3-month NQF2 Field Guide Course
3-month NQF2 Field Guide Course
The 3-month course offer students the opportunity to complete the necessary NQF2 qualification and follow this up with a variety of other certified components including the Savanna Birding specialist qualification. There will be ample opportunity to develop and improve the practical skills required to become a successful guide and for those that are willing there will be an opportunity to complete a 6-month placement at a variety of lodges in the Lowveld.
The course is designed over a 3-month period allowing both local and overseas students to attend. There is an option to add-on an apprentice Trails Guide qualification a few weeks later. This is scheduled like this to enable any overseas students to return home and then come back on a new visa. For more information on the Trails Guide course please read the relevant description below.
Included in the cost of the course are 5-6 other certified components, as detailed below. All training related excursions are included as well as a comprehensive issue of required and recommended books (valued at over R2000), a comprehensive clothing issue (valued at over R2500) and a set of Vortex binoculars(valued at over R3500).
60-day NQF2 Field Guide Course
ntares realises that there will be students out there that can’t afford the time or extra expense of attending a longer, more advanced course and offers this as an alternative.
The course will cover only the basic NQF2 syllabus and although this is all that is required to obtain a legal guiding qualification it will limit the students options of finding employment afterwards.
By comparison to the longer course, only a level 1&2 first aid section is included and no other add-on certificates are provided for. There will still be a hosting skills component as this is an important aspect of guiding.
5 week Apprentice Trails Guide Course
ntares has also introduced a new component to our portfolio which will cover the Apprentice Trails Guide qualification
Run over 5 weeks this course is designed to afford students an opportunity to begin their Trails Guide qualification and to start logging those all important encounters with Dangerous Game. There will be a Track and Sign component included, an Advanced Rifle Handling assessment and all the lectures, walks and assessments required to expose students to the basic requirements of the Trails Guide.
Only those students that have been declared competent against the NQF2 qualification will be accepted. All students will need to complete their PFTC competency before any ARH assessment can be conducted and this is included in the course structure. Antares will negotiate discounts for those students who have already completed this aspect before enrolling as well as those students who choose to use their own weapons and ammunition (minimum .375 calibre).
PFTC competency requirements:
The following PFTC unit standards (Professional Firearms Trainers Council):
▪ Unit Standard 117705: Demonstrate knowledge of the Firearms Control Act 2000 (Act No 60 of 2000) applicable to possessing a rifle
▪ Unit Standard 119651: Handle and Use a manually operated Rifle or Carbine
▪ Unit Standard 123519: Handle and use a manually operated Rifle or Carbine for Business Purposes