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Successful students will leave the course with their FGASA NQF2 qualification as a Field Guide. This qualification once moderated will equate to the CASSTHETA NQF2 qualification which is the minimum required to register as a legal guide within South Africa

Apprentice Trails Guide

This certificate will be an option only for those that successfully complete their NQF2 qualification first. To achieve this qualification students need to complete the theory exam for Trails Guide and also be assessed as competent to handle a firearm (ARH) proficiently and to undergo a VPDA (Viewing Potentially Dangerous Animals)assessment

Specialist Birding

The students will spend an intense week studying bird knowledge and identification in preparation for attempting their specialist Birding certificate for the Savanna Biome. The certifictae will be awarded to those that pass the FGASA slide and sound assessment and practical birding assessment

Advanced Rifle Handling (ARH)

The ARH certificate will be awarded to those students that are found to be proficient in the use of a firearm and have proved competency in all aspects of the FGASA assessment. Only those students who have a valid PFTC certificate issued for the use of a rifle for business purposes will be allowed to participate.

Level 1 & 2 First Aid

This course is conducted over four days and will prepare the student to perform First Aid in a Wilderness environment at a level 2 competency. The instructor, Andrew Miller, has over 25 years of experience in the medical field and is extremely passionate about his subject.

Track and Sign

This course, conducted over a few days by Lee Gutteridge, will allow students to recognise the tracks and other signs left behind by a variety of animals from the biggest elephant to the diminutive antlion. Having these skills will improve all students ability to interpret the bush in far greater depth than the majority of tourists ever will.

4x4 driving skills

This 4 day course is conducted by Mark Frazer from Nostophobic Adventures and will teach the students how to handle their vehicles in a variety of different situations, whether it be sandy riverbeds or steep inclines. It is a matter of extreme importance that all guides are able to drive a 4x4 safely with guests on board. All students will need to be in possession of a valid full driving licence and should have a at least a year's experience of driving.

Photographic skills

This course is conducted by Villiers Steyn, one of the Lowveld's most renowned wildlife photographers. Students will learn how to compose and frame their photos for the best effect as well as how to understand the different functions on their cameras. Students should ideally have their own SLR camera for this exercise but cameras can be made available for training purposes if not.

Snake awareness and Reptile Handling

This one-day FGASA endorsed course, conducted by Johan Marais, will equip students to be able to handle any snake safely and to learn how to remove them from a situation without posing any additional risk to themselves or the animal. There is also a comprehensive 1st aid component specific to snakebite, as well as scorpion stings and spider bites.