Graduate Certificate in Protected Area Planning (K5J)

Overview  2017


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mode.loadCategory not equal to Part Time
Minimum 0.5 Years, up to a maximum of 2 Years


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Distance Hobart
Semester 1, Summer school, Winter school (early)

Full Fee Paying places available

This course may not be available to international students. Please see the list of distance courses (i.e. online and taken outside Australia) that are offered to international students

Throughout the world there are over 160,000 protected areas that are managed with the aim of ensuring the long term conservation of nature with associated ecosystem services and cultural values.

Good planning is essential if protected areas are to achieve this aim.

This course equips students with the knowledge and skills required by contemporary protected area planners. This course covers planning practice in government, private and community-based protected areas.

The course has been developed as part of an initiative to establish a protected area learning and research centre. This initiative is being led by a Steering Committee comprising representatives from The University of Tasmania, Tasmania Parks & Wildlife Service, Tasmanian Land Conservancy, Parks Victoria, Parks Australia, IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas, James Cook University, Murdoch University and Charles Darwin University.

At completion of the course, graduates will be equipped to:

  • analyse and contribute to planning processes for reserve selection;
  • design planning processes that support adaptive management;
  •  prepare protected area management plans;
  • plan community engagement processes; and
  • engage in planning practice that is informed by planning theory.

Career outcomes

Graduates will have planning knowledge and skills sought by government protected area agencies, private and NGO protected area managers, and community-based organisations. The course has been designed to meet international competencies for protected area planners specified by the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas.

Professional Recognition

Professional recognition will be sought from the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas once their proposed accreditation system has been established.

Course structure

Schedule A

This unit provides you with a practical understanding of key systems for protected area planning and management. Terrestrial, freshwater and marine protected areas are considered. The global context of protected areas is analysed, including issues of definition, scope and governance.…

Credit Points: 25

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit provides you with the knowledge and practical skills to prepare management plans for protected areas. Particular emphasis will be given to accessing and deploying information; community engagement and collaboration; and developing plans that support an adaptive approach to…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

In this unit you will develop the knowledge and skills needed to undertake planning for protected area systems. We will explore the frameworks, processes and methods used to identify areas for inclusion in national reserve systems. Students will have the…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Entry requirements

Candidates for the Graduate Certificate of Protected Area Planning shall be qualified for entry if they have qualified for admission to a bachelor degree in any discipline at The University of Tasmania or hold a degree or other tertiary qualification(s) deemed by the Faculty to be equivalent for this purpose.

Students completing the GradCertProtAreaPlg will be eligible for 50% credit towards S7G Master of Protected Area Governance and Management.

Students completing KGA531 and KGA532 in the GradCertProtAreaPlg will be eligible for 25% credit towards S7U Masters of Environmental Planning.

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Fees for Domestic students are based on individual unit selections. Please refer to the fees section of each unit description to work out an indicative annual cost.

Annual Tuition Fee is inclusive of the compulsory Student Services and Amenities (SSA) fee. The SSA fee for 2017 is $294 AUD.

International students

2017 Annual Tuition Fee (international students): $25,250 AUD*.

* Please note that this is an indicative fee only.


For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

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