What will I learn?

Do you have a keen interest in the environment? Are you looking to develop the skills needed to help sustainably manage natural resources and address a wide variety of environmental problems? Do you want to pursue a new career pathway that deals with conservation, our natural resources, as well as environmental law? The New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Environmental Management) programme may be what you've been searching for.

Core subject matter involved in the programme centres around the following information:

  • Introduction to ecology and conservation
  • Conservation management
  • Resource management and environmental law
  • Marine and freshwater ecology
  • Environmental Management careers

The aims of the qualification are as follows:

  • Gain skills and knowledge that are directly relevant to further study at higher levels in environmental management
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills to standards recognised by the industry sector as appropriate
  • Develop work habits and practice appropriate for further study and employment in the environmental management sector

Career Opportunities

Graduating students may be able to undertake entry level/assistant type positions in the following types of industries: Regional or local authorities, Environmental monitoring/testing, Relevant government departments, Farming industry.

Satisfactory Completion:

To satisfactorily complete the New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) Environmental Management, and be awarded this qualification the student must successfully achieve:

  • A minimum of 60 credits in accordance with the programme schedule for the New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) (Environmental Management)
  • The student will normally be expected to complete the New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) (Environmental Management) full-time over six months or part-time over two years

Qualification Pathways:

Successful completion of this programme will enable you to progress to higher levels of tertiary training including the Bachelor of Environmental Management at SIT's Invercargill campus.

Study options

Full Time (17 weeks)

Tuition fees
NZ $7,000 for entire course + Resource fee: NZ $1,000.
Start date

21 February 2022, 18 July 2022


Southern Institute of Technology

Invercargill Campus,

133 Tay Street,


Invercargill Central,

9810, New Zealand

Online/Distance (17 weeks)

Tuition fees
NZ $6,000 for entire course (NZ $100 per credit).
Application deadline

16 March 2022, 1 June 2022, 27 July 2022

More details

Start date

31 January 2022, 28 March 2022, 13 June 2022, 8 August 2022

Entry requirements

For international students

Applicants should demonstrate a likelihood of success in the programme of study. Likelihood of success may be demonstrated through a variety of means, including: relevant work experience, Curriculum Vitae, letter of intent, achievement of NCEA in environmental management related or science related standards, or an interview.

School Leavers:

Applicants should be a minimum of 17 years of age, and have attained NCEA Level 2 or equivalent.

Applicants over 20 years:
Applicants over the age of 20 years at time of enrolment will be considered where they can demonstrate the ability to succeed in a programme. Examples of demonstration of ability to succeed are the provision of evidence of successful completion of a programme of study at Level 3 or above in a related discipline and/or employment in the related sector for one or more years.

Language Requirements

  • IELTS test - General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5
  • TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 530 (with an essay score of 4.5 TWE)
  • TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 46 (with a writing score of 14)
  • Cambridge English Examination –B2 First or B2First for schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill.
  • OET - Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests
  • NZCEL - a) Expiring Level b) Current:
  • Level 3 (Academic) b) Level 3 (Applied)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) – PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36
  • Language Cert - B2 Communicator IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill
  • Trinity ISE - ISE II with no less than pass in any band

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


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