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


    18 July 2022
  • 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


  • Fees

    2022: $5,165 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


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.

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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.

This programme is well sought after and fills quickly, apply now for June 2022, or, consider Kaitiaki Whenua – Project Moturoa.

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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