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Key details

Duration

1 year/s

The duration will vary depending upon how long a student takes to reach the required competency level.

Intake

Locations

Casuarina, Remote
Not available to international students.

Course code

AHC31421

Overview


This qualification provides the skills and theoretical and practical knowledge for work or further learning in the conservation and ecosystem management industry. The qualification provides for work roles encompassing a broad range of skills, or can be focussed on one or more specialisations, including:

  • Indigenous land management
  • Ecological restoration
  • Land, parks and wildlife management
  • Pest controller
  • Conservation earthworks
  • Marine
  • Fire
  • Mined land rehabilitation

Individuals with this qualification perform a range of conservation and ecosystem management activities including, site restoration, rehabilitation and renewal and management of the rural and natural landscapes, degraded sites, and marine environments. They contribute to the preservation and maintenance of wildlife and their habitat in the natural ecosystem, parks and reserves. Activities frequently involve working with and preservation of indigenous culture and heritage resources.

Career opportunities

Occupations relevant to this qualification in industry sectors such as Environmental Protection, Weed Management, Pest Management, Horticulture include:

  • Lands, Parks and Wildlife Officer
  • National Parks Worker
  • Soil Conservation Specialist
  • Indigenous Lands Worker
  • Revegetation Worker
  • Conservation Earthworks Assistant
  • Land Rehabilitation Worker

Credit transfers and advanced standing

Skill 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 Student.Central@cdu.edu.au.

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.

Pathways

VET to Higher Education Pathway Mapping for completed Awards in the same field or discipline.

Fees

Domestic Students
2023 VET fees will be published as soon as they become available.

VET fee exempt

Exemptions apply to VET tuition fees for NTG supported courses only.

At the time of enrolment, students in these categories will be exempt from paying tuition fees:

  • Recipient of a Centrelink payment
  • Recipient of a Veteran's Affairs payment
  • Enrolled Secondary Students
  • Permanent residents with refugee or humanitarian status

Certified copy of the evidence must be provided at the time of enrolment.

If your course is delivered in a location that is listed on the NTG’s Location Categories for VET Funded Programs, with remote as the location category you may be eligible for the Remote 2 Location tuition fee exemption.

Delivery allowance for VET funded programs

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Why study at CDU?

"Study with the Territory's largest provider of Vocational Education and Training (VET) and gain industry-ready skills and experience. Whether you're a high school student or a working professional, we've got the courses and qualifications you want plus the support and flexibility you need to succeed.

  • Learn from expert lecturers and industry professionals
  • Access to first-class facilities
  • Recognition of prior learning to qualify faster"
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Why study at CDU?

"Study with the Northern Territory's largest provider of Vocational Education and Training (VET) and gain industry-ready skills and experience.

  • Learn from expert lecturers and industry professionals
  • Access to first-class facilities - Recognition of prior learning accepted
  • Packages into higher education available for most courses"

What will I study?

To achieve AHC31421 Certificate III in Conservation and Ecosystem Management a total of sixteen (16) units of competency must be completed comprising two (2) Core and fourteen (14) Elective units as detailed in the packaging rules and listed below.

Course structure

The total nominal hours for the sequence listed below is 815 - 1080.

CodeModule/Unit of CompetencyHours
Core units of competency
AHCECR309Conduct an ecological and cultural site inspection prior to works100
AHCWHS301Contribute to work health and safety processes50
 Total nominal hours for core units150
Elective units of competency (Select 14)
AHCCHM304Transport and store chemicals50
AHCCHM307Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases70
AHCECR301Maintain native ecosystem areas80
AHCECR305Collect native seed40
AHCECR307Read and interpret maps40
AHCECR310Implement assisted regeneration works70
AHCILM306Follow Aboriginal cultural protocols40
AHCMOM302Perform machinery maintenance50
AHCMOM304Operate machinery and equipment40
AHCPCM204Recognise plants40
AHCPCM303Identify plant specimens80
AHCPCM306Provide information on plants and their culture70
AHCPMG301Control weeds70
AHCPMG302Control plant pests, diseases and disorders80
AHCPMG305Survey pests70
AHCPMG307Apply animal trapping techniques40
AHCWRK305Coordinate work site activities70
AHCWRK309Apply environmentally sustainable work practices50
AHCWRK312Operate in isolated and remove situations40
FWPCOT3325Operate four wheel drive vehicle on unsealed roads40
FWPCOT3326Recover four wheel drive vehicle25
FWPCOT3329Perform complex four wheel drive operations80
 Total nominal hours for elective units665 - 930
 Total nominal hours for the qualification815 - 1080

 

Entry requirements

Admission criteria

To ensure you have the right skills and support to succeed in your course, a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LL&N) evaluation helps identify areas where you may need additional support to help you achieve your goals.

Preferred pathways for candidates considering this qualification include:

  • Completion of AHC21020 Certificate II in Conservation and Ecosystem Management or a relevant qualification; or
  • Being employed within the conservation industry

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Course details

Accreditation

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

VET for secondary schools

VET for Secondary Students (VSS)

Select VSS for more detail about this program.

Employability skills

Employability Skills are embedded in the training and assessment of national training package qualifications. Information on the Employability Skills relevant to your qualification can be obtained by visiting this website and keying in the national code for the qualification: training.gov.au

Location and study mode

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

Locations: Casuarina, Remote

Study Mode: On campus, workplace assessment

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

Additional information

Sector
Vocational Education & Training
Industry groups
PRIMARY INDUSTRY
Occupation types
Conservation Officer
Area of study
Conservation and Land Management, Science, Environmental Science and Management

Contact details

Email:Student.Central@cdu.edu.au. Phone: 1800 061 963 (free call).

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