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Qualifications in Game Ranch Management

Qualifications in Game Ranch Management are aimed at providing opportunities for the development of competence to manage and utilise wildlife resources wisely and sustainably and to support the sustainable growth of the game and ecotourism industry. Career opportunities open up for graduates in game ranch management, as wildlife managers, extension officers, professional hunters, wildlife guides and safari outfitters, working in public and private sector game ranches, game farms and nature reserves. Qualifications offered include:

  • National Diploma in Game Ranch Management

An FET Certificate (Grade 12) or an equivalent level 4 qualification, with a recommendation of Biology and Mathematics at this level allows entry to this level 5 National Diploma. The programme involves 3 years of full time study, with 2 years theoretical and 1 year experiential training. Through this programme students explore courses in animal and plant biology, ecology, human, financial and natural resource management.

  • Bachelor of Technology in Game Ranch

Management

The B.Tech in Game Ranch Management is offered at level 6 on the NQF. With the National Diploma in Game Ranch Management as the prerequisite for admission, this B.Tech in Game Ranch Management is offered as a 1-year programme, of full time study. 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.

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  • Master of Technology in Game Ranch

Management

The Master of Technology in Game Ranch Management is offered over 1 year and leads to the attainment of a level 7 qualification. Admission requirement is a B.Tech in Game Ranch Management and this programme is research based focusing on a particular area of interest in the field and research findings reported in a thesis.

  • Doctor of Technology in Game Ranch

Management

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

Qualifications in Nature Conservation

Courses in Nature Conservation are offered to support the sustainable use of natural resources and the conservation of biodiversity. The main emphasis in these courses is to manage biodiversity in natural ecosystems by integrating human, economic and natural resource management. Career opportunities for graduates include: working as nature conservationists, wildlife managers, extension workers, and conservation managers. Qualifications offered include:

  • National Diploma in Nature Conservation

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