single degree

Graduate Certificate of Forests

A single graduate award offered by the ANU College of Science

CFORS
  • Minimum 24 Units
  • Academic plan CFORS
  • Post Nominal GCFor
  • CRICOS code NO CRICOS
  • Mode of delivery
    • Multi-Modal
  • Field of Education
    • Forestry Studies - general
  • Academic contact
  • Minimum 24 Units
  • Academic plan CFORS
  • Post Nominal GCFor
  • CRICOS code NO CRICOS
  • Mode of delivery
    • Multi-Modal
  • Field of Education
    • Forestry Studies - general
  • Academic contact

Program Requirements

The Graduate Certificate of Forests requires the completion of 24 units, which must consist of:

12 units from completion of courses from the following list:

ENVS6026 Managing Forested Landscapes (6 units)

ENVS8018 Partnership Research for Agricultural and Natural Resource-Based Development (6 units)

ENVS8105 Forests Research Essay (6 units)


12 units from completion of courses from the following list:

COMP6730 Programming for Scientists (6 units)

EMDV8078 Introduction to Environmental and Resource Economics (6 units)

EMDV8104 Environmental Governance (6 units)

ENVS6015 GIS and Spatial Analysis (6 units)

ENVS6020 Human Ecology (6 units)

ENVS6021 Participatory Resource Management: Working with Communities and Stakeholders (6 units)

ENVS6025 Complex Environmental Problems in Action (6 units)

ENVS6103 Introduction to Environmental and Social Research (6 units)

ENVS6202 Environmental Measurement, Modelling and Monitoring (6 units)

ENVS6223 Sustainable Agricultural Systems (6 units)

ENVS6304 Land and Catchment Management (6 units)

ENVS6308 Fire in the Environment (6 units)

ENVS8048 Topics in Environment & Society (6 units)

MATH6102 Environmental Modelling and Integrated Assessment (6 units)

MGMT7062 Leading for Social Impact (6 units)

MGMT7153 Core Leadership (6 units)

SCNC8000 Science Internship (6 units)


Admission Requirements

Applicants must present one of the following:

  • A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with GPA 4/7
  • A Graduate Diploma or international equivalent with a GPA 4/7
  • A Graduate Certificate or international equivalent with a GPA 4/7
  • 24 units of courses in a postgraduate program with a GPA of 4/7
  • Graduate Records Examination (GRE) General test, completed no more than 5 years before the time of application, with a minimum score of 155 for Verbal Reasoning, 155 for Quantitative Reasoning and 4.0 in Analytical Writing AND a minimum of 3 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program
  • A minimum 5 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program

The GPA for a Bachelor program will be calculated from (i) a completed Bachelor degree using all grades and/or (ii) a completed Bachelor degree using all grades other than those from the last semester (or equivalent study period) of the Bachelor degree. The higher of the two calculations will be used as the basis for admission.

This program is available for admission for domestic students only. It can be used as an exit pathway by domestic and international students.

Ranking and English language proficiency: At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to most ANU programs is on a competitive basis. Therefore, meeting all admission requirements does not automatically guarantee entry. In line with the University's admissions policy and strategic plan, an assessment for admission may include competitively ranking applicants on the basis of specific academic achievement, English language proficiency and diversity factors. Applicants will first be ranked on a GPA ('GPA1') that is calculated using all but the last semester (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes. If required, ranking may further be confirmed on the basis of:

  • a GPA ('GPA2') calculated on the penultimate and antepenultimate semesters (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes; and/or
  • demonstrating higher-level English language proficiency

Prior to enrolment in this ANU program, all students who gain entry will have their Bachelor degree reassessed, to confirm minimum requirements were met.

Further information: English language admission requirements and post-admission support

Diversity factors: As Australia’s national university, ANU is global representative of Australian research and education. ANU endeavours to recruit and maintain a diverse and deliberate student cohort representative not only of Australia, but the world. In order to achieve these outcomes, competitive ranking of applicants may be adjusted to ensure access to ANU is a reality for brilliant students from countries across the globe.

Assessment of qualifications: Unless otherwise indicated, ANU will accept all Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications or international equivalents that meet or exceed the published admission requirements of our programs, provided all other admission requirements are also met.

Where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will base assessment on the qualification that best meets the admission requirements for the program. Find out more about the Australian Qualifications Framework: www.aqf.edu.au.

Unless otherwise indicated, where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will calculate the GPA for each qualification separately. ANU will base assessment on the best GPA of all completed tertiary qualifications of the same level or higher.

ANU uses a 7-point Grade Point Average (GPA) scale. All qualifications submitted for admission at ANU will be converted to this common scale, which will determine if an applicant meets our published admission requirements. Find out more about how a 7-point GPA is calculated for Australian universities: www.uac.edu.au/future-applicants/admission-criteria/tertiary-qualifications.

Cognate Disciplines

Ecology, Environmental Policy, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Forestry, Natural Resource Economics, Natural Resource Management, Resource Management.

Annual indicative fee for domestic students
$17,745.00

For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees

Annual indicative fee for international students
$26,685.00

For further information on International Tuition Fees see: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/fees-payments/international-tuition-fees

Fee Information

All students are required to pay the Services and amenities fee (SA Fee)@

The annual indicative fee provides an estimate of the program tuition fees for international students and domestic students (where applicable). The annual indicative fee for a program is based on the standard full-time enrolment load of 48 units per year (unless the program duration is less than 48 units). Fees for courses vary by discipline meaning that the fees for a program can vary depending on the courses selected. Course fees are reviewed on an annual basis and typically will increase from year to year. The tuition fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and the courses selected and are subject to increase during the period of study.

