Certificate III in Conservation and Ecosystem Management - AHC31421

Federation University Australia

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 00103D

This qualification provides the skills and theoretical and practical knowledge for work or further learning in the conservation and ecosystem management industry. The qualification provides for work roles encompassing a broad range of skills, or can be focussed on one or more specialisations, including:Indigenous land managementEcological restorationLand, parks and wildlife managementPest controllerConservation earthworksMarine Fire Mined land rehabilitationIndividuals with this qualification perform a range of conservation and ecosystem management activities including, site restoration, rehabilitation and renewal and management of the rural and natural landscapes, degraded sites, and marine environments. They contribute to the preservation and maintenance of wildlife and their habitat in the natural ecosystem, parks and reserves. Activities frequently involve working with and preservation of indigenous culture and heritage resources.No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.


  • Recognise plants
  • Implement an irrigation-related environmental protection program
  • Survey pests
  • Recover four wheel drive vehicle
  • Prepare to work safely in the construction industry
  • Provide basic animal first aid
  • Apply health, safety and risk controls when working on oiled shorelines
  • Follow Aboriginal cultural protocols
  • Operate mobile underwater vehicles
  • Perform laboratory-based ecological techniques
  • Assist with planned burning
  • Transport machinery
  • Control plant pests, diseases and disorders
  • Set out conservation earthworks
  • Supervise dust and noise control
  • Apply seamanship skills aboard a vessel up to 12 metres
  • Extract, clean, store and despatch tree seeds
  • Perform complex four wheel drive operations
  • Comply with environmental protection requirements when transporting waste
  • Operate four wheel drive vehicle on unsealed roads
  • Navigate in remote or trackless areas
  • Construct conservation earthworks
  • Identify the effects of climate change as a factor in land management
  • Perform diver rescues
  • Collect and preserve biological samples
  • Operate within a budget framework
  • Provide on-job training support
  • Carry out inspection of designated area
  • Implement a plant establishment program
  • Operate chemical application machinery and equipment
  • Use advanced equipment operations for oil spill response
  • Suppress dust in open-cut environments
  • Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases
  • Apply basic survival skills in the event of vessel abandonment
  • Conduct site inspections
  • Monitor ocean conditions and marine environmental quality
  • Provide First Aid in remote or isolated site
  • Design and produce business documents
  • Suppress wildfire
  • Apply biosecurity measures
  • Conduct bulk water truck operations
  • Respond to rescue incidents
  • Sample seed before and after processing
  • SCUBA dive in open water to a maximum depth of 18 metres
  • Implement a maintenance program for an aquatic environment
  • Follow procedures to minimise and fight fires on board a vessel
  • Provide appropriate information on cultural knowledge
  • Monitor weather conditions
  • Conduct photography for fieldwork
  • Identify and report signs of unusual disease or pest
  • Operate inboard and outboard motors
  • Prepare to work with crocodiles
  • Assist in collecting basic spatial data
  • Transport and store chemicals
  • Maintain native ecosystem areas
  • Work with an Aboriginal Community or organisation
  • Erect timber structures and features
  • Use basic equipment operations for oil spill response
  • Operate machinery and equipment
  • Rehabilitate exploration site
  • Operate specialised machinery and equipment
  • Implement Aboriginal cultural burning practices
  • Implement pest management strategies
  • Perform biological procedures
  • Operate remotely piloted system for conservation work
  • Respond to emergencies
  • Conduct intertidal marine monitoring
  • Undertake burning for fuel, ecological and cultural resource management
  • Conduct a subtidal marine monitoring operation from a vessel or platform
  • Coordinate work site activities
  • Identify fauna in the field
  • Operate four wheel drive vehicle
  • Set out site for construction works
  • Collect native seed
  • Implement property improvement, construction and repair
  • Plan and construct conventional fencing
  • Apply predator trapping techniques
  • Apply GIS software to spatial problems
  • Operate in isolated and remote situations
  • Manage fauna populations
  • Conduct a site inspection for ecological restoration
  • Identify traditional customs and land rights for an Indigenous Community
  • Survive at sea using survival craft
  • Treat operational risk
  • Contribute to work health and safety processes
  • Apply project procurement procedures
  • Control weeds
  • Handle a vessel up to 12 metres
  • Assess operational risk
  • Provide advanced resuscitation and oxygen therapy
  • Recognise landforms and soil types
  • Rehabilitate small mine site
  • Supervise park visitor activities
  • Perform restricted diving for scientific purposes
  • Undertake direct seeding
  • Operate specialist appliance
  • Trim trees using a pole saw
  • Work safely in crocodile habitats
  • Implement a landscape maintenance program
  • Prepare and use explosives
  • Implement assisted regeneration works
  • Identify and collect marine life
  • Apply animal trapping techniques
  • Determine pest control techniques
  • Apply environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Identify and select explosive products
  • Perform machinery maintenance
  • Comply with regulations to ensure safe operation of a vessel up to 12 metres
  • Implement a biodiversity monitoring plan
  • Work as a guide
  • Conduct crocodile surveys
  • Construct access tracks
  • Coordinate and report on data collection
  • Implement biological reintroduction works
  • Implement ecosystem reconstruction works
  • Produce basic maps
  • Conduct an ecological and cultural site inspection prior to works
  • Provide First Aid
  • Use firearms to humanely destroy animals
  • Operate aerial ignition equipment in an aircraft
  • Work safely around aircraft
  • Comply with soil and water protection
  • Implement erosion and sediment control measures
  • Store and retrieve basic spatial data
  • Manage trees to create and maintain habitat refuges
  • Interpret aspects of local Australian Indigenous culture
  • Respond to wildlife emergencies
  • Identify plant specimens
  • Coordinate machinery and equipment maintenance and repair
  • Apply poison baits for vertebrate pest control in rural and environmental landscapes
  • Provide information on plants and their culture
  • Read and interpret maps
  • Undertake sampling and testing of water
  • Respond to wildfire
  • Prevent injury
  • Conduct operational inspection of park facilities
  • Ensure compliance with pest legislation
  • Coordinate marine conservation activities on small vessels

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Ballarat - Gillies Street Domestic: $15,180
  • Full-time : 38 weeks

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