AHC31421 - Certificate III in Conservation and Ecosystem Management

This qualification provides the skills and theoretical and practical knowledge for work or further learning in the conservation and ecosystem management industry.

Course Overview

Individuals with this qualification perform a range of conservation and ecosystem management activities including, site restoration, rehabilitation and renewal and management of the rural and natural landscapes, degraded sites and marine environments. They contribute to the preservation and maintenance of wildlife and their habitat in the natural ecosystem, parks and reserves. Activities frequently involve working with and preservation of indigenous culture and heritage resources.

This course is approved for Certificate 3 Guarantee - Check to see if you are eligible here

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Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course however a sufficient level of language, literacy and numeracy is required for students to be able to complete the required assessments.

Course Structure

To be awarded the AHC31421 Certificate III in Conservation and Ecosystem Management the following packaging rules apply:
Total number of units = 16
2 core units plus
14 elective units, of which:

Core units:
AHCECR309 - Conduct an ecological and cultural site inspection prior to works
AHCWHS301- Contribute to work health and safety processes
Group 1 Electives - Select 8  
AHCWRK312 Operate in isolated and remote situations  
AHCPCM306 Provide information on plants and their culture  
AHCPMG301 Control weeds ACDC
AHCPMG302 Control plant pests, diseases and disorders  
AHCWRK309 Apply environmentally sustainable work practices
AHCBIO303 Apply biosecurity measures
AHCMOM302 Perform machinery maintenance
AHCMOM304 Operate machinery and equipment
AHCPCM204 Recognise plants  
AHCPMG308 Implement pest management strategies
General Electives - Select 6  
AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals ACDC
AHCCHM307 Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases ACDC
AHCPGD307 Implement a plant establishment program  
CPCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry  
FWPCOT3301 Trim trees using a pole saw  
HLTAID011 Provide First Aid
HLTAID013 Provide First Aid in remote or isolated site  
HLTAID015 Provide advanced resuscitation and oxygen therapy  
PUAFIR210 Prevent injury  
RIIMPO206D Conduct bulk water truck operations

​*Elective units may vary by location or negotiation

Course Delivery

You have up to 12 months to complete the course.


Assessment is based on competency (the ability to demonstrate specific skills), depending on delivery, may be undertaken through a combination of observation and discussion, case studies and written assignments.

Recognition & Credit

You may already have significant experience in some of the areas covered by this qualification. If you can provide sufficient evidence of this you may be able to meet the course requirements by a recognition pathway. Contact Civil safety for further information.
If you have already have acquired some of the units of competency in this qualification and be eligible for a direct credit for completed units. In order to claim a credit for these units Civil Safety must sight an original Statement of Attainment from the issuing registered training organisation.


You will be required to complete a pre-enrolment assessment as part of the enrolment process.  The pre-enrolment assessment assists in evaluating your suitability for the course and to tailor any required support services to meet your individual needs.  If required, a representative from Civil Safety may contact you to discuss alternative options or available support services to assist you with your course.
During your studies, you will receive feedback after each assessment/assignment and the trainer/assessor will be available to discuss the feedback or provide additional assistance or direction as appropriate. 


A qualification testamur and transcript will be issued by Civil Safety upon successful completion of course requirements, provided that all administrative requirements have been met and course fees are paid in full.  In these circumstances, certificate will be issued within 30 days.

Where a student does not complete all course components, a statement of attainment listing successfully completed units will be issued by Civil Safety within 30 days of course completion/exit as long as applicable outstanding fees are paid.


Enrolment is contingent upon an application being accepted.  Factors considered in the evaluation of enrolment applications include meeting course entry requirements, eligibility for a training subsidy (where applicable) and acceptance or any applicable terms of enrolment.

It is a condition of enrolment in any nationally recognised training (accredited) programme that you supply the training organisation with a valid unique student identifier (USI).  If you don’t already have a USI, you can apply for one online at www.usi.gov.au.

Enrolment is confirmed upon payment of applicable fees, Civil Safety will collect no more than $1500 of the total fee on initial enrolment.


Please check below for upcoming courses and fees.  You may be eligible to receive a government subsidy for this course.  Please contact Civil Safety to check if you are eligible or complete our eligibility enquiry form - click here.

Certificate 3 Guarantee Fees for eligible students are:
  • Concessional Student - $30.00
  • Non-Concessional Student - $50.00

Further Information

Our student handbook is available to prospective students and is available prior to enrolment by contacting any of our training locations or can be downloaded from our website www.civilsafety.edu.au.  The student handbook reflects our policies and contains important information on enrolment, recognition, training & assessment, complaints and appeals, fees and refunds, rules and responsibilities and a range of general information.  To enrol or for any further information please contact one of our offices via the contact details in the location section.

Upcoming Programs

Name Location Cost
Certificate III in CAEM - Townsville Townsville $4,150.00