Southern African Wildlife College

Community, Youth Development and Access (Further Education and Training))

The College will continue to have a positive impact on the development of the youth in South Africa, opening doors for them through providing marketable skill sets in the context of conservation and the environment. The FET certificates, learnerships and skills development programmes are designed to be occupationally relevant and are composed of various credits which can be used towards a nationally recognized qualification. 

The College offers National Certificates in Conservation at NQF Level 2 and 5 recognised by the Education and Training Quality Assurance Body, CATHSETTA. These particular qualifications are officially referred to as learnerships as they are administered through a contract signed by the learner, the employer and the college. 

All the SAWC’s qualifications are recognised by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) and made up of fundamental, core, and elective unit standards which are the building blocks of the qualification. Our learners achieve these qualifications through a combination of training sessions on the college campus and experiential learning in the workplace.

National Certificate: Natural Resource Management: Terrestrial 
NQF Level 5- Learnership 
National Certificate: Professional Hunting
NQF Level 4- Learnership  
National Certificate: Nature Conservation: Resource Guardianship 
NQF Level 2- Learnership
Learnership National Certificate: Accommodation Services 
NQF Level 2- Learnership

The skills programmes offered at the College are designed to be occupationally relevant and at the same time are composed of CATHSETTA registered credits which can be used towards a nationally recognised qualification. 

• Conservation General Assistant - NQF 2, CONS/CONSGENASS/2/0052 
• Receptionist - NQF 2, HSP/RECEPT/2/0017 
• Assistant housekeeping - NQF 2, HSP/ASSHKR/2/0015 
• Table Attendant - NQF 2, HSP/TBLATT/2/0025 
• New Venture Creation - NQF 2

For further details please take a look at our Prospectus available on the Training
Programmes menu.
Christopher Kafoteka
Community, Youth Development and Access :: Business Unit Manager
+27 (0)15 793-7325

Youth Access: Conservation and Environmental Education Bridging Programme

For the very first time since its inception in 1996, the Southern African Wildlife College opened its doors to school leavers from communities across South Africa. The Introduction to Conservation & Environmental Education Bridging Course started off as a pilot project in 2010 and due to its success, and with continued donor support, the course has been extended to 2014 with a view to making this a long-term offering.

Aimed at school leavers who are interested and have a passion for a career in conservation and/or environmental education, the course focuses on exposing the learner to the theory and practical application of environmental education and to the life of a field ranger in a conservation area. Learners undergo a contact training session at the College for four months and then are work-placed in host conservation organisation organisations for two months in order to get a real understanding of an entry level career in conservation and to gain valuable field experience. 

During this time the learners actively participate in daily patrols, field operations, the collection of field data, compiling field reports, game capturing/releasing, reporting procedures and attending poaching court cases. They are also involved in preparing and conducting environmental education programmes to local schools and to reserve visitors whilst also being included in other conservation related activities.

The training modules are accredited at NQF level 2 Field Ranger and NQF level 5 Environmental Education. Two additional non-accredited modules, Environmental Leadership and First Aid 1 & Reptile Orientation are also part of the training component. 

Sboniso Ryan Phakathi
Community, Youth Development and Access :: Community Liaison and Youth Access Programme Coordinator
+27 (0)15 793-7303
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