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is research based focusing on a particular area of interest in the field and with research findings reported in a thesis.

Qualifications in Forestry

Various courses are offered at different levels in Forestry, focusing on the management of renewable resources and encouraging sustainable forestry practicesthatpromoteeconomicandsocialdevelopmentandenvironmental rehabilitation and conservation. A wide range of career opportunities open up to Forestry graduates that include: forestry management, forestry contracting, conservation management, fire protection and management, forestry research and agro-forestry. Qualifications offered include:

  • National Diploma in Forestry

Admission (Grade 12)

requirements to this National Diploma are an FET Certificate or an equivalent level 4 qualification, Mathematics at this level

is a prerequisite with a recommendation of Biology (Life Sciences) and

Physical involves

Science. 3 years of

Offered full time

at level 5 on the NQF, this National Diploma

study.

2

years

theoretical

training

involves

the

exploration

of

various

aspects

related

to

sustainable

forest

management,

including

courses

in

Silviculture,

Forest

Management,

Forest

Engineering,

Cost and Accounting, Economics and Environmental two years are followed by 1 year experiential training

Management. These at an appropriate site

in

the

industry.

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  • Bachelor of Technology in Forestry

The B.Tech in Forestry is offered at level 6 on the NQF. With the National Diploma in Forestry as the prerequisite for admission, this B.Tech in Forestry is offered as a 1-year programme, full time or a 2-year part time programme. In addition to specific core subjects, a wide range of electives could be chosen for this programme, based on formal lectures, self-study and research.

  • Master of Technology in Forestry

An appropriate B.Tech or equivalent qualification gives a student access to the M.Tech qualification in Forestry, offered at level 7 on the NQF. Taken over one year, this M.Tech is research based and requires participants to conduct a research project related to a specific interest in the industry and report their findings in a thesis.

  • Doctor of Technology in Forestry

Offered at level 8, this D.Tech. requires prospective students to have completed a relevant M+5 qualification in a forestry related field. This programme, similar to the M.Tech in Forestry, requires the conducting of industry related research and the reporting of findings in a thesis.

Learning Opportunities for Careers in Biodiversity Conservation

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