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AHC40920 Certificate IV in Conservation and Ecosystem Management

National ID AHC40920 State ID BGH6
Help protect Australia's plants and wildlife for future generations

This course provides the skills for supervisory roles in land conservation and leading conservation and ecosystem management activities. 

Learn in our on-site native bushland and purpose-built facilities, including specialised sheltered nursery areas and production space. 

Person wearing a hat holding a plant in scrub bush


When Semester 2, 2023.

Study Mode On Campus.

Do you have a love of Australia's natural environment, a fascination with flora and fauna, and a passion to protect our plants, parklands and wildlife for future generations?

This nationally recognised course will equip you with the specialised skillset you need to move into more senior and supervisory roles in your chosen field within conservation and ecosystem management.

Be guided by our expert team of lecturers who are industry professionals, as you learn high-level skills in protecting ecosystems and preserving the natural environment. You'll be trained in how to recommend plants, conduct site inspections for ecological restoration works and produce land management maps. You'll develop skills in implementation of revegetation, compiling pest management plans and working safely with chemicals, as well as gaining knowledge of culturally significant places.  

Plant the seeds for a meaningful career, gain post-trade skills and get job-ready for roles such as Senior Conservation Worker, Weed Management Leading Hand or National Park and Landcare Leading Hand. 

Study in specialist facilities:

Learn in our on-site native bushland which acts as an outdoor classroom and dedicated purpose-built facilities which simulate real-world working environments, including a native nursery production space featuring cutting and seed production zones and large work sheds.

Facilities also include specialised sheltered nursery areas which propagate natives for ecosystem restoration and rehabilitation, under supervision of a project leader. Students can learn by getting hands-on with industry-specific, field-oriented practical activities in conservation work and by operating machinery and equipment. 


  • conduct site inspections for ecological restoration works and plan the implementation of revegetation
  • produce land management maps
  • recommend plants and cultural practices
  • identify pests and develop pest management plans for the natural area
  • safely prepare, apply, transport and store chemicals,
  • treat weeds, plant pests and disorders


In order to make an informed choice about the suitability of this course, you must take into account the essential skills and knowledge required to undertake this study.

  • enjoyment of practical work and working in varied weather conditions outdoors
  • a passion for conservation, ecosystems and the environment
  • high fitness levels and able to carry out manual work
  • enjoyment of nature and the outdoors
  • high level of organisational skills
  • strong communicational skills

Important information

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Semester 2, 2023


Duration 1 Semester
When Semester 2, 2023
Where Murdoch
How On Campus

Units and fees


National ID Unit title General fee Concession Resource fee
AHCECR308 Conduct a site inspection for ecological restoration $341.60 $102.90 $41.75
AHCWHS401 Maintain work health and safety processes $195.20 $58.80 $24.75


National ID Unit title General fee Concession Resource fee
Cost a project
$195.20 $58.80 $17.00
Transport and store chemicals
$97.60 $29.40 $21.50
Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases
$341.60 $102.90 $42.00
Plan the implementation of revegetation works
$170.80 $51.45 $31.25
Produce maps for land management purposes
$292.80 $88.20 $56.25
Recommend plants and cultural practices
$219.60 $66.15 $24.75
Control weeds
$146.40 $44.10 $42.50
Control plant pests, diseases and disorders
$170.80 $51.45 $42.50
Develop a pest management plan
$390.40 $117.60 $64.75
Define the pest problem
$439.20 $132.30 $46.25

Indicative fees and charges 

The fees quoted are estimates only and are for all units in the course for students enrolling on a full-time basis. If you're a student that has successfully completed a lower-level qualification that is a prerequisite for this course, you'll only pay for the units that you need to enrol in to complete this course. Please view the full list of fee disclaimers. 

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