Selection Process

The process of student selection following the completion and submission of application forms.

Applicants are required to complete the course application form indicating the programme they intend applying for. This form should be submitted to the College, addressed to the Head Academic Compliance and Quality Management together with all the accompanying documentation stipulated on the application form.

Please note: If employed in a conservation agency or organisation, all students are required to obtain a letter of endorsement from the Human Resource or Training Manager at their respective organisations before their application will be considered by the College. Application forms are available on request from the College and on the College website.

Selection Process

Short Courses and Skills Programmes

A minimum of 10 students is required in order to run a short course at the College. Applicants are required to complete a course application form indicating the short course they wish to apply for. In the case of specialised short courses, an additional letter of endorsement from institutions sending their employees might be required .

Youth Access Bridging Programme

Learners for the Youth Access Bridging Programme are drawn from local community schools that are registered with the WESSA/WWF eco-schools programme. The eco-schools programme provides a foundation for environmental education that encourages whole school improvement through better environmental learning and management of the school environment. The Conservation and Environmental Education programme offered by the Wildlife College enables learners to build on this foundation and acquire conservation and environmental knowledge as well as practice in the wildlife industry.

Approach to selection and training of a Field Ranger

The physical exercises are in their very nature building blocks in the preparation of individuals subjected to the type of work circumstances a Field Ranger encounters in his or her daily work. Those who do not prepare or cannot prepare due to poor physical condition will already prove themselves not to be eligible as Field Rangers.

Stage 1: Interview

The physical attributes of a Field Ranger must include:

  • Physical fitness and a healthy disposition
  • Ability to walk long distances
  • Keen senses (hearing, smell, eyesight)
  • Ability to run (tracking at speed, follow-up operations)

Internal applications – mental attitude and bearing. The aim is to determine:

  • Attitude toward the organisation
  • Correct application in the field
  • Team work ability
  • Acceptance of authority
  • Discipline and bearing as a possible Law Enforcement Officer

Stage 2:  Selection

The following medical criteria is taken into consideration during the selection process: 

  • Heart problems
  • Epilepsy
  • Diabetes
  • Asthmatic conditions
  • Blood pressure related issues
  • Back problems
  • Previous surgical operations

The aim of the medical selection is to protect both the Field Ranger as well as the organisation during the selection and subsequent training.

Physical selection exercises

  • 8 km run – The aim of the 8 km run is to ensure the Field Ranger has the ability to follow a track under operational circumstances.  
  • Pushups The aim of the pushups is to determine the strength of the arms and lower back of a trainee.  
  • Sit-ups The aim of the sit-ups is to strengthen the abdominal muscles, which are important in the carrying of heavy backpacks and also applying certain self-defense techniques.
  • Leg extensions The aim of leg extensions is to work all the muscle groups above as well as develop the coordination of the leg and arm strength to support the body
  • Pull-ups – The aim of the pull-ups is to further strengthen the arms for carrying a firearm and to be able to apply self-defense in arrest situations.  

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