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Occupational Qualifications

The Occupational Qualifications certificates and skills development programmes are designed to be occupationally relevant and are composed of various credits which can be used towards a nationally recognised qualification.

NQF 4 Certificate in Professional Hunting

A fully comprehensive PH course preceded by NQF 2 Dangerous Game Nature Site Guide - a stand-alone course for aspiring field guides and trackers, to be completed as a pre-cursor to the PH course. The Southern African Wildlife College’s Sustainable Use and Field Guiding department will present the following certificates in 2019. All Applications to be in by 16 November 2018. The courses outlined will provide learners with a thorough understanding of conservation management grounded in sustainably utilization and conservation principles.

Scope:
  • 18 months, with 6 months experiential component
  • 162 credits

Skills Programme: Field Ranger Protected Area (Unarmed)

Current field assistant staff, e.g. field rangers, general assistants and field staff of conservation areas. The course is structured in such a manner that it equips existing and potential protected area staff or community leaders with relevant skills that they require in order fulfil their operational tasks more efficiently. It is aimed at individuals who are involved with, or wish to make significant contributions to the practical law enforcement and field tasks of a conserved area.

Scope:
  • 6 weeks
  • 37 credits

Skills Programme: Field Ranger Law Enforcement Armed and Unarmed

Current field assistant staff, e.g. field rangers, general assistant, field staff and security guards of conservation areas. The course is structured in such a manner that it equips existing and potential protected area staff or community leaders with the relevant skills required to fulfill their operational tasks more efficiently. It is aimed at individuals who are involved with, or wish to make a significant contribution to the practical law enforcement and field tasks of a conserved area.

Scope:
  • Armed - 6 weeks / Unarmed - 5 weeks
  • 38 credits

National Certificate: Nature Conservation: Resource Guardianship

The course is structured in such a manner that it equips existing and potential protected area staff or community leaders with relevant skills that they require in order fulfil their operational tasks more efficiently or even to make a value-added contribution to their communities through sustainable conservation of the environment. It is aimed at individuals who are involved with, or wish to make significant contributions to the practical field and administration tasks of a conserved area.

Scope:
  • 40 weeks
  • 138 credits

Further Education and Training Certificate: Professional Hunting

It is envisaged that individuals interested in the Professional Hunting Certificate will mainly fit into the following demographic profile: • Above the age of 22 years • Male or female • Employed in a conservation or hunting related industry or envisaging employment in the Professional Hunting environment • Ability to work with a diverse range of cultures • Ability to build rapport and operate as part of a team • Good communication skills • Good physical and mental stamina.

Scope:
  • 24 months
  • 162 credits

National Certificate: Natural Resource Management: Terrestrial

This programme is aimed at individuals who are involved with, or wish to make significant contributions to the practical field and administrative tasks of a conserved area. Current field staff, (e.g. field rangers, general assistants, supervisors and junior managers) in addition to unemployed learners who wish to enter the fields of conservation can be selected and will be paired with employed learners in the workplace.

Scope:
  • 12 months
  • 144 credits