Diploma of Conservation and Land Management
The course at a glance:
- a Diploma course especially designed for landholders, farmers, land managers, bush regenerators, landcare workers, weeds officers and students of environmental management.
- a two year course, with study units available online
- two enrolment dates are available: January and June each year.
The course aims to give you the knowledge and skills you need to:
- assess the condition of the landscape you are working with
- draw up plans for managing and restoring a particular land system
- improve your landcare and natural resource management skills
- work effectively with others on landcare, catchment and natural resource management projects
- understand the safety, legal and policy framework for conservation and natural resource management.
There are no entry requirements for this course.
The enrolment fee is $660, for which you will receive the first two modules. Each of the compulsory core subjects costs $330. This equates to $3300 for the full diploma. (These costs are GST exempt) (Note: Enrolling and paying before 31 December, 2013 attracts a 15% discount.)
This course is offered online, and it is preferred that you undertake the course entirely online.
What the course leads to:
Your studies lead to a Diploma of Conservation and Land Management (national course code AHC51110). Several universities will grant credit for the Diploma towards a number of university courses.
Is this the course for you?
If you are a farmer, a member of a landcare group managing a community project, a weeds officer, or are employed or have experience in a land management or community facilitator role, you should find that this course meets many of your needs for training. Or you may be able to take advantage of Skills Recognition (see below). The course is also ideal for land owners who want to responsibly manage land they may have recently acquired.
Do you need to own land to complete the course?
Ideally yes, but not necessarily. You will definitely need access to land to complete the project parts of the course.
The course is designed to take you through a series of assignments that meet national competencies. To complete these assignments and gain a Diploma of Conservation and Land Management, you need access to an area of land. The land you use for study projects may belong to you, your family, neighbours, friends, relatives OR local councils or some other government agency. You will need permission to carry out studies on land that is not your own.
At Diploma level, the emphasis is on managing land areas. So, if you don't own or actually manage land, don't be put off! Explore the options in your local area.
Is the course full-time or part-time?
The course is designed to be completed on a part-time, online basis. It is recommended that each subject be completed within two months after starting.
Studying part-time is not always easy. Often it has to fit in with work and family commitments. That's why we do offer flexibility with course requirements.
How can your existing skills and experience be recognised?
Completing the course-work is just one way of achieving the Diploma of Conservation and Land Management. The award we offer is from a National Training Package. The training package enables you to gain qualifications from skills or experience you may already have. This is described as Skills Recognition (sometimes referred to as Recognition of Prior Learning, or even Recognition of Current Competence).
You can gain skills recognition for what you have already achieved through life or work experience, by formal coursework at other recognised institutions or by attending workshops and training activities. You can then prepare a case for recognition with the course coordinator who will submit your evidence to an accreditation committee. You pay a fee for this assessment service.
Because there is a large number of competency units to choose from, you should consult fully with the course coordinator, who can also arrange for you to be assessed.
Any other courses available?
The course described here applies to diploma-level studies only, but you may be able to gain a qualification at Certificate III or Certificate IV level by skills recognition. Discuss this option with the course co-ordinator.
Ten core assignments provide the project work necessary for a Diploma of Conservation and Land Management. On the completion of the first six, you may choose either an agricultural stream or a bush regeneration stream. Your choice will depend on your circumstances and interests.
Please download the course structure below for an overview of the course.
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Introduction to 'Develop a landcare ethic', the first subject available in the Diploma of Conservation and land management.
Download an enrolment form or contact the College for more information on enrolling.
|Diploma of Conservation and Land Management Enrolment Form||50kb|
To obtain full details on the Diploma of Conservation & Land Management, you can download the course handbook or contact us to have a hard copy mailed to you.
|Diploma of Conservation and Land Management Handbook||753 kb|