Short Courses

The College offers a range of specialist and tailor-made short courses. Note that for bookings of 10 people or more a course with available dates will be scheduled accordingly at a venue of the client’s choice.

Download the Academic Calendar 2018 Short Courses here.

Email Marilize van der Walt for more information.

Administration for Conservation: Financial Management

Use and apply financial management techniques to plan and manage conservation operations in own area of responsibility. Draft and present financial budgets to support operational objectives as it applies to conservation planning in a conservation area. Apply financial management principles at operational level. Design, implement and evaluate financial control systems in support of financial management objectives and operations. Park Wardens, Conservation Agency Management Staff, People involved in designing, planning, monitoring and evaluation of Parks and Reserves or Conservation Programmes, Lodge owners and staff.

Administration for Conservation: Principles of Financial Administration

Use and apply financial administration techniques to plan and manage conservation operations in own area of responsibility. Draft and present financial budgets to support operational objectives as it applies to planning in a conservation area. Apply financial administration principles and techniques at operational level. Learn to use financial control systems in support of financial management objectives and operations. Park Wardens, Conservation Agency Management Staff, People involved in designing, planning, monitoring and evaluation of Parks and Reserves or Conservation Programmes.

Administration for Conservation: Human Resource Management

Principles of management and human resource management. The effect of external factors on management practices. Effective leadership skills. Application of motivation dynamics and the impact on productivity in the workplace. Basic interviewing skills in recruitment, selection and placement. Performance appraisals. Grievance and disciplinary procedures. Development of job descriptions. Communication skills. Basic skills relating to training needs assessment in the workplace. Managers, assistants, people in leadership or supervisory roles, Individuals who want to learn management principles.

Research and Monitoring: Biodiversity Management

This module deals with monitoring biodiversity. We know little about how ecosystems work, yet we tamper with them extensively. Even our efforts at conservation remain largely untested. The only way we can begin to understand what we are doing is through long-term, systematic monitoring of biodiversity at many levels of organisation and spatiotemporal (space and time) scales. Park Wardens, Conservation Agency Management Staff, People involved in designing, planning, monitoring and evaluation of Parks and Reserves or Conservation Programmes. Use and apply biodiversity management in the planning of conservation management

Research and Monitoring: Conservation Research

This module is an introduction to research. It teaches that research is the study and investigation of the world around us in order to give us a better understanding of it. It deals with scientific research by collecting information in an ordered way and interpreting it using existing knowledge and logical reasoning. It describes the types of research: Academic vs. Applied. It discusses the role of research in management by identifying research needs and making research usable to managers. Park Wardens, Conservation Agency Management Staff, People involved in designing, planning, monitoring and evaluation of Parks and Reserves or Conservation Programmes.

Wildlife Area Management: Ensuring Effective Management in Protected Areas

Understanding of the need for protected areas to be managed effectively; The role of Management Effectiveness Evaluation (MEE) tools; The difference between the different types of MEE tools; The limitations of MEE tools in ensuring management effectiveness; The essential principles of a comprehensive management, A basic understanding of how to design and implement a Protected Area. Management System (PAMS). Park wardens, conservation agency management staff, people involved in designing, planning, monitoring and evaluation of parks and reserves or conservation programmes.

Wildlife Area Management: Infrastructure Maintenance

Maintain infrastructure in a conservation environment. Assess and address maintenance requirements as it applies to reserve facilities and infrastructure. Monitor and repair fences in a conservation environment. Implement soil erosion control procedures as it applies to the conservation environment and own area of operation. Implement road and trail maintenance activities according to operational plans and requirements. Anyone in a administrative or project management and networking role.

Wildlife Area Management: Tourism Management

Tourism products and services associated with protected areas. Community based tourism. Customer service. Public relations and marketing. Tourism facilities. Ecotourism and sustainable tourism development. Development of tourism development plans. Participants will be involved in an assessment that entails developing a Tourism Development Plan for a Conservation / Community Area, as well as undergo practical exercises. Individuals wishing to become tour operators, current tourism and tour operators who would like to expand their knowledge and skills base, professionals in the hospitality, travel and tourism industries, trackers and guides who are involved in the in the wildlife industry.

Wildlife Area Management: Resource Economics

The link between basic economic theory and wildlife conservation. Economic tools for valuing wildlife costs and benefits. The economic policy factors influencing wildlife conservation. Economic instruments for providing incentives and raising finance for wildlife conservation. Integrating economic principles and tools into park, protected area and CBNRM planning. Wildlife managers, extension officers, people in leadership or supervisory roles and those who want to learn resource economics and its management.

Wildlife Area Management: Catchment Management

Understanding of Structure and Function of River and Lake Systems. Basic Limnological Terminology. Understanding of Point and Non-Point Pollution and their Impacts on Freshwater and Related Ecosystems. Mitigation of Point Source Pollution and Non-Point Source Pollution. Use of Water Quality Parameters. Park Wardens, Conservation Agency Management Staff, People involved in designing, planning, monitoring and evaluation of Parks and Reserves or Conservation Programmes.

Wildlife Area Management: Environmental Development Planning

Use and apply environmental development principles in the planning and implementation of responsible development. Use and apply environmental development principles in the conducting of environmental impact assessments. Identify and evaluate legal frameworks applicable to protected areas development as it applies to environmental development planning in own area of operation. Evaluate development plans in order to assess the meeting of responsible development principles. Evaluate environmental development plans in terms of legal, impact and integrated management requirements. Anyone interested in understanding and applying basic GIS applications.

Wildlife Area Management: Advanced GIS For Wildlife Management

This course is aimed at advanced GIS concepts and data processing techniques as well as spatial analysis. It is expected that course participants have at least made use of GIS in their working environment having run and applied GIS projects. This course is offered in the ArcGIS environment, all aspects of the suite of software will be covered. In addition a basic project description, outline and process will be dealt with during the course. Anyone who already has a good working knowledge of GIS and is interested in understanding and applying more advanced GIS applications.