To complete your DSC2 portfolio you will need to complete at least 3 witnessed stalks.
If you registered for DSC2 before 1 June 2010, at least one of these stalks must be witnessed by an Approved Witness or an Accredited Witness, the others can be witnessed by a Credible Witness. You will have received a list of those Accredited Witnesses who are currently approved by DMQ with your DSC2 portfolio, and you may choose any Accredited Witness from that list. You can also view the Guidance issued to Witnesses.
Some Accredited Witnesses offer witnessed stalking opportunities on their own ground, others will accompany you on an area on which you have permission to stalk. You may be charged (independently of the DMQ or Assessment Centre fee) for the services of an Accredited Witness, but you should be aware that you do not need to shoot a trophy animal at great expense. You should also be aware that there is a great range of prices that may be charged by different witnesses and it is up to you to shop around to identify what is a reasonable price, both for the stalk, and for the witnessing, which may be charged separately.
For candidates who register after 1 June 2010, all 3 of these stalks must be witnessed by an Approved Witness. Candidates who register after 1 June 2010 will receive a list of those Witnesses who are currently approved by DMQ with your DSC2 portfolio, and may choose any Approved Witness from that list. You can also view the Guidance issued to Approved Witnesses.
Accredited Witnesses who wish to become Approved Witnesses must attend a briefing session. Any Accredited Witness who has been unable to attend rebriefing sessions, but who wish to become an Approved Witness, should advise DMQ. There will be ad hoc rebriefings arranged from time to time, and details of these will be available from DMQ.