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

Kaitiaki Whenua – Trainee Ranger

  • Locations and dates


    18 July 2022
    17 July 2023
  • 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 Levy applies ($2 per credit).

    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.

Don't miss out! Applications for July close 31 March.

This programme is eligible for fees-free under the Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF). Please note fees will only be covered under TTAF until 31 December 2022. Find full details about the fund here.(external link)  Students are advised to enquire about their eligibility for any other fees-free funding when enrolling.(external link)


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

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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