Kaitiaki Whenua – Trainee Ranger
New Zealand Certificate in Conservation (Operations)
Level 4

Kaitiaki Whenua – Trainee Ranger

  • Study for free

    Explore fees-free training options here.

  • Locations and dates

    No start dates are currently available. Register to be informed when new dates are added.
  • Study options

    Full-time only

  • Length

    52 weeks including 47 full-time teaching weeks (34 of which are on campus) and 5 weeks of study breaks

  • Total credits

    120

  • Fees

    2021: $5,362 plus $220 Student Services Levy

    Compulsory Student Services Fee also applies ($240 for fulltime students).
    Fees listed are for each year of the programme, indicative only and may vary with course selection. View course details for individual fees.

  • National qualification code

    NZ2963 - New Zealand Certificate in Conservation (Operations) (Level 4)

Free programme.

Roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty in the outdoors as you learn the core skills required to become a ranger.

This programme is eligible for fees-free under the Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF). Find full details about the fund here.(external link)

Work alongside the Department of Conservation and regional council staff to complete a mixture of practical and theory skills geared towards entry into a career in conservation.

Skills taught include:

  • Animal and pest control
  • Understanding New Zealand’s ecology
  • Using conservation technology
  • How to build and maintain hiking tracks

This 12-month programme is full time. Classes are 9 am - 3 pm, 5 days a week, and you will be based at the NMIT Richmond campus.

Applications for a June 2021 start are now closed. This programme is well sought after and fills quickly, apply now for June 2022. 
OR consider Kaitiaki Whenua – Project Moturoa, this programme is still accepting applications for the 2021 June intake.

Kaitiaki Whenua - Project Moturoa

Kaitiaki Whenua – Project Moturoa is an alternative way of studying the New Zealand Certificate in Conservation (Operations), Level 4 and is an initiative that connects learners with local iwi and includes marae-based education.

This delivery of the programme has a strong focus on Te Ao Māori so you will be learning how to approach conservation from a Māori worldview.  

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