The Deer Initiative

What we do

Setting standards

Jamie Cordery, the South East Deer Liaison Officer acts as vice chairman for the LANTRA Game Industry Group which maintains the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for the game and wildlife sector nationally. The NOS form the basis of all nationally recognised qualifications including the Deer Stalking Certificate (DSC) managed by Deer Management Qualifications (DMQ). Jamie is also the chair for the DMQ Quality Assurance Group and the Project Officer for the Deer Best Practice guides project and is therefore well placed to help ensure that standards, qualifications and best practice are linked.

The deer Best Practice project which has produced a large number of guides both in electronic and paper format is a good example of how the Deer Initiative, with its partners, can help to develop high quality advice. The project in England and Wales is linked to the equivalent project in Scotland.

The deer sector nationally is used to working together and this coordinated approach is key to maintaining and promoting consistent high standards.

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Training and Qualifications

DI support and promote the Deer Stalking Certificate as well as the national Vocational qualifications. DI staff contribute to college based qualifications at all levels from First Diploma and Apprenticeship, to Degree level. We promote deer Best Practice through training events and seminars, either in our own priority areas, for groups of individuals, or tailored for specific organisations. We encourage the integration of deer Best Practice into formal training programmes.

The DSC and other qualifications are widely available; see the links below for further information.

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The Deer Initiative

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