Nature Guiding

Level

National Certificate Level III

Description

This training program provides fundamental knowledge, essential skills, and education and training by leading experts in one of the most important industries for Bhutan and the world. Certified Guides will become top guides and leaders in the fields of wildlife, Nature, and eco-tourism. This training program is a must step for professional growth and career advancement for anyone wishing to lead the field in professional guiding in Bhutan and abroad. Through this course you will become one of Bhutan’s first fully trained Nature guides with skills that not only allow you to confidently identify birds, plants and animals, but be able to interpret these in ecological and cultural landscapes with expertise and deliver highly eloquent and educational narratives that will leave even the most beat up travelers amazed, then you must have this training. The training program is fully certified by the Ministry of Labor and Human Resources and delivered by highly educated experts with decades of experience in Wildlife and Conservation Biology, Nature guiding, and eco-tourism.

Course Structure 

  1. Part I (Theory)
  • Module I: Introduction to course
  • Module II: Weather & Climate, Biome, Policies relating to tourism and eco-tourism, Human Wildlife Conflict.
  • Module III: Ecosystem, Biodiversity, Taxonomy, Ecology
  1. Part II (Field Work)
  • Module IV: Identification of different species along the different Biome
Module title Learning outcome  Nominal course duration Remarks
Part I: Theory

Module I

Introduction

·   Able to understand the full course structure and learning objectives

·   Understanding tourism policies and importance of ecotourism

8 hrs Self-Introduction of individuals

Introduction to the course content

 

Module II

Weather & Climate, geology, biome, policies, human wildlife conflict

·   What is weather and climate?

·   Able to know difference between the climate and weather

·   Concept of geology, biome of Bhutan and importance

·   To conceptualize the policies relating to the nature conservation and forest

·   Concept of Human wildlife conflict and management

48 hrs Course outlook should be along with the recent facts and figures of the content
Module III

Ecosystem, Biodiversity, Taxonomy, Ecology

·   Terminology description of ecosystem, biodiversity, taxonomy, ecology, flora and fauna

·   Identification of different types of ecosystem, biodiversity, ecology and taxonomy

·   Importance of terminology in accordance with Bhutanese context

·   Conservation significance of the content

64 hrs Course outlook should be along with recent facts and figures for the  content
Part II: Field Work

 

·   Able to identify each contents as per the name (common and scientific) and brief description

·   List the important threaten species as per the IUCN red list

160 hrs Trainer needs to guide and trained in identification of the different species as per importance

Objective

Train individuals under tourism sector to profound in environmental interpretation with conversational English.

Nominal Course Duration

  • Theory : 15 days or 120 hours
  • Field Training : 20 days or 160 hours

Trainee Qualification

1. Class XII passed with good communication skills
2. Good moral and ethics
3. Able to understand the terminology of environmental studies
4. For National Level Certificate NC III required NC II certificate by Ministry of Labor and Human Resources (MoLHR)

Trainer

1. Tashi Wangchuk (PhD- Wildlife)
2. Sonam W. Wang (PhD- Ecologist)
3. Garab Dorji (Bhutan Tourism Specialist)
4. Dave Augeri (PhD- Nature Guiding Specialist)
5. Julian Matthews (Nature Guiding Specialist)
6. Nim Doji – Field Coordinator