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Higher Education

Higher Certificate in Nature Conservation

in Implementation and Leadership

This programme builds on nature conservation knowledge to enable the application of conservation skills in an entry level supervisory and leadership capacity in nature conservation environments.

Students will learn to:

  • Perform conservation administration functions
  • Execute operational activities required for the implementation of conservation plans
  • Manage personal resources at operational level
  • Enforce conservation compliance in own operational area


To enable the successful implementation of conservation operations it is required of individuals operating on this level to have the ability to provide the necessary leadership to field staff. Such individuals will operate as the link between management and operational field staff, playing an important role in the effective control of operational activities This will support the management of nature conservation organisations through the implementation of strategies and conservation plans.

In particular, the programme aims to:
  1. Develop junior or entry level conservation management skills and knowledge required for conservation application
  2. Empower students to acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values required to operate confidently and ethically in entry-level nature conservation supervisory and leadership positions
  3. Provide leadership in the implementation of conservation plans and ensure that conservation practices are effectively implemented at operational level
  4. Respond to the challenges specific to the implementation of nature conservation strategies and objectives
  5. Deal with developmental approaches relating to issues affecting community conservation in the context of shared natural resources
  6. Apply law enforcement requirements specific to the protection of natural resources
  7. Handle administrative duties and requirements relevant to the conservation environment effectively

The skills and competencies gained in the qualification enable entry into junior leadership and supervisory positions within the operational context in a conservation environment as it applies to:

  • Field Ranger
  • Game Scout
  • Wildlife Police Officer
  • Senior Field Ranger
  • Sergeant
  • Park Ranger

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