Graduate Certificate in Catchment Processes
Broaden your engineer’s toolkit to include catchment processes and ecology
Unpack catchment systems and science including hydrology, ecology and geology. Get to know current management guidelines and rehabilitation strategies. Graduates are skilled up to work in water quality and waterways restoration and protection.
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Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Catchment Processes will have knowledge of:
- Catchment hydrological, geo-morphological, chemical, micro-biological, ecological processes, their determinants and inter-relationships across a range of spatial and temporal scales.
- Contemporary and emerging catchment management and restoration options, the scientific basis to their operation, and their relative suitabilities for and effectiveness in different contexts.
The Graduate Certificate in Catchment Processes will enable you to accelerate your career in work related to protecting drinking water quality in reservoirs, reducing waterway pollution and degradation, protecting sensitive coastal receiving environments, and restoring waterway and landscape vegetation and ecology.
Potential job outcome
Graduates will find improved work opportunities in:
- Water utilities
- Local government
- Natural resource or catchment management agencies
- State or national government
To be eligible for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Catchment Processes; a student must:
- hold any Bachelor degree (or higher) from a recognised University (or another tertiary institution of equivalent standing) with a minimum GPA of 4.0 (using a 7.0 scale); OR
- have a minimum of two years equivalent full-time professional work experience in a relevant field.
Work and Life
A minimum of two years equivalent full-time professional work experience in a relevant field.
English Proficiency Requirements
English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this program are as follows:
- A minimum overall band score of 6.5 on IELTS (Academic) with no sub-score of less than 6.0
- OR a minimum score of 575 on TOEFL
- OR an internet-based (iBT) TOEFL score of 79 (no sub-score less than 19)
- OR no score less than 3+ in each skill of the ISLPR (conducted by ISLPR Language Services only)
- OR a minimum overall score of 176 (no score less than 169) on C1 Advanced (formerly Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English) or C2 Proficiency (formerly Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English)
- OR an overall score of 58 in the Pearson Test of English (Academic) with no score less than 50.
English test results must be no more than two years old.
Reduce the time it takes to finish your degree. You can apply to Griffith to recognise your prior learning, including:
- Formal learning through courses completed at uni and TAFE.
- Informal learning through workplace experience or volunteer training.
- Non-formal learning through social experiences and hobbies.
This qualification is an opportunity for engineers and others to upskill in the natural sciences that underpin effective catchment protection, restoration or maintenance planning and management.
You'll develop a critical and applied understanding of catchment hydrological, ecological, and morphological processes and how they inter-relate. You'll then gain detailed specialist knowledge in ecology across scales, environmental contaminant chemistry and the latest scientific knowledge about how to reduce nutrient and sediment inputs to waterways.
Recommended Study Pattern
This Graduate Certificate will be offered part-time online.
As a guide, core subjects in this degree can include:
- Introduction to Catchment Processes
- Catchment Ecology
- Environmental Chemistry
- River and Catchment Management and Rehabilitation
As part of your application, you’ll be guided through how to get the right degree structure in place for you.
For the Graduate Certificate in Catchment Processes (GCertChProc), you must successfully complete 40 credit points as specified in the course list.