Environmental Studies Courses

Alternative Energy VSS102

Study Alternative Energy for Sustainability

Now more relevant than ever, Alternative Energy covers the basics of electricity, how to generate electricity from renewable resources, how to store energy, non electrical systems, energy consumption and conservation. 

Learn why alternative and renewable energy is so important.

  • Develop skills to complement your past experience, and work with alternative technologies to provide energy through wind, solar or other alternatives
  • Learn and improve your own level of sustainability and self sufficiency.



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Botanical Science 1500 hour Learning Bundle

Learn to Understand and Apply Botany

Open a world of career and business opportunities working with plants.

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Certificate in Environmental Management - VEN009

Designed as entry level training for a career in the Environmental Management Industry.

Studies in Environmental Management provide many exciting, interesting and satisfying career choices. Contributing to the maintenance and conservation of ecosystem that we rely on for our survival is extremely rewarding. 

Environmental managers and assessors are in high demand, to advise on and help manage development and use of cities and rural areas with minimal impact to the environment. Attractive features about working in this industry include working independently and as part of a team; different working environments (e.g. outdoors, in a laboratory or an office, running community education programs, doing scientific research); and an attractive salary once beyond graduate level. Internationally Accredited through IARC (International Accreditation and Recognition Council). 

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Certificate in Horticulture -Nature Park Management VHT002

DO YOU WANT TO WORK WITH ANIMALS AND NATURE? Then this course is for you! This 600 hour certificate course has been specifically designed for people working or wishing to work in nature parks and reserves, national parks, forests and reserves, in managerial or technical positions. Learn about natural environments, and the management of zoos, wildlife parks, nature reserves. Develop an understanding of the natural environment and basic ecological principles, and learn a variety of skills ranging from basic gardening and nature park design to management. Six modules must be completed including Nature Park Management I and II. Accredited Internationally by IARC

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Climate Science

Climate science is a key foundation subject for horticulture, agriculture, and environmental management. It is a physical science; but one that biological scientists need to understand.

Climate affects human health and well being, at one level; and much more at another level.

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Climate Science II -Weather Prediction BSC309

Study Climate Science as it relates to predicting probable weather conditions.

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Conservation & Environmental Management - BEN201

Study Conservation and Environmental Management from home

Want to work in Conservation or Environmental Management?

....or become a more responsible citizen, with a reduced footprint on the environment

ACS student comment: "I am finding it interesting and educational - it covers the primary facts and then encourages you to learn the details through the assignments and contacting numerous organisations involved in environmental issues." Jasmine Dungey, Aust - Conservation and Environmental Management course. Develop basic management skills in conservation and environmental management. The course reviews basic ecology and environmental problems such as pollution and land degradation before considering varying aspects of conservation.

Learn about: Sustainability, Recycling, Conservation, Environmental Protection, Climate Change, Land Rehabilitation, Pollution and more.

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Earth Science BEN204

Learn about the Ground, Sea and Air

Understand the structures and processes involved in creating our fascinating planet.

In this fascinating and timely course, learn about the dynamic and changing face of planet Earth by investigating the complex and amazing interactions between the Earth's many different components. By studying Earth Science you will gain an understanding of the many processes that have sculpted the Earth you see today and a deeper appreciation of the many environmental challenges that we currently face.

Gain an ability to identify and describe the Earth, its structure and explain processes that affect change in the structure and composition of the earth. Learn about rocks and minerals, meteorology, global weather patterns, the oceans, surface chances (eg. earthquakes and volcanoes), geological time and the complex interactions between all of these elements of earth science.

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Environmental Assessment BEN301

Earn an income with Environmental Assessment skills

This terrific foundation course in Environmental Assessment will provide you with the skills and knowledge in: Designing and carrying out environmental assessments; laws affecting environmental assessments; ethical issues facing environmental consultants; and writing up environmental impact statements.

Work in this area has expanded greatly in recent decades, and when combined with a knowledge of botany, wildlife and ecology, this course teaches you an extremely desirable skill.

A fundamental skill for a career in the environmental industry is the assessment of the environment and the impact that changes have on the environment.

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Environmental Management 1500 hour Learning Bundle

Despite huge growth in environmental industries world wide, many graduates in environmental sciences still find a job eludes them.

Often this is because their studies have not covered the subjects and skills which are in fact providing employment opportunities. This course differs from other undergraduate environmental courses providing a unique opportunity to develop those "in demand" skills, besides learning the theory.

Meet One of the Tutors

Bob James Dip.Animal Husb, B.App.Sc., Grad.Dip.Mgt, PDC, M.Env.Mgt 45 years experience in industry, having held a wide variety of senior positions in both government and private enterprise. Bob's experience and knowledge is diverse, encompassing fields of Horticulture, Agriculture, Environmental Management, Business and professional writing. He now works nationally and internationally as a consultant and teacher.

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Environmental Studies VEN100

Study all aspects of the Environment from home.

 By studying the environment you will increase your awareness and understanding of the world. You will begin to notice things in your surroundings which you didn't notice before, and you will increase your appreciation of the complexities and intricacies of the natural and man made world which you live in.

ACS student comment: "[The course was a valuable learning experience] because it made me aware of environmental information I didn't know, I didn't study for a career improvement, but to learn and implement the information on a daily basis". C. Cadena - Environmental Studies course.

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Environmental Waste Management - BEN202

Study Environmental Waste Management.

