About this course

At a glance:

The course at a glance

Qualification:AHC51116 Diploma of Conservation and Land Management
Nationally accredited training: Yes
Start date:Enrol anytime
Duration:Self paced 1-2 years (eg. 26 hours a week complete in 1 year, 13 hours a week complete in 2 years)
Entry requirements:
  • Students must have access to an area of land (minimum 2 hectares), reliable internet connection and appropriate protective clothing and equipment for field activities.
  • Tocal College prefers that students have successfully completed some form of industry related training or qualification, have industry experience or have a genuine interest in conservation and land management.
  • Australian citizen or permanent resident, or New Zealand citizen.
Assessment:Written assignments, oral presentations and online tests
Indicative fee:


Please see the fee schedule for more information, and ask about our payment plan.

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The Tocal College Diploma of Conservation and Land Management (AHC51116) is designed for land holders and managers, bushland regenerators, pest officers and other students of environmental management, with an emphasis on managing areas of land.

The course aims to develop knowledge and skills to:

  • assess the condition of natural resources and the broader landscape
  • design plans for managing and restoring a particular area of land
  • demonstrate natural resource management skills for sustainable land use
  • work effectively with stakeholders
  • understand the legal and policy framework for conservation and natural resource management.

For information on the course structure and units/subjects available see the Diploma of Conservation and Land Management course guide.

If you are already employed or have experience in conservation or land management, you may be eligible to gain part or all of this qualification based on skills or experience you already have. See Recognition of Prior learning (RPL) for more information.

Possible job roles for this qualification may include:

  • Lands, parks and wildlife manager
  • Senior ranger.

Several universities will grant credit for the Diploma towards a number of university courses.

For information on students rights and responsibilities, and the Tocal College Code of Practice see Industry qualifications student policies.

Contact us:

To discuss your study options further contact:

Stephen Honeywood, Course coordinator
Tocal Agricultural Centre, Paterson NSW 2421
Phone: 02 4348 1917 or 0448 286 804.
Email: diploma.online@dpi.nsw.gov.au

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Lauren Booth

Attaining a Diploma in Conservation and Land Management has allowed me to land the perfect job, exactly what I was hoping for!

I really loved the course and miss doing assignments, but my new position as Green Army Supervisor with Conservation Volunteers Australia, will keep me busy.

Thanks for all your help during the course. I have been recommending Tocal to everyone!
- Lauren Booth - 2014 graduate