Natural Resource Management

Natural Resource Management

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.

Our Natural Resource Management programme include two accredited year-long courses for protected area managers throughout southern Africa. These are the National Certificate in Natural Resource Management: Terrestrial, and the Advanced Certificate in Nature Conservation: Transfrontier Conservation Management.

Students graduating from these courses will have certified qualifications in Nature Conservation at NQF levels five and six. Our aim is to equip every student with practical skills and a holistic understanding of conservation that they will be able to apply in parks and reserves back home. Our goal is to empower individuals and ensure that their training has a sustainable and far-reaching impact by reaching larger communities and encouraging communities to value and conserve natural resources including our rivers, trees and wildlife.

Protected Area Management remains at the core of our business since the first course of this kind was presented in 1998. To date over 1000 students have graduated from these Natural Resource Management programmes.   

We strive to maintain a healthy balance between theory and practice with a strong emphasis on Applied Learning, or ‘learning by doing’. While on campus, students have access to hands-on experience through their field training in the Greater Kruger National Park, and then they enter into the Work Integrated Learning component of the course, during which time they return to their places of work and apply what they have learned during the semester. This effectively bridges the gap between classroom learning and workplace reality by progressively applying what is being learned. 

In 2018, the College underwent a revision of the strategic training objectives and the Council of Higher Education restructured its accreditation processes. As a result, what used to be called the Higher Certificate in Nature Conservation: Leadership and Implementation is now the National Certificate in Natural Resource Management: Terrestrial. In the next phase of this restructuring, coming in 2022, this certificate will become the prerequisite course for entry into our Natural Resource Management programme, and the current Advanced Certificate in Nature Conservation: Transfrontier Conservation Management will make way for a new 360-credit National Diploma in Applied Natural Resource Management.

Who can apply to the Natural Resource Management programme?
  • Employees and potential employees of the conservation sector may apply for these courses.
  • Each of the two courses has specific entry requirements that need to be met in order to apply (please see course details)
  • The National Certificate in Natural Resource Management (NQF 5) is aimed at those who are involved with or wish to make significant contributions to the practical field and administration tasks of a conserved area. Applicants for this course must have an NQF 4 (or equivalent) qualification.
  • The Advanced Certificate in Nature Conservation (NQF 6) is aimed at those already involved in operational positions, and those who have been identified for career advancement into management positions. Applicants for this course must have an NQF 5 qualification.

Supporting Partners

Department Contact Info

Natural Resource Management Administration

Southern African Wildlife College

Maralize van der Walt
nrmadmin(at)sawc.org.za

Mon – Fri 9:00A.M. – 5:00P.M.

Social Info

Short Courses

Courses available

Higher Education

82006Advanced certificate in Nature Conservation: Trans-Frontier Conservation Management

Department : Natural Resource Management
Level : NQF Level 6
Instructor : Various instructors
Credit : 120
Method : Blended Learning, Block Release methods
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Occupational Qualification

59949National Certificate: Natural Resource Management: Terrestrial

Department : Community & Youth Development
Level : NQF Level 5
Instructor : Various instructors
Credit : 144
Method : Block Release methods, Campus, Offsite
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Short Courses

Project Management

Department : Natural Resource Management
Level : NQF Level 5
Credit : Institutional
Method : Blended Learning, Campus
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Financial Management

Department : Natural Resource Management
Level : NQF Level 6
Credit : Institutional
Method : Blended Learning, Campus
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Principles of Financial Administration

Department : Natural Resource Management
Level : NQF Level 5
Credit : Institutional
Method : Blended Learning, Campus
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Conservation Research

Department : Natural Resource Management
Level : NQF Level 6
Credit : Institutional
Method : Blended Learning, Campus
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Advanced GIS for Wildlife Management

Department : Natural Resource Management
Level : NQF Level 6
Credit : Institutional
Method : Campus, Online
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GIS Application for Wildlife Management

Department : Natural Resource Management
Level : NQF Level 6
Credit : Institutional
Method : Campus, Online
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Philosophy and ethics of conservation

Department : Natural Resource Management
Level : NQF Level 5
Credit : Institutional
Method : Blended Learning, Campus
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Human resource management

Department : Natural Resource Management
Level : NQF Level 6
Credit : Institutional
Method : Blended Learning, Campus
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Conservation Administration

Department : Natural Resource Management
Level : NQF Level 5
Credit : Institutional
Method : Blended Learning, Campus
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Communication

Department : Natural Resource Management
Level : NQF Level 5
Credit : Institutional
Method : Blended Learning, Campus
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