About this course

In 2021 the Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management (Indigenous Land Management) program was launched to establish meaningful land management training and career pathways for new entrant, green team members and rangers working within LLS and LALCs to upskill and build capacity for organisations and Community.

The program has developed and supported learning to revive Aboriginal culture through reading Country & gaining cultural fire skills to help manage the return of healthy Country across different vegetation groups.

The program is specifically tailored to meet the needs of the Aboriginal Community organisations and land management sector.

This course aims to develop knowledge and skills in:

  • Coordinate resources
  • Collect native seeds and identify plants
  • Cultural burning and recording information on Country

At a glance:

Location: Statewide
Course duration: Each course will have a specific timetable ranging between 9 to 18 months
Start date: Register your interest now. Enrolments for specific courses will be provided on application.
Number of units: 16
Indicative fees: Vary based on NSW Smart & Skilled (Nil to eligible participants)
Accredited Course: Yes


This course is facilitated by the trainer/assessor in a face-to-face environment with specialist subject matter experts to support the content delivery. There are trainer-led theory classes and practical sessions involving small group and individual activities plus work-based learning activities. A large component of the delivery is in the field.

If you are an organisation with a cohort of 12-15 staff, please contact us to discuss how we can tailor this qualification to match your needs

You must complete sixteen (16) units to gain the Certificate III in Conservation and Ecosystem Management (Indigenous Land Management), including:

  • 2 core units plus 14 elective units
  • at least 6 units must be selected from group A
  • 4 units may be selected from any currently endorsed Training Package or accredited course.

Any combination of electives that meets the packaging rules can be selected for the award of the Certificate III in Conservation and Ecosystem Management.

Core units

AHCECR309 Conduct an ecological and cultural site inspection prior to works

AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes


Group A electives: Indigenous land management

AHCWRK305 Coordinate work site activities

AHCWRK312 Operate in Isolated and Remote Situations

AHCILM302 Provide appropriate information on cultural knowledge

AHCILM306 Follow Aboriginal cultural protocols

AHCILM307 Implement Aboriginal Cultural Burning Practices

AHCFIR301 Undertake Burning for Fuel, Ecological and Cultural Resource Management

Group B: Ecological restoration

AHCECR305 Collect native seed

Group C electives: Lands, parks and wildlife

AHCPCM303 Identify plant specimens

AHCINF303 Plan and construct conventional fencing

Group D electives: Conservation Earth Works

AHCWRK311 Conduct site inspections

Group H electives: Fire

AHCECR308 Conduct a Site Inspection for Ecological Restoration

Group I General electives

AHCFIR202 Assist with Planned Burning

AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals

AHCCHM307 Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases

Possible job roles for this qualification may include:

  • Parks and Wildlife Officer
  • Indigenous Lands Worker
  • Revegetation Worker
  • Ranger

Tocal College prefers that students have either attained a Certificate II in CEM or statement of attainment in land management related units, and/or have some industry experience and a supportive employer.

To be able to complete this course you will need

  • adequate language, literacy and numeracy skills
  • basic digital skills.

To be eligible for funding under NSW Smart & Skilled, students must have:

  • Australian citizenship, permanent residency or New Zealand citizenship
  • No longer attending school
  • At least 15 years of age
  • Live or work in NSW

You will have nine to eigtheen months to complete the course depending on the timetable that is set for the course you are undertaking. To complete the course, you will be required to attend all workshops and complete all assessments during the workshops where possible.

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

Your skills and understanding will be assessed for each unit through a variety of tasks. You have four (4) attempts for each task to achieve a competency result.

Support is available via:

  • face-to-face at training workshops, and via email and phone
  • face-to-face mentoring sessions arranged at the workshop.

If you are a resident of NSW, you may be eligible for a training subsidy under Smart and Skilled.

Additional Information

For information on students' rights and responsibilities, see External/online student policies and the Tocal College Trainer and Assessor Code of Conduct.

Students can progress to a Certificate IV and/or a Diploma of either Agriculture or Conservation and Ecosystem Management. This can in turn provide a pathway to University programs such as Agricultural Science or Environmental Science degrees.

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