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5 Campuses + Distance Learning, 218 Courses, 33 Subjects

4742 Certificate in Environmental Management - SIT2LRN Distance Learning

Qualification: Certificate
Level: 4

Intake 1: 05/02/2018 to 01/06/2018 - Applications close 15/01/2018

Intake 2: 02/04/2018 to 27/07/2018 - Applications close 12/03/2018

Intake 3: 18/06/2018 to 12/10/2018 - Applications close 22/05/2018

Intake 4: 13/08/2018 to 07/12/2018 - Applications close 23/07/2018


17 weeks fulltime

Up to 2 years part-time (part-study is recommended) 

Intakes are 17 weeks long.

The Certificate in Environmental Management (Level 4) is expiring at the end of 2018. In 2018 the Certificate in Environmental Management is only available to returning Environmental students who will complete the qualification in 2018. SIT is currently working on a replacement programme of study for this Certificate and more information should be available in the new year.

Location: SIT2LRN Distance Learning
Credits: 60

If you are looking to obtain skills across a range of environmental management contexts, the Certificate in Environmental Management may be the right choice.

The course will provide you with a solid foundation of environmental and conservation management knowledge and information in addition to relevant historical and current environmental management issues.

Topics include geological and biological origins of New Zealand, characteristics of shoreline ecosystems and Climate Change vs Global Warming.

NOTE: All papers are compulsory and must be completed in the order listed below

ENV100 Ecology and conservation (Level 4) 12 credits

This paper provides students with an introductory understanding of the ecological and biological principles fundamental to environmental management in New Zealand.

Topics include:

  • Geological and biological origins of New Zealand
  • Basic principles at work in an ecosystem
  • Range of indigenous New Zealand forest habitats.
  • Risk to New Zealand from introduced pests and predators
  • The effects of weather and climate patterns on New Zealand flora and ecosystems

ENV102 Marine ecology (Level 4) 12 credits

This paper provides students with a basic knowledge and understanding of the physical and ecological factors that characterise the coastal/marine environment.

Topics include:

  • Formation of the New Zealand’s coastline
  • How marine flora and fauna fit in the marine food web
  • Adaptations of marine flora and fauna along with the different zones of the marine environment
  • Characteristics of shoreline ecosystems
  • Human uses of marine and coastal environments
  • How the use of marine and coastal resources is managed in New Zealand

ENV103 Resource management and environmental law (Level 4) 12 credits

This paper will examine the historical and current international context of our New Zealand environmental law.

Topics include:

  • Historical background to New Zealand environmental law
  • Core principles and purpose of the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA)
  •  ‘Effect’ in the Resource Management Act 1991 in the context of an Assessment of Environmental Effects (AEE)
  • Functions, powers, and duties of central government and regional bodies in terms of the Resource Management Act 1991
  • The importance of the Tangata Whenua’s role in environmental and resource management planning in New Zealand

ENV104 Environmental issues (Level 4) 12 credits

The purpose of this paper is to consider the issues that influence environmental management at global, national and local scales. This includes the consideration of political, economic, social and environmental factors that influence the decisions relating to how and what we manage.

Topics include:

  • Implications of global environmental issues on environmental management
  • Understanding of the issues involved with the use of land resources in New Zealand
  • The role of Landcare groups in relation to environmental education
  • Private versus public conservation strategies
  • Understanding of global warming and climate change

ENV105 Conservation management (Level 4) 12 credits

This paper explores the problems and challenges associated with managing the New Zealand environment.

Topics include:

  • Co-management, with focus on the Royal Forest and Bird Society, and how it can influence conservation management in New Zealand
  • The difference in the philosophical term of “conservation” and “preservation”
  • Understanding the New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy
  • Impacts and potential of eco-tourism in New Zealand
  • History of Conservation Management in New Zealand

The Zero Fees Scheme applies to this course, so there are no tuition fees as long as you are a New Zealand citizen, resident/permanent resident (residing in NZ), BUT there is a student direct material cost per credit of study undertaken, plus a non-refundable administration cost of $50 for each application processed, and the required textbook/s listed below. You must maintain satisfactory academic progress to retain your Zero Fees Scheme entitlement.

Zero Fees Scheme – applies to NZ citizens and residents/permanent residents (residing in NZ). 2018 Cost (NZ$) $7 per credit + admin cost $50 per application (e.g. $700 for 100 credit course) - includes GST

International Students $100 per credit

Payments must be paid by the due date shown on the invoice.

