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Qualification - Certificate in Marine and Wildlife Management

Course CodeVEN021
Fee CodeCT
Duration (approx)600 hours



An exciting new foundation course that offers:

  • Learn about Marine Animals and Environments
  • Learn about wildlife conservation
  • Gain practical skills in project management and increase your employability
  • Self paced study, 600 hours, Choose from a range of electives


    To obtain the certificate you must successfully complete all assignments and pass an examination in the three core modules and three elective modules.


    • A separate exam must be completed for each of the core and stream modules.
    • Exams can be sat anywhere in the world.
    • The enrolment fee does not include exam fees. An exam fee is paid prior to sitting each exam.

    Content of the Core Modules

    Marine Studies I

    This course has 9 lessons as follows:

    1. Marine Ecology Systems
    2. Shallow Waters & Reefs
    3. Shellfish & Crustaceans
    4. Squid, Octopus, and Other Primitive Animals
    5. Fish Part A
    6. Fish Part B
    7. Marine Mammals
    8. Turtles, Sea Snakes and Seabirds
    9. Human Impact on Marine Environments & Fishing

    Marine Studies II

    1. Introduction and Simple Organisms (Protists, Sponges etc)
    2. Marine Plants
    3. Cnidarians and Worms:
    4. Arthropods
    5. Molluscs
    6. Echinoderms:
    7. Non Bony Fishes:
    8. Bony Fishes I
    9. Bony Fishes II
    10. Marine Mammals

    Project Management

    There are nine lessons as follows:

    1. Introduction
    2. Project Identification
    3. Project Planning
    4. Project Implementation
    5. Project Completion & Evaluation
    6. Technical Project Management Skills
    7. Leadership Skills
    8. Improving Key Personnel Skills
    9. Major Assignment

    This course is designed to give you the relevant knowledge to take your skills to the real world. Core modules focus on Marine Studies as well as the practical knowledge gained from Project Management. A range of electives are provide to allow students to focus in depth on their interest, particular on wildlife management and conservation.

    for students interested in gaining employment in the wildlife conservation field to gain practical work experience and for those interested in marine conservation to also gain boat licensing relevant to their location.
  • Modules

    Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Qualification - Certificate in Marine and Wildlife Management.
     Marine Studies I BEN103
     Marine Studies II BEN203
     Project Management BBS201
    Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 3 of the following 8 modules.
     Ornithology BEN102
     Earth Science BEN204
     Herpetology BEN209
     Primates BEN210
     Wildlife Conservation BEN206
     Wildlife Management BEN205
     Environmental Assessment BEN301
     Statistics BSC304

    Note that each module in the Qualification - Certificate in Marine and Wildlife Management is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.


    Career Opportunities

    Study alone can never guarantee career success; but a good education is an important starting point.

    Success in an animal career depends upon many things. Liking animals is a start, but only a start! A course like this is an excellent starting point because it provides a foundation for continued learning, and the means of understanding and dealing with issues you encounter in the workplace.

    When you have completed an ACS course, you will have not only learnt about the subject, but you will have been prompted to start networking with experts in the discipline and shown how to approach problems that confront you in this field.

    This and every other industry in today’s world is developing in unforeseen ways; and while that is unsettling for anyone who wants to be guaranteed a particular job at the end of a particular course; for others, this rapidly changing career environment is offering new and exciting opportunities almost every month.

    If you want to do the best that you can in this industry, you need to recognise that the opportunities that confront you at the end of a course, are probably different to anything that has even been thought of when you commence a course.




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    • Downloadable ebooks that can be read on ipads, PC’s, Laptops, or readers like a Kindle.
    • Titles are written by our principal and staff.
    • Anyone can purchase books –ACS students are offered a student discount



    The tutors at ACS Distance Education are also involved in writing a range of books to complement our courses. In particular, if you are interested in Marine Studies, you may find this a useful read. Marine Animals from the tutors at ACS Distance Education. 

    With colour photos splashed throughout, this Marine Animals e-book is designed to provide a guide for some of the more common animals found in marine ecosystems around the world. Learn about the creatures hidden by the other 70% of the earth's surface.

    Picture of Marine Animals - PDF


    Meet some of our academics

    Dr Robert BrowneZoologist, Environmental Scientist and Sustainability, science based consultancy with biotechnology corporations. Work focused on conservation and sustainability. Robert has published work in the fields of nutrition, pathology, larval growth and development, husbandry, thermo-biology, reproduction technologies, and facility design.Robert has B.Sc., Ph, D.
    Dr. Gareth PearceVeterinary scientist and surgeon with expertise in agriculture and environmental science, with over 25 years of experience in teaching and research in agriculture, veterinary medicine, wildlife ecology and conservation in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Post-graduate qualifications in Education, Wildlife Conservation Medicine, Aquatic Veterinary Studies and Wildlife Biology & Conservation. Gareth has a B.Sc.(Hons), B.V.Sc., M.A., M.Vet.S,. PhD, Grad. Cert. Ed.(HE), Post-Grad.Cert. Aq.Vet.Sc., Post-Grad. Cert. WLBio&Cons., Dipl. ECPHM, MRCVS.
    Jade SciasciaBiologist, Business Coordinator, Government Environmental Dept, Secondary School teacher (Biology); Recruitment Consultant, Senior Supervisor in Youth Welfare, Horse Riding Instructor (part-completed) and Boarding Kennel Manager. Jade has a B.Sc.Biol, Dip.Professional Education, Cert IV TESOL, Cert Food Hygiene.

    Check out our eBooks

    BirdsLearn to identify birds -made easier The foundation for understanding and identifying birds is to learn the 29 orders that birds fall into; and the characteristics of each of those orders. This book gives you that foundation in a way that is easy to understand.
    Animal PsychologyComparative Animal Psychology. This is an excellent reference for anyone interested in understanding animals better; students, animal owners and anyone who works with animals.
    Horse CareIf you're starting a career in the equine industry, this text is perfect to accompany your study notes! If you're a new horse owner keen to develop or solidify your knowledge of horse care techniques, this book will guide you through basic anatomy and physiology; feed and nutrition;, health management and shoeing; handling techniques and the use of equipment. Learn about caring for horses kept at grass or effectively care for the stabled horse. With ten chapters full of expert advice which is easy to read and follow you can be a confident horse owner! 111 pages
    Marine AnimalsA heavily illustrated text with seven chapters including: classification, fishes, sea birds, marine reptiles, marine mammals, marine invertebrates, and zooplankton. 110 pages, 133 colour photos