New Zealand Certificate in Conservation (Operations) (Level 4)

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Get the skills knowledge to carry out operational conservation work

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Use a range of technological systems and techniques to support conservation purposes.

  • Apply conservation information management procedures to meet legislative and organisational requirements while carrying out operational conservation work.

  • Assess and maintain conservation infrastructure to contribute to the sustainable stewardship of the environment.

  • Carry out activities safely in a conservation setting while maintaining personal and public safety.

  • Assess and apply ecological, heritage and recreational principles to activities undertaken in wider conservation settings.

  • Communicate appropriately with stakeholders in a professional manner while carrying out operational conservation work.

  • Operate in a manner consistent with the Treaty of Waitangi, including respect for local iwi or hapu tikanga and kawa, while carrying out conservation work.

Entry Requirements

All applicants must:

  • be at least 16 years old at the time the programme commences

  • be able to read, write, and communicate in English at a basic level

  • be physically able to complete the programme specific outcomes

Applicants for whom English is not a first language must have an IELTS General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5 or an accepted international equivalence.

All international applicants may be required to undertake an internal NorthTec English language placement test to confirm their current level of English proficiency. This will include writing and speaking components.


Courses Level Credits
3001 - Quads and LUVs 3 15
3002 - Chainsaw Safety, Servicing and Use 3 10
4001 - Introduction to Ecology 4 15
4002 - Outdoor Risk Management 4 15
4003 - Conservation Management Planning 4 15
4004 - Community and Teamwork 4 15
4005 - Agrichemical Use and Pest Control 4 20
4006 - Maintaining the Conservation Estate 4 15

Courses and programmes may be cancelled, postponed or have their content or configuration changed from time to time (including during the academic year) at the discretion of NorthTec. Fees are an indication, include GST and apply to domestic students only. View terms and conditions

From 1 January 2023, all NorthTec learners will be part of Te Pūkenga. Please note that these programmes of study are currently under review as part of the reform of vocational education training and may be subject to change.

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Full time


1 year

Start Dates

Whangarei: February

Cost Incl. GST (Approx):

2022 Fees: TBC

Student levy may apply

International: Programme not open to international students

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Phone 0800 162 100
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