Withdrawals & Transfers

  • Early withdrawals within the first week of the intake starting are entitled to a full refund of the Student Direct Material Costs but not the non-refundable administration cost of $50.
  • Withdrawals have to be requested within 75% of the intake, withdrawals after the early withdrawal date are not eligible for a refund.
  • Transfer requests have to be within the first two weeks of the intake starting and will incur a $50 transfer cost. Transfers can only occur to a subsequence intake within the same calendar year.

All SIT2LRN courses are approved by Studylink. Any queries regarding Studylink allowances, loans, and terms and conditions should be made directly to Studylink on 0800 88 99 00 or www.studylink.govt.nzThis link is to an external site and opens in a new window.

Graduating students may be able to undertake entry level/assistant type positions in the following types of industries:

  • Regional or local authorities
  • Environmental monitoring/testing
  • Relevant government departments
  • Farming industry

  • All applicants should demonstrate a keen interest in environmental management.
  • School leavers: should have attained a minimum of 12 NCEA credits at Level 2 in each of 4 subjects.
  • Mature students (over 20 years of age at commencement of programme): Demonstration of interest and aptitude in the field of environmental management which demonstrates potential for success. Examples may include a history of successful employment for two or more years in an environmental management related workforce and/or membership of community environmental organisations.

In addition to the above:

  • A reasonable level of computing competency is required, as all study is done through Blackboard, Webmail and Microsoft Word.
  • Competency in the reading and writing of English is essential.

Language Requirements

Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate of at least 80 percent, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, are required to provide evidence of having passed an NZQA approved English Proficiency Assessment, or one of the following tests of English language competence in accordance with the NZQA rules below:

  • IELTS test – General or academic score of 5.5, with no band score lower than 5
  • TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT) – Score of 530 (with an essay score of 4.5 TWE)
  • TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) – Score of 46 (with a writing score of 20)
  • University of Cambridge English Examinations – FCE or FCE for Schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill
  • NZCEL – Level 3 with an endorsement of either General, Workplace, or Academic 
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) – PtoE (Academic) score of 42
  • City & Guilds IESOL – B2 Communicator with a score of 42

Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate below 80 per cent, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English must provide evidence that they:

  • Have gained NCEA Level 3 and met New Zealand University Entrance requirements or
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree of at least 3 years from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, The Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom or United States of America or
  • Have achieved a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, CELTA or
  • Have achieved one of the English Language competence tests specified above 

Suggested Study Path / Combinations

Part time study is recommended for this qualification. The number of credits selected per intake should depend on work, family, and other commitments. Students must complete papers in the order that they are listed in the fact sheet. The content of ENV100 deals with the core, fundamental aspects of how New Zealand was formed and acts as a foundation for all other papers.

The following part time study paths are guides only; students may do fewer or more papers, time permitting:

Full time study

Full time study is completing all 60 credits in one intake. However, due to the intensive workload of the programme we do not recommend that students enrol in more than 48 credits per intake. Full time acceptance into the programme is at the Programme Manager’s discretion.

Additional information

  • As a guideline, one credit equates to approximately 10 hours study within an intake period.  Click HERE to download a Study Load Calculator (spreadsheet).
  • All papers selected within a particular intake must be completed within that intake unless a transfer is requested (conditions apply; see FAQs).
  • Online enrolments are on a year by year basis and students are welcome to apply for multiple intakes in one enrolment.  Further enrolment is the responsibility of individual students.  There is no automatic enrolment rollover. 

All SIT2LRN courses require you to have a computer and internet access. Students are required to use their SIT webmail only for all SIT2LRN communications. All course materials and information, including assessments and due dates, are located on the online Blackboard system. Once you have been accepted into a programme you will receive an Important Information Booklet that includes information that you can use to familiarise yourself with our online Blackboard learning environment. From the intake start date you will have access to the online course materials to work through.

Facilitator Assistance:  During the enrolled intake period, students have email access to Facilitators, who endeavour to respond to emails within 48 hours (week days only).  All students are required, within the first two weeks of an intake, to send an email to their Facilitator confirming their start on the programme of study.  Students who have not emailed their facilitator or embarked upon their course of study by the end of the 2nd week of an intake, will be Faculty Withdrawn from the programme.  Such withdrawals may impact on future access to SIT Zero Fees Scheme and Student Direct Material Costs are still liable for payment.

