NZ Diploma in Environmental Management [Level 5]

Study Options

Full-time, Part-time


1 year full-time


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 farming, EIT’s new Diploma in Environmental Management will equip you
with the knowledge and skills to participate in and manage environmental projects, be they community or government driven.

This Diploma will prepare you for roles in Conservation, Resource Management, Environmental Research and Consulting. This Diploma leads into a Level 6 Diploma in Environmental Management, after which may lead onto the third year of the University of Waikato’s Bachelor of Science (Environmental Sciences), to be offered on the EIT campus.


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, whereas the conservation (operations) strand will teach you to manage projects in conservation settings.

Subject Areas

  • Sustainability – principles, models, futures
  • Environmental conservation in Aotearoa and globally
  • Community, government, council, iwi, individual roles in environmental conservation
  • Environmental sampling – methods, data analysis, reporting
  • Flora and fauna of Aotearoa
  • Introduction to environmental science
  • Introduction to biology of plants and animals
  • Introduction to earth science
  • Introduction to ecology and biodiversity

Career 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 (Terrestrial and Conservation Operations Strands) [Level 5] you may choose to study the NZ Diploma in Environmental Management [Level 6]* which can then lead onto the University of Waikato Bachelor of Science (Environmental Sciences) at EIT.


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