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Diploma of Conservation and Ecosystem Management

Code: AHC51120 CRICOS: 104851C



18 months full time


1.5 years

Next Intake

February, July

Next Intake

February, July

Turn your commitment to the environment into a successful career

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.

Hands-on industry experience puts you out in the field

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 Epping campus and Northern Lodge training centre, 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 that provide you with unique experience before you’ve entered the workplace.

Conservation Students at Point Cook Marine Sanctuary
Conservation Students at Point Cook Marine Sanctuary

The first step in a fulfilling career

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.

Career Pathways

Where will the Diploma of Conservation and Ecosystem Management AHC51120 take me?

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 Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), Victorian Fisheries Authority (VFA) and Victorian Water Corporations.

Study Pathways

As a graduate of our Diploma of Conservation and Ecosystem Management AHC51120, 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.

They are probably the best teachers I've had, ever. They were very good and so passionate about what they were teaching. It was a really good experience for me.
Taryn Kaluza
Conservation and Land Management Graduate, Outstanding Student of the Year 2020 Award Winner
Portrait of student Taryn Kaluza

Course Details

Delivery methods

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.

  • Field work

How you will study

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.

Class Schedule

Two days per week.

Assessment Methods

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.

Units of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact us for the latest student contact hours information.

Code Subject Elective Hours
AHCECR402 Plan the implementation of revegetation works Elective 80
AHCECR502 Conduct biological surveys Elective 200
AHCECR504 Manage implementation of ecological restoration programs Elective 200
AHCFAU501 Manage fauna populations Elective 150
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
AHCWRK506 Collect and manage data Elective 120
AHCWRK513 Write and present reports Elective 60

Attend an Information Session

Our information sessions will give you an in-depth look at your chosen area of study and answer your questions about your course.

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $10400 $19200
Materials fee $120 $120
Maximum annual amenities $250 $250
Total payable $10770 $19570
Per year $16400
Per semester $8200
Materials fee $120

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 1st of November. 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.


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

Fees explained

The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment. 

Check your eligibility here.

The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

Check your eligibility here.

Additional expenses

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:

  • $250 for full fee-paying students; and
  • $175 for concession-paying students studying Certificate I, II, III, or IV.

Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counselling services, student support, and recreational activities.

The material fee will cover a four-day Conservation camp related to student assessments.

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

Scholarships on offer

Portrait of Natalie Butler

'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.'

See what scholarships are available


No entry requirements. You must complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy test to enrol. Academic: International students are required to have an IELTS Academic overall score of 5.5 with no band score below 5.0 (or its equivalent); or completion of Australian Year 12 certificate; or a qualification undertaken in Australia at Certificate IV or higher and completed within the past 5 years; or university studies in Australia of at least 2 years duration or Melbourne Polytechnic recognised equivalency.

Next Steps

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

Recognising Organisations

Nationally Recognised Training

Nationally Recognised Training This course is government accredited and has national recognition.

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