Environmental Services

Environmental Training

With a team of experienced practitioners, NCC Environmental Services delivers customised occupationally directed training and development solutions that support the capacity of organisations to deliver their environmental mandate.

We are accredited with the Local Government Seta to provide the skills programmes that make up the Environmental Management National Certificate covering the following content areas:

NCC Unit Standards (Provision date: May 2013 -2014)

Problem Solving - Apply problem solving strategiesUS 14927 / No. Credits 4 3 Days

Employees, at all levels of an organisation, constantly face challenges and threats where alternative courses of action need to be evaluated to find resolution. That is, they need to solve problems and make decisions. This training programme explores creative problems solving and decision-making techniques at all levels of the organisation. People credited with this unit standard are able to:

  • Define and analyse the problem
  • Evaluate solutions
  • Implement the solution
  • The performance of all elements is to a standard that allows for further learning in this area.

Fundamental Environmental Ethics - Apply fundamental knowledge of environmental ethics to a field of work or studyUS 13649 / No. Credits 6 3 Days

This unit standard in environmental ethics is relevant to a wide range of professions, in particular those concerned with the environment or those having a significant impact on the environment. It introduces the learner to some fundamental environmental ethics concepts and to a limited range of environmental value positions. It encourages the candidate to apply this knowledge to his or her field of work or study. The learner is required to develop a code of environmental ethics that is relevant to his or her particular field, and to analyse environmental policies, practices and problems in relation to a fundamental knowledge of environmental ethics. A person credited with this unit standard will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate fundamental knowledge and understanding of environmental ethics.
  2. Analyse a range of environmental practices and problems and develop a synthesis that illustrates ethical dilemmas associated with environmental issues.
  3. Demonstrate understanding of the environmental value positions reflected in a range of key environmental policies and related procedures
  4. Develop a code of environmental ethics guiding practice within the learner's field of work or study


Using Statistics and Probability - Apply knowledge of statistics and probability to critically interrogate and effectively communicate findings on life related problemsUS 9015 / No. Credits 6 4 Days

A confident, insightful use of mathematics in the management of the needs of everyday living to become a self-managing person. An understanding of mathematical applications that provides insight into the learner`s present and future occupational experiences `and so develop into a contributing worker. People credited with this unit standard are able to:

  • Critique and use techniques for collecting, organising and representing data
  • Use theoretical and experimental probability to develop models, make predictions and study problems
  • Critically interrogate and use probability and statistical models in problem solving and decision making in real-world situations


Specialist Incident Investigation Techniques - Apply specialist incident investigation techniques to a specific incident in a work environmentUS 244518 / No. Credits 6 4 Days

This unit standard requires learners to demonstrate the ability to conduct specialist investigations into workplace incidents.
Learners will be facilitated by experienced facilitators, on-hand to present current case studies and practical responses.

Learners credited with this unit standard are able to:

  • Explain the theory and principles of incident investigation.
  • Explain the initial response required at an incident scene.
  • Investigate the incident, gather evidence and describe the review/follow-up processes.

Project Planning - Develop, implement and evaluate a project planUS 252022 / No. Credits 8 4 Days

The course is designed to introduce students to the philosophy and benefits of project management within an organization, more specifically the role of planning in project management.

The qualifying learner is capable of:

  • Selecting a work-based project for a unit.
  • Scoping a work-based project for a unit.
  • Developing a project plan.
  • Developing tools to measure key performance parameters.
  • Implementing the plan and evaluate project progress.

Integrated Environmental Management Analysis Tools - Demonstrate an understanding of integrated environmental management analysis toolsUS 264455 / No. Credits 8 4 Days

This standard introduces the learner to some of the key environmental management tools that contribute to the learner's understanding of the environment and environmental issues. There are environmental tools for planning, implementation, checking and stakeholder engagement. Knowledge of these tools will deepen the learner's appreciation for the science of environmental management and their application will assist the learner with analysis of the environment and environmental issues.

Learners credited with this standard will be capable of:

  • Explaining the use of the environmental management tools for planning.
  • Explaining the use of the environmental management tools for implementation.
  • Explaining the use of the environmental management tools for checking.
  • Explaining the use of the environmental management tools for stakeholder engagement.

Environmental Law - Explain the regulatory framework for environmental managementUS 264458 / No. Credits 8 5 Days

This course introduces learners to the regulatory framework that governs all environmental matters in South Africa. Importantly, the learner also acquires not only a legal understanding of environmental issues but begins to appreciate how the legal aspect impacts on our personal understanding of the environment. This standard encapsulates the important details regarding environmental legislation; it is not intended to cover the entire legislation around environmental matters. It is intended to govern the behaviour and actions of operational personnel in the field of environmental management.

Learners credited with this standard will be capable of:

  • Describing the role of the Constitution in environmental law in the country.
  • Explaining the impact of the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA) on the environment.
  • Identifying and explaining other related South African legislation pertaining to the environment.

Understanding Human Sustainability - Demonstrate an understanding of human sustainabilityUS 264459 / No. Credits 8 4 Days

The purpose of this standard is to provide the learner with an understanding of the concept of sustainability. In addition learners will acquire knowledge of the impact that humans have on the environment and vice-versa, as well as aspects of human vulnerability.

Learners credited with this standard will be capable of:

  • Demonstrating knowledge of the dynamics of human-environment relationships.
  • Describing the influence of political, economic and social processes on the environment.
  • Demonstrating an understanding of the concept of human vulnerability.
  • Investigating alternative resources/ways to protect the environment and prevent depletion of vital resources.

