenous land management, conservation earthworks, lands, parks and wildlife or natural area management context as a job focus, or a mix of these. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 10 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
    Analyse and present research information 40
    Collect and classify plants 120
    Collect and manage data 120
    Conduct biological surveys 200
    Define the pest problem 100
    Design an ecological restoration project 200
    Develop a coastal rehabilitation strategy 180
    Develop a management plan for a designated area 200
    Develop a water quality monitoring program 120
    Develop interpretive activities 60
    Plan river restoration works 150
    Plan the implementation of revegetation works 80
    Produce maps for land management purposes 120
    Provide specialist advice to clients 100
    Write and present reports 60
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