Diploma of Conservation and Land Management

Protect endangered species. Advise on bushfire prevention programs. Manage waterway redevelopment projects. Take your love for the environment and make it your career. With this diploma, you'll perfect your skills across science and management.
Ballarat - Gillies St
Qualification Code
1 year
February 2021

Protect endangered species. Advise on bush fire prevention programs. Manage waterway redevelopment projects. Take your love for the environment and make it your career. With this diploma, you'll perfect your skills across science and management.

Becoming an expert in conservation and land management means you can work in rural, suburban and metro settings with a large amount of time being spent outdoors. You may wish to work in a laboratory or you might prefer working outdoors. Whichever avenue you choose, you'll have a career with plenty of hands-on work.

This program is a component of the Conservation and Land Management National Training Package and prepares graduates to work within environmental management with a broad range of skills. It provides the participants with the skills and knowledge to work in community co-ordination and facilitation, indigenous land management, lands parks and wildlife, natural area restoration, vertebrate pest management and weed management.

You will learn to develop management plans for designated areas, including restoration projects. Students study the management of fauna populations, conduct biological surveys and collect and classify plants and will develop sound scientific and critical analysis skills. These will prepare you for your career in the field as well as laboratory and management positions.

The Diploma is a very hands on program with a strong emphasis on practical learning. Upon completion, students have strong field experience with underpinning knowledge. Graduates who go on to study in the degree program are very well prepared and tend to excel.


  • Land management supervisor
  • Wildlife manager
  • Park ranger

Completing this program provides important skills relevant to supervisory positions in land management for local government, national parks and wildlife departments, as well as other government agencies, bush regeneration organisations and land care and other environmental organisations. Your skills will be sought by government environmental departments, government and private water authorities, parks and waterways authorities, land care groups, catchment management authorities and contractors in land management and rehabilitation.

The course content below provides all possible units related to the course. If the course has various streams, the units you are required to study will depend on your chosen stream.

AHCFAU501, 150 credit points
AHCFIR501, 150 credit points
AHCLPW404, 120 credit points
AHCLPW501, 200 credit points
AHCNAR502, 200 credit points
AHCNAR503, 200 credit points
AHCNRM503, 150 credit points
AHCPCM502, 120 credit points
AHCPMG413, 100 credit points
AHCSOL401, 60 credit points
AHCWRK503, 60 credit points

The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our TAFE application page for further information.

For information in relation to the University and students rights and responsibilities please refer to the VET Information Guide.

Applicants need to demonstrate the literacy and numeracy skills required to undertake this course through a test as part of the application process. The test will be conducted through Federation College prior to commencement of training. Feedback will be provided to the applicant on their results and types of support, if necessary, available to them.

The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our How to apply page for further information.

VTAC application: Yes

VTAC code: 3701574754 (Ballarat - Admin Campus)

Direct application: Yes

Federation University code: LLI

National course code: AHC51116

Entry requirements (year 12)

There are no formal entry requirements for this course

Entry requirements (non year 12)

Non Year 12 applicants must complete and submit the VTAC Personal Statement. Applicants required to attend an interview will be notified via telephone or email.

Monday to Wednesday 9am to 4pm

Fees are subject to change annually.

Fees are payable at the time of enrolment. In addition your program may require you to purchase books and materials. Some of these costs may be payable on enrolment day.

For further information regarding these costs, please view 2020 Indicative Course Fees (pdf, 756kb) for tuition and materials fees payable to FedUni.  

Indicative government-subsidised and full-fee course fees are shown on this document, and should be read in conjunction with the information on the TAFE fees website.

Eligible applicants/students accessing government-subsidised training under the 'Skills First Program' need to be aware enrolling in a qualification may affect their ability to access future government-subsidised training.

For further information please refer to the Fees, charges and eligibility on the TAFE fees website.

2020 TAFE Eligibility Exemptions


You could be eligible for government subsidised study at Federation University Australia through the TAFE eligibility exemptions. 

If you have been deemed ineligible for a government subsidised place because you have a higher qualification or have commenced two qualifications at the same level you may be eligible to enrol in a government subsidised place with a TAFE eligibility exemption. Please refer to the TAFE fees website or contact the course coordinator

Please note: A limited number of TAFE eligibility exemptions are available so contact us now to secure your place for 2020.

Other study costs

You will need to supply:

  • Safety boots

If what you have learned at work, from other programs, courses, from life experience or training provided at work is relevant to this program, you may be entitled to gain subject credits or exemptions. The University is obliged to recognise the AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by other registered training organisations. For further details contact FedUni on 1800 333 864.

Pathways to this course:

Candidates seeking alternate entry to this course can consider the below options:

Foundation program


A foundation program can provide an excellent base to build upon in your TAFE studies:


Credit transfer / advanced standing will be determined on an individual basis, depending on your eligibility for credit transfer, prior experience and qualifications.


Pathways from this course:

Satisfactory completion of this course can lead to: 

Higher Education program


Articulate into Higher Education studies .  Please note that additional essential requirements for admission may apply to entry into these programs:

* 120 credit points is the equivalent of one-year full time study.


FedUni offers further study in environmental and conservation science.

A range of student services are available at most campuses. For further information on these services or for course information, please contact us on 1800 333 864.

The commencement of all programs is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this program overview including the availability of programs and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any program, procedure or fee. Students should check for any amendment prior to enrolment.

CRICOS Provider No.00103D.
Please note: This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.
National RTO Code: 4909.



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Federation TAFE