Diploma of Conservation & Land Management


Looking to further your career in the conservation and land management industry? Upgrade your skills and knowledge of environmental sustainability with this diploma and ensure you’re meeting industry standards.

Learn how to be an effective manager in the conservation and land management industry and develop skills such as bushland management, project development, and resource management.

This online course can be completed in as little as one year, and prepares you to work in roles including natural resource manager, bush regenerator, park and wildlife manager, and senior ranger.

This course is currently in the process of being replaced in line with training package requirements to ensure that our courses are current and are relevant to industry practices.

Contact OTEN to find out more.

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At a glance

Study mode



OTEN – Open Training & Education Network (RTO 90004)
Career Opportunities
  • Park Ranger
  • Parks and Wildlife Manager
  • Natural Resource Manager
  • Bush Regenerator

Nationally recognised - meets Australian Qualifications Framework standards.


Access to suitable bushland.



Course length
Self-paced (e.g. 26 hrs a week = finish in 1 year, 20 hrs a week = finish in 18 months). Complete within 18 months.
Study mode



Study from anywhere, when it suits you best and graduate with the identical qualification as an on-campus student.


Study part of the course online. Combine your online learning with classes or practical sessions on-campus at a college or university.


Attend classes on-campus at a university, TAFE or college and interact face-to-face with teachers and fellow students.

Written assignments
Start date

This course is currently in the process of being replaced. Contact OTEN about enrolling.

OTEN – Open Training & Education Network (RTO 90004)

TAFE NSW - OTEN - Open Training and Education Network (RTO 90004) is the largest online TAFE provider in Australia.

You can study OTEN’s accredited online TAFE courses at your own pace, and start anytime.

OTEN’s flexible courses are developed in consultation with relevant industry groups – to ensure you build the skills that are valued by employers.

TAFE NSW - Open Training & Education Network (RTO 90004) trading as Open Training & Education Network


The course price can vary depending on a few factors, including whether you are an Australian resident or your chosen payment option. To find out more, contact the course provider.


  • Preferred 2 years conservation or land management experience Eg: Land, parks or wildlife officer, ranger, bush care/regeneration officer

You will also need:

  • Regular access to bushland you can manage & conserve
  • Appropriate protective clothing & equipment
  • A camera for recording assessments

If you pay for the course using a VET FEE-HELP government loan, you need to:

  • provide a Year 12 Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (from an Australian agency), OR
  • successfully complete a Language Literacy & Numeracy (LLN) test.

What you'll learn

You'll learn:

  • Project development
  • Vegetation restoration technqiues
  • Bushland management
  • Data and resource management
  • Costing and reporting on project work
  • Development of bushland management plans

Course structure

10 units

Core units

  1. AHCPCM502A - Collect & classify plants

    This unit covers the process of collecting and identifying plants using taxonomic keys and the preserving of plant specimens and defines the standard required to:

    • collect plant specimens
    • note the location, characteristics and occurrence of specimens at the point of collection
    • clean, preserve, mount and label plant specimens
    • use a plant key to identify plants against the botanical description of the species
    • label preserved specimens
  2. AHCWRK502A - Collect & manage data

    This unit covers the process of collecting, analysing and managing data and defines the standard required to: 

    • identify data requirements and establish sampling and data collection techniques
    • collect and collate data using standardised recording sheets and systems
    • review sampling and data collection techniques based on validity and reliability of the data
    • manage data to facilitate retrieval and analysis
    • analyse data using appropriate statistical and analytical techniques
    • draw conclusions based on reasoned argument and appropriate evidence
    • produce a report in required format with information and data presented to support decision making
  3. CPPSIS4025A - Collect basic GNSS data

    This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to collect data using basic global positioning system (GPS) equipment and to be able to use suitable software to communicate with a GPS receiver. It requires the ability to combine technical application in a team environment with sound communication skills. Functions would be carried out under limited supervision and within organisational guidelines.

