About this course

Well managed land helps preserve and maintain wildlife and their habitat in the natural ecosystem, parks and reserves and prevents the spread of weeds, pests and diseases. This course is a great way to be introduced to a career in the Land Management sector. It provides key knowledge and skills for managing and maintaining healthy landscapes on private, Government and Aboriginal lands.

The qualification is designed to be delivered to a broad industry sector such as Council trainees (bush regeneration, weed and pest officers), Aboriginal programs (ranger, green teams and cultural burning) and Environmental services providers.

Tocal College currently offers the generalist Certificate III in Conservation and Ecosystem Management with selected units to provide a broad exposure to a range of units to different industry group's needs.

This course aims to develop knowledge and skills in:

  • site restoration
  • rehabilitation, renewal, and management of the rural and natural landscapes and degraded sites.

At a glance:

Course duration: Maximum 9-12 months
Start date: Register your interest now. Enrolments for specific courses will be provided on application.
Number of units: 16
Indicative fees: $7,070 ($442 per unit of study)
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 in the field. The course also utilises workplace assessment. Each program is delivered by way of four blocks of four consecutive days with a break in between each block.

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

  • 2 core units plus 14 elective units
  • at least 5 units must be selected from any of the groups A, B, C, D, E, F and/or G
  • up to 5 units from Group H
  • 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.

At this stage we are offering the generalist course. Stay tuned for other specialisations in 2023 and 2024.

You must complete sixteen (16) units of study to gain this qualification. For details of these units and packaging rules see here.

Tocal College has the generalist program on offer listed below, the exact elective units may vary based on the program offerings of Tocal College.

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

AHCFIR301 Undertake burning for fuel, ecological and cultural resource management
AHCILM307 Implement cultural burning practices

AHCILM302 Provide appropriate information on cultural knowledge

AHCILM306 Follow Aboriginal cultural protocols (pre-requisite for AHCILM307)

AHCWRK312 Operate in isolated and remote situations

Group B: Ecological restoration

AHCECR305 Collect native seed

Group C electives: Lands, parks and wildlife

AHCPCM303 Identify plant specimens

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

AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals

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

AHCFIR202 Assist with planned burning

Possible job roles for this qualification may include:

  • Ranger or Green team member
  • Council regeneration, weed or pest officer
  • Agency Field officer
  • Natural resource management worker.

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.

Students must have:

  • Australian citizenship, permanent residency or New Zealand citizenship
  • adequate language, literacy and numeracy skills to complete the course
  • basic digital skills.

You will have nine to twelve months to complete the course. 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.

  • Indicative fee: $7,070* ($442 per unit)
  • You can pay as you go (pay for two (2) units at a time).
  • If you are a resident of NSW, you may be eligible for a training subsidy under Smart and Skilled.

*A merchant surcharge applies to payments on credit cards, and fees are subject to change.

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 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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