This course is designed to provide Australian and international protected area managers with up-to-date skills and knowledge in effectively administering protected areas.
- Part or full-time
(Student visa holders must study full-time)
- Part or full-time
- 1 semester full-time or part-time equivalent; students commencing mid-year will need two semesters minimum enrolment to complete requirements
Globally, more than 15 per cent of land and 10 per cent of aquatic and marine areas are protected in conservation reserve systems, and in Australia almost a fifth of our landmass and a third of our oceans have some level of protection under the National Reserve System.
If you’re working to manage one of the world’s many terrestrial or marine protected areas for biodiversity and other values, or are looking to move into this field, this course is designed to provide up-to-date skills and knowledge applicable to both Australian and international protected area administration and management.
Learn how best to manage the human resources and complex organisational structures that are often associated with protected area management. You’ll build your expertise in monitoring, strategic assessment and system planning relevant to both public and private organisations.
4 reasons to study a Graduate Certificate in Protected Area Administration at Murdoch
- Graduate with a qualification that meets the key competency requirements for protected area managers identified by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA).
- Add value to your undergraduate qualifications in conservation biology, environmental or marine science, and learn about financial and human resource management relevant to managing marine and terrestrial parks and reserves.
- Increase your networking opportunities through Murdoch’s industry and research connections.
- Looking to complete a Master? On completion of this course, you could be eligible for entry into our one-year Master of Environmental Science.
Develop your skills
Build essential skills and knowledge to meet your career or study goals. Topics you’ll cover include:
- environmental monitoring including use of Geographic Information Systems and remote sensing for designing, implementing and managing large monitoring programs
- how to optimize the administrative management of human and other resources to achieve effective, efficient protected area management
- state-of-the art knowledge in decision-making and public engagement techniques for natural resource management
- how to optimize the performance of park organisations and engage partners in times of change
- design research, including monitoring programs, and competently interpret efforts by others.
Employment opportunities exist in government park management agencies (e.g. Commonwealth Department of the Environment, WA Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Parks Victoria), environmental non-government organisations (e.g. Pew Charitable Trusts, WWF, IUCN) and private reserve managers (e.g. Bush Heritage Australia).
Careers could include:
- National park manager
- Marine park manager
- Bushland Management Officer
- Conservation Community Liaison Officer
- Natural Resource Management (NRM) Officer
- Environmental Project Coordinator.
Depending on your specialisation, you will be eligible to join the following professional bodies:
- Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand
- Parks and Leisure Australia
- Ecological Society of Australia
- Australian Marine Sciences Association
- Soil Science Australia
- Australian Society for Freshwater Science
- Australian Society of Plant Scientists
- Environmental Consultants Association.
- Perth Campus or external
- Mid-year start available (Domestic students)
Each course has a number of credit points that must be completed for you to graduate. Find out what’s required to meet the credit points for this course.
Entry requirements for
Some units may be delivered in intensive mode. Internet access is required for all students. Most of the units are available in Semester 1 so full-time students will need to undertake their study in this semester.
Fees & Scholarships for Domestic StudentsInternational Students
At Murdoch, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee. The total cost of your course will therefore vary depending on what units you choose. Use our online Course Fee Calculator to estimate the amount you will need to pay.
We understand you may need help financially whilst studying for your qualification. We therefore offer eligible students a wide range of scholarships, prizes and awards across a variety of categories. Find out what scholarships Murdoch has on offer, and whether you’re eligible to apply.
How to apply as a Domestic StudentInternational Student
Apply now to be eligible for a place at Murdoch University. To start studying in Semester 1, you can apply directly to Murdoch using our easy-to-use online application system.
Apply now to be eligible for a place at Murdoch University. To start studying in Semester 2, you can apply directly to Murdoch using our easy-to-use online application system.
Your Application Checklist
Your Document Checklist
Ready to apply? Before you start, make sure you have some or all of the following documentation ready for a quick application.