|PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION|
This qualification is the second in a learning pathway for practitioners in the field of environmental science, environmental management and waste management. This series of qualifications will equip practitioners with the skills, knowledge and values to contribute towards the wise and effective use and management of our built environment, natural resources and ecological systems.
The specific purpose of this qualification represents the skills, knowledge and values required by competent practitioners to:
- Operate and maintain machinery and equipment and use resources in an environmentally responsible manner
- Apply basic principles and tools of environmental practice to avoid, minimise or remedy negative environmental impactsWith this understanding, practitioners will be able to engage productively and responsibly in work, individual or community related activities in the field of environmental science, environmental management and waste management. This qualification will also serve as a basis for further learning, and will equip learners with the knowledge, skills and values to participate meaningfully in society and contribute towards developing sustainable communities.This qualification is applicable to a range of contexts within the field of environmental science, environmental management and waste management, such as local government, public and private waste management enterprises, cultural or natural heritage sites, community projects, recycling and recovery of resources, control and eradication of invasive and alien species, rural development and site preparation or rehabilitation. It is also suitable for workers with environmental functions in a range of industries such as mining, chemicals or manufacturing. The following are typical contexts in which this qualification can be assessed:
- Waste management related activities, eg
> Materials recovery and buy-back centres
> Waste reception
> Landfill operations
- Water course cleaning, care and maintenance
- Care of public places, open areas, cultural and natural heritage sites
- Maintenance of parks and sports fields
- Community projects and job creation schemes relating to environmental practice
- General industrial, extraction, ie activities with an environmental care or improvement focusRationale for the qualification:South Africa has a need to manage and protect its natural resources and ecological systems, while simultaneously using its resources in a sustainable manner to promote social, physical and economic development.People as individuals, and as members of social or workplace communities, need to become aware of their responsibilities towards the environment and to be empowered to make informed choices regarding their own activities and the impact that these activities have on the environment. There is also a need for people to develop practices which will ensure that their activities, individually and collectively, result in the sustainable use of resources and minimal negative impact on the environment.
Recent developments in environmental legislation have resulted in an increased demand for practitioners with the necessary skills, knowledge and values to fulfil these legislative requirements.
Such practitioners – as learners, as workers and as members of social communities – need to be equipped to engage with the complexities and challenges which arise from this need to ensure that use of resources and development is socially, ecologically and economically sustainable.
This qualification will enable providers, assessors and learners to plan, implement and measure the outcomes of suitable learning programmes, or to recognize prior learning. It will recognise the skills, knowledge and values of learners who engage actively in activities relevant to the field of environmental science, environmental management and waste management. Such activities are necessary in order to develop a portfolio of evidence.
The qualification is suitable for learners who:
- Have attended courses and then apply the knowledge gained to activities in a workplace or in a community, or
- Are already workers and have acquired the skills and knowledge without attending formal courses, or
- Are already active in the community and have acquired the skills and knowledge without attending formal courses, or
- Participate in skills programmes and appropriate work experience or community work, or
- Are part of a learnership programme which integrates structured learning and work experience, or
- Acquire their learning through any combination of the above.
TYPE OF PROGRAMME
- Full time
The learner is required to have a minimum of Grade 10. Must able to speak and write in English.
All learning material included in tuition fees.
Course Fee: R13270
On successful completion of course, the learner will receive a certificate
The information provided may vary or change at the discretion of Eskilz College. Eskilz College will formally notify learners of any changes or variations.