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Ensuring Ecosystem Integrity

Purpose of the course

A learner who has achieved this qualification will be able to perform a multiple set of roles in assisting with the maintenance of the integrity of a conserved area, by integrating operational knowledge and skills.

Course Outcomes

  • On achieving this qualification the learner will be able to perform area integrity practices as follow:
  • Monitor species
  • Establish good working relationships with local communities
  • Maintain integrity
  • Identify potential ecological impacts
  • Implement the Security Plan appropriate to a protected area


The qualifying learner will be able to demonstrate a basic knowledge and understanding of:

  • Field Craft (map reading, tracking. Survival. Interpretation.
  • Appropriate legislation
  • Principles of sustainability
  • Patrol methodology
  • Data gathering and reporting
  • Criminal procedures act
  • Court procedures and functions
  • Arrests, court and docket preparation. Weapon handling. Constitutional law
  • Crime scene management
  • Handling of evidence
  • Element and implementation of a security plan
  • Principles of developing good communication relations
  • Identification of signs of illegal activity i.e. old camping sites, marks on trees, animal animal behavior, boundary violations, blood trails, inappropriate fishing gear etc.
  • Methods of infiltration (information gatherers, handlers, informants, reporting).
  • Species identification.
  • Basic knowledge of IEM (Integrated Environment Management) process.


Course Content

  1. Handling Weapons ** 
  • Safety Precautions
  • Cleaning and Maintenance of the Rifle
  • Weapon Handling
  • **  Note on weapon handling: In order to be able to handle firearms, learners are required to have completed the SASSETA rifle handling unit standards.
  1. Conducting Patrols           
  • Types of Patrols
  • The Patrol Report
  • Radio and Voice Procedure
  • Tracking and Counter-Tracking
  • Types of Tracking             
  1. Survival  
  • Dealing With Dangerous Game and Other Creatures
  • Where to Look for Water
  • Sources of Food               
  1. Counter-Poaching            
  • The Search Operation
  • Counter-Poaching Briefing and Debriefing
  • Gathering and Evaluating Information
  • Observation Posts (OP’s)
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  1. Map reading and navigation        
  • Types of Maps
  • Requirements for Map Reading
  • Map Orientation
  • General Guidelines When Using a Compass
  • Map Reading Techniques and Keeping Direction


What to bring

  • Personal items and medication
  • Neutral coloured bush clothing and a sun hat
  • Good walking shoes (boots)
  • Binoculars (optional)


Who can attend?

**  Note on weapon handling: In order to be able to handle firearms, learners are required to have completed the SASSETA rifle handling unit standards.

  • Park Wardens
  • Conservation Agency Management Staff
  • Field ranger staff

Applicants must have knowledge, comprehension and application of English.



This course is institutionally accredited by the Southern African Wildlife College.


Course Duration

3 weeks. Course can be presented at custom dates and/or at a venue of your choice but we will have to quote separately for this and it would be dependent on there being a minimum of 10 people on a course.


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