Certificate III in Conservation and Ecosystem Management

National Code: AHC31421
TAFE SA Code: TP01357


If you have a passion for conservation and the environment, this is the course for you. Start your career with this nationally recognised qualification. Choose your own study focus from indigenous land management, conservation earthworks, lands, parks and wildlife, or natural area management. Become an indigenous lands worker, National Parks assistant, land rehabilitation worker, revegetation hand, or land-care officer. You'll learn how to protect our natural environment by managing weeds, restoring bushland and supporting conservation projects.

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12 months 

Full Time or Part Time equivalent

Landcare Officer

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Course Admission Requirements

  • No course admission requirements
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course.
The Fee Free TAFE allocation for this course has been exhausted for Semester 1 2024. Additional Fee Free TAFE places may be available in future semesters, subject to changes in TAFE SA’s Fee Free TAFE course list and changes to the Fee Free TAFE policy.

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Attendance Requirements (subject to change)
Barossa Valley is TAFE SA’s Nuriootpa Campus and is only an hour from the Adelaide CBD. Course coordinators have found students living in the Northern suburbs may find this location more convenient than the Urrbrae campus to support travel and study commitments. Timetables will be confirmed as part of student registration processes but Barossa Valley Full Time 3 days per week and Part Time is 2 days per week (normally Thursday evening and Friday all day)

Additional Uniforms, Equipment and Costs
You will need to buy and wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as safety boots and appropriate workwear (eg sun protection (hat), long pants, long sleeve shirt)-(approximately $100 - $200). Incidental items- $45.00 for other personal protective equipment (eg gloves, safety glasses and spray suit)

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 12 month course
$1,706 - $2,912
$3,413 - $5,824
$1,144 - $1,952
$2,288 - $3,904
You may be eligible for government subsidised training.
Subsidised training may require applicants to complete a Core Skills Profile Assessment (CSPA).

This course is part of the Fee Free TAFE initiative. Fee Free TAFE and vocational education is a joint initiative of the Australian and South Australian Governments providing tuition-free training places to students wanting to train, retrain or upskill. The eligibility check below is an indication only and does not confirm your eligibility status. Eligibility verification will take place before the enrolment process and may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. The number of Fee Free TAFE places that are funded is limited by the terms of the skills agreement signed by the Australian and South Australian Governments. Should all available Fee Free TAFE places be taken, subsequent applicants will be offered a subsidised place.

Fee Free Training Eligibility
Full Fee
$2,606 - $4,448
$5,213 - $8,896
  • 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 Indigenous Lands Worker, National Parks Worker, Revegetation Worker, Land Rehabilitation Worker.

    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 III in Conservation and Ecosystem Management (AHC31421)
    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 2 core units and 14 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
    Conduct an ecological and cultural site inspection prior to works 100
    Contribute to work health and safety processes 50


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply animal trapping techniques 40
    Apply environmentally sustainable work practices 50
    Assist with soil or growing media sampling and testing 30
    Collect native seed 40
    Collect, prepare and preserve plant specimens 30
    Conduct intertidal marine monitoring 60
    Conduct operational inspection of park facilities 70
    Control plant pests, diseases and disorders 80
    Control weeds 70
    Determine pest control techniques 70
    Fell small trees 40
    Identify fauna in the field 50
    Identify plant specimens 80
    Implement a landscape maintenance program 100
    Implement a plant establishment program 80
    Implement a propagation plan 90
    Implement biological reintroduction works 80
    Implement ecosystem reconstruction works 90
    Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas 60
    Install, maintain and repair farm fencing 30
    Maintain native ecosystem areas 80
    Maintain nursery plants 40
    Navigate in remote or trackless areas 80
    Operate and maintain chainsaws 40
    Operate basic machinery and equipment 20
    Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases 70
    Provide information on plants and their culture 70
    Read and interpret maps 40
    Recognise fauna 40
    Recognise landforms and soil types 50
    Recognise plants 40
    Survey pests 70
    Transport and store chemicals 50
    Undertake propagation activities 30
    Undertake sampling and testing of water 70
    Work as a guide 90
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