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Vocational Education & Training

AHC21020 Certificate II in Conservation and Ecosystem Management

Not available to international students.



Estimated completion time: 1 year/s

The length of time to complete this qualification will depend on the location, study mode and selected units.

* - Student Visa holders must study internally full time

CDU Reference
Vocational Education & Training
Industry groups
Occupation types
Farm, Forestry And Garden Workers Nec

This qualification provides the skills and knowledge required for work in a defined context and/or for further study in conservation and ecosystem management. Work would be carried out under general guidance and supervision.

The qualification enables individuals to select and develop basic factual, technical and procedural knowledge in conservation and ecosystem management for Indigenous land management, lands, parks and wildlife services and the restoration and rehabilitation of ecosystems.

Career opportunities

Occupations relevant to this qualification in industry sectors such as Pest Management, Weed Management, Environmental Protection, Horticulture include:
>Parks and Wildlife Officer,
>Pest Management Assistant (Feral Animals)
>Conservation Earthworks Trainee
>Landcare Assistant
>Conservation Project Assistant
>Conservation Earthworks Assistant
>Indigenous Land Management Assistant

Credit transfers and pathways

Skills recognition

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL is the acknowledgement of a person's skills and knowledge acquired through previous training, work or life experience, which may be used to grant status or credit in a subject regardless of how and where they were attained, including overseas.

This can include skills from:

  • Previous study excluding courses at another VET/TAFE institution, but including courses at school or college, through adult education classes or training programs at work;
  • Work experience (including both work that is paid and unpaid); and/or
  • Life experience (for example leisure pursuits or voluntary work).

RPL is a form of assessment. It is used to determine whether a person has acquired, through formal or informal learning, the skills and experience consistent with the stated competency standards that comprise a qualification. RPL is not time referenced, so there are no parameters on how or when the skills are acquired. However, the skills that have been acquired through life experience etc., must be current and must match the elements and performance criteria contained in the individual unit.

Students seeking RPL need to indicate this on their enrolment form at the time of enrolment.

For further information please refer to the Applicant's Guide to the Recognition of Prior Learning or contact Student Central on 1800 061 963 (free call) or email

Credit Transfer

Charles Darwin University as a Registered Training Organisation recognises the Australian Qualifications Framework qualifications and Statement of Attainments issued by any other Australian Registered Training Organisation.

Students are encouraged to submit any requests for credit from previous studies at the time of enrolment, to ensure they are not enrolling in units they may not need to undertake.

In order to apply for exemption/credit transfer from units completed at another training organisation, you will need to complete an Application for Exemption Form available from any campus, centre, or team, or a copy of the form can be obtained from the web.

Your completed Application for Exemption form together with attached documentary evidence (certified copy of Qualification/Statement of Attainment) to support your request for exemption/credit transfer should be submitted directly to the University either in person or by mail. Requests without documentary evidence will not be processed and will be returned to students. There are no fees attached to Credit Transfers.


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Entry requirements

CDU Domestic Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

All VET International applicants are required to meet the English language proficiency for their chosen course of study.


This is a current, nationally accredited qualification from the AHC Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package.

Additional information

VET for Secondary Students (VSS)

Select VSS for more detail about this program.

Employability skills

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Location and study mode

Delivery at all locations is subject to sufficient demand and resources.

Locations: Casuarina

Study Mode: On campus

Subject to demand other locations and modes may become available throughout the year.

Contact details Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call).

Course structure

To achieve a AHC21020  Certificate II in Conservation and Ecosystem Management a total of fifteen (15) units of competency must be completed comprising two (2) Core and thirteen (13) Elective units as detailed in the packaging rules and listed below.

The total nominal hours for the sequence listed below is 0.

Code Module/Unit of Competency Hours
Core units of competency
AHCWHS201 Participate in work health and safety processes 20
AHCWRK209 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices 20
  Total nominal hours for core units 40
Elective units of competency (Select 13)
Group A
AHCBIO203 Inspect and clean machinery, tools and equipment to preserve biosecurity 20
AHCECR203 Perform basic ecological restoration works 40
AHCECR305 Collect native seed 40
AHCFAU202 Recognise fauna 40
AHCFIR202 Assist with planned burning 50
AHCILM201 Maintain cultural places 20
AHCILM202 Observe and report plants or animals 40
AHCILM203 Record information about Country 40
AHCLPW201 Operate a handheld GPS device 30
AHCPCM204 Recognise plants 40
AHCPGD206 Conduct visual inspection of park facilities 20
AHCPMG307 Apply animal trapping techniques 40
AHCPMG201 Treat weeds 40
AHCPMG202 Treat plant pests, diseases and disorders 30
AHCWRK204 Work effectively in the industry 20
AHCWRK205 Participate in workplace communications 30
AHCWRK312 Operate in isolated and remote situations 40
PUAFIR210 Prevent Injury 8
PUAFIR204 Respond to wildfire 60
Group B
AHCCHM201 Apply chemicals under supervision 30
AHCLSC201 Assist with landscape construction work 30
AHCINF202 Install, maintain and repair farm fencing 30
AHCMOM202 Operate tractors 40
AHCMOM203 Operate basic machinery and equipment 20
AHCMOM213 Operate and maintain chainsaws 40
AHCMOM216 Operate side by side utility vehicles 50
AHCMOM217 Operate quad bikes 60
AHCPGD201 Plant trees and shrubs 20
AHCSOL203 Assist with soil or growing media sampling and testing 30
FWPCOT3259 Operate a four wheel drive on unsealed roads 40
Unnamed elective units on CDU scope
FWPCOT3260 Recover four wheel drive vehicles 20
FWPFGM3215 Perform complex 4x4 operations 80
  Total nominal hours for elective units 328 - 620
  Total nominal hours for the qualification 368 - 660


Course fees

Domestic Students
2022 VET fees will be published as soon as they become available.

The following Fees are applicable to this course:

Domestic Students

VET tuition fees

NT Government subsidised places are available for this course.
2021: VET Tuition Fees for 2021 will be charged at $3.50 per nominal hour for subsidised training. More detailed Information about 2021 VET Tuition fees for eligible NT residents will be published in the 2021 VET Student Guide or VET Fees.
2022: VET Tuition Fees for 2022 will be published no later than 1 December 2021.

International Students

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