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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Conducting Patrols
- Types of Patrols
- The Patrol Report
- Radio and Voice Procedure
- Tracking and Counter-Tracking
- Types of Tracking
- Dealing With Dangerous Game and Other Creatures
- Where to Look for Water
- Sources of Food
- The Search Operation
- Counter-Poaching Briefing and Debriefing
- Gathering and Evaluating Information
- Observation Posts (OP’s)
- Crime Scene Investigation
- 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.
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.