Certificate in Environmental Management

Study environmental management, conservation, waste management, and more. This course is excellent for anyone wanting to start on their career pathway towards working in environmental management.

Course CodeVEN009
Fee CodeCT
Duration (approx)600 hours

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Defend our Environment

Managing the environment is not just for the sake of the environment… Only by managing environmental issues such as global warming, drought and deforestation, can we improve the welfare of humans – both now, and for future generations. Environmental Management is an ever-increasing key consideration in the overall management of countless organisations. This course will provide you with the skills and knowledge to assist organisations to assimilate environmental planning, assessment and management into their decision-making process.

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Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Certificate in Environmental Management.
 Soil Management (Crops) BHT103
 Conservation and Environmental Management BEN201
 Environmental Waste Management BEN202
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 3 of the following 12 modules.
 Alternative Energy VSS102
 Ecotour Management BTR101
 Marine Studies I BEN103
 Nature Park Management I BEN120
 Ornithology BEN102
 Climate Science BSC208
 Healthy Buildings I (Building Construction & Health) BSS200
 Herpetology BEN209
 Primatology (Primate Animals) BEN210
 Wildlife Management BEN205
 Environmental Chemistry BSC306
 Water Conservation And Management BEN302

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


  • Provide a basic introduction to the study of ecology
    • Provide a brief perspective on environmental problems and their causes
    • Provide a brief introduction to pollution and its effect on the environment and conservation
    • Increase your awareness of the relationship between soil and water and understand their effects on the environment and conservation
    • Understand techniques of vegetation management that are used in a range of situations
    • Identify methods used to monitor and manage large natural animal populations and land areas used for sustainable species continuance
    • Identify the methods used to monitor and manage natural marine populations for sustainable species continuance
    • Describe the role of Ecologically Sustainable Development policies in future environment management
    • Describe the scope of ecotourism experiences available.
    • Determine management issues related to ecotourism activities/enterprises, giving due consideration to environmental and ethical concerns.
    • Develop in the learner an awareness of ecotourism destinations in existence and possibilities (in your country).
    • Explain the management and operation of an ecotourism office.
    • Explain the management of ecotourist accommodation facilities including:
    • camp sites
    • cabins
    • caravans
    • resorts
    • Identify catering options for different ecotourism activities.
    • Identify legal and statutory requirements for the establishment and operation of an ecotourism enterprise.
    • Identify/establish safety precautions/requirements/procedures for an ecotourism enterprise.
    • Plan for an ecotourism activity.

What You Will Do

  • Describe ecological processes and associated sustainable management techniques.
  • Investigate a specific environmental problem and provide possible solutions.
  • Evaluate the relationship between industry and pollution.
  • Discuss principles of water and soil management.
  • Select a specific type of plant that is endangered or an environmental problem and submit a case study.
  • Explain animal conservation strategies, including protection legislation, breeding programs and habitat conservation.
  • Discuss a specific issue that applies to marine conservation.
  • Develop profiles of three different conservation and/or environment lobby group organisations and procedures used in promoting their cause.


While humans have incredible creative abilities, unfortunately they also have incredible destructive abilities, with many humans thinking that the resources of the planet are there to be plundered for their own good.

Conservation is not only concerned with the basic support of human life, but also with the quality of life. Human activities can profoundly change the face of our planet, and can irreparably damage or destroy natural resources upon which human well-being and survival depend.

There are many conservationists, however, who see this idea of conservation as being extremely self-centred, that in fact humans are only just one species on this planet, and that the resources of the planet are not the 'property' of humans, but to all organisms on this planet. Any management and use of the natural resources of the planet must therefore take into consideration the needs (i.e. food, water, shelter, etc.) of not just humans, but other organisms as well. This idea can be carried further, in that many conservationists see that such regard for the needs of other organisms is not only desirable from a moral point of view, but beneficial, even necessary in the long term for human survival on this planet.



Where are the jobs?

This course will provide you with the skills and knowledge to find work in environmental planning, assessment and management. A background in Environmental Management will is applicable across numerous sectors such as Government Departments, Utilities, Manufacturing, Construction, Mining, Oil & Gas; Alternative Energy, Ecotourism, Media in areas such as:

  • Environmental Policy
  • Environmental Management Systems\
  • Environmental Risk
  • Environmental Impact
  • Environmental Assessment
  • Environmental Auditing
  • Environmental Analysis
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Environmental Administration

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