10750NAT Certificate III in Marine Habitat Conservation and Restoration

Learn practical skills and knowledge about ecological processes, ecosystem structures and the most adequate conservation and restoration methods for marine environments.


The current state of our oceans is urging us to address the numerous issues derived from the detrimental impact of marine pollution, ocean acidification, the loss of marine species and degradation of marine and coastal environments.

Marine habitat conservation and restoration projects are growing in extent and in economic value worldwide and there is a shortage of skilled professionals in these areas of expertise.These courses consist of small, clear, concise and practical units that provide students with practical skills and knowledge about ecological processes, ecosystem structures and the most adequate conservation and restoration methods for each environment.

The training is design for students to engage with project-based practical training in different coastal environments. This will allow them to enter the workforce in a wide range of professions and be able to connect with local initiatives that focus on promoting healthy oceans and sustainable development.


Core Units
MHCENV002 – Participate in planning marine environmental assessment
MHCMON002 - Perform line and belt transects for environmental monitoring
MHCMON003 - Perform quadrat sampling
Elective Units
BSBCMM401 – Make a presentation
AHCNAR306 – Conduct photography for fieldwork
MHCMCP012 – Take part in a mangrove conservation project
MHCCDR014 – Participate in a coastal dunes restoration
MHCENV001 – Provide information on coastal marine projects
MHCCON001 – Plan for environmental conservation and restoration projects
AHCLPW304 – Carry out inspection of designated area
MHCMON004 - Perform benthic monitoring
AHCWRK305 - Coordinate work site activities
MHCCON002 - Use tools to carry out basic tasks in marine conservation work
TLID1001 - Shift materials safely using manual handling methods
MHCCON003 - Install diversity enhancers
AHCWRK303 - Respond to emergencies
MHCCRN005 - Present information regarding coral and reef conservation
PSPGEN019 - Use workplace communication strategies
MHCCRN001 - Plan a coral nursery restoration project

  • Conduct fieldwork photography
  • Monitor benthic communities
  • Working with costal restoration
  • Understand marine data
  • Communicate with the public on marine issues
  • Construct marine nurseries
  • Prepare corals to be used in nurseries, experiments and restoration
  • Present information to the public and participate in public campaigns
  • Take part in marine environmental assessments
  • Learn to respond to emergencies
  • Apply a basic understanding of marine conservation and restoration to activities


After achieving this Certificate III program, individuals may progress to higher education including a Bachelor and Master Degree. Many graduates, however, may progress directly into relevant industry positions such as:

  • Hatcheries – a range of jobs
  • Fisheries management and monitoring
  • Marine park ranger
  • Research technician
  • Restoration projects – technician
  • Marine and coastal data collector
  • Research services officer
  • NGO worker
  • Environmental consultant assistant
  • Field technician
  • Public liaison assistant in the marine conservation field