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What will I learn?

Are you driven to restore nature’s vital balance? Can you see yourself playing a role in alleviating the pressures on our environment? Are you passionate about fish? Do you work in the industry and want a formal qualification? If so, the Graduate Certificate in Fish Conservation and Management from Charles Sturt University is for you. This qualification will put you at the forefront of fish ecology and management, so you can practically and strategically tackle challenges facing freshwater fisheries – in Australia and around the world.

After several years of extensive collaboration with industry and the Institute for Land, Water and Society, we’ve developed this course to meet growing professional demands and foster research in the fields of fish ecology and fish passage engineering.

Course highlights

Lead the way

Designed in consultation with experts to maximise industry relevance, this course is unique – it’s the only graduate certificate dedicated to fish conservation and management offered in Australia. So, you’ll lead the way in this dynamic industry after partnering with overseas government agencies, non-government organisations and projects supported by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research during your studies. Plus, you can choose to study online or on campus.

Gain practical experience

Get your hands dirty with this highly practical course. Venture out into the field and then into our state-of-the-art hydropower simulation lab. Learn how to safely tag fish or how to use ear bones to understand migration histories. Be taught by internationally acknowledged experts in riverine and aquatic ecology, and fish migration.

Diversify your skills

Hone your GIS skills. Learn about river and fish management. Touch up on your knowledge of statistics. Perform an overseas internship. Or work with an academic to design a short-term research project of your own. Modern-day fish scientists and managers need a wide range of skills to do their jobs.

Futureproof your career

Get ahead of the game when you specialise in fishways, electrofishing or river development. Help fish overcome barriers like weirs and dams by learning how to construct fish ladders. Arm yourself with a deep understanding of how to safely catch fish using electrofishing – and be certified as an operator. Or be the expert who determines how river development will impact on fisheries.

Career opportunities

Our Graduate Certificate in Fish Conservation and Management will see you build on your environmental science and conservation experience and pair it with practical skills. You’ll also network with a range of guest lecturers who are actively tackling fish issues across a range of industries. This combination means you’ll be able to hit the ground running in a range of leadership roles across the globe. You can make a difference in the fields of fish ecology or fish passage engineering (maybe even contribute to the discussion on major infrastructure projects). Lead the charge in fish welfare and humane handling practices in Australia – or use your qualification to have an impact on fisheries worldwide.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioral Sciences



Study options

Full Time (0.5 years)

Tuition fees
A$15,520.00 (US$ 11,529) per year
AUD $15,520 /year; This fee is for 2021 and it may change in future.

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

Start date

28 February 2022, 11 July 2022


Albury - Wodonga Campus

Elizabeth Mitchell Drive,


New South Wales,

2640, COUNTRY NSW, Australia

Online/Distance (0.5 years)

Tuition fees
A$15,520.00 (US$ 11,529) per year
AUD $15,520 /year; This fee is for 2021 and it may change in future.

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

Start date

28 February 2022, 11 July 2022

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must hold an appropriate degree (i.e., undergraduate bachelor’s degree or AQF equivalent) from a recognized university and have a minimum of one-year relevant industry experience (or equivalent) related to their undergraduate degree. Academic IELTS with a minimum overall score of 6.5 and with no score below 6.0 in each of the individual skill areas, TOEFL test result with a minimum overall score of 577, Internet based TOEFL score of 79; PTE Academic: 58; Cambridge (CPE) Pre 2015: 45; Cambridge English Scale: CAE and CPE from 2015: 176.

For international students

A completed Bachelor Degree (or Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) equivalent) in a relevant discipline related to the course profile from a recognised University or other tertiary education provider.


A completed Honours degree in any field from a University or other tertiary education provider (or equivalent).


Relevant industry or professional experience within the same industry as the course profile, of at least five years full time or equivalence, demonstrated by a detailed resume.

Have obtained an Academic IELTS within the last 2 years with: a minimum overall score of 6, no individual score below 5.5.

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


About Charles Sturt University

CSU has the highest graduate employment rate in Australia. More than 86% of CSU grads find full-time jobs within 4 months of graduating.

  • Five vibrant campuses in growing regional cities in NSW
  • Highest graduate employment rate in Australia
  • Five star university for student support