Many alarming world trends, including climate change, is threatening our wildlife more than ever. These animals need knowledgeable, compassionate humans to help! This course suits those with a general interest in wildlife conservation or those looking for a career in academia, consulting companies, wildlife and conservation organisations, professional and scientific societies or even in zoos and aquariums.
The Certificate of Wildlife Conservationis an online program that will give you a broad knowledge base of the strategies involved in wildlife conservation and how research, surveys and management techniques can assist with its preservation.
In this professional development course, you will explore important concepts like ecology and biological diversity, farming and urban planning, revegetation and restoration, the recovery of threatened species, and the different types of habitats including woodlands, tundras, forests and mangrove habitats.
You will also study varying approaches to wildlife conservation including the species, landscape and ecosystem approaches, and how to undertake vegetation, fauna and marine conservation surveys.
On completion of this course, you will satisfy your passion for wildlife and leverage positive changes for the future of our planet and its fauna.
Unit: Wildlife Conservation
Introduction to Wildlife Conservation
What is wildlife conservation
The need for wildlife conservation
Important concepts ecology, ecosystem, biome, conservation values, biological diversity, genetic drift, habitat, life span, wildlife movement and wildlife management.
Threatening processes habitat fragmentation, habitat degradation and loss, soil degradation, erosion, pollution, unsustainable harvesting, invasive species, climate change, population isolation and disease.
Recovery of Threatened Species
Loss of species categories of risk
Species vulnerability to endangerment
Recovery of species and threat management
Habitat Conservation identifying critical habitat and protecting habitat
Research population growth, habitat use and conservation genetics
Types of Habitat eg. temperate and tropical forests, woodland, tundra and mangrove habitats
Habitat Rehabilitation implementing a land management program, determining objectives, determining a program
The Role of GIS in Conservation
The Role of Protected Areas levels of protection, approaches to reserve selection and limitation of reserves.
Approaches to Conservation of Threatened Wildlife
Species Approach modelling demography, effective population size, small populations, population viability analysis (PVA)
Landscape Approach elements of landscape ecology, distribution of populations within a landscape, landscape modelling
Ecosystem Approach the need for ecosystem management, understanding dynamics, adaptive management, objectives for ecologically sustainable forest management.
Plant Identification common names, scientific names, levels of division, botanical keys,
Vegetation survey techniques such as quadrat surveys, landscape assessments, line surveys.
Vegetation Mapping remote sensing data.
Observation techniques spotlighting, scat surveys, census techniques
Trapping Techniques radio tracking, call recordings, pit fall traps, Elliot traps.
Commercial Fish Stock Management
Planning for Wildlife
Use of GIS
Managing Threatened Wildlife Populations manipulating populations, revegetation/restoration, creating corridors, pest control plans, fencing for species, fire breaks.
Wildlife Conservation Project
When you study with Australian Online Courses, you will be assessed using a competency-based training method.
Competency-based training focuses on the achievement of skills and knowledge against set criteria to meet industry-standard and is not benchmarked against other students’ work.
In this course, the assessment will be comprised of written assignments and exercises, which may include short answer questions, reports, essays, research projects and reflective tasks.
If you do not achieve a competency result on your first attempt, you have two more attempts to pass your assessment. So, you have three attempts in total to obtain a competency result.
In this way, you can complete your course in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support via email;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
Are there any entry requirements or pre-requisites?
There are no entry requirements or pre-requisites for entry into this program.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 50 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.
BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
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Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.