Certificate IV in Conservation and Land Management

Course Details

Tone up your skills and gain a Nationally recognised qualification at the same time - without leaving your local district.

  • Course Information

    Our Certificate IV course is designed for people who would like to improve their conservation and land management skills. Our course has a focus on farm land conservation. If you are interested in parks and wildlife conservation this course may not be suitable for you. It is an entry requirement that you have access to a farm conservation project or landcare group on which to base your assessment tasks. There are no prerequisites however entry requirements do apply.

    You have up to two years to complete this course in a self-paced online format. Your learning time includes not only the time you spend working on the course materials, but also your time for reflection and thinking about what you have learned as you go about your normal activities. We estimate the total learning time may be up to 20 hours per week for some students. Of course, this will vary according to your existing skills and knowledge.

    Student Handbook

    Possible job titles relevant to this qualification:

    • Senior conservation worker
    • Be actively engaged in farming/ horticulture, or have ready access to and knowledge of a farm/horticulture business which can be used for completion of assessment tasks. As a guide, your chosen farm should show these characteristics:
      • Operated as a business for profit
      • Have a commercial scale
      • Have agricultural enterprises such as commercial crops or livestock
      • Be close to where you live so you can be physically on it regularly (eg weekly)
      • Be able to provide you with details of past production, management processes, costs, prices etc. Advanced Diploma units will require access to past financial records.
      • If you are not part of the farm business, RuralBiz Training may require you to provide contact details for the owner or manager to confirm your access to the farm.
    • Have access to a computer with at least Windows 7, Word 97, Excel 97, Adobe Reader and satellite broadband internet connection or similar. If you have a Mac computer, we suggest you talk to a computer technician about installing the Windows environment.
    • Basic computer skills e.g. use of internet, email, basic word processing skills
    • Completion of Year 10 or equivalent or be able to demonstrate similar literacy and numeracy levels

    RPL is a process which recognises the experience and skills you have gained through previous work experiences, or prior study. This means you may gain recognition without additional training.

    If you have done previous accredited training we may be able to offer you direct credit transfer for units in this course. Contact us if you think this applies to you.


    Your trainers are well qualified, practical people who are managing their own farm businesses or providing services to farmers.

    Click here for more about the RuralBiz Training trainers.

  • Units

    The Certificate IV in Conservation and Land Management requires the completion of 12 units of competency made up of:

    • One (1) core unit
    • a minimum of seven (7) units from the elective listed in the qualification
    • a maximum of four (4) units from the electives list or from units aligned to Certificates III, IV or Diploma in AHC10 or from any other currently endorsed training package or accredited course. Selected units must be relevant to job outcomes in conservation and land management

    Units available by training are listed below, and additional units are being developed. Availability of particular units will depend on the timing of your enrolment and progression through the course. Students may choose any combination of units which meet their needs and conform to qualification packaging rules.

    All units in the Certificate IV in Conservation and Land Management listed on training.gov INSERT LINK are available by RPL.

    Code Title Core (C), Elective (E), Other (O)
    AHCWHS401 Maintain work health and safety processes C
    AHCBUS407 Cost a project E
    AHCBUS408 Operate within a budget framework E
    AHCCHM404 Develop procedures to minimise risks in the use of chemicals E
    AHCCHM40 Plan and implement a chemical use program E
    AHCCCF403 Obtain and manage sponsorship E
    AHCSOL401 Sample soils and interpret results E
    AHCWRK403 Supervise work routines and staff performance E
    BSBLDR403 Lead team effectiveness E
    AHCCHM304 Transport, handle and store chemicals O
    AHCCHM307 Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases O
    AHCPCM502 Collect and classify plants O
    AHCCCF502 Facilitate group goals and projects O
    AHCCCF504 Support group and community changes in resource management O
    AHCSOL50 Monitor and manage soils for production projects O
    AHCAGB513 Develop a whole farm plan O

    * the units AHCCHM404 and AHCCHM405 requires completion of AHCCHM304 & AHCCHM307 as prerequisite.

  • Cost

    Your fee for this course will depend on the the availability of a subsidy from your State and your eligibility. To view a summary of all current course fees and subsidies please click here or contact our office for more information.


    Payment plan

    Want to make smaller, regular payments throughout your course?

    The payment plan option consists of establishing a direct debit facility for payments deducted weekly, fortnightly, monthly or quarterly from your nominated bank account or credit card, across the duration of your enrolment (up to 2 years). There is a $10 establishment fee and a 4% administration charge on all payment plans. The establishment fee is paid in your first instalment and the administration fee becomes part of your scheduled deduction.

    Payment plans are administered by DebitSuccess (www.debitsuccess.com.au)

    Up front payment

    You can make an upfront payment (of no more than $1,500) for your student fee while enrolling with any residual processed through the payment plan.

  • Delivery

    Self-paced online learning

    Use resources and information in our online learning site RuralBiz Online to work at your own rate, at times that suit you. You will find resources to help you learn including videos, quizzes, print materials and links to other useful websites. This site also has a forum where you can post comments and questions for other participants and your trainer. It will also be the spot to upload your assessments, receive trainer feedback and track your progress.

    Interactive online sessions

    These are run in our Blackboard Collaborate virtual classroom where you work with a trainer and other participants. You will be able to see a presentation on your computer screen, hear the trainer and other group members, and ask questions or make comments. One of our previous participants described it as being like "two way radio with pictures" but it also has a whiteboard, chat function and many other tools useful for training. Some sessions are also recorded for listening back at a later date. These sessions are usually run on demand when there is a group of at least 10 participants to attend.

    Printed Manuals

    Many of our units use a printed manual, giving you time to explore the online learning environments while having familiar materials at hand.


    Your assessment tasks are designed for you to apply your learning to your own farm. In many cases, you produce a valuable resource for ongoing use in your own business - such as an e-Farm Plan which is easily updated or business, cropping or livestock plans.

    Past students have found that they continue to use and adapt these plans well after they have completed their qualification.

    You'll attend an AgForum in each unit - an online informal discussion with other students about day to day issues of interest in agriculture.


    At enrolment, we work with you to design an individual training plan that meets your needs and course rules, so you can complete your course within the 2 year time frame, or earlier if you want to progress more quickly.

    We know that farmers have busy periods during the year depending on their district and type of farming. We also recognise that family issues mean some students will need time out during their course.

    If you find you are unable to keep to your training plan, you can talk to your guardian angel and amend it as needed.

    Remember, we're working with you to make your study possible!

  • Benefits

    Key Benefits

    • Flexible - self paced online or online group delivery, fit study in with your life.
    • Everyone with an internet connection has equal access to training
    • Training is delivered to you - wherever you have internet access
    • No travel time or travel costs
    • Access to online materials 24/7
    • Access to the best trainers who are farmers themselves, not just trainers who can visit your district
    • Your very own Guardian Angel for support
    • Work in groups from a wide geographic area
    • Training can continue even if you are travelling or cut off by floods or other natural disasters
    • Assessments are submitted online - fast turnaround times
    • Student Card - purchase some items at discounted prices
  • Pathways

    Further Education or Training:

    Further training pathways from this Qualification include, but are not limited to:


    Employment pathways from this qualification include, but are not limited to:

    • Senior conservation worker