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

This practical, environmental science qualification is earned amidst the breathtaking beauty of New Zealand's Bay of Plenty.

We'll take you on field trips to beautiful and remote parts of the country like Fiordland, Coromandel and the Central Plateau, where you'll examine the challenges facing New Zealand's clean, green image, and look at what needs to be done to protect our world-famous environment. 

One year won't be enough! Once you've graduated you can continue on to the Level 6 Diploma starting in 2019 where you'll gain more advanced skills and knowledge with a focus on research design, environmental and ecological reporting. You’ll also choose elective papers in biosecurity or aquaculture.

By the time you graduate you’ll have gained a variety of practical and risk management skills, and if you want to gain a degree, these diplomas are your ticket into the third year of the Bachelor of Science with the University of Waikato and/or the Bachelor of Applied Science and Sustainability here at Toi Ohomai*. You may even decide to continue on further to complete your Masters and PhD.

Content Details

Level 5 Topics:

  • Conservation Biology and Sustainability
  • Risk Management
  • Botany
  • Terrestrial Invertebrates
  • Terrestrial Vertebrate Biology
  • Introduction to Terrestrial Science and Ecology
  • Introductory Biological Surveying

Choose one elective from:

  • Waste Management
  • Fisheries Management

If you decide to continue on to Level 6, the topics you'll cover are:

  • Research Design and Data Management
  • Environmental Reporting
  • The Regulatory Environment
  • Freshwater Ecology and Monitoring
  • Ecological Restoration
  • Advanced Biological Surveying

Choose two electives from:

  • Geology of New Zealand
  • Biosecurity
  • Aquaculture 1
  • Aquaculture 2


Planned intakes*: February
Delivery modes: Full-time
Locations*: Tauranga (Windermere Campus)
Duration: One year

* subject to change. Intakes may vary between locations.

Each level is one year in duration.

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

Indicative Fees

2018 domestic students $6,317.00

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 the course you will receive:

  • New Zealand Diploma in Environmental Management (Level 5) with strand in Terrestrial

Career Opportunities

Depending on electives chosen, career opportunities exist as a bio-surveyor, biodiversity ranger/officer, conservation officer, environmental consultant/technician, environmental educator, plant or animal pest officer, quarantine/biosecurity officer, resource management adviser/ consultant, research officer, or waste management auditor.

Study Pathways

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology Pathways

Bachelor of Science (BSc) with a major in Biological Sciences

Entry Criteria

All domestic applicants under the age of 20 applying for Level 5:

  • Minimum of 42 credits at Level 3 NCEA or equivalent (suggested subjects are English, Mathematics and Biology/Sciences) OR Special Admission (see below)
  • Students should also have the ability to complete the physical requirements of the programme

Special Admission

Applicants who do not meet the academic requirements may be given special admission if they can provide evidence that they are capable of achieving the programme outcomes. Special admission may also apply for applicants over 20 years.


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 5 certificate or diploma IELTS Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 or completed NZ Certificate in English Language L4 with the Academic Endorsement 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.