Advanced Certificate in Environmental Management

Course CodeVEN038
Fee CodeAC
Duration (approx)900 hours
QualificationAdvanced Certificate

Our Future Depends on a Healthy Environment

The natural world is a wonderful thing but we need to work in ways that help to maintain it. Many resources are limited and their use needs to be restricted. The way that we do things in our everyday lives, and the choices we make also have an impact on the environment.  

This course provides students with insights into different aspects of the natural environment from soils to plant physiology in the hope that they develop an appreciation for all kinds of habitats. It also helps students to nurture skills needed to manage natural resources.

Start a Career in Environmental Management 

Environmental management requires the wise use of resources of the earth, in order that they will be able to support or sustain, the generations that are yet to come. This can be done in many ways and in different situations. For example:

  • National Parks - The protection of the ecosystems, including endangered species of flora and fauna.

  • Agriculture - Sustainable techniques such as the management of soil erosion and water catchment areas.

  • Industry - Pollution control measures should be used.

  • People - Every person should help to collect and recycle waste.

These examples show that conservation involves the use of resources so that the environment is protected and maintained, and that the ecosystems are rehabilitated and restored.

Modules

Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Advanced Certificate in Environmental Management.
 INDUSTRY PROJECT I BIP000
 ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES VEN100 VEN100
 INTRODUCTION TO ECOLOGY BEN101 BEN101
 CONSERVATION and ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT BEN201 BEN201
 TREES FOR REHABILITATION (LANDCARE REAFFORESTATION) BHT205
 ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT BEN301
 WATER CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT BEN302
 
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 2 of the following 19 modules.
 ALTERNATIVE (RENEWABLE) ENERGY VSS102 VSS102
 ARBORICULTURE I BHT106
 BOTANY I - PLANT PHYSIOLOGY AND TAXONOMY BSC104
 ECOTOUR MANAGEMENT BTR101
 HORTICULTURAL RESEARCH I BHT118
 NATURE PARK MANAGEMENT I BEN120
 PERMACULTURE II (PLANTS FOR PERMACULTURE) VSS105
 PERMACULTURE III (ANIMALS IN PERMACULTURE) VSS106
 PERMACULTURE IV (DESIGN FOR PERMACULTURE) VSS107
 SOIL MANAGEMENT - HORTICULTURE BHT105
 CLlMATE SCIENCE I BSC208
 ENVIRONMENTAL WASTE MANAGEMENT BEN202 BEN202
 GENETICS BSC207
 NATURAL GARDEN DESIGN BHT215
 NATURE PARK MANAGEMENT II BEN204
 PERMACULTURE SYSTEMS BHT201
 PLANT PATHOLOGY BHT206
 WEED CONTROL BHT209
 WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT BEN205
 

Note that each module in the Advanced Certificate in Environmental Management is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.


Economics and the Environment

Many world economic structures depend on natural resources. Industries such as tourism, forestry, fishing and agriculture rely on the healthy functioning of the natural environment, There is hardly a productive industry that does not rely upon a natural resource.

Healthy Ecosystems

If a natural resource is damaged in any way, industries that rely on it will suffer, For example, over- fishing of fish stocks in many areas has dramatically affected the fishing industry. This has caused dramatic drops in fish populations, reduced harvesting of fish, and major drops in incomes. This has provided less spending money for the fisherman, which in turn, affected the other suppliers of goods and materials to this industry. One action can trigger off a chain of undesirable effects. Therefore, the health of a whole ecosystem, rather than of just a resource within it, must be considered.

Genetic Diversity

Flora and fauna contain an untapped source of genetic diversity. This may be valuable in plant and animal breeding programs, or in the very survival of the species in the wild. Plants are also chemical factories which can manufacture many complex and unusual substances. Many of these substances are potential medicines which can benefit mankind. A few examples of existing drugs that are based on plants are:

  • Quinine - An anti-malarial medicine. It is made from a substance which is contained in the yellow cinchona tree.

  • Aspirin - A common drug which has been developed from a substance supplied from the bark of a willow tree.

  • The Rosy Periwinkle - This plant produces substances which have proved to be effective in treating Leukemia.

  • Aesthetic Value - Not only are there economic and ecological values to the conservation of resources, but nature also provides the beauty and peacefulness of the mountains, the sea, and the bush. Nature provides these areas where people can enjoy their recreational time, and become revitalised.

Human Health

It was estimated in 2016, that up to 90% of people around the world were breathing poor quality air. That factor alone indicates the necessity for better environmental management.

In the short term, there may be economic benefits to be had by neglecting the environment; but in the long term, not only human health and longevity will suffer, but our economic wellbeing will be degraded as well.

Environmental management requires knowledge of the environment; and this course will give you that.

How Will You Benefit?

  • Follow your passion

  • Fast track business or employment opportunities in environmental industries

  • Save money and time -no traveling to classes

  • Determine for yourself when, where and how long your study sessions are

  • Develop a deeper understanding of the environment, science and management

  • Make better decisions about management and care of land, water and air environments

  • Build networking connections in industry

  • Heighten your awareness and understanding of environmental issues, and of opportunities to work for a better environment

  • As a graduate, receive free career and business advice from our staff -yours for the asking.

Employment Opportunities

  • Environmental Equipment Development, Supply or Marketing

  • Environmental Consulting, Environmental Assessments

  • Waste Management

  • Recycling

  • Ecotourism

  • Land rehabilitation

  • Conservation and environmental protection

  • Water management

  • Land Management -parks, residential, commercial

  • Broadcast or print media

  • Environmental Education -teaching, training

  • Research

     

 

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