Courses

Diploma of Conservation and Land Management

AHC51116

Would you like to turn your commitment to the environment into a successful career? With our Diploma of Conservation and Land Management you can help manage Australia’s natural resources in the long term. With the extensive field experience, knowledge and practical skills gained through this course, you will be trained to identify and respond proactively to the challenges of biodiversity loss, global warming and environmental damage.

Advance your contribution to Australia’s sustainability

Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Conservation and Land Management is recognised as an excellent foundation for a career in conservation and land and catchment protection, fire risk and park management.

Industry connections and resources

Many of the projects undertaken in the course are in conjunction with a range of agencies such as Darebin Parklands, Whittlesea City Council, Parks Victoria, and Landcare.

Employment outcomes

Roles and area of focus are diverse. Positions can be found with private contractors or government agencies. As a graduate, you can apply for positions in the following areas:

  • bushland management
  • catchment and land management
  • environmental management
  • environmental planning officer
  • landcare or specific property planning
  • parkland, flora and fauna management.

You are strongly advised to develop your own contacts within the industry by joining appropriate volunteer groups and undertaking a wide range of work experience in this way.

Quality with flexibility at Melbourne Polytechnic

You’ll learn from our qualified and highly experienced staff, undertaking field work in natural bush settings close to our Epping campus and on specialised field trips to beautiful locations such as the Grampians, Kinglake National Park and around Port Phillip Bay.

Benefit from our learning facilities, including fully equipped computer labs. You can take this course part time to fit around your other commitments.

Ask us about pathways to Higher Education from this qualification.

Fascinating field work

Check out some of the videos students have captured of native fauna during recent nestbox surveys and nocturnal fauna surveys using remote sensing cameras:

A family of sugar gliders
A common brush tail possum
Agile antechinus
Family of ringtail possums
Mountain brushtail possums
Common wombat

Check out our Facebook Page at Conservation & Sustainability at Melbourne Polytechnic

Assessment

Detailed information about assessment will be provided at the start of each unit. Assessment methods include: observation, demonstration, questioning, assignments, tests, reports, products, portfolio, and third party reports.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

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.

Note: we very much encourage mature-aged students to apply.

Local Students

Code

AHC51116

VTAC Code

Epping 6900268104

Campuses

Epping

Department

Agriculture and Animal Studies
03 9269 8400

Duration

Full-time: 2 years
Year 1, 4 days per week
Year 2, 3 days per week

Part-time: available


Class Schedule: *

Mon - AM and PM
Tue - AM and PM
Wed - AM and PM
Thu - AM and PM
Fri - AM and PM

*Classes run across these days and times. Detailed timetable information is available from an Education and Course Advisor

Modes of Delivery

Field work, Blended online, Classroom

Fees

Eligible:$8250
Ineligible:$15700
Materials:$65

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

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Assessment Methods

Information about assessment will be provided at the start of each unit. Assessment methods include: observation, demonstration, questioning, assignments, tests, reports, products, portfolio, third party reports, self-assessment

Materials

A list of equipment and reference material you will need to provide will be distributed at the start of the course.
Items may include your own safety boots (steel capped), gloves, sun hat, Hi-Vis vest, sunscreen, USB flash drive, one textbook and writing materials

Entrance Requirements

  • successful completion of VCE/Year 12 or equivalent
  • if you have been out of school for more than one year this requirement is waived, although to cope with the demands of the course you need to be aware the course is at post Year 12 level
  • bridging studies are available to ensure you have adequate preparation for the educational objectives of the course

Pathways to further study

As a graduate of this diploma course you can articulate into a related degree course. The amount of credit given towards the degree varies depending on the provider institute and type of degree. It is a good idea to seek pathways advice from the degree provider

Career Pathways

Roles in natural resource management and conservation and land management are often with private contractors. Positions can also be found with government bodies, such as Parks Victoria, Department of Sustainability and Environment, Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Fisheries and Wildlife, and Rural Water Agencies

Enrolment Intake

  • February
  • July

International Students

Code

AHC51116

CRICOS Code

092606G

Campuses

Epping

Duration

Full-time: 2 years
Year 1, 4 days per week
Year 2, 3 days per week

Modes of Delivery

Field work, Blended online, Classroom

Fees

  • Tuition fees per semester: $6500
  • Tuition fees per year: $13000
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Entrance Requirements


Academic: Australian Year 11 equivalency
English: Academic IELTS 5.5 with no individual band below 5.0, Pearson PTE Academic 42 overall with no individual communicative skill below 36, or Melbourne Polytechnic recognised equivalency.

Assessment Methods

Information about assessment will be provided at the start of each unit. Assessment methods include: observation, demonstration, questioning, assignments, tests, reports, products, portfolio, third party reports, self-assessment

Materials

Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department

Pathways to further study

As a graduate of this diploma course you can articulate into a related degree course. The amount of credit given towards the degree varies depending on the provider institute and type of degree. It is a good idea to seek pathways advice from the degree provider

Career Pathways

Roles in natural resource management and conservation and land management are often with private contractors. Positions can also be found with government bodies, such as Parks Victoria, Department of Sustainability and Environment, Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Fisheries and Wildlife, and Rural Water Agencies

Enrolment Intake

  • February
  • July
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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
AHCFAU501 MANAGE FAUNA POPULATIONS 150
AHCFIR502 PLAN PRESCRIBED BURNING FOR FUEL, ECOLOGICAL AND CULTURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT 60
AHCILM501 CONDUCT FIELD RESEARCH INTO NATURAL AND CULTURAL RESOURCES 200
AHCLPW501 DEVELOP A MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR A DESIGNATED AREA 200
AHCNAR402 PLAN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF REVEGETATION WORKS 80
AHCNAR502 CONDUCT BIOLOGICAL SURVEYS 200
AHCNAR505 PLAN RIVER RESTORATION WORKS 150
AHCNRM502 DEVELOP A WATER QUALITY MONITORING PROGRAM 120
AHCPCM502 COLLECT AND CLASSIFY PLANTS 120
AHCPMG413 DEFINE THE PEST PROBLEM 100
AHCWRK502 COLLECT AND MANAGE DATA 120
AHCWRK503 PREPARE REPORTS 60
SITTPPD002 DEVELOP INTERPRETIVE ACTIVITIES 60

Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.