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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
  • 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 and is a mostly work-based qualification. It is achieved by completing practical tasks in the workplace while being observed by your manager. You will be trained and given practical hands-on experience will be given before you are observed. Your knowledge will also be assessed through written or oral questions.

You will build a portfolio of the work you have achieved over the past 12 or 24 months. It will use your work place assessments, knowledge of answers. It will mostly be completed in the workplace but you will need to do some in your own time. Once submitted you will get the Diploma certificate.

Additional training

You will also complete 2 functional skills which are a requirement of the scheme - Maths and English (level one).

In addition to the required training and any workplace training, you will have 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 and safety and manual handling
  • ecological surveying
  • habitats and species
  • skills to identify wildlife
  • rights of way legislation and good practice
  • machinery, tool care and maintenance
  • working with the public and volunteers
  • 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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