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Duration (approx) 1500 hours
Qualification Associate Diploma

Study this environmental management diploma with a wide range of modules to choose from including ecology, environmental waste management, project management, wildlife management, soil management, botany I, organic farming, event management and more..

Despite huge growth in environmental industries world wide, many graduates in environmental sciences still find a career eludes them. Often this is because their studies have not covered the subjects and skills which are in fact providing employment opportunities. This course differs from other environmental courses providing a unique opportunity to develop those "in demand" skills. 

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Start your career in Environmental Management here!

A diploma or degree in Environmental Science is a good start, but you will need more for secure, long term employment. 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.  

(Tip: This industry is rapidly changing-Keep your studies broad and your options for work wide)


Where are the Jobs?

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

This 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.  With the flexibility to chose from a wide range of electives making your course suit you.

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.


The course is divided into 15 subjects/modules as follows:

Core Modules (Each module = 100 hours)

Click on the Links Below for More Information on Each Individual Course.

You must successfully complete all assignments and pass exams in each of the following: 

Elective Modules

Choose four of the following (You may choose later in the course if you wish)

What You Will Do

  • Visit, observe and undertake research into different environments
  • Practice hands on skills that are important to identifying and analyzing 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, 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.



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.


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.

Conducting Environmental Assessments - A Graduate Opportunity

When asked to conduct an assessment, an environmental consultant may have to examine more than just the environmental or physical impacts of a development. The consultant 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. Around the world, all the following terms refer to some sort of environmental assessment:

  •   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

Think about the types of assessments that you have researched in the past lessons. Which types of assessment apply in your area? Are they on this list? Note that even though there are many different types of assessment and differences in their name and focus depending upon the country you live in, for the purposes of this course, the term Environmental Impact Assessment is used interchangeably to represent the range of environmental assessment types that exist.


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Alison Pearce (general)P.G.Cert. Ed., M.Ecotourism, S.Sc. (Hons). Alison has held many positions including: University Lecturer, Writer, Quality Assurance Manager, Research Technician, Vet Nurse and stockwoman. Over 30 years industry experience, mostly in Australia and the UK.. Alison originally graduated with an honors degree in science from university and beyond that has completed post graduate qualifications in education and eco-tourism. She has managed veterinary operating theatre, responsible for animal anaesthesia, instrument preparation, and assistance with surgical techniques and procedures.
Dr. Gareth PearceGraduated from the University of Nottingham in 1982 with a B.Sc.(Hons) in Animal Science. Between 82 and 85 worked as Research Assistant and Demonstator in Animal Science at the University of Leeds. Over more than 30 years he has furthered his studies, obtaining eight significant university qualifications including degrees in Veterinary Science, Wildlife Conservation and Animal Behaviour. Gareth has significant teaching experience around the world as a faculty member at eight different universities including Associate Professor at Murdoch University and Director of Studies in Veterinary Science at Cambridge University. He has over 100 prestigious research papers published, and enjoys an outstanding international reputation in the fields of animal and veterinary science.
Marius Erasmus Subsequent to completing a BSc (Agric) degree in animal science, Marius completed an honours degree in wildlife management, and a masters degree in production animal physiology. Following the Masters degree, he has worked for 9 years in the UK, and South Africa in wildlife management, dairy, beef and poultry farming.

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