Higher Certificate | 1 Year | NQF 5 (120 credits) | SAQA ID 63712


The Higher Certificate in Nature Management is designed to equip students with knowledge of, and competence in the application of modern management principles in the field of Nature Management. This programme is compiled in such a manner that prospective students that do not meet the requirements for the diploma programme, may apply for the diploma after obtaining the higher certificate (subject to minimum requirements). After qualifying, students will be able to independently carry out essential tasks, make decisions and solve problems in the fields of assistant game farm management and other nature environments.

Ideal for...

Individuals who:

  • do not meet the minimum requirements for the diploma studies and wants to prepare themselves for diploma studies
  • wants to be involved in managing game ranches and nature reserves
  • are involved in nature conservation and wants to obtain a formal qualification
Admission Requirements

NSC (Gr 12) with entrance to Higher Certificate studies or National Certificate (Vocational) with the minimum requirements for entrance to Higher Certificate studies, as specified by UMALUSI (40% in language of instruction)

Career Opportunities
  • Assistant Game Ranger
  • Assistant Game Farm Manager
  • Field guide
  • Animal Rehabilitation & Breeding
  • Professional Hunter
Year 1
  • Animal Diseases
  • Soil Science
  • Plant Science
  • Ecology
  • Game Ranch Management
  • Conservation Communication
  • Animal Studies
  • Conservation Development
Compulsory Extras
  • Field Guide (FGASA)
  • First Aid (Level 1)
Optional Extras
  • Professional Hunter
  • Snake Identification and Handling
Further Studies

Entry into Diploma studies in Nature Management (60% average in HC & selection interview)

Experience based learning (WIL) of 7 months towards entry to Diploma Nature Management

Nature Management (HS) is offered at:

Centurion, Klerksdorp, Rustenburg, Tygervalley