Environmental Management Inspector Grade 5

Course ID
Protected Area Integrity
Various instructors
Campus, Offsite
5 days


Within the Inspectorate, there are 5 different grades of EMI, each with its own set of legislative powers and duties. To execute their compliance and enforcement functions with national pieces of environmental legislation, field rangers require the set of powers and duties assigned to a Grade 5 EMI. The basic training course curriculum for Grade 5 EMIs has been developed to enable EMI institutions to present the training internally to their field rangers and (once finalized) relevant contracted environmental monitors, or, if they do not have the necessary training capacity, to outsource the training to an appropriate service provider approved by the Director-General.

It includes:

  • Use of an EMI Pocketbook
  • Crime Scene and Exhibit Management
  • A1 or Witness Statement
  • Court Role-Players and Procedures
  • Minimum Legislative Content

General mandate, functions, duties, and powers of a Grade 5 EMI

Chapter 7 of NEMA with a focus on S31H (General Powers), S31(I)(3) (Immobilisation of seized vehicle, vessel or aircraft) and S31J (Powers to stop, enter and search vehicles, vessels, and aircraft);

Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977 (CPA) Powers of a Grade 5 EMI:

Chapter 2 (Search, Seizure, Forfeiture & Disposal of Property), 5 (Arrest), 7 (Notices to Appear) and 8 (Admission of Guilt Fines) Powers of a Grade 5 EMI in terms of the CPA;

SAPS member Roadblock Powers of a Grade 5 EMI in terms of section 13(8) of  the South African Police Service Act 68 of 1995 (SAPS)

Section 31J (7) of NEMA read together with section 13(8) of the SAPS Act;

NEMA/SEMA offenses that fall under the legal mandate of a Grade 5 EMI

The NEM: Protected Areas Act and relevant subordinate legislation, the NEM: Biodiversity Act and relevant subordinate legislation, NEM: Integrated Coastal Management Act, and relevant subordinate legislation.

Entry level requirements

Nominees must meet the following requirements:

Completed a Field Ranger Law Enforcement Armed course or similar Para-military training

Have operated as a field ranger on anti-poaching operations for at least one year

Be physically fit to complete the course.

Have a valid Rifle competency from the SAPS.

Member must be a Government Official (Only)

The Southern African Wildlife College offers organisations and or private businesses the opportunity to enrol their staff for training in any of our short courses on the basis of ten people attending as a minimum requirement.