WHAT PROCEDURE DO I FOLLOW TO WRITE A FGASA THEORY EXAMINATION?
The Field Guide NQF2 (previously Level 1) theory examination
The FGASA theory examination is an assessment tool used to determine your theoretical knowledge pertaining to the different levels of guiding qualifications. Examination sittings are held four times per year in centres throughout South Africa. Some centres (indicated on the exam application form) are used frequently, but others are arranged on an ad hoc basis to suit candidates as best as we can with the facilities available. Normally, all theoretical evaluations take place at 10h00 (Times at individual venues may change – you will be informed of any changes).
Each national sitting examination has a closing date for entry (1 month before the examination date). Please ensure that you send in your application and payment for the relevant examination before the closing date. Late entries will NOT be considered and learners will have to write at the next national sitting date.
Process to follow when applying to write a theory examination:
• Paid-up members can register online for the Field Guide NQF2 (previously Level 1) exam. All other exams need to be registered either via downloading the registration form, via email or phoning the office.
• The examination application form can be collected at the Johannesburg office.
• It can be sent to you via fax or email on request.
• Download the examination application form - look for it under the EXAMINATIONS ‘dropdown box’.
• Complete the examination application form by filling out all the required details.
• Pay the FGASA examination fee into the FGASA account (Refer to Point 3 of this section)
• Email/Fax the examination application form and proof of payment for the examination to the FGASA office.
• Remember to confirm the venue and starting time of your examination 10 days before the examination date by logging into your profile on the website.
The Advanced Field Guide NQF4 (previously Level 2) & Specialist Field Guide (previously Level 3) theory examination
Following the normal progression of skills development, before you can write the Advanced Field Guide NQF4 examination you will have to have fully qualified with the Field Guide NQF2 qualification (both theory and practical) and the same applies to attaining the full Advanced Field Guide NQF4 qualification before you write the Specialist Field Guide theory examination.
Remember: To write the Advanced Field Guide NQF4 theory examination you will have to have your logbook signed off, indicating that you have accumulated 260 days active guiding experience over a period of one year, by the FGASA office.
The writing of the Specialist Field Guide theory examination is dependent on firstly, having attained a full FGASA Advanced Field Guide NQF4 nature guiding qualification (both theory and practical competence).
Secondly you must have logged a minimum of 2 years (520 days) of active guiding experience before you can apply for the exam. The logbook needs to be signed off.
Thirdly you must have successfully completed all the relevant electives in workbook #2. These need to be sent in to the office for moderation before you will be allowed to write the theory exam.
Upon proof of extensive guiding experience (logged), a candidate may ask special permission to write the Advanced Field Guide NQF4 or Specialist Field Guide theory examination directly. This may be granted on condition that, should the candidate not prove competent, he/she has to then go back and complete the Field Guide NQF2 theory examination and practical assessment.
General theory examination information
Confirmation of the examination venue
Candidates are urged to check the FGASA website or to phone the office 10 days before the exam to confirm the venue and time of the exam, especially if they are not writing at one of the established centres. Members who have cell phone numbers indicated on their profile will be notified by SMS of the exam time and exact location. If for some reason a candidate has to cancel an exam session and lets the Johannesburg office know beforehand, the exam fee will be transferred to the next available exam session. However if the FGASA Johannesburg office is not informed beforehand, the examination fee will be taken as a donation and the candidate will have to pay again for the next theory examination.
• The opportunity to be examined for the theoretical component by means of an oral examination is granted to individuals who cannot read or write.
• The oral examinations will however not take place on the same day as the FGASA National theory examination sittings.
• You will need to apply separately to the FGASA office with valid reasons if you want to undergo an oral assessment for the Field Guide NQF2 theory examination.
• The date for an oral examination will depend on the availability of an examiner in your area of operation.
• As some degree of literacy is essential to get to the Specialist Field Guide level, oral evaluations will normally be restricted to Field Guide NQF2 and Advanced Field Guide NQF4.
• Oral evaluations will be more a case of the assessor helping with the interpretation of questions, while a Specialist Field Guide candidate should be literate enough to complete the evaluation in writing.
Special examination sittings
• The FGASA endorsed training providers are entitled to request a special theoretical examination sitting to be held at their premises at the end of each course that they offer.
• Learners still need to go through the process of application if they are attending a course offered by a FGASA endorsed training provider if they want to write a special examination.
• It is important that you ensure that the training provider you are being trained by confirms with the FGASA office that you are eligible to write this examination.
• Other special examination sittings can be arranged depending on how many learners there are at the specific venue. Special examination sittings may be held in the Johannesburg office on request and adequate reasons provided.
• If you are permitted to write a special examination sitting and you do not pass you may not write another special sitting for the same Level. You will have to apply and re-write the examination at the next available FGASA National examination date.
HOW DO I GET MY THEORY EXAMINATION RESULTS?
For all qualifications that require a theory assessment, the examination papers from the various regions are returned to the office where they are marked, moderated and the marks entered onto the FGASA database.
Only then can the latest examination results be released. FGASA has a large number of examination venues in South Africa, and it takes time to get all the answer sheets back to the Johannesburg office, marked and moderated.
This process takes four weeks. Examination results will then be published on the FGASA website under the member profile and can only be accessed if the member is currently paid up.
Please do not phone the Johannesburg office for examination results before a period of four weeks after a theory examination date. [Note that the final results can only be made available from the Johannesburg office after all examination papers have been marked and moderated].
In principle all examination papers with percentages between 69% and 75% are remarked during the moderation process. If you get 72% for an evaluation, for example, you can be assured that the moderator has done all he/she can to increase the marks by checking ambiguous questions, etc. but simply cannot find and allocate more marks for your answers.
EXAM DATES FOR 2017
18 February 2017 Closing date: 18 January 2017
22 April 2017 Closing date: 23 March 2017
22 July 2017 Closing date: 22 June 2017
21 October 2017 Closing date: 21 September 2017