What will I learn?

Course Description

This course covers the process of managing natural area restoration programs. They will learn how to plan a restoration program, inspect and assess a site for the replacement of vegetation, monitor natural area restoration works and review the program.

This course is suitable for people who work or want to work in the conservation and land management industry.

Course structure

To receive the Certificate III in Natural Area Restoration students must complete all core units and, if available, a range of additional units.

Core Units

  • Contribute to work health and safety processes
  • Apply environmentally sustainable work practices

Additional Units

  • Carry out natural area restoration works
  • Maintain natural areas
  • Collect and preserve biological samples
  • Implement revegetation works
  • Undertake direct seeding
  • Collect native seed
  • Conduct photography for fieldwork
  • Extract seed
  • Control weeds
  • Control plant pests, diseases and disorders
  • Provide information on plants and their culture
  • Identify plant specimens
  • Implement a plant establishment program
  • Prepare and apply chemicals
  • Transport and store chemicals
  • Operate chemical application machinery and equipment
  • Operate quad bikes
  • Assist with soil or growing media sampling and testing
  • Sample soils and interpret results
  • Construct conservation earthworks
  • Implement erosion and sediment control measures
  • Operate in isolated and remote situations
  • Respond to emergencies
  • Respond to rescue incidents
  • Coordinate work site activities
  • Conduct site inspections
  • Read and interpret maps
  • Navigate in remote or trackless areas
  • Operate four wheel drives on unsealed roads

Career Opportunities

Job roles and titles vary across different industry sectors. Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include revegetation worker or land rehabilitation worker.



Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
A$11,400.00 (US$ 7,847) per year
This fee is for 2019 and it may subject to change in the coming year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

3 February 2020, 20 July 2020


Western Sydney Institute - Blue Mountains

Parke Street,


New South Wales,

2780, SYDNEY, Australia

Entry requirements

For international students

Year 10 or Year 12 (or equivalent).

Academic IELTS 5.5 or TOEFL (iBT) 46 or English Language Programs (Beginner to Advanced) at TAFE NSW or equivalent.

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About this uni

TAFE NSW is the largest vocational education and training provider in Australia, grooming its students to be job-ready through hands-on learning.

  • Students can study at 50+ locations in New South Wales
  • Home to over 5,000 international students each year
  • Study options include certificates, diplomas and degrees
  • Offers industry-aligned programs in small classes