Diploma of Conservation and Ecosystem Management

Diploma of Conservation and Ecosystem Management - AHC51120

VOCATIONAL

Prepare for a career in land and parks management, site assessment, water quality assessment and conservation.

Student type:
Mode of study:
On campus and blended learning
Entry score:

Not applicable

Duration:
Full-time 2 years
Fees:

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Next intake:
February
Location:
Melbourne City
Mode of study:
On campus and blended learning
Entry score:

IELTS 5.5

Duration:
Full-time 2 years
Fees:

AU$19,750 (2023 annual)

Next intake:
February
Location:
Melbourne City

Overview

The Diploma of Conservation and Land Management will introduce you to the skills used by land managers, park rangers, site assessors, water quality assessors and conservation staff.

You'll learn how to survey animals and plants, monitor waterways, assess and restore natural sites, and undertake cultural studies relating to land management.

You will also go on field trips to a variety of locations around Melbourne, as well as overnight excursions to places such as Heywood and Barmah Forest.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.

Details

This diploma is based on the National Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package.

RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, workshops, presentations, group discussions and fieldwork.

Ongoing assessment throughout the semester includes examinations, reports, presentations, group projects, research projects, and field trip assignments.

Each week you will complete the following:

  • one online day
  • one field-work day
  • one lab session/on-campus day.

Blended learning options

Courses offered as part of blended learning programs include a meaningful blend of online, on-campus, and workplace based learning tailored to the type of study you undertake. This learning is active, prioritising tasks that involve exploration and development of skills and knowledge through interaction and engagement.

Online aspects provide positive benefits such as flexibility and adaptability using digital activities and materials, while also strengthening the interaction and connection with timetabled and on-campus experiences such as tutorials, practicals, or workshops.

This diploma has been developed in collaboration with key industry stakeholders, including Melbourne Water, Parks Victoria, and local councils.

You'll undertake extensive fieldwork in collaboration with these organisations. Guest speakers from conservation and wildlife groups are also a feature of the curriculum.

You will also also be encouraged to undertake voluntary work throughout your studies.

The knowledge and skills you will acquire throughout this qualification and how they can be applied in your career are described in the learning outcomes.

Year 1

You will study plant identification and ecology, and learn skills related to site assessment and industry-specific communication.

You will be introduced to cultural heritage and aspects of Indigenous land management with input from Aboriginal Elders and community organisations.

You'll also learn how to conduct wildlife surveys and interpret the data using the appropriate format.

Year 2

You'll study revegetation and the management of water, and learn about pest management. You will also explore Indigenous and cultural heritage issues and how these relate to land management.

These are taught in collaboration with Indigenous Elders and community members, and include an extended field trip to western Victoria, where you will have the opportunity to work alongside Indigenous land care workers.

Course structure

Choose a plan below to find out more about the subjects you will study and the course structure.

Diploma of Conservation and Ecosystem Management
Program code: C5418
National curriculum code: AHC51120

Title
Location
Duration
Plan code
CRICOS
Diploma of Conservation and Ecosystem Management
City Campus
2 years full-time
C5418
104848J
Location
City Campus
Duration
2 years full-time
Plan code
C5418
CRICOS
104848J
Diploma of Conservation and Ecosystem Management
City Campus
2 years full-time
C5418
104848J
Location
City Campus
Duration
2 years full-time
Plan code
C5418
CRICOS
104848J

Note: International student visa holders can only study full-time.

Career

Graduates may find work as a park ranger or member of a bush crew.

They can work with organisations involved in conservation and land care, including:

  • local government
  • local area management committees
  • Parks Victoria
  • Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

Admissions

You need to satisfy all of the following academic (entry) requirements to be considered for entry into this course.

There are no minimum academic entry requirements for this program.

Entry to this program is competitive. Applicants with current employment, or at least 1 year previous experience, in a related role will be given preference. Applicants may be ranked and selected in order of merit based on their academic achievement, e.g., ATAR, GPA or STAT Multiple Choice (including any adjustments).

Successful completion of the Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation (Science) guarantees entry to this program.

There are no prerequisite subjects required for entry into this qualification.

A selection task is not required for entry into this qualification.

You need to satisfy all of the following requirements to be considered for entry into this degree.

You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 or an equivalent senior secondary school qualification with a minimum average of 50% (see calculator below).

Equivalent qualifications may also include completion of the RMIT Foundation Studies program or a recognised post secondary diploma in the relevant discipline with the required grades.

Meeting the minimum academic requirements does not guarantee entry. Your application will still need to be assessed and accepted.

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Minimum Score Required

Don’t meet the requirements?

There are no prerequisite subjects required for entry into this qualification.

A selection task is not required for entry into this qualification.

To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:

  • IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 5.5 (with no individual band below 5.0)
  • TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 50 (with minimum of 5 in Reading, 5 in Listening, 14 in Speaking and 15 in Writing)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 42 (with no communication band less than 36)
  • C1 Advanced: minimum of 162 with no less than 154 in any component.

For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.

Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Upper Intermediate Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.

Additional information

Non-academic abilities you’ll need to complete this program

The following information outlines the tasks you will be required to undertake during professional experience placement and on-campus learning activities.

