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Conservation and Land Management

Diploma of

Code: AHC51116 Cricos: 092606G
Our courses are being delivered online
TAFEs are recognised as essential services by the Victorian Government and are continuing to operate.

In response to the current coronavirus restrictions, Melbourne Polytechnic is transitioning its more than 240 courses to remote and flexible learning. This means students will not be required on campus at this stage unless notified by their teacher.

Overview

Campus

Epping

Campus

Epping

Duration

2 years full time / available part time

Duration

2 years full time / available part time

Next Intake

February, July

Next Intake

February, July

There’s never been a better time to care about the land

Melbourne Polytechnic’s 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 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

Akolda Bil

"It means 'future' to me. All I was doing before this was working in small jobs, or jobs that aren't going to get me far in life, so studying is a huge deal to me. It got me where I am now.... Studying gave me a path to go somewhere in my life."

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 online
  • Classroom

Class Schedule

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

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

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

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $8800 $16350
Materials fee $65 $65
Maximum annual amenities $250 $250
Total payable $9115 $16665
Per year $13652
Per semester $6826
Materials fee $65

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 1 November 2019. 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.
Are you eligible for subsidised study?
You could be eligible for up to $20,000 in government funding.

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, counseling services, student support, and recreational activities.

Amenities must be paid each academic year you are enrolled.

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

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.
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Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course. Applicants should however be aware that this course is at post year 12 level.
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.

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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