Qualification -Associate Diploma In Environmental Management

Course CodeVEN005
Fee CodeAS
Duration (approx)1500 hours
QualificationAssociate Diploma

Study, Learn and Work as an Environmental Industry Professional

  • Manage Land Resources
  • Manage Waste, Pollutants, Environmental Problems 
  • Conduct Environmental Assessments
  • Teach, Write, Research 
Despite the growth in environmental industry, environmental science graduates from many courses,  still find employment hard to find.
This course is different.
Often work opportunities are scarce because studies have not covered the subjects and skills which are in fact providing employment opportunities. 



The course is divided into 15 subjects/modules as follows:

11 Core Modules (Each module = 100 hours)

You must successfully complete all assignments and pass exams in each of the following: 

  • Introduction to Ecology               
  • Conservation & Environmental Management
  • Environmental Waste Management                    
  • Soil Managment                            
  • Botany I                                  
  • Ecotour Management                
  • Project Management                 
  • Wildlife Management
  • Environmental Assessment
  • Research Project I
  • Plus 100 hours industry meetings or work experience

Elective Modules

Four additional modules of your choosing (You may choose later in the course if you wish. Options other than those listed may be considered).



Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Qualification -Associate Diploma In Environmental Management.
 Industry Project I BIP000
 Botany I BSC104
 Horticultural Research A BHT118
 Introduction to Ecology BEN101
 Managing Ecotourism BTR101
 Soil Management - Horticulture BHT105
 Starting a Small Business VBS101
 Conservation and Environmental Management BEN201
 Project Management BBS201
 Waste Management BEN202
 Zookeeping BEN208
 Environmental Assessment BEN301
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 4 of the following 14 modules.
 Landscaping I (Introduction to Design) BHT109
 Nature Park Management I BEN120
 Climate Science BSC208
 Healthy Buildings I (Building Construction & Health) BSS200
 Landscaping II BHT214
 Landscaping III (Landscaping Styles) BHT235
 Natural Garden Design BHT215
 Nature Park Management II BEN204
 Permaculture Systems BHT201
 Sustainable Farming (Agriculture) BAG215
 Trees For Rehabilitation (Reafforestation) BHT205
 Advanced Permaculture BHT301
 Healthy Buildings II (Building Environment & Health) BSS300
 Organic Farming Practices BAG305

Note that each module in the Qualification -Associate Diploma In Environmental Management is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.

Why Do We Need To Manage The Environment?
The global environment has deteriorated in many ways over the past couple of centuries. Increase human population and industrialisation has created a very different global environment to what existed throughout most of history; and there is no doubt that continued degradation will impact upon the wellbeing of human kind.
Global Warming

The occurrence of global warming is increasing very fast nowadays. Much of it is due to ‘man-made’ greenhouse gases, which in turn, create and increase what we call ‘greenhouse effect’. As half of the atmospheres solar radiation is transmitted as short wave radiations (UV) and absorbed by the earth surface, a part of it is radiated back into the atmosphere as long wave radiation (IR) and absorbed by suspended air particles, such as clouds and air pollution, rather than being re-emitted through the atmosphere. This ‘trapping’ of heat causes a rise of temperature in the atmosphere and the surface of the earth.

There are many different greenhouse gases, but the most important ones are:

  • Water vapour
  • Carbon dioxide (CO2)
  • Nitrous oxide (N2O)
  • Methane (CH4)
  • Chlorofluorocarbons (CFC’s)

A great part of these gases come from natural sources. For example, more than half of the nitrous oxide in the atmosphere originates from the ocean and soil; marshlands and swamps as well as grazing cattle and termites are responsible for at least one-fourth of the world’s methane emissions. Conversely, mining, the burning of fossil fuels, deforestation, industry growth, agricultural farming and other human activities account for approximately 75% of the increase in greenhouse gases.

Due to the rise in air temperature, global warming has been known to affect the level and volume of the ocean (‘thermal expansion’). The melting of glaciers cause a rise in sea levels (approximately 25 centimetres in the last 100 years, and is expected to rise another 25 cm by the end of the year 2000), which can lead to natural disasters such as severe erosion, inland floods, disappearance of wetlands, and disturbance of beaches and coastal lifestyles. The temperatures are expected to raise approximately 3oC in the next 100 years, which may seem insignificant at first glance, but the last glaciation era ended due to this same outcome.

An overheated earth’s surface due to greenhouse effects also brings about a rise in water vapour, creating an increase on the formation of clouds. These clouds will help prevent an excess of solar radiation penetrating the earth and will play a major role in cooling down the temperature that had been caused by greenhouse gas effects, avoiding, this way, an increase towards ‘global warming’. However, to global warming variations can highly affect precipitation patterns; while in some areas there may be an excess of rainfall, in others there may be more droughts, causing formation of swamps and extinctions of plant and animal species, respectively.

Cold waters act as one of the world’s major CO2 gas reductors, however, the more the temperature tends to rise on the earth, the less effective this natural mechanism becomes. Due to this effect, the excess of CO2 tends to concentrate in the atmosphere rather than being absorbed and recycled by the ocean, creating an increase in the greenhouse effect.

Human impact through deforestation, aerosols, insecticides, gas emissions and pollution, etc, has also contributed significantly to global warming. 

Opportunities Will Continue to Emerge
Many innovations and industries have emerged in recent decades in response to environmental change; and "environmental management" has become a significant employer.  The exact details of where a graduate from this course might work; is uncertain. The fact that there will be growing opportunities in the field of environmental management is, however, as certain as any career prospect in the future

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