FGASA African Field Guide Level 1 Course
South Africa, Botswana
This FGASA (Field Guide Association of South Africa) accredited course – field Guide Level 1 (NQF2) – is for anyone intending on becoming a Field Guide or following a slightly different career within the South African wildlife and ecotourism world. You will constantly be exposed to the African bush and be submerged into nature for every minute of this 55 day programme.
Graduation & Certificates
We will assist you by registering you with FGASA and CATHSSETA.
- EcoTraining Field Guide, (Nature Site Guide NQF2 (CATHSSETA) qualification)
- FGASA Nature Site Guide NQF2
- EcoTraining Field Guide Certificate of Participation
This 55-days FGASA (Field Guide Association of South Africa) accredited course – field Guide Level 1 (NQF2) – is for anyone intending on becoming a Field Guide or following a slightly different career within the South African wildlife industry – or anyone else with a strong interest in African wildlife. You will constantly be exposed to the African bush and be submerged into nature for every minute of this programme.
Training, to facilitate maximum exposure to different areas, wildlife, biodiversity and biomes will be split between two of our wilderness camps. Daily lectures and practical activities in the field will cover a broad spectrum of subjects and topics.
Participants will have the opportunity to get their FGASA Field Guide Level 1 (NQF2) qualification, by successfully completing a theoretical and practical assessment. These assessments will be conducted by our instructors (who are accredited FGASA assessors) at our camps, during the course.
This course is for school-leavers, career and gap year candidates, a sabbatical, extended educational vacation, interns, volunteers and researchers.
FGASA will only issue a FGASA Field Guide Certificate if you have a valid First Aid Qualification. However, First Aid is generic globally so this can be done either before or after the FGASA course; however, it is preferable if the First Aid Certificate is obtained before arrival
Although this course forms the foundation for a career in field guiding (and many other wildlife orientated careers), many participants enroll onto this course for a gap year experience or extended bush holiday. Participants older than 18 years, holding a valid driver’s license (manual gearbox experience is preferable) and from all walks of life are invited to attend.
Total costs for this course is US$4,700
- Accommodation (sharing)
- Full meals
- Instructors and Training
- FGASA registration, exam fees and workbooks
- Bush Walks
- Open vehicle drives and specialist trainer/s
- Transfers/transport to and from the camp, before and after the course
- Any accommodation before and after the course
- Beverages (beer, ciders, bottled water)
- Kruger National Park entrance fee (only applicable if the course is at the Kruger Makuleke camp)
- First Aid Course
Entry level requirements
- The learner needs to be able to communicate effectively in spoken and written English.
- Participants need to be older than 18 years old.
- Fit and able to walk for at least 2km.
- Be in possession of a valid Driver’s license (preferred manual gear shift).Current First Aid Certificate (or be prepared to obtain one).
Karongwe Game Reserve, Selati Game Reserve, Kruger National Park; Mashatu Reserve, Botswana.