Associate Diploma In Environmental Management

Course CodeVEN006
Fee CodeAS
Duration (approx)1500 hours
QualificationAssociate Diploma
Learn Environmental Science and Management

A diploma or degree in Environmental Science is a good start, but secure, sustainable employment depends on skills, knowledge, innovation, networking and an ability to solve problems (more than on qualifications!).
The environment may be important, and the industry may be growing fast; but the mix of skills, knowledge and experience needed for the job opportunities today, are probably different to what will be needed in a years time.  
 
This course recognises and works to develop all of these things!
 

Where are the Jobs?

  • Environmental Assessment
  • Teaching
  • Resource Management
  • Alternative Energy
  • Ecotourism
  • Media
  • Consulting

This course provides students with the opportunity to develop those "in demand" skills needed for career entry and progression - without having to take time out from work or other commitments in order to study. This course also allows you the flexibility to chose from a wide range of electives so that you can taylor your course to suit your needs.

The course tutors are skilled professionals who are fully qualified in the various subject areas. In addition, they combine their qualifications with many years of actual practical experience.

We make public the qualifications and experience of all of our tutors - this way you are fully informed of their credentials.

Modules

Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Associate Diploma In Environmental Management.
 Botany I (Plant Physiology And Taxonomy) BSC104
 Ecotour Management BTR101
 Introduction To Ecology BEN101
 Research Project I BGN102
 Soil Management (Horticulture) BHT105
 Conservation and Environmental Management BEN201
 Environmental Waste Management BEN202
 Project Management BBS201
 Wildlife Management BEN205
 Environmental Assessment BEN301
 
Stream ModulesStudied after the core modules, stream modules cover more specific or niche subjects.
 Industry Project BIP000
 
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 4 of the following 30 modules.
 Alternative Energy VSS102
 Landscaping I BHT109
 Marine Studies I BEN103
 Nature Park Management I BEN120
 Ornithology BEN102
 Starting A Small Business VBS101
 Vertebrate Zoology BEN104
 Bushcraft And Wilderness Activities (Survival Skills) BTR201
 Earth Science BEN204
 Event Management BRE209
 Healthy Buildings I (Building Construction & Health) BSS200
 Landscaping II BHT214
 Landscaping III (Landscaping Styles) BHT235
 Marine Studies II BEN203
 Natural Garden Design BHT215
 Nature Park Management II BEN207
 Permaculture Systems BHT201
 Primatology BEN210
 Sustainable Agriculture BAG215
 Trees For Rehabilitation (Landcare Reafforestation) BHT205
 Weed Control BHT209
 Wildlife Conservation BEN206
 Advanced Permaculture BHT301
 Adventure Tourism BTR302
 Bush Tucker Plants BHT328
 Ecotourism Tour Guide Course BTR301
 Healthy Buildings II (Building Environment & Health) BSS300
 Organic Farming BAG305
 Plant Ecology BSC305
 Statistics BSC304
 

Note that each module in the Associate Diploma In Environmental Management is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.

What You Will Do

  • Visit, observe and undertake research into different environments
  • Practice hands on skills that are important to identifying and analysing components of environments including animals, plants, soils, etc
  • Network with industry professionals, suppliers, public and private enterprises and others who are involved in environmental and sustainability industries
  • Undertake minor and more significant reseach, developing your professional and scientific research skills
  • Develop skills that provide "real" work opportunities for environment professionals (which unfortunately are not always covered in other courses)
    • Learn to conduct and write up environmental assessments
    • Learn to manage projects
    • Learn to organise and conduct an ecotourism enterprise
    • Learn to work to specification when addressing environmental problems (by undertaking Problem Based Learning Projects)
  • Read, investigate, discuss, and formulate informed perceptions and opinions about a wide range of environmental concepts and ideas
  • Attend meetings, trade shows, seminars and/or conferences that are relevant to the environmental profession
  • Interact with and learn from a range of highly qualified and experienced environmental professionals who act as your tutors, either via email, phone, mail and/or in person

LEARN PRACTICAL SKILLS AND
ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT WORK OPPORTUNITIES WILL BE STRONGER

 
Climate change, species extinction, pollution, emissions trading schemes (ETS's) and "greening" economies are the catch-phrases and concerns of informed people worldwide. New employment opportunities are constantly emerging in this field but, despite this continuing growth, many graduates in the environmental sciences still find that a job eludes them. Often this is because their studies have not covered the subjects and skills which are in fact providing the employment opportunities.


