Certificate III in Conservation Earthworks

This qualification relates to those individuals constructing earthworks on rural properties and rural land. They perform tasks involving a broad range of skilled applications applied in a wide variety of contexts, which may involve application of some discretion and judgement in selecting equipment, services or contingency measures.


Packaging Rules

Completion of ten (10) units made up of three (3) core units and seven (7) elective units.


a minimum of four (4) units must come from the elective units list

a maximum of three (3) units may be selected from units aligned to Certificates II, III or IV from within AHC10 or from any other currently endorsed Training Package or accredited course. Selected units must be relevant to job outcomes in conservation earthworks.


Occupational Health and Safety

add topic AHCOHS301A Contribute to OHS processes

Soil and water conservation

add topic AHCSAW301A Construct conservation earthworks

Machinery operation and maintenance

add topic AHCMOM302A Perform machinery maintenance


Lands, parks and wildlife

add topic AHCLPW303A Construct access tracks

Soil and water conservation

add topic AHCSAW302A Implement erosion and sediment control measures

Natural area restoration

add topic AHCNAR303A Implement revegetation works

Machinery operation and maintenance

add topic AHCMOM304A Operate machinery and equipment

add topic AHCMOM314A Transport machinery


add topic AHCWRK303A Respond to emergencies

add topic AHCWRK305A Coordinate work site activities

add topic AHCWRK311A Conduct site inspections


    Qualification pathways

    Pathways into the qualification

    This qualification may be accessed by direct entry.

    Pathways from the qualification

    Further training pathways from this qualification include, but are not limited to, Certificate IV in Conservation and Land Management.

    Australian Apprenticeships

    This qualification is suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship.

    Job roles

    Job roles of this occupation include undertaking dam construction and other soil and water conservation activities undertaken by earth moving plant operators.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

Licensing and Registration

Some machinery may require licences or tickets to be operated in some states and territories.

Licensing Information

Refer to Entry Requirements

Employability Skills


Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


Listening and understanding

Reading and interpreting workplace related documentation

Writing to audience needs

Applying numeracy skills to workplace requirements

Sharing information


Working as an individual and a team member

Applying knowledge of own role as a part of a team


Showing interdependence and initiative in identifying problems

Solving problems individually or in teams

Initiative and enterprise

Identifying opportunities that might not be obvious to others

Generating a range of options in response to workplace matters

Planning and organising

Collecting analysing and organising information

Using basic business systems for planning and organising

Being appropriately resourceful

Taking initiative and making decisions within workplace role.

Working within or establishing clear project goals and deliverables

Determining or applying required resources

Adapting resource allocations to cope with contingencies


Taking responsibility at the appropriate level


Accessing opportunities to develop technical and other work skills


Using technology and related workplace equipment

Using basic technology skills

Applying OHS knowledge when using technology

Use load shifting technology