Field Ranger Protected Area (Unarmed)

Course ID
Protected Area Integrity
NQF Level 2
Chris Kafoteka
Campus, Contact Training
6 weeks


A learner who has achieved one or more of these unit standards will be able to implement operational knowledge and skills within a conserved area in the subject field of the completed unit standard/s.

The course focuses on the skills needed by Field Ranger staff of a conserved area. The learner will also be in a position to lead and mentor other learners in the attainment of management objectives in the context of the law enforcement and operational aspects of managing and maintaining the integrity within a conserved area.

A learner will also be able to make valuable contributions to community development and other community based projects. The qualification has been developed to assist professionalism across the conservation industry.

Target Group

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.

Entry level requirements

It is assumed that the learner entering a programme leading to this qualification has achieved a qualification at NQF 1 or equivalent.
The learner will be required to have:

Communication at NQF Level 1.
Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 1.

Exit Level Outcomes

Learners qualifying against the skills programme will be able to:

Demonstrate and understanding of nature conservation issues, and how they relate to society as a whole.

Carry out designated conservation security practices according to a plan, e.g. conduct routine security patrols.

Assist in attainment of management objectives as related to the use of fire as a management tool

Service and provide routine maintenance to a variety of fences.

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.