Melbourne Polytechnic's Certificate III in Natural Area Restoration provides a starting point into a career in natural resource management with a focus on restoring degraded natural areas. If you're interested in preservation of beautiful natural areas, conservation and land management, this is the course for you.
Gain skills in a unique, sustainable field
The Certificate III in Natural Area Restoration is an entry level course for those who want to be involved in the sustainable management of biodiversity through restoring and maintaining degraded sites in urban, peri-urban and regional areas.
The course is well recognised as being appropriate for field workers and as a pathway in the the Diploma of Conservation and Land Management – a great opportunity for you to hone your interest in sustainability, conservation and land management and become a sought after expert in the field of natural restoration.
The Certificate III in Natural Area Restoration is divided into four, eight week, project based specialist clusters (fauna, revegetation, pests and water) that can be completed individually. All four cluster make up the full qualification.
The training program involves development of practical field skills and you will be required to undertake field work. Project work is often carried out with a local industry groups, such as local government (councils) and Parks Victoria. Assessment tools may include demonstration, assignment work, questioning, project work, tests, self-assessment and third party reports. The course is delivered across three days of the week, with a maximum of two days on campus and a minimum of one day in the field, plus online contact.
Careers in Conservation and Land Management
The Certificate III in Natural Area Restoration is an entry level course for a career in Conservation and Land Management. This training can help you find work with contractors and agencies who maintain natural landscapes through weed and pest animal control work, revegetation and restoration of degraded areas (e.g. in parks, along waterways, on farms and coastal areas).
Many of these jobs involve working in the outdoors (in the field) and as previously mentioned, this course provides a pathway to the Diploma of Conservation and Land Management (note that AHCSOL401A and AHCLPW405A can be used to count to the ten units required for the diploma qualification). Going onto complete the Diploma of Conservation and Land Management will broaden career opportunities and can provide access to a higher tertiary qualification.
Examples of career opportunities and jobs can be found on job search websites, such as:
- NRM jobs – nrmjobs.com.au/
- Environmental jobs network – environmentaljobs.com.au/
- Green Career – greencareer.net.au/
- Ethical Jobs – ethicaljobs.com.au/
You can enrol in a cluster prior to the commencement of each cluster. For enrolment dates and times, you can contact a Melbourne Polytechnic Education and Career Advisor (ECA) in the first instance, on 03 9269 8400, or by email. An ECA can also put you in contact with the Agriculture and Animal Science Department.
Note: while this course is delivered at the Prahran campus, the administration is based at the Epping campus of Melbourne Polytechnic.
DepartmentAGRICULTURE AND LAND MANAGEMENT
one cluster per term (see notes on clusters in description, above)
Modes of DeliveryOnsite, Online components, Project work, Face-to-face, Offsite
FeesFind out more on fees and charges
Entrance RequirementsNo prerequistes or specific entry requirements. Students should be at least 16 years of age
Assessment MethodsAssessment may include demonstration, assignment work, questioning, project work, folio, tests, self-assessment and third party reports
MaterialsClothing and footwear suitable for outdoor work in a range of weather conditions. Some field guides for survey work.
Pathways to further studyThis course provides a pathway to the Diploma in Conservation and Land Management (ACSF level 4)
Career PathwaysGraduates will have opportunities for employment with ecological consultants, contractors and local council and also with agencies responsible for the management of natural landscapes and bio-diverse habitats in a range of parkland areas, along waterways, on private land and in coastal areas
Units Of Study
The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact the department for the latest student contact hours information.
|AHCCHM303A||PREPARE AND APPLY CHEMICALS||70|
|AHCCHM304A||TRANSPORT, HANDLE AND STORE CHEMICALS||50|
|AHCLPW306A||UNDERTAKE SAMPLING AND TESTING OF WATER||65|
|AHCNAR201A||Carry out natural area restoration works||40|
|AHCNAR301A||MAINTAIN NATURAL AREAS||60|
|AHCNAR303A||IMPLEMENT A REVEGETATION WORKS||80|
|AHCOHS301A||CONTRIBUTE TO OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY PROCESSES||50|
|AHCPCM303A||IDENTIFY PLANT SPECIMENS||80|
|AHCSAW302A||Implement erosion and sediment control measures||80|
|AHCSOL401A||SAMPLE SOILS AND IMPLEMENT RESULTS||60|
|AHCWRK313A||IMPLEMENT AND MONITOR ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE WORK PRACTICES||50|
|CPPSIS4005A||COLLECT BASIC GPS DATA||20|