Applications are now open for:

National Diploma in Orientation and Mobility Practice
The College of Orientation and Mobility, a department of the S A Guide-Dogs Association, are inviting prospective candidates to apply for the next National Diploma in Orientation and Mobility (O&M) Practice, which will begin in January 2019. The diploma will entail full time study over the course of two years.

If you enjoy working with people, have empathy for people who are disabled and would like to work in a varied environment, this career could be for you! For those already working in the disability sector, specialising in visual impairment could be exciting career advancement.

This qualification will enable you to work in the field of visual impairment rehabilitation, as an Orientation and Mobility Practitioner (O&M).

We have only ten positions available and there is the possibility for you to receive full funding for your studies. Subsidy options are available for non-governmental organisations working in the disability sector, who wish to train staff members.
Please read the information below to see if you would be a suitable candidate.

Course Title National Diploma in Orientation and Mobility Practice
Description / Definition Orientation and Mobility Practitioners work with the visually impaired to teach them skills of independence. This includes skills of daily living and long cane skills. They teach people one-to-one in the person’s home, work or school environment. They do not work with dogs.
The course content covers topics such as:
· Orientation and Mobility
· Medical conditions
· Counselling
· Early child development
· Low vision
· Skills of daily living
Duration and time allocation 2 years (Year 1: 4 months theory, 3 months workplace experience, 5 months theory; Year 2: 5 months workplace experience, 3 months theory, 2 months schools for the blind) Full time
Qualification ETDP Seta Accredited National Diploma NQF Level 5
SAQA ID No: 67373
Minimum admission requirements Grade 12 with English as a subject
Speak, read and write English
Speak an additional language-recommended
Basic computer skills-recommended
Personal characteristics Enjoy physical activity
Empathy for people with disabilities
Willing to be blindfolded
Enjoy helping people
Can work individually and as part of a team
An interest in community work
When January 2019-December 2020
Lectures and hostel accommodation Provided at S A Guide-Dogs Association in Johannesburg
Language of instruction English

If you are interested in applying for a position please send the following documents:
1. Complete the attached enrolment form
2. Identification document
3. CV
4. Certified copy of matric certificate
4. Certified copies of any other qualification certificates
5. Letter of motivation to explain why you are a good candidate

To Grace at o&madmin@guidedog.org.za before 30 September 2018
Only shortlisted applicants will be requested to attend a two day selection process during the week of 15-19 October 2018. The selection process will include interviews and tests to ensure the best suited candidates are accepted.
If you require additional information about the course or Orientation and Mobility Practice as a career, contact Grace on 011 705 3512.