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Graduate Certificate in River Restoration and Management

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Graduate Certificate in River Restoration and Management

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CSU's Graduate Certificate in River Restoration and Management provides specialised training in managing and restoring our rivers. Graduates are employed by state and local government, catchment management authorities and other water agencies to manage and restore rivers and floodplains.

  • Why study this course?

    Graduates have specialised knowledge and skills regarding the biophysical processes associated with Australian rivers and floodplains. They are able to apply this knowledge to make sound independent judgements on how to best manage our waterways including the design, implementation and evaluation of restoration projects. They are employed by state and local government, catchment management authorities and other water agencies to manage and restore rivers.

    The development of this course was initiated by Land and Water Australia after the identification of an urgent need for improved education and training programs for professionals involved in river management and restoration projects. At present, more than 3,000 rivers need help through riparian management, bank stability, in-stream habitat improvement, channel reconfiguration, stormwater management, fish passage and water quality management.

    Graduates of this course possess skills in the prioritisation, design, implementation and evaluation of river restoration projects. Graduates use their knowledge and skills about rivers and floodplains to make sound independent judgements on the overall management of our waterways including the design, implementation and evaluation of restoration projects.

    This course is recognised by every water resource management agency in Australia. CSU works in close association with industry, professionals and government to ensure our courses meet and support their needs.

    CSU is well-known for its innovative approach to education, offering practical, hands-on courses, supported online to provide our students with accessible, world-class education.

    Flexible study options

    CSU has an excellent reputation for providing quality education delivered by dedicated academics with relevant industry experience. Its flexible study options offer students choices about where, when, and how they study, providing greater convenience and personalisation. You can study at your own pace. While we regard two subjects as a normal part-time load, you can balance your work-life-study commitments by taking as many subjects as you can manage.

  • Career opportunities

    Graduates enjoy a wide range of employment opportunities in river management. Graduates are employed by a range of businesses and companies involved in natural resource management, either as consultants or as staff. They may also find work in government agencies providing management advice at an operational or policy level.

    Graduates may work in roles like catchment management, flood modelling and management, infrastructure, irrigation, waste water, water quality or water treatment.

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    The Graduate Certificate in River Restoration and Managmeent course consists of 32 points.  The course articulates within the Master of Water Resource Management. 

    The course consists of four subjects:

    GEO513 River Hydrology and Geomorphology
    BIO401 River and Floodplain Ecology
    BIO402 River Restoration and Protection
    PSC420 Water Policy and Management

    Enrolment pattern


    Session 1

    GEO513 River Hydrology and Geomorphology
    BIO401 River and Floodplain Ecology

    Session 2

    BIO402 River Restoration and Protection
    PSC420 Water Policy and Management

  • Residential schools

    The following subjects may have a residential school component:

    BIO401 River and Floodplain Ecology
    BIO402 River Restoration and Protection
    PSC420 Water Policy and Management

  • Admission information

    Applicants must normally hold an appropriate undergraduate degree from an accredited tertiary institution.

    Students wishing to apply for admission based on relevant industry experience should discuss requirements with the Course Director prior to applying.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
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  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Online students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession 1Session 2Session 3Admission Code

    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 32 points.

  • How to apply
    Apply direct to CSU

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    Apply direct to CSU

    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

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  • About the School

    School of Environmental Sciences

    CSU is one of the few universities in Australia to be ranked as ‘above the world standard’ in environmental science and management by the Commonwealth Government in the national evaluation of research strengths of Australian universities. The School of Environmental Sciences is amongst the top five schools of its kind in Australia, offering courses in environmental science, park management, natural resource management, spatial science, and outdoor recreation and ecotourism – with some subjects involving intensive international field trips. The School emphasises applied learning, using real-world examples, field studies, and vocationally focused training to teach students about the environment. On campus study in environmental sciences is located at CSU’s Albury-Wodonga Campus – Australia's first environmentally friendly university campus.

  • Preparing for Study

    If you wish to improve the areas of writing and grammar, we recommend any of the following Studylink subjects:

    • SSS024 - Grammar Essentials for Writing at University
    • SSS030 - Academic English for Australian Tertiary Studies (International and English as Second Language Learners)
    • SSS031 - Academic Writing Skills (Face-to-Face Workshop)
    • SSS034 - Essay Writing – Style and Structure
    • SSS035 - Critical Thinking
  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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