A comprehensive introduction to Field Guiding. This 8-week online course covers all 17 FGASA Apprentice Guide modules, including theory reviews, workbook support and theory assessments. Experienced instructors deliver the programme via live interactive lectures, which include videos, graphics and quizzes. The syllabus covers a broad spectrum of subjects including ecology, animal behaviour, conservation management and more.
Online participants will receive lectures from a diverse range of specialist instructors, which will include;
- In-depth coverage of the specific module
- Theory reviews
- Live Q&A with the lecturer and other participants
- Workbook support
Lectures will range between an hour and two hours, with a live Q & A to follow each lecture. Workbook support & theory reviews to be scheduled after each lecture.
Although this course forms the foundation for field guiding career (and many other wildlife orientated careers), it is equally suitable for those simply wanting to deepen their bush knowledge and skills.
Upon successful completion of the online component, participants will have the option to gain practical experience at one of our partner’s wilderness camps, at a discounted rate.
Online Course Duration
The course comprises twice-weekly live sessions from expert Instructors covering all the modules that form part of the Field Guide syllabus – within 8 weeks from the start date.
A detailed course schedule will be sent to all course participants upon registration.
You could graduate with
- FGASA Nature Enthusiast certificate
- Certificate of Participation on the e-learning course
- Recognition of completed FGASA Apprentice Field Guide NQF2 theory component
Certification and Accreditation
For the online Field Guide course, we will register students with FGASA. Students need not arrange this themselves before joining the online course.
After successful completion of the online course and theory exam, students will have achieved the FGASA theory component of the Apprentice Field Guide course. Participants will have the opportunity to write FGASA theory exams online. Note: The pass mark for the FGASA theory exam is 75%
2020 rate per person: Rand 8 999.00 (online only)(approx. US$535)
2021 rate per person: TBC
- Live lectures
- Theory Reviews
- Q&A sessions
- FGASA registration, examination, training manuals and workbooks
- Workbook support
- NDT (formerly known as DEAT) registration
- 35-day Practical component
13 January – 10 March 2021
On-line Course (exam 17 March 2021)
17 March – 19 May 2021
On-line Course (Exam 24 May 2021)
26 May – 23 July 2021
On-line Course (Exam 30 July 2021)
28 July – 27 September 2021
On-line Course (Exam 04 October 2021)
13 October – 8 December 2021
On-line Course (Exam 15 December 2021)
*Please note: Registration closes 3 weeks before the starting date – no bookings will be accepted after the cut-off date to ensure the timeous processing of FGASA registration and receiving of Digital FGASA Manuals and workbook prior to the start of the course.
OPTIONAL Practical component
To complete the full FGASA Apprentice Guide qualification, you can sign up for the 35-day practical component of the course:
2020 rate per person: R 57,800.00 ( one of our South Africa Camps) –
- 05 October – 08 November
- 18 November – 22 December 2020
2020 rate per person: USD 5,320.00 (Mara Training centre, Kenya) –
- 26 October 2020 – 29 November 2020
If you are thinking of enrolling for the Field Guide course, we highly recommend you buy the ‘Your Guide to Guide’ – eBook. The authors put all their knowledge and their passion into this project to help future students to become better field guides and have more time to reconnect with nature while on the course. This eBook was made to lead you through this challenge, supporting you with exactly what you need before & during the course.