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.
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.
Please note that this qualification is set to be replaced by a three-year Diploma in Applied Natural Resource Management. This is currently in the development and accreditation process.
The Diploma comprises eleven modules developed to address the critical skills needed within the sector. These modules are; Conservation Technology / Biology / Social Ecology I & II / Sustainable Development I & II / Resource Protection / Conservation Business Administration I & II / Natural Resource Management I & II
The first two years of the Diploma will take students through the theory (online) and certain practical activities. The third year will comprise a very applied practical year which will see the students coming to the College to participate in conservation projects/longitudinal studies set up by subject matter experts. These projects/studies are aimed at addressing some of the most critical conservation challenges being faced today.
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.