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Training and qualifications

Level 2 and Level 3 Environmental Conservation Diploma

As part of the Apprentice Ranger Scheme you must complete the Level 2 or Level 3 Diploma in Work Based Environmental Conservation consisting of Twelve units, and a Level 2 Award in Business Management for the Land–Based and Environmental Sector. This is a vocational qualification which will give you the basic practical skills and knowledge to work in countryside management.

The qualification is completed over 12 or 24 months. It is primarily a work-based qualification and is achieved by completing practical tasks in the workplace while being observed by your supervisor. Training and practical hands-on experience will be given before any observations are carried out. Your knowledge and understanding will also be assessed informally through written or oral questions.

You will build a portfolio of the work you have achieved over the past 12 or 24 months, using your observations (assessments), knowledge and understanding answers. Once submitted you will get the Diploma certificate. Although the majority of your portfolio will be completed in the workplace, there will be a need to do some of the work in your own time.

Additional training

Alongside your diploma and as part of your apprenticeship framework, you will also complete 2 functional skills which are a requirement of the scheme - Maths and English (level one).

In addition to the training required as part of the Apprentice Ranger Scheme and any workplace training, you will also receive training in a number of other areas. This will be both accredited training programmes and informal training delivered by us or Kingston Maurward College. These include:

  • City and Guilds Level 2 Award in Business Management for the Environmental and Land Based Sector
  • Health and Safety Executive approved first aid at work certificate (3 to 4 days)
  • National Proficiency Test Council (NPTC) or Lantra in brushcutter and strimmer certificate
  • Health & safety and manual handling
  • Ecological surveying
  • Habitats and species
  • Identification skills for wildlife
  • Rights of way legislation and good practice
  • Machinery, tool care and maintenance
  • Working with the public and volunteers
  • Interpretation and promotion
  • Leading guided walks
  • Countryside law and protected areas
  • Leading school groups and field study visits
  • Management planning
  • Sustainability and environmental good practice

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