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AHC40920 Certificate IV in Conservation and Ecosystem Management


Next intake To be advised
DurationFull-time: 12 months | Part-time: 2 years
TraineeshipFull-time: 2 years | Part-time: 4 yrs (School-based)

Course description

Do you have an interest in the environment and enjoy being outdoors and hands-on? Would you like to further your study to gain a career in the natural resource management industry? This practical, hands-on course provides a solid grounding in environmental and natural resource management, with an emphasis on technical skills for fieldwork.

Each study day is different, and you will spend a great deal of time outside the classroom. You will be travelling for regular field trips to our fantastic State and National Parks, coastal environments and catchment areas, increasing your employability skills and gaining industry contacts.

Possible career outcomes

  • Revegetation officer
  • Park ranger
  • Ecotourism officer
  • Catchment management officer
  • Landcare coordinator
  • Flora and fauna management officer
  • Fire management officer
  • Community engagement officer

Wondering if this industry will suit you?

We have created a very short course quiz to help you gain a little more understanding of what is required and whether you might enjoy a role in this industry. Take the quiz here.

Applications & attendance

Apprenticeship and traineeship applicants

To become an apprentice or trainee, you will first need to find an employer willing to employ you. An Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider can assist you with this and will also start your application and enrolment process. Find a local provider here

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Are you ready to start an aged care traineeship or want to find out more?


Please contact Customer Service on 5225 0800 to discuss upcoming intakes.


Students may need to complete some self-paced learning and assessment activities outside class time. This will be different for each course and will depend on a student’s level of skill and experience.

Class days and times in the above table are indicative. Prior to course commencement, changes may be necessary. Follow the link for more information on Attendance mode definitions. When you submit your application, please make sure you answer all the questions. Only successful applicants with complete applications will receive an offer. We issue offers as soon as possible. Follow the link for more information on Offer timing.

Many courses have limited places and high demand. We may close an intake before the date above. We recommend you apply early. If student numbers are insufficient we may cancel an intake or a course.

  • Applicants are expected to have literacy and numeracy skills at Year 11 or Year 12 or Australian Core Skills Framework Level 3.

  • You must reside in Victoria to access Victorian Government Subsidised Fees and any incentive such as Free TAFE. Full fees apply to all non-Victorian residents.

Apprenticeship and traineeship requirements

Apprenticeship and traineeship applicants must be currently employed under a training contract and referred by their employer.

Pre-training review

Each student must complete a pre-training review as part of their application. The outcome of your pre-training review assists our teachers and trainers to better understand your capabilities prior to training and enables you to be matched to the right program. Your literacy and numeracy skills will be evaluated and you may be required to undertake a separate assessment. Follow this link for more information about literacy and numeracy skills .

In order to prepare for your LLN, you may wish to attempt some practise tests in which you will find similar questions (with solutions too). These practice tests are not VSL approved but may be similar in question type and level of difficulty to what may be asked in the VSL approved LLN. Click here for practice tests. Please note, the VSL approved LLN cannot be resat within 3 months of undertaking it.

Personal Learning Requirements

There are personal learning requirements for each qualification at The Gordon. These are essential personal capabilities and skills required to successfully complete the course and be ready to work in the industry.

Please review the requirements here and consider any challenges you may have in meeting them. When applying for your course, please let us know what support you may need.

Selection mode

Core Code Hours
Conduct a site inspection for ecological restoration AHCECR308 80
Maintain work health and safety processes AHCWHS401 70
Elective Units Code Hours
Cost a project AHCBUS407 50
Define the pest problem AHCPMG413 100
Develop and implement community programs CHCCDE002 125
Develop community networks AHCCCF405 40
Identify fauna in the field AHCFAU302 50
Identify plant specimens AHCPCM303 80
Plan the implementation of revegetation works AHCECR402 80
Produce maps for land management purposes AHCLPW410 120
Recommend plants and cultural practices AHCPCM401 80
Supervise the monitoring of biodiversity AHCLPW406 100


Please note that the listed electives are delivered by The Gordon but you may not need to complete all of these units to successfully complete this qualification. If you have previously completed any of the units of competency relevant to this course, you may be eligible for Credit Transfer (CT). Any previous relevant experience may qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Find out more about CT or RPL here.

Assessment is based on:

  • Hands-on projects
  • Written assignments
  • Industry placement
  • Team projects
  • Exam
  • Presentations

This course is eligible for Free TAFE!

Eligible Victorian students who elect to use their one Free TAFE opportunity will not incur any tuition fees. Material and resources fees still apply. Follow the link for further information and to check the eligibility criteria.

FeesRateUnitIndicative Course HoursIndicative Tuition Payable by StudentMax. Indicative Government Subsidy Total
Concession Tuition AUD $0.73 per hour 975 AUD $712.00 AUD $11,182.00
Standard Tuition AUD $3.63 per hour 975 AUD $3,539.00 AUD $11,182.00
Full Fee Tuition AUD $15.18 per hour 975 AUD $14,800.00

Add the costs below to your relevant tuition fee

Materials AUD $225.00 Once
Education Levy AUD $146.25
Excursions AUD $410.00 Once


All fees and charges are correct at time of publication but may change without notice. The student tuition fees are indicative only. Additional fees may apply. Where GST is applicable to any courses or materials, the fee displayed is inclusive of the GST.

Which fee will I pay?

Your fees will be charged according to your eligibility for government funding. For more information, visit our Fees & Payments pages.

Fee help and student loans

VET Student Loans are available for eligible students for tuition fees ONLY.
The current years maximum VET Student Loan Course Cap is $

Payment plans may be available for eligible students who need assistance to manage their fee payments.

Many Gordon courses offer pathways to higher qualifications within The Gordon and in some cases, to university degrees. Your Gordon course may provide credit points which could reduce further study time. Follow the link to find more information about pathways, or contact Customer Service.

Date published: 21/09/2023 4:01:26 PM