Bushwise Field Guides is an accredited member of The Field Guides Association of Southern Africa (FGASA), which was formally established in 1992.
FGASA is a registered provider with South Africa’s Culture, Art, Tourism, Hospitality, and Sport Sector Education and Training Authority (CATHSSETA).
To qualify as a professional field guide, you will have to complete your training with FGASA-accredited provider like Bushwise.
In addition to being FGASA accredited, we have an excellent reputation in South Africa, and beyond. Our staff, students and alumni are respected in the safari industry due to the high standard of our training and the all-encompassing courses we offer.
But our relationship with FGASA goes beyond accreditation. FGASA frequently recommends Bushwise graduates to lodges and private nature reserves that are in search of quality field guides.
FGASA’s function is to:
- Ensure the quality and moderate nature guiding qualifications
- Endorse and provide quality assurance of training providers and maintain the standards of nature guiding units
- Provide quality assurance and develop qualified nature guide assessors and moderators
- Enhance the credibility of field guiding and tracking in southern Africa
- Encourage guides to achieve higher levels of professionalism, and thereby improve the quality of service to, and safety of, both local and international visitors
- Keep FGASA members up to date with developments in the industry
a standard of excellence by:
- Promoting the development of guiding skills and progressive levels of professional qualifications
- Promoting the tourist guide qualifications in the national qualifications framework
- Encouraging a professional ethical code of conduct
- Providing a set of professional guiding principles
- Providing quality assurance of nature guides, trainers and assessors
- Endorsing tracker and nature guide training providers
- Maintaining a training syllabus and evaluation system that promotes the development of nature guides in the National Qualifications Framework (NQF)
- Requiring a valid, recognised first aid certificate for all trainees
The FGASA promise
FGASA promotes the training of nature guides by endorsing training providers that conform to both FGASA and national training standards. FGASA supports guides and trackers on the ground through skills development, the recognition of existing skills and by creating of job opportunities within the tourism industry. FGASA is committed to developing and implementing national qualifications, and promoting the professional development of all guides – including individuals without the resources to qualify as guides, trainers and assessors as part of South Africa’s process of transformation.