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Qualifications

FGASA Field Guide Qualifications

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The Association has a large number of certificates and qualifications, each with their own requirements in terms of:

  • Eligibility to enter the qualification
  • Syllabus and module outlines
  • Prescribed and recommended reading
  • Theory assessment and relevant rules
  • Practical assessment processes and relevant rules.

For detailed information on each qualification in terms of training and assessment refer to the specific qualification "Learner Study Guide" and Workbook purchased from the FGASA bookshop.

Refer to the Brochures for each of the FGASA Field Guiding Certificates and Qualifications

The FGASA Field Guide (NQF2)

The FGASA Field Guide (NQF2) [Previously known as FGASA Level 1] is able to identify the major living and non-living features of the natural environment in which s/he operates and interpret them at a level based mainly on observation and from an elementary scientific and cultural perspective.

As a general guideline, a Field Guide (NQF2) has a sound knowledge of the history, geology, plants and animals (i.e. birds, mammals, reptiles, etc.) in the specific area of guiding operation. The FGASA Field Guide (NQF2) must be registered with the National Department of Tourism in order to legally operate as a Nature Guide.

The FGASA Field Guide (NQF2) Certificate consists of the following:

   Compulsory components 

  • Conduct a guided nature experience in a limited geographical area
  • Create a guided experience for customers

 

The FGASA Advanced Field Guide (NQF4)

The FGASA Advanced Field Guide (NQF4) [Previously known as FGASA Level 2] is able to provide a guided nature experience at an elementary scientific level combining knowledge and experience while interpreting the features of the natural environment within the broader ecological context.

The level of scientific understanding is distinguished from the Nature Guide (NQF2) category predominantly on the depth of knowledge required on similar topics with the added active guiding experience. 

The FGASA Advanced Field Guide (NQF4) Certificate consists of the following: 

   Compulsory components 

  • Conduct a guided nature experience
  • Care for customers
  • Conduct a tourist guiding activity
  • Minimise and manage safety and emergency incidents
  • South African general knowldge

Elective components

         One of the following:

  • Conduct a guided biome experience
  • Conduct a guided birding experience  
  • Research and design a guided experience at a prominent tourism site

  

The FGASA Specialist Field Guide

The FGASA Specialist Field Guide (Previously known as FGASA Level 3) is able to provide an advanced guided nature experience at a scientific level combining knowledge and experience while interpreting the features of the natural environment within the broader ecological context.

The level of scientific understanding is distinguished from the FGASA Advanced Field Guide (NQF4) category predominantly on the depth of knowledge required on similar topics with further added active guiding experience. 

The FGASA Specialist Field Guide Certificate consists of the following:

   Compulsory components 

  • Conduct an advanced guided nature experience
  • Conduct a guided biome experience
  • Conduct a guided birding experience
  • Research and design a guided experience at a prominent tourism site
  • FGASA South African General Knowledge Certificate
  • FGASA Guiding Tourism Management Certificate
  • FGASA Guiding Conservation Management Certificate

   

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