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BIOME GUIDE

On achieving this specialist qualification over and above a FGASA nature guiding qualification you will be able to provide a closely integrated interpretation of the natural resources and attractions, showing the interdependence of climate, weather, rock and soil abiotic factors intermingled with biotic features such as vegetation and animal life.   You will be able to apply meaningful interpretations based on a sound ecological and conservationist approach by taking the biome as an integrated entity.
You will be able to conduct a specialist guided biome experience of any of the biomes of South Africa based upon which Biomes you chose to specialise in.  This intermediate Biome Guiding Qualification (NQF4) will give you the opportunity to guide throughout the biome or a number of biomes for which you have been declared competent to guide in.
At this level the Biome Guide:
  • Is operating as a nature guide specialising in a particular biome at an intermediate level of knowledge.
  • Has an intermediate level of knowledge considered essential to register and legally conduct a guided biome experience.
  • Has attained a FGASA nature guiding or marine guiding qualification (either Local, Level 1, 2 or 3).
  • Has been declared competent against the relevant Biome assessment.
  • Has a valid, up-to-date recognised First Aid certifica
   


THE FOLLOWING BIOME SPECIALISATIONS AT NQF4 WILL BE AVAILABLE:

  • Conduct a guided Savanna Biome experience
  • Conduct a guided Succulent karoo Biome experience
  • Conduct a guided Fynbos Biome experience
  • Conduct a guided Nama Karoo Biome experience
  • Conduct a guided Forest Biome experience
  • Conduct a guided Grassland Biome experience
  • Conduct a guided Albany Thicket Biome experience
  • Conduct a guided Desert Biome experience
  • Conduct a guided Ocean Coastal Belt Biome experience


HOW DO I GET A FGASA INTERMEDIATE BIOME GUIDE QUALIFICATION?

Once you have attained a FGASA nature or marine guiding qualification (Local. Level 1, 2 or 3) you can apply to write the FGASA Intermediate Biome Guiding theory examination.
There will be separate theory examinations for each of the biomes.  You would need to specify on the examination application form which Biome examination you want to wri
Payment for the theory examination should be made to FGASA in the same manner as the FGASA fees.  Application and payment for the theory exam can also be made at the same time as your FGASA membership application payment.
Once you have been declared competent (passed) for the FGASA Intermediate Biome theory examination for the specific biome of your choice and you conform to the teria stated above you will have attained the FGASA Intermediate Biome Guiding Qualification for the relevant biome.    Your certificate would state for example; “Intermediate biome Guiding: Forest Biome” if you have successfully passed the Forest Biome theory examination.
There is no practical assessment for this qualification as you would have already been declared competent for your guiding skills in one of the FGASA nature or marine guiding qualifications.


WHAT LEARNING MATERIALS DO I NEED FOR THE BASIC BIOME GUIDING QUALIFICATION?

The following learning materials are compulsory:
  1. The FGASA Biome Guiding Workbook
  2. The Level 2 Training Manual – Grant Hine
  3. Trees of Southern Africa – B & P van Wyk
  4. The FGASA Biome Guiding Manual (When available)
  5. Relevant books on plants and animals for the specific biome
Recommended reading to improve your knowledge:
  1. The magnificent natural heritage of South Africa - Knobel
  2. The vegetation of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland – Mucina and Rutherford



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