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New Zealand Certificate in Conservation (Operations) (Level 4)

New Zealand


What will I learn?

UCOL’s New Zealand Certificate in Conservation (Operations) Level 4 will give you the knowledge you need.

Our New Zealand Certificate in Conservation (Operations) Level 4 programme is designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge required to carry out operational conservation work.

This programme will prepare you for practical conservation in the context of ecological restoration. You will improve your understanding of the ecological environment, and develop tools and skills so you can investigate an ecosystem and deliver strong conservation outcomes.

It would also prepare you to actively participate in the preservation of wahi tapu and taonga tuturu by understanding the significant tikanga associated with a site according to tangata whenua.

Career & Study Outcomes

Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Explain the basic principles/concepts of ecology.
  • Provide appropriate information to best represent a plant for identification purposes.
  • Outline the whakapapa of wahi tapu according to tangata whenua.
  • Identify and explain the tikanga relating to the management of wahi tapu and taonga tuturu, and apply fundamental heritage and recreation management principles in a conservation context.
  • Describe the principles of kaupapa Maori in relation to the resolution of conservation.
  • Gather primary data and establish patterns to make judgements about ecosystem health.
  • Discuss a range of weed control methods and the benefits of a quality weed management system.
  • Safely use and trail equipment in a LUV and/or quadbike.
  • Collect and process data and communicate findings appropriately and professionally.
  • Analyse conservation philosophy concerning biodiversity, organisational culture, animal welfare, conservation priorities, and indigenous perspectives.
  • Survey pest animal populations and create and action a predator control plan.
  • Use and maintain small, powered amenity machinery and equipment.

Course Information

This programme is consists of 120 credits. The courses includes:

  • New Zealand Ecology and Wahi Tapu (20 credits)
  • Matauranga Maori (15 credits)
  • Weed Management (10 credits)
  • Vehicle Handling (15 credits)
  • Kaitiakitanga and Rangatiratanga (10 credits)
  • Risk Assessment and Conservation Technology (10 credits)
  • Communications and Legislation (15 credits)
  • Animal Pest Trapping (10 credits)
  • Chainsaws and Construction (15 credits)

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
Information not available
Start date

20 February 2023


UCOL Wairarapa Campus

143-159 Chapel Street,


5810, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For international students

Academic Requirements

  • Achieved NCEA Level 2 – (credits in Numeracy, Science or English desirable); or
  • Certificate in Introductory Conservation (Te Kura Tapere), Level 3; or
  • Equivalent Academic Achievement; or
  • On a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Executive Dean/Deputy Director, Wairarapa

English language Requirement: IELTS - General or Academic: Score of 5.5 with no band lower than 5; TOEFL (iBT) - Score of 46 (with a writing score of 14); Cambridge English Qualifications - B2 with score of 162; no less than 154 in each skill; OET - Minimum Grade C or 200 in all subtests; NZCEL - Level 3 (Applied); and Pearson Test of English (Academic) - Score of 42 with no band less than 36.

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


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