Certificate III in Conservation and Ecosystem Management

CRICOS Code: 111778D
National Code: AHC31421


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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52 weeks
40 weeks
Landcare Officer
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Course Admission Requirements
(for International Applications)

  • Academic IELTS score of 6.0 Overall with minimum of 5.0 in all bands or equivalent.
  • Satisfactory completion of Year 10 or overseas equivalent .
  • This course has a large practical, field-based component, therefore a moderate level of physical fitness is required. Activities include bush walking, camping and other related physical activity.


These course fees are for international students only.

Tuition Fees
Incidental Fees*
Semester 1
AUD $5695
AUD $200*
Semester 2
AUD $5695
Fee Totals
AUD $11390
AUD $200*
Total Course Cost
AUD $11590

* Students will be required to purchase Riggers work gloves • Safety glasses • Hearing muffs (Class 5) • Safety P1 dust mask with valve • Safety P2 dust/mist/fume mask with valve • Nitrile solvent resistant gloves • Spray suit coverall (type 4,5,6), steel cap boots, broad brimmed hat, secateurs at a cost of approximately $200.

Note: TAFE SA course tuition and other fees/costs are subject to regular increases and are reviewed annually. TAFE SA accepts applications for courses commencing beyond the current year, course, tuition and other fees/costs for these years will apply once published. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to alter, amend or delete any fee, course, admission requirement, mode of delivery, duration or other arrangement without prior notice. If the study duration is extended beyond the period of the student’s visa the student will be liable for visa and related costs, eg medical examinations, OSHC and living expenses.

Overseas Students Health Cover

All overseas students are required to have Overseas Students Health Cover (OSHC) insurance for the entire duration of the course. The health cover rate will vary depending on the personal circumstances and duration of stay in Australia. Read more about Overseas Students Health Cover.

  • 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.

    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

    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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