Progress reports are sent out 6-8 weeks after the end of each intake.

We recommend students new to SIT2LRN read through the Frequently Asked Questions section of our website for further study and enrolment information.

Please use the following checklist to ensure that all relevant information and documentation has been included. Remember, your application will be assessed based on the information that you provide us with.  Processing of your application will be delayed if we need to come back to you for missing information.

  • I have read all sections of the Programme Information on this page
  • I have read the SIT2LRN Frequently Asked Questions section
  • I have met all admission criteria for the programme (found under Application Criteria)
  • I have met all the criteria for individual papers (found under Course Content).
  • I have selected the paper(s) I wish to study
  • I have selected intake(s) (I have selected alternate intakes rather than overlapping intakes)
  • I know my intended payment method
  • If my organisation/company is paying for my studies, I have a completed and approved purchase order to attach to my online application.  I am aware that should my organisation or company not pay my fees, these will become my responsibility.
  • New students – I have provided an active NSN in the name I am enrolling in or I have verified ID and will attach it to my online application.
  • New students – I will attach academic documentation (NZQA record of achievement/academic transcripts/certificates).  These do not need to be verified. (If you do not have any academic documentation to support your application, please attach a comprehensive CV outlining your education and work experience).
  • I have computer access,  an Internet connection and access to software to create electronic documents e.g. Microsoft Word or Open Office

What is the Zero Fees Scheme?

The Zero Fees Scheme means we do not charge tuition fees. However, there is a Student Direct Material Cost that you need to pay and a non-refundable administration fee. The administration fee is for processing your application and the Student Direct Material Cost gives you secure access to Blackboard® our online learning environment and to student support services throughout your study with us.

Who qualifies for the Zero Fees Scheme?

  • A New Zealand citizen completing the full qualification or 
  • An Australian citizen/New Zealand Resident or Permanent Resident who will be residing in New Zealand for the duration of your enrolment.

Instructions to help you with your application:

  1. Read the Programme Information on this page and the SIT2LRN Frequently Asked Questions and find out if you meet the application criteria for both the programme and the unit/s you wish to study.
  2. Check your eligibility for Zero Fees. If you are not eligible to study under this scheme, please call
    0800 748 257 for further options.
  3. Complete your online enrolment checking that:

If you are a new student …

  • Provide an active NSN number in the name you are enrolling in (contact NZQA on 0800 697 296 to get your NSN number if you do not know it);
  • And you do not have an active NSN, then attach a copy of your verified ID in the name you are enrolling in.
  • And you are a Resident or Permanent resident of NZ, please provide a copy of proof of residency;
  • Attach all academic documentation to support your application including copies of any certificates of courses you have undertaken / NZQA record of achievement / transcripts / CV;

Attach supporting documents as required and outlined on the previous page.

  1. Please check that you have included all the required information and supporting documents.  Your application will be assessed based on the information that you provide.  Missing information will delay the processing of your application.
  2. Please scan and email all additional documentation to

What happens next?

  • You will receive an automatic email confirmation when we receive your online application. Processing may take up to three weeks. However, we will get in touch with you sooner if we require further documentation.
  • Once your application has been accepted you will be sent a conditional offer of acceptance with an invoice and instructions on how to make payment.
  • Once we have received your payment (or if you have opted to pay by Credit Card, Student Loan or Purchase Order) you will be sent an Enrolment Confirmation Letter and Important Information Booklet. Closer to the start of the intake you will receive a Time To Get Started Letter which will give you all the necessary information, tools and guidance to start your study with us.

For students to be considered to have satisfactorily completed this programme and be eligible for the awarding of the qualification Certificate in Environmental Management, they must have completed all scheduled course work requirements and assessments, successfully completed assessment requirements for all papers, and achieved a total of 60 credits as specified in the programme schedule. The timeframe for completion of this programme is two years.

Successful completion of this programme will enable you to progress to higher levels of tertiary training including the Bachelor of Environmental Management at SIT's Invercargill campus.

Assessments for this programme typically include essays and online tests (essay, short answer and multi-choice questions). There are no external exams for this programme.

Textbooks are not required for this programme. All of the information you need will be provided through the Study Guides and recommended online readings.