Do you want to improve your life quality and stop wasting money in your company?

Wastes are resources used inefficiently. As such, they are money down the drain. This course covers what is waste and how can be minimized, what is pollution, how waste is disposed of through natural processes and how to harness those processes to better manage waste disposal. The course covers such things as water quality and treatment, recycling, domestic and industrial waste and even the management of more toxic waste.

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Study Geo Sciences.

Understand the chemistry, physics and biology of Geological Science, and it's practical applications.

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Healthy Buildings I BSS200

Design buildings with health in mind 

A building should provide a pleasant, efficient and healthy environment for its occupants. Its primary purpose should be to protect from adverse conditions found outside; but in doing so, not lose the beneficial conditions found outside. If a building is properly planned and built well, these aims can be achieved. Learn about building materials, construction techniques, electrical wiring, temperature & light control, ventilation, plumbing, ergonomics and psychological factors; and how all of these things impact upon human health and well being.

This course helps to develop the skills needed to determine the impact of building construction characteristics upon human health, and to recommend innovations in building design to improve habitability.

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Healthy Buildings II (Building Environment & Health) BSS300

Learn about the health impact of your home and workplace environments 

How do the choices you make about building construction and maintenance, impact on your health?

Develops skills to evaluate, describe and explain how physical characteristics of a building and its surrounds have an impact upon the habitability of the building and human health. The course covers how weather systems and garden design influences the internal environment of a house, health aspects of different furnishings, paints, pesticides and chemicals (and alternatives), alternative methods of pest control, managing building surrounds and interior environments.

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Herpetology BEN209

Intrigued by snakes, lizards and frogs?

Learn more about the fascinating world of reptiles and amphibians with our novel online, experiential course.

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Introduction to Ecology BEN101

Study Ecology Online with ACS Distance Education

Ecology is the cornerstone of the Life Sciences. It provides the link between the different branches of Life Sciences, structuring them as a complete concept of life. Ecology studies the relationships between living beings, be it animal, plants or microorganisms, and with their environment.

How we interact, benefit or compete with each other, how we evolve together, how the environment presents opportunities for change, and how living beings alter the environment to provide for their own needs. This course covers general principles of ecology, that can be applied anywhere on our planet.

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Marine Ecology

Learn to understand and manage marine environments.

  • Explore the delicate relationship between marine organisms and their ecosystems
  • Understand the complexities of marine environmental factors and how issues are being managed

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Nature Park Management I - BEN120

Nature Park Management: Learn about plants, animals, ecology and skills needed to work in zoos, wildlife parks, wilderness areas, land conservation etc.    Develop foundation skills and knowledge in the management of practical aspects of nature parks  including plant identification, assessment of degraded sites, nature park design, erosion control, weed control and tree surgery.   These are areas of study important to nature park management but rarely covered in other courses.

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Nature Park Management II BEN207

This course builds on Nature Park Management I, but can be taken in its own right. It concentrates more on indigenous plants and using them to create natural, balanced ecosystems.

Learn to create nature trails, build rockeries and pathways, construct ponds and watercourses, design picnic grounds and animal enclosures, promote a nature park, and lots more.

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Plant Conservation BHT346

Study Plant Conservation
  • Learn online
  • Conservation has become a mainstream issue, and biodiversity is high on governments', organisations', and people' global agendas.
  • Gain a better Ethical, Economical and Ecological understanding about the loss of species and importance of their conservation.

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Plant Ecology BSC305

Gain a deeper understanding on the principles of plant ecology - why plants are the way they are, their relationships to other plants and living beings, how they developed in evolution and which factors determine their growth and survival.  You can apply that understanding to horticulture and the cultivation of plants, develop a new view on the plant world or use it to assist in restoration programs.

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Trees for Rehabilitation BHT205

Learn to Rehabilitate Land with Trees

This course develops an understanding of environmental systems and the rehabilitation of degraded landscapes. You learn about seed collection, storage and germination, propagation, plant selection, establishment techniques, controlling pest and disease after planting. These are skills that are in increasing demand for:

  • combating environmental damage and global warming
  • reclaiming degraded sites
  • improving land productivity

This course is equally valuable to the farmer or experienced horticulturist seeking to upskill; or anyone new to this industry, seeking to find employment in land rehabilitation, forestry or environmental management.

ACS student comment: "I definitely learned a lot from [the course) but it was also beneficial in affirming [and raising my confidence] in what I already knew." Katrina Merrifield, Masters Conservation Science - NZ, Trees for Rehabilitation course.

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Vertebrate Zoology BEN104


This course lays a terrific foundation for anyone wanting to work with wildlife, veterinary science, farming or in the pet care industry.

You will learn all about the taxonomy, biology and evolution of vertebrate species: from fish to primates.


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Water Conservation and Management BEN302

Study Water Conservation from home. Learn about water resources,the use and application of water conservation measures in different contexts. Improve your capacity to design, implement and assess water management plans and procedures. Water is the most important resource to sustain life. All living organisms need water to survive. This course will teach you how to conserve this precious resource in various situations from the home environment to industry.

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Wildlife Conservation BEN206

Study Wildlife Conservation

You will learn all about:

  • habitat use by endangered species
  • habitat fragmentation and degradation
  • island biogeography and genetic diversity
  • conserving isolated populations
  • wildlife survey techniques
  • flora surveys
  • marine conservation




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