Counter Poaching Training

Counter Poaching Training2020-03-05T14:52:08+00:00


This training can be arranged in South Africa, Mozambique and any other country in need of retraining Rangers, or want new recruits to be trained in Counter Poaching operations. Our training associates include an accredited first aid provider with combat medical first aid experience, Firearms instructors,and expert survival and hand to hand combat veterans. Rangers/ Ranger Cadets will be trained during the 8-week (2 months) ICORP Ranger  Counter Poaching course. This is a certified course and all successful cadets will receive a certificate of graduation only once successfully completing this course.

These courses will be conducted on any Reserve where there is a training need. Our base is situated in the Limpopo Province of South Africa.

All core and fundamental learning levels and outcomes will be covered for Counter poaching operations in the Southern African context and will be met.

10 students will be accepted through a screening process and at least a grade 12 school or similar recognised qualification will be the minimum entry to the ICORP Cadet course. Male and female Ranger cadets are welcome both local and or foreign. Age from 21.

All South African citizens will need to start the PSiRA process before arriving and both E and C grades need to be completed. All students will have to pay an 85% deposit and the final payment before commencement of course. Students who are not successful will be reimbursed 50% of their course fee, or be given an option to retry. Only 1 re-try’ will be offered.

The Ranger cadets progress will be reviewed every week. They have to pass with at 85 % of the main body of this course. People lives depend on it.

Price per student –   R38 000.00 inc GST

This price includes

  1. Course
  2. Instructor fees, transport of instructors, firearms, ammunition
  3. Learning material.
  4. Use of tactical equipment and gear.
  5. Food for instructors and Cadets – this food will be the same.
  6. Accommodation will be in tents.
  7. Gas – cooking
  8. Transport costs for cadets in training only.
  9. All Certificates at end of course

Cadets will make teams cook meals. This is a participation course and all need to be engaged.

Each cadet must have their own travel and medical insurance. ICORP and all of the training providers will not be responsible for any injury or death while the cadet is doing training. They will all sign an indemnity form to release ICORP, its associates, training providers, and Rangers on site of any claims whatsoever.

All transport to and from the course location is for the students account and no responsibility of ICORP or any of its associates or trainers.

All Cadets must arrive with the following:

  • With proof of PSiRA grade E and C – as the cadet would have had to complete this. ICORP would pay for the PSiRA exam and necessary books. The cadet is responsible to register with PSiRA. South African citizens only.
  • Identity book or Passport.
  • Completed documentation regarding medical, health, family and other necessary information for our administration – will be sent to each cadet to complete.
  • Their own bedding – sleeping bag/ bedroll
  • Their own eating utensils (Knife and fork with a spoon) plates and mugs.
  • Book and stationery
  • Compass
  • Binoculars
  • At least three sets of clothing. Green overhauls, or uniform. No bright colours. Warm jacket and beanie.
  • Hats
  • Camel packs/ water bottles.
  • Good boots and at least three pairs of socks.

On Sunday’s Cadets get time to do laundry etc. This is only if they do not have to receive support training for those that are battling.

Zero tolerance for drugs and alcohol use. Any Ranger cadet found in breach will be immediately escorted off the property and dismissed off the course with no claim to ICORP or any of its associates.

Arrival and briefing on expectations, and signing indemnity, and code of conduct forms, with all payment, finalised. No student will be able to participate without prior arrangements on payments etc. If a student is found to be unsuitable and removed off the course, a 50% course fee will be kept back for costs incurred by the ICORP/IPA training providers.

ICORP Counter Poaching course for Ranger cadets.

Week 1

Physical training comprising of different exercises. Pole PT is a very important art, with getting teams working together. The group size will be reviewed and any students not maintaining the minimum level of the fitness program will be given a week after to improve. Discipline will not be negotiated and will be an important part of this course.

The learners will arrive with PSiRA grading prove of E and C for business purposes.

The accredited South African first aid course will commence. Level and 1 and 2 will be dealt with. This will include:

  • CPR
  • To dress and maintain fractures
  • Stop bleeding
  • Using a tourniquet
  • Snake bites and scorpion stings
  • Using the correct technics and getting a patient out of the field.
  • Hyperthermia
  • Sunstroke dehydration.
  • Bullet wounds and treatment

To name a few.

Radio procedures and the understanding of radio language and how to give information. – ICORP Ranger trainers

Week two

Firearms Training – South Africa accredited trainers.

To all foreign Ranger cadets, will first get their firearms competency in place and will then be able to work, under the supervision of a Permanent.

Handle and use of self-loading carbine

Handle and us of Self-loading carbine for business purposes

Handle and use of a shotgun

Handle and use of a shotgun for business purposes

Weapon Safety

Evaluations and unit standards and competencies completed.

Week three

Physical training early morning 2,4 km run.

ICORP Trainers

Map and navigation reading. Use of compass and shot determination.

Use of GPS and understanding of waypoints and backtracking.

Man tracking. – Groups are sent out to simulate poachers. The remaining groups are sent out to track and find these poaching groups. The groups are then switched.

After the 4th day, these exercises will be done with time frames, frog hopping technics, and learning how to navigate through the bush, keeping in mind that there is wildlife. Two men supporting the tracker, on point, while his head is down, using hand signals to indicate, spoor/tracks. Change of direction lost spoor, found spoor, and so on.

Calling in coordinates of tracks and directional changes on the radio every 3 minutes etc

 This exercise goes on until Saturday midday.

 Week four

Early Morning pole PT.

Close Quarter Combat

Hand to Hand

Weapons Defense

Knife Fighting

Knife Defence

Gun Defence

Rifle Defence etc.

Week 5

Early Morning PT 

Law Enforcement

Restraint Techniques (with and without a Firearm)

Moving a Suspect Safety

Various fixing techniques

Handcuffing techniques

Week six

Early morning PT.

Combat Medical

Airway Control

Bleeding Management

Moving a Casualty (Safety)

Week Seven

Early morning PT.

Large animal’ behaviour

Edible and poisons plants/ survival

Using wind and obstacles.

Trees and plants

Direction and using natural elements

Water use

Week Eight

Evaluations and this is the last week, and some students may need to really work harder.  Revision on subjects and actions by students who need to do this. This will also be the final route march of 20 km by cadets.

A complete tracking simulation exercise with a poaching breach simulation. Finding the tracks, and teams then used to track and frog hop, until poachers are found. Time frame

First aid simulation on injured Rangers, with torque’s, stopping the blood, stabilizing the patent and carrying the injured ranger out

Sunday will be marching our parade. Handover of certificates. Also, the best candidate Ranger identified. This will be done at a BBQ and beers will be supplied.

Once we have a min of 6 Rangers or new cadets to train, the course can commence.

Course fees are marked clearly for – ICORP Ranger cadet training course. Name and surname and course date must be submitted Payments are made to:

International Coalition of Rhino Protection (ICORP) Africa

Bank: First National Bank (FNB)

Account No: 6279 932 7070

Branch No: 25 06 55

Swift code: FIRNZAJJ

Address: 1 Robin Road Chancliff Krugersdorp 1739

Tel : +27 74 877 5178