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BASIC COMMERCIAL CAVE GUIDING

The guide who attains this qualification will be able to conduct a limited guided commercial cave experience within a number of cave sites.   
At this level the guide:
Is operating as a qualified nature or culture guide specialising in Commercial Cave Guiding at a basic level of skill and knowledge. 
Has attained a FGASA nature/culture guiding qualification (either Local, Level 1, Level 2 or Level 3) 
Has the basic knowledge considered essential to register and legally conduct a basic Commercial Cave Guiding experience as a FGASA Basic Commercial Cave guide. 
Has been declared competent against the requirements of a FGASA nature guiding qualification and the Basic Commercial Cave Guiding theoretical assessment. 
Has a valid, up-to-date recognised First Aid certificate.

HOW DO I GET A FGASA BASIC COMMERCIAL CAVE GUIDING QUALIFICATION?

Once you have attained either a FGASA local, Level 1, 2, 3 nature or culture guiding qualification you can apply for Basic Commercial Cave guiding.  Before writing your theory exam you will need to send in your logbook with 10 hours of Commercial Cave Guiding experience, signed off by a mentor as well as sending your Commercial Cave Guiding workbook to the FGASA office to be marked.  A minimum of 85% is required for the workbook.  Once both your logbook and your workbook have been approved you then qualify to write the Commercial Cave Guiding examination.
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 Basic Commercial Cave Guiding theory examination you can receive your Commercial Cave Guiding Certificate.

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

The following learning materials are compulsory:
The FGASA Commercial Cave  Guiding Manual 
The FGASA Commercial Cave Guiding Workbook 

Recommended reading to improve your knowledge:
How on earth? – T. McCarthy 
Geological Journeys – Nick Norman & Gavin Whitfield

ADVANCED COMMERCIAL CAVE GUIDING

The guide attaining this qualification will be able to research, design and conduct a  guided commercial cave experience. He/she will present a well informed interpretation of general aspects of the South African commercial cave environment and the specific aspects of the natural phenomena on the site in question in such a manner that entertains clients.
At this level the guide:
  • Is operating as a qualified nature or culture guide specialising in commercial cave guiding at an advanced level of skill and knowledge.
  • Has attained a FGASA nature/culture guiding qualification (either Local, Level 1, Level 2 or Level 3)
  • Has the knowledge considered essential to register and legally conduct an Advanced commercial cave experience as a FGASA Advanced Commercial Cave guide.
  • Has been declared competent against the requirements of a FGASA nature guiding qualification and the Advanced Commercial Cave Guiding theoretical and practical assessment.
  • Has a valid, up-to-date recognised First Aid certifica


HOW DO I GET A FGASA ADVANCED COMMERCIAL CAVE GUIDING QUALIFICATION?

Once you have attained either a FGASA local, Level 1, 2, 3 nature or culture guiding qualification you can apply to write the FGASA Advanced Commercial Cave guiding theory examination.
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 Advanced Commercial Cave Guiding theory examination you can apply to be practically assessed.
The practical assessment for the Advanced Commercial Cave Guiding qualification is carried out by a registered FGASA assessor in a commercial Cave of your choice.  You will need to take the assessor on a guided commercial cave experience in a commercial cave of your choice (with or without paying clients), preferably with clients.
The practical Assessment will be explained to you in detail by your assessor in the pre-assessment brief.  The assessor will make sure that you know what you will be assessed on in order that you can prepare yourself for this assessment. 
(Payment for your practical assessment is done directly to the assessor and does not come via the FGASA office.
Once you have been declared competent for the Advanced Commercial Cave Guiding practical assessment you will have attained the FGASA Advanced Commercial Cave Guiding Qualification.  


WHAT LEARNING MATERIALS DO I NEED FOR THE ADVANCED COMMERCIAL CAVE GUIDING QUALIFICATION?

The following learning materials are compulsory:
  1. The FGASA Commercial Cave Guiding Workbook
  2. The Cave Guiding Training Manual
  3. Cradle of humankind – Lee Berger & B. Hilton-Barber
  4. Working and Guiding in the Cradle of Humankind – Lee Berger        
Recommended reading to improve your knowledge:
  1. The Story of Earth and Life – T. McCarthy & B. Rubridge
  2. A search for Origins: Science, History and South Africa’s Cradle of humankind – P.Bonner, A. Esterhuysen, T, Jenkins, P.V. Tobia



FGASA has a new postal address!
The new address is:

Postnet Suite 111
Private Bag X04
Fontainebleau
2032


The final exam for the year will be on 18 October, you need to register by latest 18 September.





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