FGASA Apprentice Trails Guide

Course ID
Responsible Resource Management
NQF Level 2
Various instructors
Campus, Contact Training
28 training days


The wildlife economy of South Africa works partly through wildlife-based tourism in the national parks and private reserves.  This requires skilled and knowledgeable guides to provide an enjoyable, educational yet safe experience.

This is a 55 training day skills programme which comprises the following activities/learning modules which will need to be completed:

1. Guiding in the natural environment and creating a guiding experience

2. Geology

3. Weather and climate

4. Astronomy

5. Ecology

6. Biomes

7. Taxonomy

8. Plants – Trees, shrubs, forbs & grasses

9. Arthropods

10. Fish

11. Amphibians

12. Reptiles

13. Birds

14. Mammals

15. Animal behaviour

16. Conservation & habitat management

17. Historical human habitation

Target Group

Entry level people who have expressed an interest in nature guiding. Existing Field Rangers who would like to expand or make a change in their career path.

Entry level requirements

An interest in and passion for the guiding profession.
The learner will be required to have:

FGASA Apprentice Field Guide NQF 2

Minimum of Level 1 First Aid certificate

NSC (Matric) with a minimum of a Grade 4 in English, Maths literacy and Geography or Life Sciences

OR FLC Certificate in Communication and Maths literacy or equivalent and Matric Geography and Life Sciences

Valid driver’s licence

Exit Level Outcomes

A learner who has achieved these unit standards will be able to implement operational knowledge and skills in interpreting the natural world for guests within a conserved area.

The course focuses on the skills needed by a guide operating in a natural or conservation area. The learner will also be able to lead and mentor other pre-qualification learners. A learner will be able to make valuable contributions to nature-based tourism operations. The qualification has been developed to improve professionalism across the nature guiding industry.

The Occupational Qualifications certificates and skills development programmes are designed to be occupationally relevant and are composed of various credits which can be used towards a nationally recognised qualification.