National Certificate: Nature Conservation: Resource Guardianship

ITC in wildlife conservation
Course ID
Skills Development for Conservation
NQF Level 2
Various instructors
Block Release methods, Campus, Offsite
95 training days, 95 workplace days


A learner who has achieved this qualification will be able to implement operational knowledge and skills within a conserved area. The course focuses on the skills needed by general 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 law enforcement, ecological, maintenance and operational aspects of managing 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 enhance professionalism across the conservation industry.

Target Group

Current field assistant staff, e.g. field rangers, general assistants and field staff supervisors 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 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 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

Manage available resources at operational level.

Demonstrate an understanding of the Nature Conservation environment.

Operate in the Nature Conservation environment.

Perform conservation resources guardianship according to operational requirements.

Effective communication is enabled through the maintaining of relevant communication as per organisational requirements.

Problems are identified and solved in the application of nature conservation guardianship as it relates to the maintaining of area integrity.

Information is collected analysed, organised and evaluated in the performing of conservation resources guardianship in the operational environment.

The world is understood as a set of related systems as the Nature Conservation sector and operational environment is investigated.

Own activities are managed and organised in the performance of conservation resources guardianship activities in the operational environment.

Teamwork is supported in the operational environment and the execution of conservation resources guardianship responsibilities.

The maintaining of effective working relationships is supported through the requirements of the operational environment.

The use of science and technology is supported by the use of computer literacy in the operational environment as well as the electronic applications used for the gathering and reporting of information in the performance of conservation resources guardianship requirements in the workplace.

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.