Introduction to Field Guiding

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Next start date 07 March 2022

Course Frequency Every 3 months

Duration 4 weeks

Time Commitment 10 hours per week

Format Self-paced, online

Age 18 and above

Language English

price From £ 600

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Overview

There’s a reason we’re the top-rated FGASA provider. More than 90% of our graduates get a job upon earning their FGASA NQF4 qualification, formerly known as the FGASA Level 2. This is due to our well-maintained connections with ecotourism employers across the African continent and our ability to develop new field guides of the highest-calibre using our superior learning experiences. Unlike other FGASA courses of its kind, where learners self-study all training materials, we provide an engaging, experiential experience delivered by experts with over 50 years of combined experience in the field.

Join our online FGASA course to attend masterclasses led by directors of conservation organisations, managers of private nature reserves and professional field guides who have led thousands of safari drives and walks. Along with your classmates, fellow rising stars in African ecotourism, ask our experts questions and receive answers informed by many years of experience. These discussions are designed to not only allow you to master the subject matter, but to create meaningful connections with leaders in the field. This allows you to kickstart your professional network, an essential aspect of modern-day employment as most vacancies today are filled through referral.

In addition to providing tons of opportunities for social learning, our course is designed to keep you motivated throughout by providing regular progress milestones in the form of quizzes. Learning is also facilitated through the discussion of real-world case studies to ground the theory in the practical application of field guiding.

We want you to become the kind of field guide lodges reserve for their top clientele and who garners recommendations wherever you go. The five Special Knowledge and Skills (SKS) modules included in this course are designed to develop you into this kind of exceptional field guiding professional. Completing the View Potentially Dangerous Animals (VPDA) and Advanced Rifle Handling (ARH) to develop the advanced safety skills required to give clients the up-close-and-personal wildlife interactions they’re asking for. You’ll also be able to astonish clients with your knowledge of the African wild by completing the Birds, Botany and Arthropod SKS modules.

Please note that to join this course you will first need to first pass our Nature Enthusiast FGASA online course. Once you have successfully passed both of our online courses and your FGASA Apprentice Field Guide theory examination, your next step to becoming a qualified field guide is to apply this knowledge on-site in the African wild. You can do this by joining us at the Bushwise campus in South Africa’s Limpopo region, not far from Kruger National Park.

Course details

Course specifics
  • 4 weeks

  • 7–10 hours per week

  • Self-paced

  • 18 and above (We welcome individuals of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels.)

  • English

What you’ll learn

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

  • Understand the role and responsibilities of the professional field guide
  • 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
  • Carry out research on suitable sites in preparation for your guests
  • Ensure the health and safety of your clients on a guided experience.

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 the first 4 official FGASA modules. Topics covered include the best practices of field guiding, radio procedures, rifles and advanced rifle handling, and viewing potentially dangerous animals.

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

Learn with the top-rated FGASA provider. Engage in personal, interactive learning experiences delivered by our academy of experts. Make connections, start your dream career.

Next start date 07 March 2022

Course Frequency Every 3 months

Duration 4 weeks

Time Commitment 10 hours per week

Format Self-paced, online

Age 18 and above

Language English

price From £ 600

enquire

Testimonials

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