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

If you're passionate about the environment and enjoy working outdoors this year-long programme will kick-start your career in conservation.

You'll learn about ecology, conservation management planning, maintaining personal and public health and safety, teamwork and more.

The learning is hands-on and gives you a great range of skills including how to drive quad bikes and light utility vehicles, operate and maintain a chainsaw, use agrichemicals and manage pest control, and build and maintain tracks, fences and other conservation facilities.

Content Details

Topics you'll cover during the course:

  • Quads and LUVs
  • Chainsaw Safety Servicing and Use
  • Introduction to Ecology
  • Outdoor Risk Management
  • Conservation Management Planning
  • Community and Teamwork
  • Agrichemical Use and Pest Control
  • Maintaining the Conservation Estate


Planned intakes*: February
Delivery modes: Full-time/part-time
Locations*: Rotorua (Mokoia Campus), Rotorua (Waipa Campus), Tauranga (Windermere Campus), Turangi
Duration: One year

* subject to change. Intakes may vary between locations.

The July intake starts Tuesday 18th July at 9am in Room T4. Download Windermere Campus map.

Classes run Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9.00am-3.00pm.

To see full details of the next available intake please visit the application form.

Indicative Fees

2018 domestic students $3,104.00

The fee shown for domestic students is applicable to New Zealand citizens and permanent residents. If an international fee is not listed above please refer to the international fees page. All fees are indicative only and subject to change.

You MAY be eligible for a StudyLink Student Loan for your tuition fees.

Find out if your programme qualifies by visiting the Studylink website.

If you also need to pay course related costs, i.e. if outlined in programme costs above, you need to apply separately to StudyLink (up to $1,000/academic year for eligible students). Note course related costs are paid directly into your bank account by StudyLink and you will be required to pay this to Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.

Qualifications Gained

Upon successful completion of this programme you will receive:

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

Career Opportunities

Ranger in the conservation, environmental, or parks and recreation sectors. Roles within regional council.

Study Pathways

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology Pathways

New Zealand Diploma in Environmental Management - Terrestrial Strand (Level 5)

Entry Criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations.


International applicants for whom English is not their first language will be required to show evidence of language competency, issued within the last two years, before being eligible to enrol in any non-English programme. The level of competency required is outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013. And below under the title English Competency.

English Competency

Level 4 certificate IELTS General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 or completed NZ Certificate in English Language L3 with an endorsement of either General, Workplace or Academic, or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013.

For domestic applicants for whom English is not their first language, evidence of language competency may be required.