Diploma of Conservation and Land Management

Course Details

The course focuses on natural resource management for farmers

  • Course Information

    Our diploma 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 2 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:

    • Landcare Manager
    • Soil Conservation Specialist
    • Land Management Supervisor
    • Farmer
    • Be actively engaged in farming/ horticulture, or be part of a Landcare group and 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 12 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

    You must complete a total of 10 units made up of:

    • A minimum of 4 from elective group A
    • A minimum of 4 from elective groups A or B
    • A maximum of 2 units may be selected from units aligned t certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma in AHC (this training package) or from any other currently endorsed training package or accredited course. Selected units must be relevant to job outcomes in Conservation and Land Management and must be chosen to ensure the integrity of the qualification outcome at AQF level 5.

    All units available on training.gov.au in this course are available by recognition of prior learning.

    Elective Group A  
    AHCNAR501 Manage natural areas on a rural property
    AHCNAR502 Conduct biological surveys
    AHCNAR506 Develop and implement sustainable land use strategies
    AHCPCM502 Collect and classify plants
    Elective Group B  
    AHCBUS518 Prepare and monitor budgets and financial reports
    AHCWHS502 Manage work health and safety processes
    AHCWRK502 Collect and manage data
    AHCWRK503 Prepare reports
    AHCWRK511 Develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability
  • 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.


    VET Student Loan

    If you'd like to enrol in this course but can't afford the fees, you may be eligible to use a Vet Student Loan. Vet Student Loans are Australian Government loans that help eligible students pay for all or part of their tuition fees for higher level VET courses (diploma, advanced diploma) undertaken at approved providers. Additional information is available here or by contacting our office or by visiting the government's Study Assist website: https://www.studyassist.gov.au/. A VET student loan gives rise to a HELP debt that continues to be a debt due to the Commonwealth until it is repaid. The maximum amount that can be loaned for this course through the VET Student Loans (VSL) program is $15,793.

    To be eligible for VET Student Loan, the Commonwealth Government requires that you:

    • provide a copy of your Australian senior secondary certificate, OR
    • achieve the required standard in an approved literacy and numeracy test.

    For a summary of the VET Student loans click here or for detailed information please read the Vet Student Loan information booklet 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)

    Upfront 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.Vet Student Loan students may make upfront payments prior to the census date for that unit.

  • Delivery

    Our assessor will either visit you at your workplace or work with you in our online interactive classroom.

  • 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:

    • Landcare Manager
    • Soil Conservation Specialist
    • Land Management Supervisor
    • Farmer