For further information on Fees and Payment please see: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/fees-payments

Scholarships

ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.@

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

Forests, the most biodiverse terrestrial ecosystems, are central to life on earth and planetary and human health. Halting deforestation and forest degradation, restoring forests in landscapes degraded by unsustainable use, and expanding the role of forests in climate change mitigation and adaptation, are global goals with diverse local implementation opportunities and challenges. Traditional Owners now manage a third of Australia’s forests, mostly for conservation and environmental services; state agencies manage another third. Plantation forests grow most of our wood. Farm forests improve agricultural productivity and sustainability. Urban forests make cities more liveable and improve their residents’ wellbeing. Wood from sustainably managed forests is often described as ‘the ultimate renewable’, and is now the basis of advanced engineered materials and buildings. Around the world, forests in their many forms, and how we conserve and manage them sustainably for their myriad services and products, are being re-imagined.    

 

Capitalising on these opportunities and addressing the associated challenges is both exciting and demanding. It requires innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to problem solving, drawing from a wide range of disciplinary and specialist knowledge. By completing courses across a broad range of knowledge bases and applied to forest science and management, you will develop the skills to integrate and adapt knowledge to design novel solutions to complex problems.

 

The ANU Graduate Certificate of Forests provides you with a flexible education experience and acts as an entry point for more advanced coursework degree programs. In addition, the program provides you with a range of professional development opportunities that you can immediately utilise in your workplace.

Career Options

ANU ranks among the world's very finest universities. Our nearly 100,000 alumni include political, business, government, and academic leaders around the world.

We have graduated remarkable people from every part of our continent, our region and all walks of life.

Employment Opportunities

There are opportunities for graduates across the breadth of the forests sector, in all its diversity, in Australia, in our region, and more widely. Graduates with forests expertise work in conservation and sustainable production systems, in partnership with First Nations peoples and with farmers, in the forest and environmental services industries, and across government, business, and community sectors. Graduates have the capacity to enter at managerial and strategic thinking -level positions, and to become the next generation of leaders for forests.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a broad knowledge and cognitive skills across a range of contemporary issues and challenges in the forest sciences and forest management.
  2. Apply skills to engage with interdisciplinary approaches and multiple stakeholders.
  3. Effectively communicate knowledge and understanding of forest systems, policy and management options to diverse audiences in both written and oral formats.

Inherent Requirements

None specifically identified for this program but applicants should be aware that some courses may have inherent requirements and are advised to check the individual course entries in the Programs and Courses catalogue.

Further Information

This program is only open to Domestic students.


General program information

  • This program is a standalone qualification but can also be used as pathway to further postgraduate study. For detailed information on potential destination Masters programs offered by the Australian National University please check the Programs and Courses catalogue or, for quick links to programs offered by the College of Science visit https://science.anu.edu.au/study/masters
  • Please visit the ANU Programs & Courses catalogue to check class scheduling information and mode of delivery (online or in person). Class schedulling is subject to change and may impact your ability to complete the program with a full-time load.
  • Applicants should note that courses listed in the program requirements include Summer and Winter Session courses. When applying for admission, please ensure the correct admit term is selected.


GC Forests- pathway to Masters

The Graduate Certificate of Forests can be used as pathway to Masters study. For information on potential destination Masters programs please check the Programs and Courses catalogue or, visit https://science.anu.edu.au/study/masters or https://health.anu.edu.au/study/masters . Students using this program as a pathway to a destinations Masters program are encouraged to seek academic advice from the CHM/CoS Students Services Office prior to finalising their application for admission, or at any time during the degree.


Pathway 1: Direct application to the destination Masters program upon completion of the Graduate Certificate

Students can apply to progress to a destination Masters degree if they satisfy the following conditions:

  • They are about to complete or have completed the Graduate Certificate of Forests.
  • They are on track to satisfy the admission requirements for the intended Master program including all GPA and cognate requirements (8 relevant courses which may be achieved from multiple complete or non-complete qualifications).

Note:

  • Student should re-apply for admission to ANU through the relevant application portal.
  • Students may be eligible to receive up to 24 units of credit from the Graduate Certificate of Forests towards the destination Masters degree. This will depend on the program requirements of the destination Masters program and a case-by-case assessment by the program convener. Students should discuss credit with the convener of the destination Master degree when making enrolment choices for the Graduate Certificate.


Pathway 2: Degree transfer from the Graduate Certificate before completion of the Graduate Certificate

Students also have the option of applying for degree transfer into the destination Master program if they satisfy the following conditions:

  • The overall GPA requirements for admission to the destination Masters degree are satisfied from a previous qualification, and
  • The cognate requirements are satisfied, including any GPA requirements, and
  • Any other requirements listed in the admissions requirements of the destination Master degree are also satisfied.

Note:

  • Students may be eligible for credit for courses completed in the Graduate Certificate. This will depend on the program requirements of the destination Masters program and a case-by-case assessment by the program convener. Students should discuss credit with the convener of the destination Masters degree when making enrolment choices for the Graduate Certificate.
  • Students that progress to Masters through degree transfer will not be awarded nor receive a testamur for the Graduate Certificate of Forests. They will be invited to attend a conferral of award ceremony upon successful completion of their Masters degree and will receive a testamur for this qualification.


Credit for courses completed in the Graduate Certificate

The amount of credit awarded will depend on an assessment of prior study, relevant to the destination Masters degree and program orders of the destination Masters degree. This is done on a case-by-case basis by the program convener. Any credit applied will reduce the overall duration of the destination Masters program by an equivalent number of units.

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