  4. AHCNAR502A - Conduct biological surveys

    This unit covers the processes involved with conducting biological surveys and defines the standard required to: 

    • identify the scope, objectives and constraints for a biological survey according to client requirements, the biological components to be surveyed and enterprise policy
    • assess the availability of current data and determine data collection and processing needs
    • identify biological indicators that are repeatable and statistically representative
    • document survey methods and indicators as a survey plan
    • schedule survey activities and establish access to the site
    • conduct a biological survey with data collection staged and recorded according to the survey plan
    • produce a biological survey report with detailed analysis and conclusion, including a description and assessment of the specified biological components
  5. AHCNAR503A - Design a natural area restoration project

    This unit covers the design of a natural area restoration project and defines the standard required to:

    • establish the project purpose, scope and extent, and costs and benefits
    • prepare a base plan incorporating landforms, soils, fauna and flora and habitat
    • determine options for natural area restoration and incorporate into a concept design
    • produce a final design with supporting documentation, including costing
  6. AHCLPW501A - Develop a management plan for a designated area

    This unit covers developing a management plan for a designated area and defines the standard required to: 

    • discuss management plan objectives, deliverables and timeline with client
    • prepare a site plan detailing landscape values, physical features and characteristics, land uses (both past and present), physical condition and biological characteristics
    • identify land capability and conservation issues on and surrounding the site
    • analyse site information and description to assess feasibility of management objectives
    • develop and cost recommended actions and present to client for discussion as a draft management plan
    • consult with stakeholders and incorporate feedback into the final management plan
  7. AHCWRK404A - Ensure compliance with pest legislation

    This unit covers the implementation of the compliance of legislation and defines required to: 

    • identify non-compliance with legislation
    • contact stakeholder and notify of breach and communicate requirements
    • follow right of entry policies
    • investigate and collect evidence of breaches
    • report findings of compliance and non-compliance
    • issue relevant notices
    • document activities
  8. AHCNAR504A - Manage natural area restoration programs

    This unit covers management of natural area restoration programs and defines the standard required to: 

    • carry out a site assessment for restoration
    • select vegetation restoration techniques
    • plan a natural area restoration program
    • calculate staff and resources required
    • supervise natural area restoration works
    • review natural area restoration program against issues identified in the management plan for the area
  9. AHCBUS504A - Prepare estimates, quotes & tenders

    This unit covers the processes involved with preparation of estimates, quote and tenders and defines the standard required to: 

    • research the details of the quoted service and clarify with the client
    • identify requirements for estimate, quote or tender including format, specifications and deadline for submission
    • identify and cost the resources and services required to fulfil the tender and check for availability
    • investigate options for supplies, services, contractors and consultants with current pricing structures and availability
    • develop a work schedule with timelines and expenditure
    • consider potential problems and risks and develop contingency plans
    • develop detailed costing sheets with the final quoted cost, including an estimated margin for risk
    • submit the completed tender to the client with supporting information including details of organisations previous work and client feedback
    • seek feedback from the client to ensure information supplied is sufficient
  10. AHCWRK503A - Prepare reports

    This unit covers the process of preparing comprehensive reports for a rural, horticultural or land management setting and defines the standard required to: 

    • identify the purpose of the report and verify it with the client
    • conduct research and compile information
    • draw conclusions from research supported by reasoned argument and supporting information
    • make recommendations if required and reference to information and conclusions
    • produce a correctly formatted report document that uses appropriate language and terminology, is arranged in a logical order, and provides details on information sources and consultation

Support and delivery

Studying online explained

When you study online with OTEN, you can:

  • Study from anywhere, when it suits you best.
  • Graduate with the identical qualification as an on-campus student.
  • Get comprehensive support from teachers via phone and email.
  • Access course materials online.
  • Interact with teachers and fellow students via platforms like virtual classrooms, forums and video calls.

OTEN's online courses can also be referred to as distance education. Some hard-copy course materials and assessments may be accessed or submitted via post.

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