6-month NQF2 and Back-up Trails Guide Course
This course combines the NQF2 (former level 1) course with the theory aspect of the back-up Trails Guide qualification included.
ntares has restructured their course programme completely to be able to cater for what the lodge industry is requiring from newly trained guides. The shift in recent years by the industry requesting a high quality trained guide with a minimum level of NQF2 qualification including the ability to conduct guided walks has become very evident. No longer are the lodges interested in employing a student who has just completed a shorter NQF2 (level 1) course with limited practical experience, they want more. With this in mind we have designed a course that hopes to fulfill these requirements and more.
The 6-month course will offer the student the opportunity to complete the necessary NQF2 qualification and follow this up with a variety of other certified components including the back-up Trails Guide 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. A highlight of the course will include a 3-night/4-day mentorship trail with one of South Africa’s most respected Trails Guide.
The course will be run over five 4-week semesters with a week’s break in between. The students will be free to travel during this week or to stay on site at the campus although they will need to be self-reliant for the week. There are a number of options available for them to do and more details can be found under the free-time page.
The FGASA policies are clear regarding who can write the Trails Guide assessments and although we will offer training to all students, only those that have been declared competent for the NQF2 will be allowed to write the TG theory exam or undergo any practical assessments.
Part of the practical assessment for the Trails Guide is the Advanced Rifle Handling component. All students will be required to have their SASSETA competency certificate in place for the use of a rifle for business purposes. For those students that do not have this certificate already, Antares will make provision during the course to have this completed locally with an accredited provider.
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 first aid section is included and no other add-on certificates are provided for.
This course will also be suitable for students from overseas that may struggle to obtain the required visas to attend the longer course.