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

More About The Nature Management (HC) Programme

The Nature Management Higher Certificate studies, is a one year programme designed to equip students

with knowledge of and competence in the field of Nature Management. Students are trained to be knowledgeable, capable field guides and management assistants. Students will contribute to the economic potential of our country’s natural resources and wildlife in a responsible, sustainable manner.


 We aim to produce well rounded, trained individuals who can make a positive contribution to society. After successful completion of the Nature Management Higher Certificate, students will be able to independently carry out essential tasks, make decisions and solve problems in the fields of game farm management, conservation management, nature reserve management and in the management of natural areas.

The Nature Management (HC) Programme Is Ideal For...

Individuals who:

  • feels passionate for South Africa’s incredibly rich natural heritage and wants to pursue a career in which they can contribute to protecting and managing this heritage
  • 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 For Nature Management (HC)

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)

Nature Management (HC) Career Opportunities

  • Assistant Game Ranger
  • Assistant Game Farm Manager
  • Field guide
  • Animal Rehabilitation & Breeding
  • Professional Hunter

Curriculum Includes The Following Subjects

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 (HC) is offered as a:

  • Full Time Programme

Nature Management (HC) is offered at:

Centurion, Klerksdorp, Tygervalley,