CERTIFIED TRAINER AND PRACTITIONER PROGRAMS
The Mara Training Centre is the first learning hub in East Africa accredited by the Savory Institute.
Certified programs run between 6-12 months and involve a mixture of periodic weeklong learning intensives which trainees then apply to their work or community situations.
At MTC we have a team of certified trainers and experienced practitioners who facilitate our certified programs.
LIVESTOCK & GRAZING MANAGERS CERTIFICATION
For those who want to master livestock and grazing management, particularly with communities, and including ability to train others.
PROFESSIONAL HERDERS CERTIFICATION
Skills and knowledge for constructing seasonal grazing plans, maximising forage use and animal weight gain, low-stress herd handling, livestock condition assessment & animal husbandry.
TRAINER OF TRAINERS CERTIFICATION
For those who want to become Master Trainers across all aspects of community, land and livestock management.
VILLAGE-BASED TRAINERS CERTIFICATION
Eco-literacy and basic land management concepts for either literate or illiterate audiences disseminated by community members at village level (planned to commence in 2019).
SCHOOL TEACHERS ECO-LITERACY PROGRAM
Materials, programs and coaching for supplementary environmental management for schools (planned to commence in 2019).
Master Trainer & Grazing-Livestock Managers Intensives
1. Regenerative Grazing Management & Biological Monitoring
• The 4 ecosystem processes governing land health & productivity
• Available tools for managing ecosystem processes and their correct use
• Holistic planned grazing – creating & implementing both wet and dry season plans
• Simple & comprehensive land health monitoring
2. Livestock Management
• Options, costs and benefits of producing for markets
• Basic principles of animal management including nutrition, breeding, weight gain and treatment
• Animal Assessment
• Managing your herd: planning for production, growth & profit
• Low-stress handling
3. Building Community support, organisation and action
• Community situation self-assessment: mind-set, change and drivers of change
• Community visioning processes
• Long-term strategic planning
• Short-term action planning
• Starting and Continuing: nurturing community implementation
4. Financial Management
• Community assessment of interaction with money
• Locally-relevant case studies of successful enterprises
• Other opportunities for profitable enterprises
• Principles and good practices: financial decision-making, investment, budgeting, cash flow
5. Mixed Livestock – Wildlife systems
• Business options, costs and benefits of wildlife
• Advantages, disadvantages and needs of establishing conservancies
• Carrying capacity, habitat and grazing management
• Disease interactions and management
6. Sustainable Tourism
• Equitable agreement processes based on common interests
• Appropriate interpretation by all players
• Tourism codes of conduct
• Linking sustainable tourism to community sustainable development
ON GOING TRAINEE
HOME SITE APPLICATION
[In between Intensives]
On-going practice with learning communities
• All trainees as part of their certification develop a learning contract with their ‘learning community’ they live in or work with
• The lessons of each intensives are implemented, practiced and assessed together with one’s learning community
• These form part of the certification process
On-site mentoring & performance assessment
• Trainers will spend one-on-one time with each trainee at the trainee’s ‘learning community’ site verifying interaction and progress
• Mentoring of trainees on-the-job as appropriate
• Facilitating future work plans for trainees with communities