Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management

Course Code AHC31416
Campus Shepparton - William Orr, Wangaratta - Tone Road
Duration 1090 hours

Course Overview

The AHC31416 Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management is the recognised qualification to become a qualified Revegetation Worker, Land Rehabilitation Worker, Indigenous Lands Worker, Soil Conservation Specialist and/or National Parks Worker.

The horticulture department of GOTAFE has developed a comprehensive and exciting program, providing participants with the skills and knowledge to help build more sustainable approach to horticulture, allowing the learner to gain experience in a variety of sectors from within the horticulture industry.

For those with less time or a more particular area of interest, specific units within this qualification have been grouped together into a series of smaller accredited short courses. Please speak with the Course Coordinator if you require further information regarding short courses.

Students also have the opportunity to undertake and receive a dual qualification in both AHC31416 Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management and AHC30716 Certificate III in Horticulture.

This course is delivered on campus. You will be enrolled into a current qualification.

Pathways / Employment Opportunities

The AHC31416 Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management is designed for those wishing to further their knowledge and skills to seek employment in the Horticulture, Weed Management, Environmental Protection and/or Pest Management industries.

This course will prepare you with the skills and knowledge to pursue a career in job roles such as:

  • Revegetation Worker
  • Land Rehabilitation Worker
  • Indigenous Lands Worker
  • Soil Conservation Specialist
  • National Parks Worker

Working in these industries may involve practical hands on and physical work in a range of weather conditions. Applicants should consider their physical ability to complete the job role e.g. bending, lifting, manual handling etc.

Further studies
After gaining the AHC31416 Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management you might wish to undertake further study in the AHC40916 Certificate IV in Conservation and Land Management.

Sessions - Dates/Times

Campus Times
Shepparton – William Orr Start Mon 11th Feb, 3 Days a week, 9am to 4pm / 2019
Shepparton – William Orr Start Mon 15th July, 3 Days a week, 9am to 4pm / 2019
Wangaratta – Tone Road Start Mon 18th Feb, 3 Days a week, 9am to 4pm / 2019
Wangaratta – Tone Road Start Mon 15th July, 3 Days a week, 9am to 4pm / 2019

Attendance and Commitment

It is important that students commit to all course requirements, including study and assessments the student may need to complete outside their normal training sessions.

Students are encouraged to attend all face-to-face sessions and participate in all practical tasks.

Course Co-ordinator

Name: Skye Rhodes-Mitchell
Location: Wangaratta Regional Study Centre-Tone Rd

Fee Information
Type Average Enrolled Hours Hourly Fee Rate Indicative Tuition Fee Hourly Govt Subsidy Rate Total Govt Contribution
Govt Subsidised-Standard 1,090 $2.56 $2,790.40 $10.00 $10,900.00
Govt Subsidised-Standard Concession 1,090 $0.51 $558.08 $10.00 $10,900.00
Govt Subsidised-Trainee 1,090 $2.56 $2,790.40 $10.00 $10,900.00
Govt Subsidised-Trainee Concession 1,090 $0.51 $558.08 $10.00 $10,900.00
Full Fee 1,090 $3.48 $3,793.20 N/A N/A
Course Materials 1,090 $0.50 $545.00 N/A N/A

Please note that the advertised fees relate to 2019.   For enrolments this year, please contact us for confirmation.

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

You will receive an Indicative Fee Statement when you decide upon your course. A finalised invoice will be issued upon enrolment. Students will be invoiced for the components of the course that they are enrolled into for each year or semester.

Material fees cover costs associated with the following where applicable, and not limited to:

  • Classroom activity consumables, handouts and booklets
  • E-Learning resources and associated license access fees
  • Excursions

Additionally some courses require students to purchase or supply text books, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Book Shop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your Course Information session or during the Pre-Training review Interview.

Entry Requirements

Training package entry requirements
There are no training package entry requirements for this qualification.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements
Before being accepted into the course applicants must:

  • Attend an interview
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review to document previous work experience and qualifications and assess suitability for the course
  • Complete a Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) test to ensure the required language, literacy and numeracy levels are met for the course
Units of Competency

AHC31416 – Core Units
AHCWRK309 – Apply environmentally sustainable work practices
AHCWHS301 – Contribute to work health and safety processes

AHC31416 – Elective Units
AHCCHM303 – Prepare and apply chemicals
AHCCHM304 – Transport and store chemicals
AHCIRG331 – Install pressurised irrigation systems
AHCLSC301 – Set out site for construction works
AHCLSC303 – Construct brick and block structures and features
AHCLSC306 – Implement a paving project
AHCMOM213 – Operate and maintain chainsaws
AHCMOM304 – Operate machinery and equipment
AHCNAR301 – Maintain natural areas
AHCNAR303 – Implement revegetation works
AHCNAR305 – Collect native seed
AHCNSY201 – Pot up plants
AHCNSY306 – Implement a propagation plan
AHCPCM202 – Collect, prepare and preserve plant specimens
AHCPCM301 – Implement a plant nutrition program
AHCPCM302 – Provide information on plants and their culture
AHCPCM303 – Identify plant specimens
AHCPGD203 – Prune shrubs and small trees
AHCPGD301 – Implement a plant establishment program
AHCPGD303 – Perform specialist amenity pruning
AHCPGD401 – Design plant displays
AHCPMG301 – Control weeds
AHCPMG302 – Control plant pests, diseases and disorders
AHCSOL301 – Prepare growing media
AHCSOL303 – Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas
FWPCOT2239 – Trim and cut felled trees
FWPCOT3238 – Operate a pole saw

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods may involve:

  • Written tests
  • Short answer questions
  • Written reports/assignments
  • Simulations
  • Role plays
  • Practical demonstrations
  • Log books
  • Herbarium collections
  • Oral presentations
Skills Recognition

Skills Recognition is an assessment only process that may result in credits towards a part or full qualification.  There is no formal training involved, although you may choose to complete further training as a result of the assessment process.

You can apply for Skills Recognition before you enrol in the qualification you are seeking.  You can apply for Skills Recognition through one or both of the following processes:

  • Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for people who have relevant and current skills and knowledge that they have gained through non-formal or informal learning i.e. work or life experience.
Information Sessions

For further information regarding this course please call 1300 468 233.


Please note:  Eligible individuals who wish to access a government subsidised place, must participate in a Pre-training Review.  This will consider your:

  • Aspirations/career goals
  • Educational attainment and capability
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Suitability for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer
Individual Needs

Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.

Learner’s Rights

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.
Further information is provided at course induction.

Student Welfare Unit

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you will be welcome to access a variety of non-academic support services from the Student Welfare Unit. These services are designed to best support you to successfully complete your course.

Services include on campus supports and remote supports

  • Counselling
  • employment information
  • careers
  • activities etc.
Educational Support Services

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you may access a wide range of academic support services to assist you to meet the academic challenges of your course from our Learning Support Unit.

Where to from here?

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