18 months full time
Our Diploma of Conservation and Ecosystem Management AHC51120 will teach you the knowledge and skills to manage natural resources and respond to the challenges of biodiversity loss, climate change and environmental damage. With land degradation in Australia costing more than $1 billion every year, land management and conservation is an industry growing through necessity.
The Diploma of Conservation and Ecosystem Management AHC51120 offers hands-on experience and practical skills taught by industry experts. You can’t protect the environment from a classroom alone, so you’ll be conducting field work in natural bush close to our Epping campus, Northern Lodge and Yan Yean training facilities and on specialised field trips to beautiful locations around Victoria. Melbourne Polytechnic collaborates with key organisations including Darebin Parklands, Whittlesea City Council, Parks Victoria and Landcare to develop projects focused on real world issues to provide you with unique experience before you’ve even entered the workplace. You might even meet some vulnerable or endangered species - like the adorable Brush-tailed Phascogale.
The Diploma of Conservation and Ecosystem Management AHC51120 will teach you how to manage the environment in modern times, with a sustainable approach at the core of your studies. This course could be your first step into an exciting and impactful career engaging with our natural environment. You might be employed by government agencies or private organisations in the conservation of land, catchment protection, park, flora or fauna management. Best of all, you’ll have the knowledge to help lead Australia’s natural resources into the future.
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.
Each course has a dedicated learning method that is designed to let you thrive in your studies.
Interactive learning in a face-to-face environment. Classes will be held at a Melbourne Polytechnic campus or partner institute. Visit the How You'll Study page for more information.
3 days per week.
Information about assessment will be provided at the start of each unit. Assessment methods include: observation, demonstration, simulated workplace, written assessment, portfolio and case studies.
The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact us for the latest student contact hours information.
|AHCECR402||Plan the implementation of revegetation works||Elective||80|
|AHCECR502||Conduct biological surveys||Elective||200|
|AHCFAU501||Manage fauna populations||Elective||150|
|AHCILM501||Conduct field research into natural and cultural resources||Elective||200|
|AHCLPW506||Develop a management plan for a designated area||Elective||200|
|AHCNRM510||Develop a water quality monitoring program||Elective||120|
|AHCPCM510||Collect and classify plants||Elective||120|
|AHCPMG413||Define the pest problem||Elective||100|
|AHCWRK502||Collect and manage data||Elective||120|
|AHCWRK513||Write and present reports||Elective||60|
|Government subsidised fee||Non-subsidised fee|
|Maximum annual amenities||$250||$250|
The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.
Displayed course fees are indicative only. There are many variables that impact the total amount of your full course costs including qualification for government subsidies, concessions or recognition of prior learning. Tuition fees do not include the cost of student amenities or material costs.
This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Contact us to find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy.
Melbourne Polytechnic offers a range of payment options to help you pay your tuition fees, so you can get on with your studies.
Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 1 November 2021. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.
After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.
For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.
The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment.
The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.
The Student Services and Amenities Fee is charged at forty cents (40 cents) per student contact hour and is capped over a twelve (12) month period, effective from the enrolment date, to:
Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counselling services, student support, and recreational activities.
Required books will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department.
'We’d been discussing what projects we had coming up that we needed to go and buy materials for. And so then the scholarship came and it was just a sigh of relief.'
We're really excited for you to join the Melbourne Polytechnic community and we look forward to supporting you on your education journey.
The first step to enrolling is completing the application short form from the Apply Now page.
You'll then receive a link to complete a few more personal details.
It is a mandatory government requirement for all prospective students to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment.
Once you are ready to enrol, you will be invited to attend our Skills and Job Centre, or come to campus to complete your enrolment in person.
For Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas, you may be eligible for a VET Student Loan. Read more about them here.
If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 1300 635 276 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.
When we receive your application, the International Office will be in contact with you shortly to discuss your application and provide you additional instructions.
If you'd like to speak to one of our International Office staff directly, call 1300 635 276
Nationally Recognised Training This course is government accredited and has national recognition.
Local student means; you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident, a New Zealand citizen or a permanent humanitarian visa holder.