100 hour Industry Project:

 If you work in the industry that you have been studying; you may submit a reference from your employer, in an effort to satisfy this industry (ie. workplace project) requirement; on the basis of RPL (ie. recognition for prior learning), achieved through your current and past work experience.

The reference must indicate that you have skills and an awareness of your industry, which is sufficient for you to work in a position of responsibility.

This cannot be attempted until all core modules have been completed.

WHERE THIS COURSE CAN LEAD

Environmental management is an industry that promises a growth in opportunity over the coming decades. Despite this fact though, graduates from environmental courses do often find it difficult to gain the employment they hoped for.  One must ask why?

Having an understanding of the environment is not enough in itself, to guarantee a long term career.

Some types of environmental jobs tend to be more likely dependant upon government funding; and the availability of those jobs will increase and decrease as public funding increases and decreases. Other jobs however, are more likely to always be there, and some of those more "stable" opportunities are going to offer graduates a more secure future. Consider things such as "renewable energy", "land management", "waste management", "routine environmental assessment", "wildlife management", "teaching" and "media".

To secure a future career, you need to:

  • Undertake studies that will give you a mix of skills that will always be in demand
  • Undertake a mix of studies that will differentiate you from your competition
  • Build your networks/contacts within industry
  • Build communication and management skills. Learn to write well, and efficiently. Learn to manage projects. Learn to work to specification.

This and other ACS courses helps develop your "employability" in these and other ways; more so than some other schools.

 

Make Sure You Learn Environmental Assessment


Conducting environmental assessments is a significant area of employment for graduates; and yet many of the courses that have taught environmental management in the past, have not included this area of study.
This diploma has recognised that fact; and that is why this is a compulsory module.
 


Types of Environmental Assessment

 

Some environmental assessments are mandatory (required by law), while others may be optional.
Governments increasingly are requiring environmental assessments (eg. Environmental impact statements) before they will make planning decisions.
 
When asked to conduct an assessment, an environmental consultant may have to examine more than just the environmental or physical impacts of a development.
Consultants may need to look at the social, economic and demographic consequences of the proposal. Environmental assessments will also vary depending on which country you are in and the type of change or development that is proposed.
 
The following provides just some idication of the broad scope of this field.
  • Demographic Impact Assessment
  • Development Impact Assessment
  • Ecological Impact Assessment
  • Economic and Fiscal Impact Assessment
  • Environmental Audit
  • Health Impact Assessment
  • Strategic Impact Assessment
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Environmental Impact Statement
  • Environmental Risk Assessment
  • Social Impact Assessment
  • Climate Impact Assessment 
Consider other types of assessment that might not be on this list.

 
 
This environmental industry is rapidly changing! 
... if you keep your studies broad; your employment options will be more sustainable
.
 
 
 
 
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  Dr Robert Browne

Zoologist, Environmental Scientist and Sustainability, science based consultancy with biotechnology corporations. Work focused on conservation and sustainability. Robert has published work in the fields of nutrition, pathology, larval growth and development, husbandry, thermo-biology, reproduction technologies, and facility design.Robert has B.Sc., Ph, D.
  John Mason

Writer, Manager, Teacher and Businessman with over 40 years interenational experience covering Education, Publishing, Leisure Management, Education, and Horticulture. He has extensive experience both as a public servant, and as a small business owner. John is a well respected member of many professional associations, and author of over seventy books and of over two thousand magazine articles.
  Barbara Seguel

Teacher and Researcher, Marine Scientist, Tourism and Outdoor recreation guide, Health and Safety Coordinator & Production Manager for Fisheries, National Park Staff/Farmer, Laboratory technical aide, Zoo, Wildlife and Marine Park assistant. Barbara has worked in Hawaii, Mexico, Chile, New Zealand, and Australia. Barbara has a B.Sc. Marine (Academic degree) and M.Sc Aquaculture Engineering.
  Bob James

Horticulturalist, Agriculturalist, Environmental consultant, Businessman and Professional Writer. Over 40 years in industry, Bob has held a wide variety of senior positions in both government and private enterprise. Bob has a Dip. Animal Husb, B.App.Sc., Grad.Dip.Mgt, PDC
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