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National Certificate: Environmental Education, Training and Development Practice (EETDP) 122 credits at NQF level 5


The cost of for the entire EETDP NQF L5 is inclusive of VAT, tuition, learner materials, assessment, moderation, verification, venue, teas and lunches during the contact sessions and the Professional Development Module NQF L5 (28 Credits). The cost does not include travel to and from venue, accommodation, dinner and breakfast.

You may also have the option of only doing one, two or three of the modules, whereby you will be presented with a "Statement of Results" on the relevant modules when assessed "Competent". Click on the relevant picture icons on the home page to access the information, costs and application form for each relevant module.






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People qualified with the EETDP will be able to implement environmental learning programmes and action projects in their work context. They will be able to select, adapt and implement existing environmental learning programmes and use relevant teaching resources to support learning, particulalry in the context of SAQA accredited environmental training (but not exclusively so, even if the environmental education and training work you do is non-accredited, this course will help to deepen and strengthen your education practice). When qualified, they will be able to reflect critically on their educational work in terms of environmental justice, challenges of sustainability and principles of environmental education.

The EETDP can be done as a full qualification (a 1 year National Certificate at NQF level 5, which is the equivalent of 1st year university). It is also structured into 5 modules (outlined below) that can be done independently. The EETDP is aimed both at unemployed people who want to develop their career in environmental education and training and also highly recommended for employed people already working in the field and wanting to develop further professionally. If you are employed, you would need to get your employer to agree to your taking 20 days of study leave to attend the contact tutorials over a one-year period. 

The first module is called 'Understanding people-environment relationships' and explores the history of human development from ancient times through to the current time and how humans, all over the Earth, have changed in the way they understand the world around them. We also look at how certain developments, ways of thinking and doing things and technologies have led towards the state of the Earth today. Then we look at ways that individuals, society, nations and international institutions have tried to respond to the growing environmental crisis. Lastly, you explore your own context and research an environmental issue related to the work you are doing. 

The second module of the EETDP is called 'Environmental Ethics' and explores how our notions of 'right' and 'wrong' are formed, how we can become more aware or conscious of our own values and beliefs and how these, often hidden, values and beliefs lead to what we do and how we behave in this world. We look at the field of environmental ethics and learn some of the language (jargon) that helps us talk about this complicated field in more depth. Then we look at how you can approach environmental ethics in the educational work you do.

The third module of the EETDP is called 'Developing an Environmental Learning Programme' (DELP) and here we start to look at a whole range of educational resources and materials available to help us in our educational work towards achieving the better world we described above. If you are working in fairly informal or unstructured environments then you will explore learning programmes to support that kind of learning. Perhaps you work in a more structured environment like teaching school children, then we will look at the kinds of materials you need that link to the school curriculum. Maybe you work in a formal training environment where you are teaching on accredited or non-accredited courses in the workplace (for example training factory or municipal workers or management on better environment practices), then we explore the kinds of materials you would use and develop for this situation. 

The fourth module of the EETDP is called 'Facilitate and Evaluate an Environmental Learning Programme' (FEELP). In this module we explore a wide range of methods and approaches to teaching and learning. We look at how we can work in ways that are educational and empowering of the people we work with. In other words, ways of teaching and learning that help your learners, whether they are adults or children, to develop deeper understanding of the environmental issues facing them and also to become better at thinking more critically about the world around them. Critical of themselves and the life-choices they make at a personal level but also critical of the structures around them in the world. These structures range from things like habits and beliefs to things like the way the economy is structured or the political system that governs us from local level through to international levels. 

The fifth module is called the 'Professional Development Module' and involves the collection of evidence of your professional development and ablity to work in the field as a professional environmental education practitioner. 

We hope that when you finish the EETDP qualification, you will be better equipped to help support the people you work with to become agents of change in society towards a more sustainable and fair world.