FGASA Field Guiding

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Become an African safari, nature and wildlife expert. Attend expert-led masterclasses, gain FGASA NQF2 and NQF4 knowledge, learn through engaging discussions and earn a certificate from the top-rated provider of field guide qualifications.

Next start date 19 September 2022

Course Frequency Every 3 months

Duration 12 weeks

Time Commitment 10 hours per week

Format Self-paced, online

Age 16 years and above

Language English

price From £ 1,300

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Overview

If you’re interested in gaining theoretical knowledge to become a field guide, you’re in the right place. This course is a combination of our two online courses, and will allow you to write your FGASA theory exam for NQF2. After completing this qualification you can join us on an in-person course to become a fully qualified guide.

Bushwise Field Guides students are educated and trained to become field guides of the highest standard in the safari industry. Our top-rated courses pair the practical skills you require with a comprehensive foundation of theoretical knowledge. With this system, our graduates are able to create the best guided safari experiences.

We have developed an all-encompassing online field guide course to accelerate your knowledge beyond the minimum requirements of the Field Guides Association of Southern Africa (FGASA), and to give you a well-rounded foundation for your safari guiding career.

Bushwise’s FGASA online course is aligned with the official FGASA syllabus and offers an additional 20 hours of learning for further qualifications. You will gain NQF2 (Apprentice Field Guide) and NQF4 (Field Guide) knowledge in this online field guide course.

Safari guides are required to have a FGASA Apprentice Field Guide (NQF2) qualification with a total of 400 hours – 60% practical work, 20% theoretical work and 20% self-study. Our online course covers 120 of these hours.

With this head start, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a professional in the field guiding industry.

Then, step into the heart of the African bushveld and take your field guiding career even further by completing the rest of your hours with Bushwise’s FGASA Professional Field Guide Course that’s offered at our campuses in the Greater Kruger and Greater Makalali areas.

To give you the most out of your online learning experience, the Bushwise FGASA online course includes guided learning, self-assessments, video lectures, live webinars and formal assignments.

Your online FGASA course will include 21 live sessions in 12 weeks. These sessions include lectures from industry leaders in conservation and safari guiding, who will give you expert insight into real-life situations you might encounter. You’ll also learn about the types of challenges that exist in the industry and get insider knowledge on how these situations are addressed.

Our online learning platform also allows you to work and interact with like-minded students from all over the world. You can create conference rooms where you can meet international participants, participate in video study groups, or create a social space outside of the curriculum and make lifelong international friendships.

Ready to start your professional field guiding career?

Course details

Course specifics
  • 12 weeks online (excluding orientation)

  • 10 hours per week

  • Self-paced, guided learning

  • 16 years and above

  • English

What you’ll learn

On completion of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Create a guided experience for guests on safari
  • Ensure the health and safety of your guests when on a guided experience
  • Identify, understand and explain animal behaviour
  • Identify different African species and ecosystems
  • Identify and interpret African animal tracks
  • Identify African bird species by song and appearance
  • Lead and engage large groups of diverse people from around the world
  • Understand the recommended ethical guiding practices and carry out an ethical guided experience in the natural environment
  • Understand the role and responsibilities of a professional field guide.

Join this online course to attend live lectures delivered by leaders in their field who have over 50 years of combined experience. These include directors of
conservation organisations, managers of wildlife reserves and experienced field guides. See the African wild through their eyes, informed by in-depth knowledge developed over many years.
Listen to their stories and learn from their successes and missteps. Ask them questions and receive personal feedback.

Why choose us?

You’ll be joined in these classes by others from around the world who are just as passionate about African nature and wildlife as you are and are on the same learning journey. With them, discuss real-world case studies that put the theory you’re learning into context.

Complete regular quizzes so that you can see your growing expertise, and assignments to apply your acquired knowledge to things you might see and experience while in wild African spaces.

You’ll complete 20 official FGASA modules. Topics covered include the best practices of field guiding, radio procedures, rifles and advanced rifle handling, and viewing potentially dangerous animals, as well as African mammals, plants, birds, reptiles, amphibians, insects and fish. You’ll also learn about African ecosystems, geology, climate and even astronomy.

But, like all Bushwise courses, we cover so much more than the basics. By attending our masterclasses, you’ll gain specific insight into
elephant, pangolin and vulture conservation. You’ll also learn about how anti-poaching initiatives are run and about innovative conservation strategies. This course is designed for everyone, from students, new graduates or career changers who are looking to start a career in
African wildlife, to working professionals or retirees interested in citizen science projects.

If you’re interested in starting a professional field guiding career, this course is your first step.

Info

Become an African safari, nature and wildlife expert. Attend expert-led masterclasses, gain FGASA NQF2 and NQF4 knowledge, learn through engaging discussions and earn a certificate from the top-rated provider of field guide qualifications.

Next start date 19 September 2022

Course Frequency Every 3 months

Duration 12 weeks

Time Commitment 10 hours per week

Format Self-paced, online

Age 16 years and above

Language English

price From £ 1,300

enquire

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