National Certificate: Natural Resource Management: Terrestrial

Course ID
Skills Development for Conservation
NQF Level 5
Various instructors
Block Release methods, Campus, Offsite
95 training days, 95 workplace days


A learner who has achieved this qualification will be able to integrate supervisory knowledge and skills with the operational specifics of a conserved area.

The course focuses on the skills needed by field 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 different aspects of managing a conserved area.

A learner will also be able to make valuable contributions to community developments and other community based projects.

The qualification has been developed to assist professionalism across the conservation industry.

Learners qualifying against this qualification will also play an important role in the management of conservation areas through community liaison, in order to facilitate the understanding of conservation/ environmental issues and promote compliance with conservation legislation.

Target Group

Aspirant protected area and natural resource managers. Current field staff, e.g. field rangers, general assistants, supervisors and junior managers. In addition unemployed learners who wish to enter the fields of conservation can be selected and will be paired with employed learners in the workplace.

The course is structured in such a manner that it equips existing and potential protected area staff or community leaders with relevant skills required to manage these areas 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.

Entry level requirements

It is assumed that the learner entering a programme leading to this qualification has achieved an FET certificate at NQF 4 or the equivalent, a Certificate in Conservation Guardianship, or has at least 3 yrs relevant conservation experience. The learner will have appropriate levels of written communication, English proficiency, mathematical competence and occupational competence equivalent to at least school leaving standards with at least 50% in mathematical literacy and English.

Exit Level Outcomes

Learners qualifying against the learning programme will be able to:

Enforce compliance with relevant conservation legislation.

Manage the workplace at an operational level.

Ensure that effective communication is enabled through the maintaining of relevant communication as per organisational requirements.

Identify and solve problems in the application of Nature Conservation Management.

Collect, analyse, organise and evaluate information at operational level.

Support teamwork in the operational environment and in the execution of Conservation Resources Management responsibilities.

Maintain effective working relationships which are supported in the enforcing of conservation compliance.

Ensure that the use of Science and Technology is supported by the use of relevant technology employed in the undertaking of patrols.

This programme aims to develop future generations of Natural Resource Managers with the requisite understanding and practical skills to manage their areas effectively and in cooperation with local communities.