The non-academic abilities listed are provided for your information only and are not entry requirements.

If there are any activities outlined which may be difficult for you to undertake, there are a range of adjustments to your study conditions available to enable and support you to demonstrate these abilities. Please contact the Equitable Learning Service to discuss any adjustments you may require.

By understanding the types of activities you’ll participate in, you can:

  • understand more about the program
  • determine if you may need support during your studies
  • make an informed decision about whether the program is suitable for you

If you are living with disability, long-term illness and/or a mental health condition, we can support you by making adjustments to activities in your program so that you can participate fully in your studies.

To receive learning adjustments, you need to register with Equitable Learning Service

The University considers the wellbeing and safety of all students, staff and the community to be a priority in academic and professional experience placement settings.

Pathways

Understanding pathways

Undertaking a certificate, diploma, advanced diploma or associate degree can help you meet the entry requirements for your preferred degree. These qualifications often provide credit, reducing the duration of your bachelor degree.

This course offers pathway options. If you don’t meet the entry requirements, a formal pathway might be your way in.

Credit, recognition of prior learning, professional experience and accreditation from a professional body can reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant experience.

Credit and exemptions will be assessed consistent with the principles of the RMIT Credit Policy.

Successful completion of Diploma of Conservation and Ecosystem Management guarantees entry into the following programs:

NOTE: The Bachelor of Environmental Science (Environmental Science) is undergoing review and may change in 2023. This may result in changes to the course structure, content and fees.

You can still apply for this course and you will be supported to transfer into the new qualification once it becomes available.

Graduates of RMIT's Diploma of Conservation and Ecosystem Management who apply to the Bachelor of Landscape Architectural Design must complete the selection task and will be guaranteed a folio presentation. Graduates who successfully gain entry are granted 36 credit points of exemptions.

You can gain entry to this diploma from RMIT Foundation Studies or a range of vocational study programs.

Credit may reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant study experience.

When you are submitting an application, please indicate that you want to be considered for credit and provide detailed course syllabus (also known as course outline), outlining volume of learning, course content and weekly topics, learning objectives/outcomes, assessment types and their weightings, and reference to the learning resources such as prescribed textbooks and recommended readings.

When you successfully complete the Diploma of Conservation and Ecosystem Management you may apply for entry to the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture. If you are successful in receiving an offer you will receive 36 credit points of advanced standing.

Alternatively, you may be eligible for entry into other RMIT undergraduate programs.

Fees

2023 fees

The tuition fees you will pay for this program will depend on whether you are offered a Victorian Government subsidised place or a full-fee place. To find out if you are eligible for a government subsidised place, follow the steps at How to check if you are eligible.

  • 2023 government subsidised place: AU$8,000* per annum
  • 2023 full-fee place: AU$13,250* per annum

*Fees shown are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.

Fee finder

Use our fee finder to get an estimate of your fees for this program.

Additional expenses

*The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) rates for 2023 have been delayed by the Australian Government. The fee information will be published when they are available.

  • Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$315 maximum fee for 2022*.
  • Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.

Annual fee adjustment

The student tuition fees as displayed by the fee finder are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.

Eligibility Exemption criteria

**The Victorian Government is currently waiving three (3) eligibility criteria around prior qualifications. This means that more people who want to study a vocational education program at RMIT, and who have studied previously, will be able to access a government subsidised place in a program. Find out how to check your eligibility

Defer your payment

The Australian Government provides financial assistance via the VET Student Loans scheme, which allows eligible students in eligible programs to defer payment of their tuition fees, up to the maximum loan amount for their program.

Payments and refunds

For information on how to pay your fees or how to apply for a refund, please see Paying your fees and applying for refunds.

In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.

The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2023 is $326. 

For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.

You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.

VET Student Loans

The Australian Government provides financial assistance via the VET Student Loans scheme, which allows eligible students in eligible programs to defer payment of their tuition fees, up to the maximum loan amount for their program.

How does a VET Student Loan work?

If your VET Student Loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT your tuition fees on your behalf, up to the maximum loan amount for your program.

Your VET Student Loan becomes part of your VETSL debt. You will start repaying your accumulated VETSL debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is adjusted each year (this also applies if you are still studying).

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.

The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology advises that:

  • VET student loans will not be approved for students who do not meet eligibility requirements; and
  • a VET student loan gives rise to a HELP debt that continues to be a debt due to the Commonwealth until it is repaid.

For more information see VET Student Loans or Study Assist.

VET Student Loan cap

If your program is eligible for the VET Student Loan scheme and has a loan cap that doesn’t cover the total amount of the tuition fees for your program, then you’ll need to pay RMIT the difference by the due date once you exceed the cap.

It’s easy for you to keep track of your VET Student Loan debt, and you can choose to make upfront payments at any time before the census date. 

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The annual tuition fee for 2023 is AU$19,750.

The total indicative tuition fee for 2023 commencement is AU$39,500.

In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:

You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.

Find out more details about how fees are calculated and the expected annual increase.

Applying for refunds

Find information on how to apply for a refund as a continuing international student.

RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds.

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torres strait flag

Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.