I'd be interested in hearing everyones thoughts on this.
At the moment there are various college courses, up to HNC [level 7], covering wildlife management. Most of these courses are full time and are used as training for those wishing to go into the shooting industries, game keeping etc.
For the "recreational stalker/hunter" there are very few formal training courses other than DMQ, LANTRA which although vocational, carry no Further Education points.
The HNC courses expect the students to be in a placement or at least have considerable "profesional" experience.
I am wondering if there is sufficient interest, for there to be an online/distance learning HNC which would allow those outwith the industry or in full time employment to study. This qualification could be used to access other higher education course, act as CPD , enable someone to enter the workplace with a qualification, without having to leave employment to study, enable those involved in Stalking/hunting increase their knowledge.
I forsee this as something that could be done over a number of years [or 1 year full time] and be done in blocks ie deer management, game bird management, habitat assessment.
At the moment we have DMQ which is approx National Cert level and then the next training opportunity is a sustainable deer management module, which is post grad [level 11 /12] so quite a jump!!!!!!!
Interested in hearing your thoughts? This is not about mandatory training but allowing people to progress/access further education