AHC21020 Certificate II in Conservation and Ecosystem Management


The environment plays an important role for different living species and we all depend on the environment for food, air, water and other needs. Caring for the environment and protecting natural and cultural spaces is not only socially responsible but can lead to a range of exciting and interesting careers. The qualification enables individuals to select and develop basic factual, technical and procedural knowledge in conservation and ecosystem management for Indigenous land management, lands, parks and wildlife services and the restoration and rehabilitation of ecosystems.

Entrance Requirements

Prior to enrolment all students must undertake a Language, Literacy and Numeracy assessment. To be deemed suitable to undertake this course, it is recommended students should be:

  • Enrolled in Year 11 or above at the time of commencing the course; AND
  • Achieving the following ACSF levels:
    • Learning 3
    • Reading 3
    • Writing 3
    • Oral Communication 2
    • Numeracy 2

Course Content

The qualification is comprised of the following 15 units of competency.

Core Units

  • AHCWHS201 Participate in work health and safety processes
  • AHCWRK209 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices


  • ACHPGD206 Conduct visual inspection of park facilities
  • AHCMOM203 Operate basic machinery and equipment
  • AHCMOM101 Assist with routine maintenance of machinery and equipment
  • AHCWRK101 Maintain the workplace
  • AHCINF203 Maintain properties and structures
  • AHCWRK202 Observe environmental work practices
  • AHCWRK205 Participate in workplace communications
  • AHCFAU202 Recognise fauna
  • AHCPCM204 Recognise plants
  • AHCILM202 Observe and report plants and animals
  • AHCPCM202 Collect, prepare and preserve plan specimens
  • AHCPGD201 Plant trees and shrubs
  • AHCPGD209 Prune shrubs and trees

Note: Electives may be subject to change.

Delivery Mode

In class, online or blended.

Note: this course is currently only available via an Auspice arrangement. We encourage schools to express interest if they wish for SIDE RTO to deliver the course directly in future.


Delivery plans can be negotiated over 12, 18 or 24 months, depending on the year group and school.

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