BDS Skills Award
The British Deer Society first developed the Woodland, then the National Stalkers Competence Certificate over 30 years ago. This was the first certified training course to be adopted throughout the UK. BDS then gifted the core material to DMQ when Deer Management Qualifications were formally introduced, and this was the nucleus for Deer Stalking Certificate 1. DSC1 is now nationally recognized deer sector qualification.
Since the introduction of the DSC2, many stalkers have been asking for something more. DMQ have looked at a DSC3 but, for a number of very good reasons, have not pursued it. There remains nevertheless a demand for continuation training in the form of skills development in much the same way that the professions require CPD (Continual Professional Development) to maintain currency. The BDS is now available to deliver it. Based on a continuous acquisition of skills, stalkers and deer managers will be able to achieve a further graded award through engagement with approved sector courses.
The BDS Skills Award is open to BDS members and non-members. Awards at various levels will be given to people providing proof of achieving sufficient elements from a wide range of courses and qualifications. The awards are graded as Bronze, Silver and Gold. Each element is graded with a point value based on the level of learning and the duration of the course, and sufficient points gained from a self-selected range of elements will qualify for the award at an appropriate level. Whilst the principle will be one of choice, there will be some compulsory elements to each level of the award. For example achievement of DSC1 will be compulsory for the Bronze award, DSC2 for the Silver award and attendance at a BDS Deer Management Course or equivalent, will be compulsory for the Gold award. Otherwise you select the most appropriate courses for your requirements and progress towards the target award with each course attended.
Bronze Award – Claim for the Bronze Award: Points value 100
Silver Award - Claim for the Silver Award: Bronze Award + 50 points = 150 Points Total
Gold Award – Claim for the Gold Award: Bronze Award + Sliver Award + 50 points = 200 Points Total
Skills Award Overview
Award Core Components
|Course or Award||Points Value|
|1||Deer Stalking Certificate 1*||30|
|2||Deer Stalking Certificate 2**||30|
|3||BDS First Aid Course||20|
|4||Other Valid First Aid at Work (minimum) Course||15|
|5||BDS Advanced Shooting Award||15|
|6||High Seat Placement and Health and Safety||10|
|7||Carcass Butchery Course||15|
|8||Dogs for Deer Training Event||10|
|9||Off Road Driving Course||10|
|10||All-Terrain Vehicle Driving Course||10|
|11||Impact and Habitat Assessment||10|
|12||Theoretical Ammunition Re-loading Course||10|
|13||Outdoor Survival Course||15|
|14||Humane Animal Despatch Course||15|
|15||BDS Deer Management Course or the former (no longer available) BDS Advanced Stalkers’ Qualification***||45|
|16||Advanced Ballistics and Shooting Course||15|
|17||Practical Woodland Deer Census Course||10|
|18||BDS Instructors’ Course||45|
|19||Range Conducting Officers’ Qualification||20|
|20||Manual Handling Course||10|
|22||Evidence of Attendance at Best Practice Event 1||10|
|23||Evidence of Attendance at Best Practice Event 2||10|
|24||Evidence of Attendance at Best Practice Event 3||10|
|Other units to be added or considered|
|*Compulsory unit for Bronze Award|
|**Compulsory unit for Silver Award|
|***Compulsory unit for Gold Award|
The above list is not exhaustive but details the units which with evidence of achievement will readily be accepted toward a particular level of skills award. Other courses which are deer related may be accepted if they are deemed comparable. Any decision regarding this will be made by the BDS Training Committee who if accepting a unit, will also allocate a points value.
The cost to register for the Bronze, Silver or Gold Skills Award is £40.00 each or to register for all three levels the cost is £100.00.