The Southern African Wildlife College offers the Advanced Certificate in Nature Conservation: Trans- Frontier Conservation Management as a training intervention aimed at the development of Nature Conservation managers within the Southern African Development Countries (SADC) region.
The nature of conservation within the context of the SADC is evolving to enable the integration and opening up of artificial boundaries previously associated with conservation areas. Through the working relationships established through Transfrontier conservation initiatives it is becoming more and more important to enable a consistent shared approach to matters concerning conservation.
The sustainable utilisation, conservation and protection of the natural environment and resources require an integrated and holistic management approach. Effective management within Transfrontier conservation areas promotes both natural environment issues and cooperation with stakeholders including local communities.
Natural resources conservation challenges and objectives in the SADC region is the joint responsibility of countries including:
- South Africa
- Namibia and
The effective management of the dynamics of Transfrontier conservation areas has particular importance from the perspective of retaining our shared African heritage. The effective utilisation of this resource as a major and increasingly important tourism attraction contributes to and promotes economic sustainability across the SADC.
The qualification addresses competencies required for managerial positions within the conservation environment, associated which positions such as:
- Reserve Managers
- Section Rangers
- Game Wardens
- Senior Field Rangers
- Senior Wildlife Officers
- Ranger –operations
- Ranger –extension
The learning programme is aimed at individuals already involved in operational positions within the nature conservation environment; who have been identified and earmarked for personal development and career advancement into management positions, based on their expertise and leadership abilities in their country of origin.
Individuals earmarked for personal growth and job advancement opportunities relevant to this qualification, already have acquired a minimum of five years technical expertise in the broad focus areas associated with Nature Conservation principles and activities and have been exposed to entry-level supervisory and leadership positions within a conservationcontext.
It is envisaged that individuals interested in the qualification will mainly fit into the following demographic profile:
- Open age group with the average minimum age of the target group being between 25 and 30 years of age
- Male or female
- Employed in a nature conservation environment for at least five years
- Above average level of technical know–how on conservation issues
- Ability to work with a diverse range of individuals
- Ability to work out doors sometimes in less than optimal weather conditions
- Good ability to build rapport
- Good communication skills
An integrated assessment approach is incorporated into the Qualification. This implies that theoretical and practical components are assessed together. During integrated assessments, formative and summative assessment methods and combinations of practical, applied, foundational and reflective competencies are used. A range of formative and summative assessment methods are used, and ensures that all Specific Outcomes, Embedded Knowledge and Critical Cross-Field Outcomes are evaluated.
Continuous assessment is provided through:
- Workplace assessments and practical workbooks
- Written assignments and tests
- Case studies and case presentations
- Peer group evaluation
- Competency evaluations of clinical skills
- Face to face contact with students
Exit level outcomes of the programme
Students qualifying against the learning programme will be able to
- Determine the application of conservation practices in relation to Transfrontier conservation objectives
- Develop a management plan to support the effective operation of a Nature Conservation unit or area
- Manage a conservation implementation plan according to organisational requirements
- Report on effectiveness of implementation
Rules of combination
The qualification is made up of Fundamental and Core Components. No Elective component is provided. The qualification will be awarded to students who have met competence requirements as detailed in the exit level outcomes and associated assessment criteria.
Students are required to:
- Complete all fundamental components (30 Credits)
- Complete all core components (90 Credits)
- Complete Work integrated learning assessments (18 credits, which are included within the above components) in order to make up the overall minimum of 120 Credits for the qualification.