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Diploma of Conservation and Land Management

VTAC Code: AHC51116 Cricos: 092606G VTAC Number: Epping 6900268104

Overview

Campus

Epping

Campus

Epping

Duration

18 months full time

Duration

18 months full time

Next Intake

February, July

Next Intake

February

There has never been a better time to care about the land

Our AHC51116 Diploma of Conservation and Land Management 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.

Hands-on industry experience puts you out in the field

The diploma 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 first step in a fulfilling career

The diploma 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 or fire risk. Best of all, you’ll have the knowledge to help lead Australia’s natural resources into the future

Career Pathways

Where will this 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 Parks Victoria, Department of Sustainability and Environment, Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Fisheries and Wildlife, and Rural Water Agencies

Pathways

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

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
  • Blended: remote online delivery and learning
  • Classroom

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

Recognition of Prior Learning

You can seek Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) where your work experience or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. RPL is individually assessed based on evidence submitted by the student to the teaching department. Applications for RPL will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic trainers, academics and where appropriate, industry experts.

Attend an Info Session

Now’s the time to register for our information and enrolment sessions. We give you an in-depth look at your chosen area of study and a tour of our department facilities.

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $ 9200 $17050
Materials fee $ 300 $300
Maximum annual amenities $ 250 $250
Total payable $ 9750 $17600
Per year $14200
Per semester $7100

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.

To find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy we recommend you contact us help you find out.

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 19 November 2020. 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.

Materials

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. 

The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

Additional expenses

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

Amenities must be paid each academic year you are enrolled.

You must bring personal protective equipment: steel capped boots, gloves and eye protection.

You must purchase these books:

  • Native Trees and Shrubs of South East Australia (Leon Costerman) 2009 edition or later.
  • Weeds of the South-East – An identification guide for Australia (F.J. Richardson)
  • Name that Flower (Ian Clarke & Helen Lee).

These books can be sourced through retail book shops or online.

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

Scholarships on offer

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Requirements

No Entry requirements but the applicant must have a LLN level 3 or above 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. 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 of our Skills and Job Centres, 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 03 9269 8400 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 +61 3 9269 8400

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