Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management


Our Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management Traineeship will provide you with field experience, knowledge and practical skills in conservation and land management and enable you to identify and respond proactively to biodiversity loss, global warming and environmental damage.

Protect and work in the great outdoors

Become qualified for a range of rewarding work in natural resource management. The Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management is the start of a rewarding and flourishing career in agriculture, conservation and land management.

Employment Outcomes

You should already be employed when starting this course as a Traineeship. There is also a possibility of further employment, once you have this qualification as local bush management contractors are often in contact with Melbourne Polytechnic, looking for staff!

Work options include:

  • bush-crew worker
  • revegetation specialist
  • technical field assistant

Possible employers include agencies or contractors for agencies such as local councils, Melbourne Water, Parks Victoria and the Department of Sustainability and the Environment.

Learn on real sustainability projects

At Melbourne Polytechnic, your project work is often undertaken in partnership with local industry groups, including Whittlesea City Council and Parks Victoria.

Learn from our highly qualified, enthusiastic staff in bush settings such as Plenty Valley Parklands and Kinglake National Park.

Note: This course is offered for trainees only.

Local Students






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Full-time: * Detailed timetable information is available from an Education and Course Advisor

Part-time: 2 years

Note: this course is offered as a Traineeship in 2017, one - two days per week as decided by the teaching department

Modes of Delivery

Field work, Customised Workplace Delivery, Classroom



Enquire now to find out if you are eligible for government funding and other forms of help paying for fees. The student tuition fees as published are correct at time of publication and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. All enrolments excluding RPL/RCC and Higher Education incur an annual Amenities fee with a maximum cap of $250

Find out more on fees and charges

Assessment Methods

Various forms of assessment may be used including demonstration of skills, tests and assignments, folios and log books, oral activities, and third-party reports


Lists of safety equipment and books that need to be purchased will be distributed by the teaching department early in the course
Suitable footwear, clothing and sun protection will be required for field work

Entrance Requirements

  • there are no prerequisites or specific entry requirements for entry to this course
  • you should be at least 16 years of age
  • to be eligible to enrol as a Trainee in this course, you must be employed in the land conservation industry and have a signed agreement between your employer and Melbourne Polytechnic - ask the course coordinator for more information

Pathways to further study

This qualification is well recognised as pathway into our AHC51116 Diploma of Conservation and Land Management

Career Pathways

Graduates of the course may gain further employment in bushland operations either in propagation of indigenous plants, weed control or bush regeneration

Enrolment Intake

  • February
  • July

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.

Code Subjects Hours
AHCCHM303 Prepare and apply chemicals 70
AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals 50
AHCFAU301 Respond to wildlife emergencies 70
AHCFIR201 Assist with prescribed burning 50
AHCLPW304 Carry out inspection of designated area 70
AHCLPW306 Undertake sampling and testing of water 70
AHCNAR301 Maintain natural areas 80
AHCNAR303 Implement revegetation works 80
AHCNAR307 Read and interpret maps 40
AHCPCM303 Identify plant specimens 80
AHCPMG301 Control weeds 70
AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes 50
AHCWRK309 Apply environmentally sustainable work practices 50
FWPCOT3202 Navigate in remote or trackless areas 80
SITTGDE002 Work as a guide 90

Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.