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SYLLABUS FOR THE TRAILS GUIDE QUALIFICATION

The FGASA Trails Guide qualification is divided into the following:
 
  • Back-Up Trails Guide
  • Lead Trails Guide
You will write only one theory exam, consisting of VPDA and Rifle Handling, for the trails guide qualification, however you will need to undergo two practical assessments - Back-up trails and then Lead trails.
 
You will first need to attain the FGASA Back-Up Trails Guide and gain the required amount of experience in order to be awarded the FGASA Trails Guide (Lead) Qualification.
 
For the Back-up Trails Guide, the learner will need to write The FGASA Trails Guide Theory examination, and then undergo a practical (View Potentially Dangerous Animals) assessment to obtain the Back-up Trails Guide certificate. This excludes the rifle handling practical assessment for guides who will be making use of a rifle when conducting guided experiences (ARH).
 
BACK-UP TRAILS GUIDE:
  • Is operating as a Back-up Trails site guide on foot in dangerous game areas.
  • May be operating as a competent guide on foot in a number of different sites as a Back-up Trails Guide. A site in this case usually refers to a particular Game or Nature reserve, National Park in which dangerous game occur.
  • Has previously attained a FGASA Nature Guiding qualification either as a Local Guide, Level 1, Level 2, Level 3 or one of the Tracker qualifications.
  • Has the minimum required experience on foot in dangerous game areas for the Back-up Trails Guide qualification.
  • Has the basic knowledge considered essential to register and legally conduct a guided nature experience on foot in dangerous game areas as a FGASA Back-up Trails guide.
  • Has been declared competent against the requirements of the FGASA Back-up Trails Guide theoretical and practical assessment.
  • Has a valid, up-to-date recognised First Aid certificate.
  • Has the required firearms proficiency unit standards and the required FGASA Advanced Rifle Handling qualifications if the guide makes use of a rifle while guiding.

Experience required for you to attain the FGASA Back-up Trails Guide Certificate:

  • At least 10 encounters (minimum 50 hours) on foot as either lead guide or back-up accompanied by a FGASA qualified Trails Guide or SKS (Dangerous Animals or Dangerous Game) guide/trainer/assessor.
  • The 10 encounters on foot for the Back-up Trails Guide can be attained in an area where at least 2 (two) of the Big 5 Dangerous animals exist.
  • During any Trails Guide training course, all of the 10 encounters can be logged as a mentored participant. Keep in mind that the guide at this stage of training cannot lead a walk to view potentially dangerous animals if s/he is not accompanied by a FGASA qualified Trails Guide or SKS(Dangerous Animals or Dangerous Game) guide.

A Back-Up Trails Guide can operate as a normal vehicle guide for a lodge or company and work as a Back-up to a more experienced qualified Trails Guide for the duration of walks in an area that has at least two of the Big 5 dangerous animal species.
 
 
 

LEAD TRAILS GUIDE:

  • Is operating as a Trails (Lead) site guide on foot in dangerous game areas.
  • May be operating as a competent guide on foot in a number of different sites as a Trails Guide (Lead). A site in this case usually refers to a particular Game or Nature reserve, National Park in which dangerous animals occur.
  • Has previously attained a FGASA Nature Guiding qualification at either Local Guide, Level 1, Level 2, Level 3 or one of the Tracker qualifications.
  • Has the minimum required experience in dangerous game areas (At least 2 of the big 5) for the Trails Guide Qualification.
  • Has the basic knowledge considered essential to register and legally conduct a guided nature experience on foot in dangerous game areas as a FGASA Trails guide.
  • Has been declared competent against the requirements of both the FGASA Back-up Trails guide and the Trails Guide theoretical and practical assessment.
  • Has a valid, up-to-date recognised First Aid certificate.
  • Has the required firearms proficiency unit standards and the required FGASA Advanced rifle handling qualifications if he/she is going to carry a rifle when conducting guided experiences.
Experience required for a guide to attain the FGASA Trails Guide Certificate:
  • A Back-Up Trails Guide can operate as a normal vehicle guide for a lodge or company and work as a Back-up guide to a more experienced qualified Trails Guide for the duration of walks in an area that has any of the Big 5 dangerous animal species.
  • The experience required for a Back-up guide to be awarded the FGASA Trails Guide Certificate is to have logged guided experiences with any two categories of Big 5 animals.
  • The length of time required and experience as a Back-up Trails Guide to attain the Full Trails Guide is at least 50 encounters (minimum 100 hours) with a qualified FGASA lead guide.
  • Your logbook must be sent to the FGASA Johannesburg office for verification of your guiding experience. You will have to undergo another practical assessment as a Lead Trails Guide before this qualification can be awarded.


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