Protected Area Management remains at the core of the Southern African Wildlife College’s business. The Higher Education and Training (HET) Programme presented its first twelve-month Certificate in Nature Conservation in 1998. Soon afterwards a second, more advanced, twelve-month Certificate was developed. To date more than one thousand students from conservation organisations across Africa have graduated from both the Higher and Advanced Certificate programmes approved by the Council of Higher Education of South Africa (CHE).
Both courses are specifically aimed at developing protected area managers with the requisite understanding and practical skills to effectively manage and conserve their protected areas and associated fauna and flora in a sustainable manner. The Natural Resource Management Qualifications Department strives towards maintaining a healthy balance between theory and practice with a strong emphasis on Applied Learning. With the College being based within the Greater Kruger National Park, students acquire hands-on experience in all aspects of nature conservation during their training. Furthermore, the Work Integrated Learning component bridges the gap between classroom learning and workplace reality.
In 2018, the revision of the College’s strategic training objectives as well as the national restructuring of the accreditation processes of the CHE, prompted a major review of existing HET programmes. This review in turn required all Higher Education Institutions to re-curriculate and re-register their courses.
As such, results from this review led to a restructuring of the College’s HET programmes in a phased approach to gradually incorporate all changes required whilst still delivering relevant training in the interim.
Consequently, as of January 2020 until 2021 (Phase 1), the College will be offering an Occupational Certificate in Natural Resource Management: Terrestrial at NQF level 5 (registered with CATHSSETA, the sector education and training authority). This replaces the existing Higher Certificate in Nature Conservation: Leadership and Implementation. During this phase, the existing Advanced Certificate in Nature Conservation: Transfrontier Conservation Management NQF level 6 (registered with CHE) will still be presented as usual.
During Phase 2, which will commence in 2022, the Occupational Certificate in Natural Resource Management: Terrestrial will become the pre-requisite course for entry into the HET programmes at the College whilst the current Advanced Certificate in Nature Conservation:Transfrontier Conservation Management will make way for a new 360 credit Diploma in Applied Natural Resource Management.
The review also granted the College the opportunity to upgrade its flagship qualifications from a 240 credit Higher and Advanced certificate to a 360 credit National Diploma to be launched by 2022.
Courses on offer can be found below:
- Occupational National Certificate in Natural Resource Management: Terrestrial at NQF level 5
- Advanced Certificate in Nature Conservation: Transfrontier Conservation Management.
We also offer a number of short courses in various aspects of natural resource management, as listed below
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National Certificate in Natural Resource Management: Terrestrial
This programme builds on nature conservation knowledge to enable the application of conservation skills in an entry level supervisory and leadership capacity in nature conservation environments.
Skilled Practitioner Classes
Wildlife Damage Control & Wildlife Electric Fencing
The use of fences to limit animal movement and demarcating reserve boundaries has been very successful in South Africa, but there have also been numerous associated problems. Unlike South Africa, many of the rest of Africa’s nature reserve have not been fenced, thus making free-ranging wildlife harder to contain and manage.
Skilled Practitioner Classes
Community Wildlife Conflict and Interactions
There are many influencing factors that need to be taken into account regarding community wildlife conflict. Such conflict differs regionally and one solution does not necessarily work for all similar situations.
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