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AHC31416 Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management

National ID: AHC31416 State ID: BDC1
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Are you looking for a career working with plants and animals?

When you complete the Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management you'll be ready for a career in Indigenous land management, lands, parks and wildlife or natural area management. 

Gain these skills:

  • maintain natural areas and wetlands
  • provide cultural knowledge
  • implement revegetation and natural area restoration works
  • safely prepare, apply and store chemicals, treat weeds, plant pests and disorders
  • identify plants and collecting seeds
  • operate machinery and workplace safety and health.

Please note: Conservation and Land Management involves physical labour and students will be required to demonstrate a reasonable level of fitness and mobility.

Please note: this qualification has been superseded. Students enrolling in 2021 will need to successfully complete all units before 22 December 2021 or transition to the new qualification when available.

School Leaver Non-School Leaver AQF
OLNA or NAPLAN 9 Band 8 C Grades in Year 10 English and Maths or equivalent Certificate I or Certificate II


This course is available as a traineeship.

Entrance requirements for traineeships

You must be employed in a training contract by an appropriate organisation to study an apprenticeship or traineeship. 

In a traineeship you also gain hands-on skills and work experience, and improve your employment prospects, while earning a wage. On successful completion you will gain a nationally recognised qualification which can lead to rewarding career options. The difference between a traineeship and an apprenticeship is that a traineeship can be either a full time or part time employment based training arrangement, usually for a nominal duration of 12 months or more, generally in a non-trade related area. 

To find out how to arrange a traineeship and study at South Metropolitan TAFE, please contact the Jobs and Skills Centre(opens in a new tab) closest to you.

Attendance in class

You will need to attend approximately 655 hours of class, over 3-4 days a week, for 19 weeks.

At-home study

As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 2-5 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, assignment preparation, and research.

You will need to have the basic technical requirements for at-home study. If you don’t have access to a computer and WiFi at home, we recommend using our library computers during library hours. Office 365 is provided to enrolled students.

Work placement

Not a requirement of this course.

What you need for your first day of class

On your first day you should bring your SM TAFE confirmation enrolment receipt, your student ID, stationery (pen, pencil, exercise book, eraser, ruler, calculator, highlighter, 2 ring binder/lever-arch file, USB storage device and a clipboard for field work).

Uniform requirements

  • Steel-capped safety boots (mandatory within all classrooms)
  • Collared long-sleeve shirt and work trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Australian standard eye protection
  • Australian standard hearing protection
  • Sunblock
  • Gardening gloves

Detailed specifics will be advised by your course lecturer at orientation.

Completion of this course may lead to the following career opportunities:

  • Summer rangers
  • Community group coordinators
  • Local government workers in natural area management
  • Self employed regeneration workers
  • Self employed land owners interested in management of natural areas
  • National parks re-vegetation and land rehabilitation workers.

SM TAFE actively promotes the employment availability of course graduates to key industry partners and organisations. We also seek expressions of interest from organisations for the placement of our students into work experience. We endeavour to assist students into a career pathway, but please be aware that neither employment nor work experience placement is guaranteed by us.

To access free career planning and job search assistance, visit the Jobs and Skills Centres page.

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Duration 4 Ns
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Semester 2

Duration 1 Semester
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