Our three month field guide training course is also based at Black Leopard Campus, which is a FGASA (Field Guide Association of South Africa) registered training provider. Our Nature Guide Level 1 field guide course is designed for those students keen to train with a view to becoming fully fledged and professional guide within the stimulating world of wildlife tourism.
In the early days of guiding, guides were referred to as Game Rangers. However the guiding industry has become more professional and there are now different levels of guiding qualifications that one can aspire to. We have aligned our twelve week course along the guidelines stipulated by FGASA (Field Guide Association of Southern Africa) and we offer a level 1 field guide course according to the syllabus determined by FGASA. Included in the course will be all the required theory and practical training and examinations that a student needs to get moving on the path towards a successful career in this exciting world of game ranging or field guiding.
As part of the course you will also visit the Greater Kruger Park where you will be able to experience operating in a big five environment. The Nature Guide Qualification is the most sought after qualification required by the guiding industry for employment. The FGASA Level 1 Course also contains the CATHSSETA Nature Site Guide qualification, which is the minimum requirement for guides to register as legal tourist guides in South Africa. Beyond Southern Africa’s borders, the higher standard of the FGASA qualification also enjoys recognition in many other countries on and off the African Continent. Our 12 week course is ideal for students that have already got some relevant life experience and is also ideal for Nature Conservation, Reserve Management, Zoology or Tourism Graduates that want to increase their employability. Our course leader conducts ongoing and regular assessments of each student. In addition to their course work students are able to contribute towards our work in leopard research and shadow professional guides working at the tourist lodge on our reserve Black Leopard Camp. On completion of the course an optional theoretical and practical examination can be taken. It should be noted that students must register with FGASA before arrival and obtain a level 1 course starter pack. Students should be eighteen years or older and have an acceptable level of English Literacy. A good level of mental and physical fitness is required as is a valid international driving license. On successful completion of the course assessments and qualification as a FGASA level 1 nature guide, graduates will be eligible for consideration for as an intern with Black Leopard Camp.
And your money is secure with us. We are part of On Track Sfaris a UK company that is dedicated to providing high quality safaris in support of wildlife conservation. On Track Safaris is a member of the Travel Trust Association, which provides financial protection for your funds.