NZ Diploma in Environmental Management (Terrestrial strand) (Level 5)

Study Options

Full-time, Part-time


1 year


Level 5

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Environmental management for a sustainable future

Equip yourself for a role in the exciting and ever-expanding world of environmental management.

From the preservation of our beautiful natural resources to sustainable land management, the EIT | Te Pūkenga Environmental Management diploma will equip you with the knowledge and skills to participate in community or government driven environmental projects.

This diploma will prepare you for roles in conservation, resource management and environmental monitoring. The Level 5 diploma leads into the Level 6 NZ Diploma in Environmental Management, which then leads on to the Bachelor of Applied Science (Biodiversity Management).


The programme focuses on environmental issues, their impact on societies and ecosystems, and their mitigation.

You will learn practical skills in data collection and surveying methods to monitor a range of environmental contexts. The terrestrial strand will equip you with knowledge of biology, ecology and organism monitoring.

Subject areas

  • Sustainability – principles, models, futures
  • Environmental conservation in Aotearoa
  • Environmental sampling – methods, data analysis, reporting
  • Flora and fauna of Aotearoa
  • Introduction to environmental science
  • Introduction to biology
  • Introduction to earth science
  • Introduction to ecology and biodiversity

Your future career and study opportunities

Possible job and career opportunities can include:

  • Park ranger
  • Environmental consultant/technician
  • Conservation officer
  • Environmental researcher
  • Resource management adviser/consultant

On completion of the NZ Diploma in Environmental Management (with a Terrestrial strand) (Level 5) you may choose to study the NZ Diploma in Environmental Management (with a Terrestrial strand) (Level 6), after which you can go on to the Bachelor of Applied Science (Biodiversity Management).


There are two entry dates per year:

  • February
  • July


Entry requirements

Entry with credit

Academic learning services

Academic Learning Services is here to assist you on your journey towards the successful completion of your studies at EIT | Te Pūkenga. Our aim is for you to become confident, competent and independent learners.

We have dedicated advisors who can assist with your learning.

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EIT | Te Pūkenga offers a variety of scholarships across various subjects and programme levels.  Some scholarships are based on your age, some are specific to the subject you want to study.  Not all scholarships are based on your academic ability and anyone wanting to study should investigate what scholarships are available to them.  

You can find a list of EIT | Te Pūkenga scholarships here however there are many more scholarships offered nationally.  Information about these is on an database called “givME”. givME is accessible at EIT | Te Pūkenga or at some public libraries. If you would like to come to EIT | Te Pūkenga to look through the giveME database don’t hesitate to contact or call in for a chat.