The KWS Training Institute is located 90 km southwest of the city of Nairobi. It is situated in a serene, pristine and scenic site that is ideal for training in wildlife management, tourism and hospitality management, and fisheries. An abundance of wildlife roams the institute grounds that include giraffe, impala, waterbuck, wildebeest, waterbuck, zebra, eland, buffalo, warthog and hippopotamus. The institute land has a lake Naivasha frontage where a fisheries teaching annex is located.


Student intakes 2021

There are two intakes in a year: April and September

Student accommodation

The institute has limited student accommodation and prospective students are advised to apply separately for accommodation as this is very competitive

Awards and recognition

The institute won the best ecotourism training eco-warrior award during 2016. This meant that of all the institutions of higher learning in Kenya (universities, colleges, etc) that offer courses in ecotourism, KWSTI offers the best form of training in this field. There cannot be a greater achievement yet for KWSTI than this. The award recognized our efforts in transforming and reforming the Institute to make it a Center of Excellence in ecotourism training.

The institute hosted the 4th annual devolution conference during March 2017 and was given a recognition award by the Council of Governors for being the best host yet of the conference.


A graduation ceremony is held every academic year in either May or June.

Diploma and Certificate Courses

Kenya Wildlife Service Training Institute (KWSTI) is a middle level college located in Naivasha about 90km from Nairobi. It is registered with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology as a TVET institution. KWSTI provides specialized training in Natural Resource Management and Tourism Development in an effort to enhance Conservation, Management and Sustainability of Wildlife Bio-diversity in Kenya and globally. Courses are offered at Certificate and Diploma levels with curricula designed on Competency-based basis with Modules of Employable Skills (MES), when desired.

DIPLOMA (Each packed into variable modules). Duration - 18 Months (4 Semesters)                                                                                                               Diploma in Environmental Management (Environmental Education Assistant, Environmental Health & Safety Assistant)

Diploma in Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences (Fisheries Extension Officer, Fish Gear Technician)

Diploma in Tourism & Hospitality Management (Tours & Travel Administration, Hospitality Supervision, Tourism Enterprise Development Marketing)

Diploma in Wildlife Management (Wildlife Research Assistant, Community Wildlife Assistant, Wildlife Management Assistant)      

Minimum Entry Requirement 

KCSE Mean Grade C- (minus) or its equivalent OR

Completed and passed a relevant Certificate course OR

TVET with grade C- (minus) as mean aggregate or three years working experience in the relevant fields and a minimum of D+ (plus) or its equivalent OR KCSE D+ (plus) and three years working experience in relevant field.

CERTIFICATE (Each packed into variable modules). Duration - 9 Months (2 Semesters)  

Certificate in Aquaculture (Fish Farming Assistant, Fish Farm Operations Assistant)

Certificate in Community Wildlife Management (Wildlife Naturalist Assistant, Community Wildlife Field Assistant)

Certificate in Nature Interpretation & Tour Administration (Touristic Field Naturalist, Tour Administration)     

Minimum Entry Requirement  

KCSE mean Grade of D (plain) or its equivalent OR equivalent with at least 3 years working experience in relevant fields.

For more information and for admission contact the college through

For Students Courses, contact:

Tel No. +254-700 000 321




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