What will I learn?


For lovers of the outdoors and New Zealand’s environment, this programme introduces you to a range of ecosystems from forests to urban habitats. You’ll learn from passionate and inspiring tutors who will encourage you to develop your practical and theoretical knowledge. Learn about our amazing wildlife and our fascinating environment, and find out why it is in danger and what we can do to help. Share the journey with the inspiring team of experts from NorthTec and be informed. This diploma will help you develop the theoretical and practical skills to work within the environmental sector.

The Environmental Management pathway at NorthTec offers three qualifications in three years:

  • After one year of study: New Zealand Diploma in Environmental Management (Level 5)
  • After two years of study: New Zealand Diploma in Environmental Management (Level 6)
  • After three years of study: Bachelor of Applied Science (Biodiversity Management)

What I will learn?

This programme will teach you the principles and techniques involved in environmental management. You'll gain a practical and theoretical knowledge of terrestrial and marine ecosystems, flora and fauna in New Zealand and learn about sustainability, environmental issues, monitoring and conservation techniques. You'll also get involved in the protection and restoration of local natural, rural and urban environments.

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Describe global environmental issues (with a focus on New Zealand) to determine their impacts on societies and ecosystems, and basic mitigation measures.
  • Use data collection and surveying methods to monitor environmental ecological or asset management.
  • Apply knowledge of New Zealand terrestrial biology and ecology systems to enable organism monitoring in a field environment.

Education Pathway

On completion of this qualification, graduates may progress onto the New Zealand Diploma in Environmental Management (Level 6).

Employment Pathway

Graduates of this qualification will be able to work in the following contexts:

  • Conservation officer
  • Resource management adviser/consultant
  • Environmental consultant/technician.

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
NZ$19,240.00 (10,09,684) per year
Start date

Expected July 2021



Whangarei Campus,

51 Raumanga Valley Road,



0110, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For international students

Applicants are required to have gained:

A minimum of 42 credits at NCEA Level 3 or equivalent;


A relevant Level 4 qualification AND a current outdoor First Aid Certificate

Applicants for whom English is not a first language must have an IELTS Academic score of 5.5, with no band score lower than 5; or an accepted international equivalence.

Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements but whose skills, education or work experience indicate that they have a reasonable chance of success, may gain admission at the discretion of the Programme Leader or designated nominee.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.