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New environmental management diploma opens door to sought-after jobs

October 21, 2019

EIT’s School of Primary Industries has added another exciting programme to their portfolio. From February 2020 students will have the opportunity to study a Diploma in Environmental Management*. Environmental issues have never been more important than today. The new programme joins this global trend and addresses both national and international environmental and sustainability issues.

The level 5 qualification will lead onto a level 6 (offered from 2021) with the intention of feeding into the third year of the University of Waikato’s Bachelor of Science (Environmental Sciences).

Assistant Head of School of Primary Industries, Paul Keats, highlights that the new diploma addresses the needs of various businesses, industries, communities, councils and government organisations. Graduates will be prepared to take up roles in conservation, resource management, environmental research and consulting.

Those enrolled in the course will get the chance to participate in real-life restoration, conservation and sustainability projects across the region linked to EIT’s industry partners.

Students will study relevant legislation and learn to identify environmental management and sustainability issues, recommend solutions, advise on land use, biosecurity and environmental issues and assist with farm environmental plans.

The students will also add life to the Ōtatāra Outdoor Learning Centre. The new centre is nestled beneath Ōtatāra Pā, overlooking EIT’s campus. The nature based learning area is sponsored by the Air New Zealand Environment Trust and was opened in June. The refurbished log cabin is surrounded by native plants, trees and a Rongoā (Māori medicine) garden. It’s an inspirational site full of history and culture and is great for learning and exploring environmental issues. 

*Subject to approval and accreditation