10749NAT Certificate II 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
MHCPPQ004 – Prepare photo quadrats
Elective Units
BSBINM201 – Process and maintain workplace information
AHCWHS201 – Participate in work health and safety processes
AHCNAR306 – Conduct photography for fieldwork
AHCWRK205 – Participate in workplace communications
CUAEVP211 – Assist with the staging of public activities or events
MHCKMR001 – Apply basic knowledge of marine restoration to conservation projects
MHCPEA002 – Participate in environmental assessment
MHCTEM009 - Participate in using line and belt transects for environmental
MHCSEM010 - Conduct quadrat sampling for environmental monitoring
MHCMCP012 - Take part in a mangrove conservation project
MHCPFM011 - Participate in fish monitoring
MHCCDR014 - Participate in a coastal dunes restoration
MHCCRB003 - Conduct an onsite information session on coral reef biology
MHCMRP013 - Participate in a mangrove restoration project

  • Conduct fieldwork photography
  • Monitor benthic communities
  • Monitor fish communities
  • 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
  • Monitor environmental practices
  • Apply a basic understanding of marine conservation and restoration to activities


After achieving this Certificate II program, individuals may progress into the Certificate III. They may also progress to higher education, including Bachelor and Master Degree. Many graduates, however, will 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

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