Certificate III in Natural Area Restoration


Our 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 are interested in the 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 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.

Industry connections and resources

You will develop your practical field skills and undertake field work – the best and most fulfilling way to get hands on experience.

Employment outcomes

The Certificate III in Natural Area Restoration 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 into the Diploma of Conservation and Land Management. Going on to complete the Diploma of Conservation and Land Management will broaden career opportunities and can provide access to a higher tertiary qualification in this field – pun intended!

Examples of career opportunities and jobs can be found on job search websites, such as:


The Certificate III in Natural Area Restoration is divided into four eight-week, project based specialist clusters (fauna, revegetation, sustainability, and water) that can be completed individually. All four clusters make up the full qualification and you have the unique choice of taking the course cluster by cluster, one cluster only, or enrolling in the full qualification upfront. See more information on cluster breakdowns and dates – here.

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.

Time-lapse video of re-veg planting day

Recognition of Prior Learning

You can seek RPL where your work or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. Academic Credit is granted on a case-by-case basis, according to our Academic Credit policy and associated procedures. Applications for Academic Credit will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic academics and where appropriate, industry experts.


If you want to enrol in one or more cluster for the Certificate III in Natural Area Restoration, you will need to enrol in each cluster prior to its commencement. For further information on dates for each cluster, or to enrol in the full qualification, please contact an Education and Course Advisor (ECA) on 03 9269 8400, or send an email. An ECA can also put you in contact with our Department of Agriculture and Animal Studies.

Note: while this course is delivered at the Prahran campus, the administration is based at our Epping campus.

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03 9269 8400


Full-time: 12 months
course delivery as per four clusters. One cluster delivered per term - see description for further information on clusters and view training program attachment for additional detail

Modes of Delivery

Onsite, Online components, Project work, Face-to-face, Offsite



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

Assessment may include demonstration, assignment work, questioning, project work, folio, tests, self-assessment and third party reports


Clothing and footwear suitable for outdoor work in a range of weather conditions. Some field guides for survey work

Entrance Requirements

No prerequisites or specific entry requirements, but you should be at least 16 years old

Pathways to further study

This course provides a pathway to our AHC51116 Diploma of Conservation and Land Management (ACSF level 4)

Career Pathways

As a graduate, you may have opportunity for employment with ecological consultants, contractors and local council and also with agencies responsible for the management of natural landscapes and biodiverse habitats in a range of parkland areas, along waterways, on private land and in coastal areas

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
AHCLPW306 Undertake sampling and testing of water 70
AHCLPW405 Monitor biodiversity 100
AHCNAR201 Carry out natural area restoration works 40
AHCNAR301 Maintain natural areas 80
AHCNAR303 Implement revegetation works 80
AHCNAR305 Collect native seed 40
AHCNAR307 Read and interpret maps 40
AHCPCM303 Identify plant specimens 80
AHCPMG301 Control weeds 70
AHCSAW302 Implement erosion and sediment control measures 80
AHCSOL401 Sample soils and interpret results 60
AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes 50
AHCWRK309 Apply environmentally sustainable work practices 50

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Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.