THE NATURE COLLEGE

Founded by legendary Kruger National Park Ranger Johan Fourie, The Nature College has been one of the leading training providers of Field Guides and Game Rangers in South Africa for over 25 years. The Nature College is a fully CATHSSETA accredited Training Provider, a FGASA endorsed Trainer and Cyber Tracker Assessors. With a variety of courses available, The Nature College operate in various provinces including the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, Limpopo and Mpumalanga. They have developed their own study materials and the training and assessment methods used by The Nature College is highly rated by CATHSSETA. Following a strict selection process for course facilitators, instructors and assessors, The Nature College guarantees a high level of training offered by highly experienced instructors. All examination and assessment fees are automatically included with all courses and The Nature College prides itself in providing a high level of service to clients.

HOW TO GET THERE

GPS Co-ordinates

  • Latitude: – 33,528875
  • Longitude: 22,252231

Closest main airport

  • George Airport (62km)

Closest major city

  • 5 hours from Cape Town
  • 4 hours from Port Elizabeth

COURSES OFFERED

Annual 10 - Week Field Guide & Conservation Courses

Includes the following qualifications:

  • CATHSSETA Nature Guide Qualification (NQF 2)
  • FGASA Apprentice Field Guide Certificate
  • National Certificate: Conservation Guardianship (NQF 2)
  • Cyber Tracker Track & Sign Level 1 Certificate
  • First Aid Level 1 Certificate

Course dates: 16 January to 26 March 2022.

Course fee: R 74 800-00 for 2022 course.

Course fee includes:

  • All course accommodation & meals
  • Course registration fee & course material
  • Examinations & practical assessments
  • FGASA registration and 1st year membership
  • First Aid training
  • Study tour
Distance Learning Courses

Available for the following qualifications:

  • CATHSSETA Nature Guide Qualification (NQF 2)
  • CATHSSETA Nature Guide Qualification (NQF4)

Course dates: Available at any time as a self-study course.

Course fee: From R 5750-00 to R 12 650-00.

Course fee includes:

  • Course registration fee & course material (Handbook & student workbook).
  • Examination & practical assessment.
  • Access to pre – recorded online lectures (Optional at additional fee).
Trails Guiding Courses

Available for the following qualifications:

  • CATHSSETA Dangerous Game Site Guide Qualification (NQF2)
  • CATHSSETA Dangerous Game Site Guide Qualification (NQF 4)

Course dates: Available on request.

Course fee: Available on request.

Course fee includes:

  • Course registration fee & course material (Handbook & student workbook).

Examination & practical assessment

Tracking Courses

Available for the following qualifications at different levels depending on experience:

  • Cyber Tracker Track & Sign Qualification.
  • Cyber Tracker Tracking Qualification.

Course dates: Available on request.

Course fee: Available on request.

Course fee includes:

  • Accommodation & meals.
  • Course registration fee & course material (Handbook).

Practical assessment

Field Ranger Skills Programs

Available for the following qualification:

  • CATHSSETA Field Ranger: General Assistant (NQF 2)
  • CATHSSETA Field Ranger: Protected Areas (NQF 2)
  • CATHSSETA Field Ranger: Security Ranger (Unarmed) (NQF 2)

Course dates: Available on request.

Course fee: Available on request.

Course fee includes:

  • Accommodation & meals.
  • Course registration fee & course material (Handbook & student workbook).

Examination & practical assessment

National Certificate: Conservation Guardianship

Available for the following qualifications:

  • CATHSSETA National Certificate: Conservation Guardianship (NQF 2)
  • CATHSSETA National Certificate: Conservation Guardianship (NQF 4)

Course fee: Available on request.

Course fee: Available on request.

Course fee includes:

  • Accommodation & meals.
  • Course registration fee & course material (Handbook & student workbook).

Examination & practical assessment

GENERAL

Venues

Training takes place at the following venues:

  • Main training venue – Buffelsdrift Game Lodge

    • Conservation & Field Ranger courses – Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve or other venue on request
    • Other venues available on request in other provinces
Student Accommodation

• Main venue: Safari-style tents with en-suite ablution accommodating 3-4 students each.
• Other venues: Tented or dormitory – style accommodation.

What Students should bring

Complete list is provided for each student with registration

Important Information

Students should always ensure that the training provider they use has full accreditation with CATHSSETA. Training providers only issue training provider certificates. All legal Nature Guiding, Culture Guiding, Adventure Guiding and Conservation Guardianship Qualification Certificates are, and can only be issued by CATHSSETA.

ADDRESS & CONTACT DETAILS

Head Office: Oudtshoorn, Western Cape.

Post Box: Postnet Suite 117. Private Bag X 680, Oudtshoorn, 6620

Telephone: Nadia Lourens 076 8711 773
Email:nadia@naturecollege.co.za
Website:
www.naturecollege.co.za