Survey Request – This is not an advert for available training
Please take the time to choose the option that fits your opinion best and if you could say what type of stalking you do ie, recreational on private land, forestry company lease or paid outings etc and mention. This is to help give an understanding of needs and demands in the deer community.
Assessed Certification – confirms achievement and adds depth and management credibility to your deer management CV
Certificate of Attendance – offers the same course but only shows you have attended the training provided
Awareness Day presentations – provides topical presentations of key subject matter to increase your awareness of important issues but without depth and recognition of attendance/completion
The DSC1 and 2 qualifications are industry accepted and a very good baseline for knowledge, understanding and skills but there are many skills gaps that are not addressed in the undertaking of these qualifications.
There are 9 key skills areas that are not included in DSC1 which have investigated to develop skills gap training with the option of assessment and awareness training to be delivered at little or no cost to practitioners to plug these skills gaps.
These skills gaps include:
Risk Assessment and document construction specific to deer management areas
Conducting deer counts, census and cull planning
The public perception and working in sensitive areas
A complete package has been developed which can provide formal training to allow for assessed Lantra Certification of achievement or simply certificate of attendance for people who just want to learn but not be assessed. The training materials may also be rolled out as awareness based presentation days/events which would be delivered in a similar fashion to the recent Competance Awareness Day at East Kilbride at very little or no cost to attendees. The materials have been developed to address skills gaps and increase awareness, not as a money spinner and no course is timetabled at this time.
The information from this survey will be used to best plan for what people need and want in terms of CPD or formal training or a mixture of both.
This is not intended as a discussion but an important survey so please do not post contentious opinions or statements ie. Many thanks
PS.... win a bottle of whisky for taking part!! I will put all the names of people who contribute (positively even if against any form of training) to this thread with their info and opinions in a hat and draw a winner when the poll closes.