About this course

New enrolments in the AHC51116 for 2020 are now closed. No new enrolments will be accepted until 2022.

Leave the planet a better place for your kids. Or, at least, your bit of the planet. Let Tocal teach you how to restore and manage both natural resources, and those from which you make your living.

This course aims to develop knowledge and skills in:
  • designing plans for managing and restoring sites
  • developing and demonstrating natural resource management skills for sustainable land use
  • managing weeds and pests in the landscape
  • the legal and policy framework for environmental and natural resource management.

At a glance:

Course duration: Maximum of two (2) years
Start date: Enrolments closed
Number of units: 10
Indicative fees: $5,250 ($525 per unit of study)
Accredited Course: Yes


The benefit of studying this course is that it is fully online and you don’t have to schedule your time to attend face-to-face classroom sessions. You can study in your own home or anywhere that suits your learning style.

You must complete ten (10) units to gain the Diploma of Conservation and Land Management.

  • A minimum of four (4) units must come from elective group A.
  • A minimum of four (4) units must come from elective groups A or B.
  • A maximum of two (2) units may be selected from the elective list of a Certificate IV or above of this or any other endorsed Training Package or Accredited Course. Selected units must be relevant to job outcomes in Conservation and Land Management and must be chosen to ensure the integrity of the qualification outcome at AQF level 5.

You must complete ten (10) units of study to gain this qualification. For details of these units and packaging rules see http://training.gov.au/Training/Details/AHC51116.

Tocal College suggests three (3) foundation subjects (comprising four units of competency) be completed before selecting four (4) electives. It is then recommended that students complete the two (2) concluding subjects.

Please note some subjects listed below include multiple units of competency and the units of competency offered may be subject to change.


1. Describe a landscape

  • AHCILM501 Conduct field research into natural and cultural resources (Group A)
  • AHCWRK503 Prepare reports (Group B)

2. Collect and classify plants

  • AHCPCM502 Collect and classify plants (Group A)

3. Define the pest problem

  • AHCPMG413 Define the pest problem (Group A)

(A maximum of 2 relevant units may be selected from the elective list of a Certificate IV or above of this or any other endorsed Training Package or Accredited Course.)

4. Develop a pest management plan

  • AHCPMG412 Develop a pest management plan (Group C)

5. Plan prescribed burning

  • AHCFIR502 Plan prescribed burning for fuel, ecological and cultural resource management (Group A)

6. Design a restoration project

  • AHCNAR503 Design a natural area restoration project (Group A)

7. Plan river restoration works

  • AHCNAR505 Plan river restoration works (Group A)

8. Develop sustainable land use strategies*

  • AHCNAR506 Develop and implement sustainable land use strategies (Group A)
  • *To complete this subject, you must have access to land that is used for agricultural purposes.


9. Develop a management plan for an area of land

  • AHCLPW501 Develop a management plan for a designated area (Group A)

10. Monitoring biological indicators

  • AHCNAR502 Conduct biological surveys (Group A)

Updated 01/2020

Possible job roles for this qualification may include:

  • Project officer
  • Senior Weed or pest officer
  • Agency Field officer
  • Natural resource management officer.

Tocal College prefers that students have either attained a Certificate III in CLM or have sufficient industry experience.

Students must have:

  • access to a suitable area of land, reliable internet connection, and appropriate protective clothing and equipment for field activities
  • Australian citizenship, permanent residency, or New Zealand citizenship.

You will have two (2) years to complete the course. If you are already employed or have experience in natural resource management or CLM, 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.

Your skills and understanding will be assessed for each unit through a variety of tasks, such as written assignments, oral presentations and online tests.

Support is available via:

  • email and phone – refer to the contact details listed within your course
  • face-to-face mentoring sessions on-campus – you can book an appointment with your trainer
  • Canvas (the online learner management system).

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

Additional Information

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

This qualification leads to opportunities for further study. Universities throughout Australia offer articulation towards a Bachelor Degree in Environmental Science, granting credit on a case-by-case basis towards degree qualifications.

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