The Gordon’s conservation and land management courses will equip you with comprehensive skills and knowledge to enter natural resources industries. This course offers a range of streams to enable you to specialise in an area of natural resource management that meets your career needs. The streams include general land management, conservation earthworks, community co‑ordination and facilitation, indigenous land management, lands, parks and wildlife, natural area restoration, weed management and vertebrate pest management. The land management stream will generally be conducted with units in other streams being included on demand. Diploma of Conservation and Land Management graduates will have a choice of career options including being employed as a national or state park ranger, conservation officer, environmental officer, fisheries and wildlife officer, eco-tourism leader or ecological consultant or contractor.
There are no minimum tertiary entrance requirements for the Diploma of Conservation and Land Management; however non Year 12 applicants must be at least 18 and have been out of full time study for at least 12 months. You will be expected to have relevant language, literacy, numeracy and communication skills to undertake the course. All applicants will be expected to attend an information session/interview.
Diploma of Conservation and Land Management
Modules / Units of Competency
There are a number of Modules / Units of Competency that form the Diploma of Conservation and Land Management . The Modules / Units of Competency and hours listed below are included in the current Gordon course structure and are subject to change.
Title Approx. Hours
Collect and Classify plants 120
Conduct Biological surveys 200
Define the Pest Problem in a Regional or Broader Context 200
Design a Natural Area Restoration Project 200
Produce Maps for Land Management Purposes 120
Monitor Biodiversity 100
Manage Fauna Populations 150
Develop a Strategy for the Management of Target Pests 100
Collect and Manage Data 120
Conduct Biological Surveys 200
Support Change in Community 100
The Diploma of Conservation and Land Management is a full-time two-year course*. Students can expect approximately 24 hours of class attendance each week. Student intakes are generally in February for full time students and ongoing for part time students.
* Selected units may be available on a part time basis. To check availability please contact Course Information.
Applicants who are currently studying Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management at the Gordon Institute and who wish to progress into the Diploma of Conservation and Land Management will be given preference. Other candidates who have successfully completed their VCE or who have relevant industry and life experience will also be given preference into this course.
Recognition of Prior Learning
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) may be given for skills and knowledge gained through previous study or other relevant experience. For further information refer to the RPL brochure that can be found under Downloads & Forms.
Gordon Institute Support Services
The Gordon offers a range of support services to assist prospective students with course, career or fee advice. For enrolled students, the Gordon provides general education support, counselling and careers advisors, disability support services and an Indigenous Education Unit. The Gordon also offers an on-campus Student Residence for students living away from home. If you need assistance in any of these aspects please let a Gordon staff member know so that we can arrange assistance where appropriate.