Integrated Waste Management - Demonstrate an understanding of Integrated Waste ManagementUS 264461 / No. Credits 8 4 Days

The management of waste is becoming increasingly important as municipalities all over the country are challenged with the collection and transportation of large amounts of waste. However, the important approach is to plan and administer a cradle to the grave policy which seeks to decrease the amount of waste ultimately disposed of. This unit standard is presented to learners who need a broad overview of waste management, one of the critical environmental management aspects.

Learners credited with this standard will be capable of:

  • Demonstrating an understanding of waste management.
  • Explaining the regulatory framework governing waste management.
  • Explaining the waste cycle.

Pollution Incident Management and Remediation - Demonstrate knowledge of pollution Incident management and remediation US 116971 / No. Credits 10 4 Days

The qualifying learner achieving this unit standard in combination with context expertise standard(s) will be able to take corrective action during emergency incidents to avoid damage to the environment and infrastructure to ensure the health and safety of people. This competence will enable the learner to ensure compliance with legislation and reduce legal and financial liability for the organisation. This will protect the environment and the country's water resources. The achievement of this unit standard will expand the skills base of the qualifying learner and make the person more effective in his/her tasks, more employable and will open up job opportunities in related fields.

Integrated Water Resource Management - Demonstrate an understanding of integrated water resource management (IWRM) US 264457 / No. Credits 12 5 Days

Considering the fact that South Africa is generally regarded as a dry country, understanding prudent management of the country's water resources is crucial to the work of an environmental officer. Learners accredited with this Unit Standard will obtain an understanding of the importance of Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM).

Learners credited with this standard will be capable of:

  • Identifying and explaining the legislation pertaining to IWRM.
  • Explaining the strategic approach to IWRM.
  • Explaining the importance of public participation in IWRM.
  • Discussing the development of a Water Quality Management Plan.
  • Discussing the Water Quality Management Approach.

Time Management - Apply efficient Time Management to the work of a department/division/sectionUS 15234 / No. Credits 4 3 Days

Ineffective time management often causes undue stress and conflict in the workplace. This course explores the value of time and how it can be used as an advantage to be more efficient. Learners are equipped with practical methods of identifying and dealing with time wasters. Skills are applied to identify, understand and manage daily stress and conflict in the workplace.

Learners credited with this standard will be capable of:

  • Identifying time management profiles
  • Understanding the principles of time management
  • Drawing up time efficient work plans to carry out department/ division/ section work functions
  • Implementing time efficient work plans.

Systems Approach to Decision Making - Apply a systems approach to decision makingUS 252026 / No. Credits 6 3 Days

Many of our decisions and actions affect our environment, yet economic and political considerations often dominate. Defining environment to include biophysical, social, political, economic and other factors, this module uses a systems framework to integrate ‘environment’ with other elements in environmental decision-making situations. You will learn techniques and skills in systems thinking including: modelling, evaluating, negotiating, formulating problems and opportunities, identifying feasible and desirable changes and taking action. You will also explore your own environmental decision-making situation through the development of a project.

The qualifying learner is capable of:

  • Applying critical and analytical skills to analyse an issue or problem.
  • Engage with stakeholders in analysing the issue/problem and developing solutions.
  • Selecting feasible solutions through a systems approach.
  • Formulating and communicating the decision.

Managing Hazardous Substances - Manage hazardous substances US 264454 / No. Credits 6 4 Days

Learners credited with this standard will be able to handle and store hazardous/dangerous goods in accordance with national and international statutory requirements and standards.

Learners credited with this standard are capable of:

  • Identifying and classifying hazardous substances and dangerous goods in accordance with statutory requirements.
  • Applying the statutory requirements relevant to the control and management of hazardous material.

Dealing with HIV/AIDS and dread diseases - Demonstrate ways of dealing with the effects of dread diseases and in particular HIV/AIDS US 252033 / No. Credits 8 3 Days

Understanding dread diseases and HIV/AIDS is an integral part promoting a non-discriminatory work environment. This Unit Standard is therefore intended for managers in all economic sectors.

The qualifying learner is capable of:

  • Identify dreaded diseases and their impact on the unit.
  • Promote a non-discriminatory work environment and practices in relation to dreaded diseases.
  • Describe ways of dealing with the effects of dread diseases in a unit.

Business Communication - Conduct communication within a business environmentUS 10622 / No. Credits 8 4 Days

This unit standard introduces learner to communication in the business environment. Learners are led through the different channels that are used in business communication as well as factors that impact this, such as culture, diversity and what barriers there are to effective communication. Appropriate means of communication are dealt with as well as effective conflict resolution.

The Biophysical Environment - Explain the biophysical environmentUS 264456 / No. Credits 10 4 Days

The purpose of this standard is to provide the learner with a broad overview of the biophysical environment, which includes the main concepts, characteristics and challenges, especially within the South African context. In addition, the learner will acquire the competencies to understand the impact of human living on the environment and the aspect of human vulnerability.

Learners credited with this standard will be capable of:

  • Describing the physical components of the environment and their related concepts.
  • Explaining biodiversity and its related aspects.
  • Exploring the inter-relationships between the components and the systems.
  • Describing the challenges to the biophysical environment of South Africa.
  • Identifying and explaining environmental features on maps.


With a NCC team of subject matter expert trainers (learning facilitators and registered assessors), we are able to bring the latest insights into our environment skills training services, focused on building competent and high performing teams in a wide variety of operating environments: water, mining, power generation, protected area management, waste, environmental monitoring and other related sectors.In addition NCC provides general services to support organisations establish learning environments including project management, learning programme design, mentor development and learner management and support.


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